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     Halle Berry
Given Name:
     Berry, Halle Maria
     August 14th, 1966
     Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Halle Berry Biography

Halle Maria Berry was born August 14th, 1966 and she is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. In 2002, Berry won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Monster's Ball.

Berry's parents selected her first name from that of Halle's Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio. She is the daughter of Judith Ann Hawkins, a Liverpudlian, and Jerome J. Berry, who is African American. Berry's maternal grandmother, Nellie Dicken, was born in Sawley, Derbyshire, England, while her maternal grandfather, Earl Ellsworth Hawkins, was born in Ohio. Berry's parents divorced when she was 4 years old and she subsequently was raised by her mother, a psychiatric nurse. Her father was an orderly in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked. Berry has an older sister, Heidi who was born seven years before her.

Berry was a popular student at Bedford High School and was a cheerleader, honor society member, editor of the school newspaper, class president and prom queen. She worked in the children's department at Higbee's Department store. She subsequently attended Cuyahoga Community College.

Before becoming an actress, she entered and won several beauty contests, including Miss Ohio USA, Miss Teen All-American, Miss USA (was first runner-up in 1986 to Christy Fitchner of Texas), and Miss World 1986 (as "Miss United States World", she placed sixth in a contest won by Trinidad & Tobago's Giselle Laronde.)

In the late 1980s, Halle went to Chicago, to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called "Chicago Force."

Berry auditioned for a role in an updated Charlie's Angels television series by producer Aaron Spelling. At the time, Spelling wanted one of the "Angels" to be an African American woman. She did not get the role (because the project never materialized) but she impressed Spelling with her skills, who encouraged her to continue perfecting her craft.

In 1989, Berry landed the role of brainy Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls (a spin-off of Who's the Boss?). Her breakthrough feature film role was in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever in which she played a drug addict named Vivian. Her first co-starring role was in the film Strictly Business. Another early role Berry played was the villain/friend in the Flintstones movie as "Sharon Stone", in a part rumored to have been intended for Sharon Stone (Berry would later co-star alongside Stone in Catwoman). In 1996, she played the role of Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun, which was based on a true story. The year before, Berry really caught the public's attention with her portrayal as a female biracial slave in the TV adaption of Queen: The Story of an American Family, by Alex Haley.

Berry is also known by many comic book fans for her portrayal of the regal mutant Storm in the movie adaptation of the popular comic book series X-Men (2000) and its successful sequels X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

In late 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the film Monster's Ball. The role earned Halle an Academy Award for Best Actress.

As Bond Girl Jinx in 2002's Die Another Day she famously re-created the scene from Dr. No, bursting from the surf - scantily clad - to be greeted by James Bond, as Ursula Andress did 40 years earlier.

In late 2003, Berry starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Charles S. Dutton, which was the first film that she "carried," i.e., her role was the most important one in the film. Her next lead role was in the film Catwoman, for which she was awarded a "worst actress" Razzie award in 2005, which she actually accepted in person with a sense of humour and recognition that "to be at the top, you must experience the rock bottom".

She has recently wrapped (2006) filming the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis and is next set to star in Things We Lost in the Fire with Benicio Del Toro.

Berry is also making a transition to behind the scenes work in film and television. She is working with author Angela Nissel to executive produce an HBO comedy series based on Nissel's two memoirs, The Broke Diaries and Mixed: My Life in Black and White.

Berry has served many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and was recently named the new face of Versace. She is featured in Maxim magazine's Girls of Maxim gallery. She is also one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, commanding $14 million each for Gothika and Catwoman.

Berry has been married twice. Her first marriage in 1992 to pro baseball player David Justice ended in a 1996 divorce due to alleged infidelity and incompatibility. Her second marriage in 2001 to musician Eric Benét has resulted in a 2004 separation (and 2005 divorce) allegedly due to Benét's infidelity. In 2004, after their separation, Berry stated "I want love, and I will find it, hopefully".

