Full Name: Halle Maria Berry
Birth Date: August 14, 1968
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5' 7"
Quote: "When I hear someone say 'I don't know why you took your top off in Swordfish; my daughter used to look up to you,' I just think, I'm sorry I let your daughter down, but guess what? I'm living my life."
Halle Berry was born on August 14, 1968, in Cleveland, Ohio. The youngest daughter born to African American father Jerome Berry, a former hospital attendant, and Caucasian mother Judith Berry, a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle, and her older sister Heidi, spent the first few years of their childhood living in an inner-city neighborhood. In the early 1970s, Jerome Berry abandoned his wife and children, after which Judith moved her family to the predominantly white Cleveland suburb of Bedford.
Berry attended a nearly all-white public school, and as a result was subjected to discrimination at an early age. Her early bouts with racism greatly influenced her desire to excel. Throughout high school, the determined teen participated in a dizzying array of extracurricular activities, holding positions of newspaper editor, class president, and head cheerleader.
A natural performer, Berry earned a handful of beauty pageant titles during the early 1980s, including Miss Teen Ohio and Miss Teen America. She was eventually awarded first runner-up in the 1985 Miss U.S.A. competition. For a short time she attended Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College, where she studied broadcast journalism. However, Berry abandoned her idea of a career in news reporting before receiving her degree. Choosing to wholeheartedly devote her time to a career in entertainment, Berry moved to Chicago then New York City, where she found work as a catalog model.
As the ‘80s turned into the ‘90s, the aspiring actress began a career in television with a role on the short-lived sitcom Living Dolls (1989), followed by a year-long run on the CBS prime-time drama Knot’s Landing, in 1991. Berry’s first big-screen break came later that year when she was cast as Samuel L. Jackson’s drug-addicted girlfriend in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. More substantial supporting roles followed, including that of a stripper in the action-thriller The Last Boy Scout (1991), starring Bruce Willis; and as the woman who finally wins Eddie Murphy’s heart in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992).
With a few films under her belt, Berry accepted more offbeat roles, making cameos in the rockumentary CB4 (1993), which traced the rise and fall of the titled rap group. 1994’s live-action version of The Flintstones featured Berry as a Stone Age seductress.
Berry offered a no-holds-barred performance as a rehabilitated crack addict seeking to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995). In the midst of a bitter custody battle with adoptive parents played by Jessica Lange and David Strathairn, Berry was noted for her believable portrayal in the unglamorous role. Later that year, Berry overcame Hollywood’s racial barriers when she was cast as the first African-American to play the Queen of Sheeba in Showtime’s movie Solomon & Sheeba.
Berry’s other credits included two 1996 crime thrillers — The Rich Man’s Wife, and Executive Decision, which marked her first leading role in a feature. She took a turn as one of three wives laying claim to Frankie Lyman’s estate in the 1998 biographical drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and played a liberal urban youth in the political satire Bulworth (1998), opposite Hollywood veteran Warren Beatty.
In 1999, Berry released her most passionate project to date, coproducing and starring in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, an HBO biopic. Berry was noted for her striking resemblance to the late Dandridge, and for her engaging depiction of the actress’ struggle to succeed in the racially biased industry of 1950s Hollywood. Berry earned both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for her role.
Berry was featured in X-Men (2000), the big-budget screen adaptation of the long-running Marvel Comic. In the highly anticipated summer release Berry’s character, Storm, teamed with fellow mutant heroes played by Anna Paquin and Patrick Stewart. In the summer of 2001, she costarred with John Travolta in the disappointing action movie Swordfish, the publicity for which largely focused around Berry's topless scene.
Berry garnered the most positive critical notice of her film career in late 2001, for her performance as the wife of a death row prisoner (Sean "Puffy" Combs) who becomes romantically involved with a racist prison guard (Billy Bob Thornton) in the dark drama Monster's Ball. The role earned Berry a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama and the Academy Award for Leading Actress. In her emotional acceptance speech, Berry acknowledged the honor of becoming the first African American actress to win the Oscar for her lead role by thanking all the performers who came before her.
In 2002, Berry starred in the hit Bond adventure Die Another Day. In 2003, she starred in the thriller Gothika, and in 2004 she appeared as Gotham's favorite sex kitten in Catwoman, also featuring Sharon Stone and Kim Smith. Berry will be starring in the TV adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's classic 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God and lending her voice for the CGI cartoon project Robots slated for 2005.
Halle Berry Filmography
Class Act (2008) .... Tierney Cahill
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) .... Audrey Burke
Perfect Stranger (2007) .... Ro
X-Men: The Last Stand (aka X3/X-Men 3) (2006) .... Ororo Munroe/Storm
Robots (2005) .... Cappy (voice)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) (TV Movie) .... Janie Starks
Catwoman (2004) .... Patience Phillips/Catwoman
Gothika (2003) .... Miranda Grey
"Saturday Night Live" .... Host (Episode 29.3, 2003)
X2 (aka X2: X-Men United/X-Men 2: X-Men United/X-2/X-Men 2) (2003) .... Storm/Ororo Munroe
Die Another Day (aka D.A.D.) (2002) .... Jinx
Monster's Ball (2001) .... Leticia Musgrove
Swordfish (2001) .... Ginger Knowles
X-Men (2000) .... Ororo Munroe/Storm
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (aka Face of an Angel) (1999) (TV Movie) .... Dorothy Dandridge
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) .... Zola Taylor
Bulworth (1998) .... Nina
"Frasier" .... Betsy (voice) (1 episode: "Room Service" 1998)
The Wedding (aka Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding) (1998) (TV Movie) .... Shelby Coles
"Mad TV" .... Host (Episode 3.12, 1998)
B*A*P*S (1997) .... Nisi
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 Movie) .... Nikhaule/Queen Sheba
The Flintstones (1994) .... Rosetta Stone
The Program (1993) .... Autumn Haley
Father Hood (aka Mike Hardy, aka Honor Among Thieves, aka Desperado) (1993) .... Kathleen Mercer
"Queen" (aka Alex Haley's Queen) (1993) (TV Mini Series) .... Queen
Boomerang (1992) .... Angela Lewis
"Knots Landing" (1979) TV Series .... Debbie Porter (unknown episodes, 1991)
The Last Boy Scout (1991) .... Cory
Strictly Business (1991) .... Natalie
Jungle Fever (1991) .... Vivian
"They Came from Outer Space" .... Rene (1 episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" 1991)
"A Different World" .... Jaclyn (1 episode: "Love, Hillman-Style" 1991)
"Amen" .... Claire (1 episode: "Unforgettable" 1991)
"Living Dolls" (1989) TV Series .... Emily Franklin (unknown episodes, 1989)
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