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Halle Berry Biography

Halle Berry


Name: Halle Berry
Profession: Actress, Producer
Birth Date: August 14, 1966
Height: 5' 6"

Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Jerome and Judith Berry.  Her father is African-American and her mother is Caucasian.

After her parents divorced, Berry and her sister, Heidi, were raised by their mother.  She attended Bedford High School in Ohio, where she participated in several school activities, including cheerleading, school newspaper editor and class president.

At the age of 17, Berry entered her first beauty contest and ended up winning the title of Miss Teen All-American.  She went on to win Miss USA Ohio and was the first runner-up in the 1986 Miss USA pageant.

In 1989, Berry made her acting debut when she played a model on the short-lived television series "Living Dolls," which was a "Who’s the Boss?" spinoff. Two years later, she landed a recurring role on "Knotts Landing," a series that she appeared on for two seasons. She also landed her breakout role in 1991 as a crack addict in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever."

Berry went on to appear in several films during the 1990s, including "The Last Boy Scout," "Boomerang," "Father Hood," "Executive Decision" and "Bulworth." In 1999, Berry produced and starred in the HBO biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance.

Berry would begin the next decade by starring in her first blockbuster, appearing as comic-book hero Storm in 2000's "X-Men." Two years later, she would make history for her performance in "Monster’s Ball." Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first African-American actress to win the prestigious award.

Berry has been married and divorced twice.  Her first husband was professional baseball player David Justice.  They were married from 1992 until 1996.  She was then married to singer Eric Benet from 2001 until 2004.  Berry and Canadian model Gabriel Aubrey have a daughter, Nahla, who born on March 16, 2008.