As of 2006, she is currently dating Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, who is nine years her junior. The couple met at a Versace photoshoot. After six months with Aubry, she stated in an interview "I'm really happy in my personal life, which is a novelty to me. You know I'm not the girl that has the best relationships".

Berry recently revealed to Extra that she plans to adopt children. "I will adopt if it doesn't happen for me naturally", she said. "I will definitely adopt. And I probably will adopt even if it does happen naturally". It has since been speculated that Aubry, who lived in five foster families between the ages of 3 and 18, possibly inspired Berry's interest in adoption.

When speaking on the likelihood of future marriage, Berry stated "I want a relationship because I am a relationship oriented person. I just no longer need to do it the traditional way...That paper isn't as important as it used to be". Later, Halle stated "I never want to be married again. I guess you could say I have bad taste in men. But I no longer feel the need to be someone's wife. I don't feel like I need to be validated by being in a marriage."

When speaking on the subject of having her own biological child, Berry has recently indicated that she has given thought to Aubry being the father, but that it is too early for that level of commitment involving a biological child between them. She stated that they both share the same feelings against the need to be married, and she indicated this to be one of she and Aubry's many strong bonds with one another. She stated that both feel the need to commit to one person emotionally and physically, but neither feels the obligation to marry in order to make that commitment official.

Berry won the best actress Oscar in 2002 for Monster's Ball, becoming the first African American woman to win this award. She won the award despite the fact that she had won far fewer critics awards than her main competitor that year, Sissy Spacek. Berry won an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1999 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge in the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Interestingly, Dorothy Dandridge was the first African American woman to be nominated for a best actress Academy Award. Another similarity the two women shared was being born in the same hospital.

Berry "won" a Razzie for her infamously poor performance in 2004's Catwoman. She made headlines by accepting her award in person, an unusual gesture that was last performed by Tom Green in 2001. Berry accepted her award with dignity, saying, "When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner" but adding "I hope to God I never see these people again!" shortly afterward. At the podium, she appeared with her Razzie in one hand, and her 2002 Oscar in the other (see e.g. BBC News).

Halle Berry won The Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year Award for year 2006.

In February 2000, she was involved in a car accident when she struck another vehicle after running a red light and left the scene before the police arrived. Berry, who had sustained a head injury, later stated she had no recollection of the accident and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge. She paid a fine, made restitution to the other driver, performed community services, and was placed on three years’ probation.

Berry's portrayal of Storm in the X-Men films has provoked some criticism and controversy from fans of the series as well as critics. Some fans of the character of Storm refer to Berry as "HalleStorm" or "movie Storm". Furthermore, there was a rumor that Berry had said that because of a lack of roles for black actors, she was "reduced to" playing a comic book character. Berry and co-star Ian McKellen maintain that she was misquoted.

In 2003, Berry was named No. 1 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll. In 2005, She was No.1 on VH1's top 50 Sexiest Bodies countdown. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1989. Channel 4 reported in 2006 that Berry has 6 toes on her right foot. However, she has since debunked that as the most unusual, and untrue, rumor circulating about her. (Interviewed on the WB11 Morning News, May 22, 2006) Dated actor Rey-Phillip Santos. Dated actor Michael Ealy, her co-star in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Her measurements are listed as 36C-22-37. She had a kissing scene with Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst, in the "Behind Blue Eyes" music video which was the theme song for the movie Gothika. She's a fan of Britney Spears. She almost kissed Spears (referred to the 2003 MTV VMA 'kiss' performance) when they did teaser commercial for Saturday Night Live. Both of them appeared on the show later that night. Halle Berry was considered for roles in Gigli, Speed, Indecent Proposal, and What's Love Got to Do with It. She played the lead in a mini-series about Dorothy Dandridge, who was the first black actress to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award.

