Halle Berry

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Halle Berry

Born

8/14/1966, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Birth Name

Halle Maria Berry

Gender

Female
8.6
out of 10
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134 votes

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Halle Berry was born on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA to African American father Jerome Berry, a former hospital attendant, and Caucasian mother Judith Berry, a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle also has an older sister named Heidi. Halle first came into the spotlight at 17 years…more

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  • Trivia

    • Halle and Gabriel Aubry welcomed their first child into the world in 2008. The couple named her Nahla Ariela.

    • For her role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Halle won a SAG Award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

    • Halle was named 'Miss Teen All American' in 1985, and Miss Ohio USA in 1986. She was also the first runner up in the 2004 Miss USA pageant.

    • In October 2007 it was revealed that Halle had received racist death threats to her unborn baby. Halle hired security guards after she received several anonymous threatening letters. One note warned she and her child would be "cut into hundreds of pieces".

    • On April 4th, 2007, Halle was immortalised on Hollywood's 'Walk of Fame'. Her star is the 2333rd to be laid on the 'Walk of Fame'. She was initially due to receive her star in 2003 but conflicting schedules prevented her from receiving it until 2007.

    • In March 2007, Halle admitted she had attempted suicide after the end of her relationship with David Justice, a baseball player with the Atlanta Braves.

    • Halle won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and an Academy Award (Best Actress) for her role in Monster's Ball.

    • Halle was named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical's "2006 Woman of the Year".

    • Halle's favourite actresses are Dorothy Dandridge, Jodie Foster and Whoopi Goldberg.

    • Halle adopted a cat (that was originally an extra for Catwoman) named Playto, to help herself learn about cats. However, she renamed the cat Playdough, because Playto was too serious a name for her.

    • Halle's injuries
      - Halle lost some hearing in one of her ears due to a physical encounter with a boyfriend in the early 1990s.
      - On April 10, 2002, Halle received an injury on the set of Die Another Day, while on location in Cadiz, Spain. She was shooting an action sequence at the time, which involved Pierce Brosnan firing on a helicopter being flown by Rick Yune.
      - In May 2003, her broke her arm while filming Gothika.
      - In 2004, Halle smashed her head into set lights on the set of Catwoman but wasn't seriously injured.

    • Halle's dress for the 2002 Oscars ceremony was voted the most popular outfit from the first 75 years.

    • Halle was named after the grand old Halle Building in Cleveland, Ohio, which originally housed the Halle Brothers department store. The building is now an office building and was the fictional setting for the Winfred-Louder department store on The Drew Carey Show.

    • In 1994, Halle turned down the role of Annie in Speed. In 2003 she turned down the female lead in box office disaster Gigli.

    • Halle portrayed Dorothy Dandridge in the film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African- American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and coincidentally Halle Berry is the first to have won in that category.

    • Halle is Mulatto. Her father is African American and her mother is Caucasian. She is estranged from her sister Heidi.

    • As of December 2006, Halle is the highest paid African American actress in Hollywood.

    • Halle's appearances on various lists include:
      2002

      - Listed in the #10 position in Australian Empire Magazine's 'Sexiest Female Movie Star'

      2003
      - Listed in the #96 position in Premiere's annual 'Power 100'

      2004
      - Listed in the #7 position in FHM's 'Top 100 Sexiest Women'
      - Listed in People magazine as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People'

      2005
      - Listed in the #41 position in Maxim Magazine's 'Hot 100 of 2005'
      - Listed in the #5 position in FHM's '100 Sexiest Women in the World'
      - Listed in the #1 position in BET's 'All Shades of Fine: The 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years'

      2006
      - Listed in the #7 position in VH1's '100 Hottest Hotties'

      2007
      - Listed in the #55 position in Maxim Magazine's 'Hot 100 of 2007'

      2009
      - Listed in the #7 position in AIM's '100 Hottest Brunettes'

      Halle was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in People magazine in 2004. 2004 was the eighth time Halle had appeared on the list, tying with Julia Roberts for the most appearances.

