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Halle Berry

Halle BerryAKA Halle Maria Berry

Born: 14-Aug-1966
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Monster's Ball

Berry was named after the Halle Building in downtown Cleveland, former home of the Halle Brothers Department Store. Berry's mother is white, her father black. He left when Berry was four years old, then returned some years later but not for long. Some accounts say he was abusive to both his wife and daughters. In high school Berry was a cheerleader, class president, and prom queen. She won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant in 1985, and was first runner-up for Miss USA in 1986. She worked as a model, and acted in a low-budget local cable show called Chicago Force. Her first real work as an actress was on Living Dolls, a 1989 spin-off of the interminable Tony Danza sitcom, Who's the Boss? She was also on Knot's Landing for a year.

For her first movie role, Berry played a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. She won an Emmy for the 1999 HBO movie, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, where she played the star of Porgy and Bess. Dandridge was the first black actress nominated for an Oscar. Berry became the first black to win the Oscar for Best Actress, as the wife of an executed prisoner who falls for his racist killer in Monster's Ball. Berry long refused to do nude scenes, but bared her breasts in Swordfish in exchange for a half-million-dollar bonus. In Monster's Ball, Berry's sex scenes held the audience's attention through the film's extended boring parts.

In 2000, Berry was sentenced to community service for a hit-and-run accident after running a red light. Berry said she had no memory of being in an accident, and her doctors said she had sustained a head injury.

Robert Downey, Jr. accidentally broke Berry's arm filming a particularly emotional scene for Gothika. She has diabetes, and minimal hearing in her right ear, a result of being beaten by a pre-fame boyfriend.

Father: Jerome Berry (hospital attendant)
Mother: Judith Hawkins (psychiatric nurse)
Sister: Heidi Berry
Husband: David Justice (baseball player, m. 31-Dec-1992, div. 1997)
Boyfriend: Shemar Moore (actor, dated 2001)
Husband: Eric Benét (singer, m. 24-Jan-2001, div. 3-Jan-2005)
Daughter: India (step-child, daughter of Eric)
Boyfriend: Fred Durst (according to him)
Boyfriend: Pitof (film director, rumored to be dating)
Boyfriend: John Ronan
Boyfriend: Michael Ealy (actor)
Boyfriend: Gabriel Aubry (model, together 2005-10, one daughter)
Daughter: Nahla Ariela Aubry (b. 16-Mar-2008)
Husband: Olivier Martinez (actor, together since 2010, m. 13-Jul-2013)

    High School: Bedford High School, Bedford, OH (1984)
    University: Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH (no degree)

    Endorsement of Pepsi
    Endorsement of Revlon
    Obama for America
    Beauty Contest Miss Teen All-America (1985)
    Oscar for Best Actress 2002 for Monster's Ball
    Emmy 2000 for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
    Golden Globe 2002 for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
    Bond Girls Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson in Die Another Day
    Fainted during a taping of "Living Dolls" (1989)
    Suicide Attempt carbon monoxide (1997), abortive
    Leaving the Scene of an Accident Los Angeles, CA (Feb-2000)
    In Vitro Fertilization
    English Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Diabetes, Depression

    TELEVISION
    Living Dolls Emily Franklin (1989)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Call (14-Mar-2013)
    Movie 43 (1-Jan-2013)
    Cloud Atlas (8-Sep-2012)
    Dark Tide (8-Mar-2012)
    New Year's Eve (5-Dec-2011) · Nurse Aimee
    Frankie and Alice (17-May-2010)
    Things We Lost in the Fire (26-Sep-2007)
    Perfect Stranger (10-Apr-2007)
    X-Men: The Last Stand (22-May-2006)
    Robots (10-Mar-2005) [VOICE]
    Their Eyes Were Watching God (6-Mar-2005)
    Catwoman (19-Jul-2004) · Patience Phillips
    Gothika (13-Nov-2003) · Miranda Grey
    X2 (24-Apr-2003) · Ororo Munroe -- Storm
    Die Another Day (18-Nov-2002) · Jinx
    Monster's Ball (11-Nov-2001) · Leticia Musgrove
    America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) · Herself
    Swordfish (4-Jun-2001)
    Welcome to Hollywood (27-Oct-2000) · Herself
    X-Men (13-Jul-2000) · Storm
    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (14-Aug-1999)
    Why Do Fools Fall In Love (8-Aug-1998) · Zola
    Bulworth (15-May-1998) · Nina
    The Wedding (22-Feb-1998)
    B*A*P*S (28-Mar-1997) · Nisi
    The Rich Man's Wife (13-Sep-1996) · Josie Potenza
    Girl 6 (22-Mar-1996) · Herself
    Race the Sun (22-Mar-1996)
    Executive Decision (15-Mar-1996)
    Losing Isaiah (17-Mar-1995)
    The Flintstones (27-May-1994) · Miss Stone
    The Program (24-Sep-1993)
    Father Hood (27-Aug-1993) · Kathleen Mercer
    CB4 (12-Mar-1993) · Herself
    Queen (14-Feb-1993)
    Boomerang (1-Jul-1992) · Angela
    The Last Boy Scout (13-Dec-1991)
    Strictly Business (8-Nov-1991)
    Jungle Fever (5-Jun-1991) · Vivian

Appears on the cover of:
People, 12-May-2003, DETAILS: 50 Most Beautiful People
Entertainment Weekly, 23-Jan-2004, DETAILS: The Year's Best Events starring Halle Berry as Catwoman (photo of Berry in a Catwoman mask, displaying breasts prominently)


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