Halle Berry Casting Credits

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Perfect Stranger (2007) .... Ro
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) .... Ororo Munroe/Storm
... aka X-Men 3 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka X3 (International: English title: informal short title) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Robots (2005) (voice) .... Cappy
... aka Robots: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) (TV) .... Janie Starks
Catwoman (2004) .... Patience Phillips/Catwoman
Gothika (2003) .... Miranda Grey
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode #29.3 (2003) TV Episode .... Host
X2 (2003) .... Storm/Ororo Munroe
... aka X-Men 2 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka X-2 (USA: poster title)
... aka X-Men 2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
... aka X2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
Die Another Day (2002) .... Jinx
... aka D.A.D. (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Monster's Ball (2001) .... Leticia Musgrove
... aka Bal du monstre, Le (Canada: French title)
Swordfish (2001) .... Ginger Knowles
X-Men (2000) .... Ororo Munroe/Storm
... aka X-Men 1.5 (USA: DVD box title)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV) .... Dorothy Dandridge
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) .... Zola Taylor
Bulworth (1998) .... Nina
- Room Service (1998) TV Episode (voice) .... Betsy
The Wedding (1998) (TV) .... Shelby Coles
... aka Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding
"Mad TV"
- Episode #3.12 (1998) TV Episode .... Host
B*A*P*S (1997) .... Nisi
... aka B.A.P.S.
The Rich Man's Wife (1996) .... Josie Potenza
Race the Sun (1996) .... Miss Sandra Beecher
Executive Decision (1996) .... Jean, Flight Attendant
Losing Isaiah (1995) .... Khaila Richards
Solomon & Sheba (1995) (TV) .... Nikhaule/Queen Sheba
The Flintstones (1994) .... Rosetta Stone
The Program (1993) .... Autumn Haley
Father Hood (1993) .... Kathleen Mercer
... aka Desperado
... aka Honor Among Thieves
... aka Mike Hardy
"Queen" (1993) (mini) TV Series .... Queen
... aka Alex Haley's Queen
Boomerang (1992) .... Angela Lewis
"Knots Landing" (1979) TV Series .... Debbie Porter (1991)
The Last Boy Scout (1991) .... Cory
Strictly Business (1991) .... Natalie
Jungle Fever (1991) .... Vivian
"They Came from Outer Space"
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (1991) TV Episode .... Rene
"A Different World"
- Love, Hillman-Style (1991) TV Episode .... Jaclyn
- Unforgettable (1991) TV Episode .... Claire
"Living Dolls" (1989) TV Series .... Emily Franklin (1989)
Lackawanna Blues (2005) (TV) (executive producer)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV) (executive producer)
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2' (2003) (V) (special thanks)
... aka The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men (USA)
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
- Episode dated 14 July 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 26 May 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 23 July 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 14 July 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
"Friday Night with Jonathan Ross"
- Episode #10.9 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 25 May 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 14 January 1994 (1994) TV Episode .... Herself
"Corazón de..."
- Episode dated 24 May 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 25 October 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
Legends Ball (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"Grand journal de Canal+, Le"
- Episode dated 20 May 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
... aka Blitz (Germany: new title)
- Episode dated 9 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
The WIN Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie, Outstanding Made for TV Movie/Presenter
The Teen Choice Awards 2005 (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Attendee
"Tavis Smiley"
- Episode dated 28 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
BET Awards 2005 (2005) (TV) .... Herself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '05 (2005) (TV) .... Herself
"Good Morning America"
- Episode dated 4 March 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee"
... aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
... aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 4 March 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
Assembling 'Robots': The Magic, the Music, & the Comedy (2005) (TV) .... Herself
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 2 March 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 25 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 1 February 2002 (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
"HBO First Look"
- Robots (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Catwoman (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Swordfish (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
The Making of 'Robots' (2005) (V) .... Herself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction
"Good Day Live"
- Episode dated 22 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The Many Faces of Catwoman (2005) (V) .... Herself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Film Clip from "Finding Neverland"
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope (2005) (TV) .... Herself
- Pärstäkerroin voittaa aina (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
52 Most Irresistible Women (2004) (TV) .... Herself
2004 MTV Movie Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
John Travolta: The Inside Story (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"Rove Live"
- Episode #5.9 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 4 April 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 2 April 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"This Morning"