    • Halle was the second "Bond Girl" to win an Oscar.

    • Halle's schooling
      - Attended Heskett Middle School in Bedford, Ohio.
      - Graduated from Bedford High School, Bedford, Ohio where she was an honor society member, cheer leader, editor of the school paper, class president, and prom queen.
      - Attended Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

    • Halle's firsts
      - The first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
      - The first African American in the Miss World Competition. - The first actress to portray two different comic book characters for two different comic book companies.

    • Halle is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 metres) tall. Her measurements are 36C-22-37 and her nickname is Hannah Little.

    • Halle was married to David Justice from December 31, 1992 to June 24, 1997. She was then married to Eric Benet from January 24, 2001 to January 3, 2005. Halle adopted her step-daughter, India, after her marriage to Eric and is now her legal mother.

    • In 1989, Halle was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

  • Quotes

    • Halle: I'm not a fanatic about exercising. For me, it's about moderation and balance.

    • Halle: I always had to diet. I'm diabetic, so it's a lifestyle for me anyway just to stay healthy and not end up in the hospital.

    • Halle: When I think, where did I laugh the most, where did I eat the most, where did I just feel good all the time, I would say making the Bond movie 'Die Another Day.' To be part of such an iconic franchise and to travel to exotic places - that was the most fun I ever had.

    • Halle: The worst thing a man can ever do is kiss me on the first date.

    • Halle: I think I am at my best when my hair is short. It's easier to take care of and more of who I am. Women are conditioned to think we need long hair.

    • Halle: If you set out to do something and you give it your all and it doesn't work out, be willing to modify your goal slightly. Have the ability to look in another direction. A small shift could guide you to the real purposes of your life.

    • Halle: There's a place in me that can really relate to being the underdog.

    • Halle: I do not love to work out, but if I stick to exercising every day and put the right things in my mouth, then my diabetes just stays in check.

    • Halle: I think it's always best to be who you are.

    • Halle: Having a baby takes so much from you. It's the most glorious thing you'll ever do, but the aftermath is not so glorious!

    • Halle: Career is important, but nothing really supersedes my roles as a mother.

    • Halle: I know I'm only one human being and I'm only making one tiny contribution and it's nothing more than that.

    • Halle: Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child.

    • Halle: After all, everybody has secrets and there are some things that nobody knows about you but only you, right?

    • Halle: 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.

    • Halle: There have been so many people who have said to me, 'You can't do that,' but I've had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.

    • Halle: I spent a lot of time with a crown on my head.

    • Halle: A person's self-esteem has nothing to do with how she looks.

    • Halle: My whole life I've had the fear that I was going to be abandoned.

    • Halle: I am a hopeless romantic. And I won't stop till I get it right.

    • Halle: I'm done with men... I'm going to be alone. I have no luck with relationships. I don't think I'm made for marriage.

    • Halle: I'm not done with love, but I refuse to settle. I am a hopeless romantic. And I won't stop till I get it right.

    • Halle: Don't take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself, and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves.

    • Halle: Let me tell you something - being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory.

    • Halle: I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him.

    • Halle: What's hardest for me to swallow is when there is a love story, say, with a really high-profile male star and there's no reason I can't play the part. They say, 'Oh, we love Halle, we just don't want to go black with this part.'

    • Halle: Anytime you put a movie out it's subject to such scrutiny and such criticism.

    • Halle: I'll never get married again, and I always hate to say never to anything, but I will never marry again.

    • Halle: I think a smart person today realizes that you have to be part of the art films that are done just for the sake of the art.

    • Halle: I don't think I'm unlike a lot of people. I am just someone who is trying to find that mate, and I think it's a really hard thing to do.

    • Halle: Beauty is not just physical.

    • Halle: I think I've evolved into someone pretty confident - in myself and in my skin.

    • Halle: The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We're still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.

