Aug. 14th, 1966
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Halle Berry's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Things We Lost in the Fire
2007 - Perfect Stranger
2006 - X-Men: The Last Stand
2005 - Robots
2004 - Catwoman
2003 - X2: X-Men United
2003 - Gothika
2002 - Die Another Day
2001 - Monster's Ball
2001 - Swordfish
2000 - X-Men
1998 - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
1998 - Bulworth
1996 - Executive Decision
1996 - The Rich Man's Wife
1995 - Losing Isaiah
1994 - The Flintstones
1993 - The Program
1993 - CB4
1992 - Boomerang
1991 - The Last Boy Scout
1991 - Jungle Fever
Guest TV Roles
Halle Berry (born 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. Berry also has an older sister named 'Heidi Berry'. Berry first came into the spotlight at 17 years old when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing the state of Ohio in 1985 and, a year later in 1986, when she was the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant. After participating in the pageant, Halle became a model.
It eventually led to her first weekly TV series, 1989's Living Dolls (1989), where she soon gained a reputation for her on-set tenacity, preferring to "live" her roles and remaining in character even when the cameras stopped rolling. It paid off though when she reportedly refused to bathe for several days before starting work on her role as a crack addict in 'Spike Lee' Jungle Fever (1991) because the role provided her big screen breakthrough. The following year, she was cast as 'Eddie Murphy' love interest in Boomerang (1992), one of the few times that Murphy was evenly matched on screen.
In 1994, Berry gained a youthful following for her performance as sexy secretary Sharon Stone in The Flintstones (1994). She next had a highly publicized costarring role with 'Jessica Lange' in the adoption drama Losing Isaiah (1995). Though the movie received mixed reviews, Berry didn't let that slow her down, and continued down her path to super-stardom.
In 1998, she received critical success when she starred as a street smart young woman who takes up with a struggling politician in 'Warren Beatty' Bulworth (1998). The following year, she won even greater acclaim for her role as actress 'Dorothy Dandridge' in made-for-cable's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series. In 2000, she received box office success in X-Men (2000) in which she played "Storm", a mutant who has the ability to control the weather.
- Lost some hearing in one of her ears due to a physical encounter with a boyfriend in the early 90s.
- Played a character called "Sharon Stone" in _The Flintstones (1994)_ (qv). Ten years later she appeared with the real 'Sharon Stone (I)' (qv) in _Catwoman (2004)_ (qv).
- Wisely turned down the female lead in box office disaster _Gigli (2003)_ (qv), which birthed the relationship of 'Ben Affleck' (qv) and 'Jennifer Lopez (I)' (qv).
- Is one of four African-American actresses to win an Oscar in a competitive category. In chronological order the others are: 'Hattie McDaniel' (qv) for _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv), 'Whoopi Goldberg' (qv) for _Ghost (1990)_ (qv) and 'Jennifer Hudson (I)' (qv) for _Dreamgirls (2006)_ (qv).
- Well known for "living" her roles, she refused to bathe for two weeks in preparation for a role as a crack addict in _Jungle Fever (1991)_ (qv).
- Smashed her head into set lights on the set of _Catwoman (2004)_ (qv). She wasn't seriously injured.
- One of only three actresses, along with 'Faye Dunaway' (qv) and 'Liza Minnelli' (qv), to win both the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Razzie Award for Worst Actress (Dunaway shared her award with 'Bo Derek' (qv)).
- Was named "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine in 2008.