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.
- Was featured as #7 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
- Was given her Oscar-winning role of Leticia Musgrove in _Monster's Ball (2001)_ (qv) after both 'Angela Bassett' (qv) and 'Vanessa Williams (VII)' (qv) turned the role down.
- Ranked #55 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
- 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).
- She was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $13,500 in fines and penalties after pleading no contest on May 10, 2000 to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a traffic accident. The judge also ordered the actress to perform 200 hours of community service and to make restitution as determined by the outcome of civil litigation arising from the February accident when she was driving a rented Chevrolet Blazer and ran a red light and crashed into another car on Sunset Boulevard. She left the scene of the accident before authorities arrived, suffered a gash to her head that required 20 stitches to close, and the woman (Hetal Raythatha) driving the other vehicle broke her wrist. Halle reported the accident to a police officer at the hospital where she sought treatment.
- Her favorite actresses are 'Dorothy Dandridge' (qv), 'Jodie Foster' (qv) and 'Whoopi Goldberg' (qv).
- Mother is from Liverpool, England.
- 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).