    • Halle: The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don't have a cherry.

    • Halle: What's the worst that can happen? If it doesn't do well I can put on my big girl panties, deal with it and move on.

    • Halle: If you're of multiple races, you have a different challenge, a unique challenge of embracing all of who you are but still finding a way to identify yourself and I think that's often hard for us to do.

    • Halle: In a perfect world, I would be a painter. I love working with my hands. I don't get to do it as much as I like, but I am finding a way to make more time as life goes on because it's a really great outlet for me to express myself.

    • Halle: I won't have a traditional marriage; I don't find the value in that anymore. But I am such a hopeless romantic and I really want love and I want a committed relationship, so I am going to reinvent marriage for myself.

    • Halle: I see women in their 30s getting plastic surgery, pulling this up and tucking that back. It's like a slippery slope - once you start you pull one thing one way and then you think, 'Oh my God, I've got to do the other side.'

    • Halle: People win Oscars, and then it seems like they fall off the planet. And that's partly because a huge expectation walks in the room and sits right down on top of your head. The moment I won the Oscar, I felt the teardown the very next day.

    • Halle: I always had to prove myself through my actions. Be a cheerleader. Be class president. Be the editor of the newspaper. It gave me a way to show who I was without being angry or violent.

    • Halle: I never wanted to be a model. My modelling career was nothing but a stepping stone to my acting career and that's all I ever saw it as. A pointless rock in the river that has to be stepped on in order to get to the meaningful oasis of acting.

    • Halle: In the X-Men the women are so strong and sexy! We really kick some male butt!

    • Halle: I'm learning to accept the lack of privacy as the real downer in my profession.

    • Halle: I wish all men were like dogs.

    • Halle: I guess you could say I have bad taste in men. But I no longer feel the need to be someone's wife.

    • Halle: I don't know why, but I respond well to tortured characters.

    • Halle: By the time I left school, I had a lot of tenacity.

    • Halle: While being called beautiful is extremely flattering, I would much rather be noticed for my work as an actress.

    • Halle: I'm not one of these actresses like, 'Okay, where's the camera? Is it here? Is it here?' I don't even ask the questions because I don't really want to know. I like not performing for a camera but giving it my best every single time whether you're close or whether you're far.

    • Halle: I was black growing up in an all-white neighborhood, so I felt like I just didn't fit in. Like I wasn't as good as everybody else, or as smart, or whatever.

    • Halle: I archive a lot of my clothes and have them wrapped up and in boxes. I call them 'little tombs' and keep them in a storage space... I would never get rid of the dress I wore on the night I won my Oscar. When I die, someone can have it, but not a minute before!

    • Halle: You think you know what love is - until you have a child and discover that unconditional mother love.

    • Halle: You have to get the audience invested even if you're doing something that they think is dumb, it's kind of what these movies are all about.

    • Halle: Throughout my career I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back, I think I should have followed my instincts.

    • Halle: The first step is clearly defining what it is you're after, because without knowing that, you'll never get it.

    • Halle: My style has evolved in a nice way, but everyone has bad moments.

    • Halle: My mother helped me identify myself the way the world would identify me. Bloodlines didn't matter as much as how I would be perceived.

    • Halle: It is very hard to separate one's self from a character. Sometimes the people closest to me have to be very understanding.

    • Halle: I'm not the girl for super high fashion because I don't have the right body. When I want to get dressed up, I'm a Roberto Cavalli girl.

    • Halle: I'm not sad at all about turning 40.

    • Halle: I'm not afraid of portraying anything on-screen.

    • Halle: I'm just going to live my life and be who I am.

    • Halle: I'm a much better mother at 46... than if I were like, 21 or 25.

    • Halle: I think we have become obsessed with beauty and personally I'm really saddened by the way women mutilate their faces today in search of that.

    • Halle: I like Doritos. I'm usually watching 'The Biggest Loser' eating Doritos.