... aka This Morning with Richard and Judy (UK: informal title)
- Episode dated 29 March 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"Richard & Judy"
- Episode dated 25 March 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #1.18 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
The Making of 'Catwoman' (2004) (V) (also archive footage) (uncredited) .... Herself
"Tinseltown TV"
- Episode dated 27 December 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"Style Star"
- Halle Berry (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Shaken and Stirred on Ice (2003) (V) .... Herself
- Episode #2.5 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode dated 13 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 21 December 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
... aka Extra: The Entertainment Magazine (USA)
- Episode dated 10 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Inside 'Die Another Day' (2003) (V) .... Herself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker (2003) (V) .... Herself
Women on Top: Hollywood and Power (2003) (TV) .... Herself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role/Past winner
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003) (TV) .... Herself
... aka 1st Annual TV Land Awards (USA: short title)
34th NAACP Image Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) (TV) .... Herself
"Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway"
- Episode #2.8 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
The Uncanny Suspects (2003) (V) .... Herself X-Factor: The Look of 'X-Men' (2003) (V) .... Herself
X-Men Production Scrapbook (2003) (V) .... Herself
- Peter Boyle (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- John Travolta (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture [Drama]
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute (2002) (TV) .... Herself
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn"
... aka The Late Late Show (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 26 November 2002 (2002) TV Episode .... Herself "Mad TV"
- Episode #8.7 (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002) (TV) .... Herself
"Revealed with Jules Asner"
- Halle Berry (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
Bond Girls Are Forever (2002) (TV) .... Herself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
Essence Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
"Leute heute"
- Episode dated 17 April 2002 (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
- Oscar Special (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
- Oscars 2002 (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role/Presenter: Best Sound & Best Sound Effects Editing
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
"The Bernie Mac Show"
- Handle Your Business (2002) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Herself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
- Episode dated 5 December 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 1 June 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 March 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 11 September 1996 (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
The Concert for New York City (2001) (TV) .... Herself
"Mundo VIP"
- Show nº275 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) .... Herself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself - Presenter: song 'My Funny Friend and Me'
32nd NAACP Image Awards (2001) (TV) .... Herself
Great Streets: The Champs Elysees with Halle Barry (2001) (TV) .... Herself
Welcome to Hollywood (2000) .... Herself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
2000 MTV Movie Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
31st NAACP Image Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1999) (TV) .... Herself
30th NAACP Image Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself
"Behind the Music"
... aka VH1's Behind the Music (USA)
- Lionel Richie (1998) TV Episode .... Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (1998) (TV) .... Herself
Intimate Portrait: Halle Berry (1998) (TV) .... Herself
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine (1996) (TV) .... Herself
Girl 6 (1996) .... Herself
- Where the Party At (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
"Dennis Miller Live"
- Race Issues in America (1995) TV Episode .... Herself
1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) (TV)
"A Century of Women" (1994) (mini) TV Series
"Hollywood Women" (1994) (mini) TV Series .... Herself
"The Word"
- Episode #3.19 (1993) TV Episode .... Herself
CB4 (1993) .... Herself
25th NAACP Image Awards (1993) (TV) .... Herself/Presenter
MTV Video Music Awards 1992 (1992) (TV) .... Herself
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
... aka The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
- Episode dated 27 November 1991 (1991) TV Episode .... Herself
Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (2006) (TV) .... Herself
Celebrity Debut (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"Corazón de..."
- Episode dated 16 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Greatest Canadian" (2004) (mini) .... Herself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) (TV) .... Herself - #83: Halle Berry: Accidents Will Happen
"The Screensavers"
- Episode dated 31 December 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"Celebrities Uncensored"
- Episode #1.15 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Christmas from Hollywood (2003) (V) .... Herself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2003 (2003) (TV) .... Jinx
Celebrity Naked Ambition (2003) (TV)
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (2003) (TV) .... Herself
"200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" (2003) (mini) .... Herself
"Love Chain"
- Halle Berry (????) TV Episode .... Herself
De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros (2002) (V) .... Storm
Headliners & Legends: Halle Berry (2001) (TV) .... Herself