    • Halle: I don't see a white woman. I see a black woman, even though my mother is white. Knowing that has made my life easier, I think.

    • Halle: I carried my Oscar to bed with me. My first and only three-way happened that night.

    • Halle: Being a mother is probably the most important thing in my life right now.

    • Halle: And you also have to do movies that are about commerce because that's what is required of the industry today.

    • Halle: If you really want to be competitive in today's market you have to be in movies that make money.

    • Halle: I'd like to be able to use Storm's powers for good, like have it rain more in Southern California. We could do with it.

    • Halle: I always had to prove myself through my actions. Be a cheerleader. Be class president. Be the editor of the newspaper.

    • Halle: I think there's a certain level of trust that I have with women. I've always been honest, even when I haven't had good times in my life or my movie bombed or I've had great success. I've owned up to all of it.

    • Halle: Every story about me is so heavy and dramatic. That's not how I do life. But that's the impression people have, and that's what keeps getting reiterated. As if I'm still stuck in all the muck of the past. And I am so not.

    • Halle: People win 'Oscars', and then it seems like they fall off the planet. And that's partly because a huge expectation walks in the room and sits right down on top of your head.

    • Halle: Blackness is a state of mind, and I identify with the black community. Mainly, because I realized, early on, when I walk into a room, people see a black woman, they don't see a white woman. So out of that reason alone, I identify more with the black community.

    • Halle: Being biracial is sort of like being in a secret society. Most people I know of that mix have a real ability to be in a room with anyone, black or white.

    • Halle: (on sex) I've learned my tricks. I know what I like. I do not wait around. I initiate. And I'm not all about frequency. I favor intensity.

    • Halle: (on doing nude scenes) I did one and I'd do more, if it was instrumental in bringing the character to life. I'm really comfortable with my body.

    • Halle: (on being immortalised on Hollywood's 'Walk of Fame') I want to officially state that I am an emotional retard. I am so emotional ... as soon as I saw the crowds of people and friends here, I started to cry.

    • Halle: I'll adopt, I'll get artificially inseminated. I'll do whatever I will have to do. I really don't want to miss motherhood in my life, and I know I love children.

    • Halle: (on Catwoman) I can't tell you how many times my pants split wide open...I was having lots of Janet Jackson moments...I think I've evolved into someone pretty confident - in myself and in my skin.

    • Halle: I never wanted to be a model. My modelling career was nothing but a stepping stone to my acting career and that's all I ever saw it as. A pointless rock in the river that has to be stepped on in order to get to the meaningful oasis of acting.

    • Halle: (during her Oscar acceptance speech) This moment is so much bigger than me, This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, v... It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett Smith, Angela Bassett, Vivica A. Fox... and it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance, because the door tonight has been opened.

    • Halle: I carried my Oscar to bed with me. My first and only three-way happened that night.

    • Halle: While being called beautiful is extremely flattering, I would much rather be noticed for my work as an actress.

    • Halle: Secretly part of me has always wanted to try cocaine, but I just couldn't imagine sniffing anything up my nose. It seems like that would hurt.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not all she's said to be.

    8.3
    Don't get me wrong, I like Halle Berry, I think she is both beautiful and talented, however I believe people tend to over exaggerate her looks and her acting ability. I think there are other actresses out there that are more beautiful than she is and those whose acting abilities that surpass hers. I don't dislike her, I love almost all of her movies and I think she's a great role model to all women, but I still think she is highly overated.moreless
  • I love Halle!

    10
    I'm proud to say that I'm beeen following Halle Barry's career since 1991. she is one of the most talented and the sexiest woman I ever saw. I even wrote her a few letters of support. She even won an Academy Award for "Monster's Ball" in 2002 and I've been following her ever since. So she was in a few bad movies, so what she is a survivor. she sruvive one crisis after another. One bad marriage after another, and she survive. that's why I love her very much. Not only she establish herself on the big screen, but in my heart as well.moreless
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