Halle Berry: Click Here For Halle's Filmography
Halle Berry was born August 14, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio to father Jerome Berry, a former hospital attendant, and mother Judith Berry, a retired psychiatric nurse. The second of two children Halle has an older sister named Heidi. Her parents would later divorce when she was only four.
Growing up Halle had to deal with the taunts of school children because of her mixed background but she weathered the barbs well.
"When I was younger, living in an all-black neighborhood the other kids thought I was better then them because of my light skin and straight hair, then we moved to an all-white neighborhood and that was a culture shock. I'd been used to being around all black kids…I'm black, I realized very early in my life that I wasn't going to be this mulatto stuck in the middle, not knowing it I'm black or white."
At the age of 17 she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing the state of Ohio in 1985 and the following year she was the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant. After the exposure the Miss USA pageant gave her Halle went from being a model to walking on the set of her first weekly TV series in the span of 3 years. 1989's Living Dolls was a short-lived spin off from Who's The Boss...it ran for three months before the plug was pulled. Not a problem for Miss Berry as she had bigger things waiting for her in the wings.
A down and gritty role in Jungle Fever playing the crack-addicted love interest of Samuel L. Jackson fueled interest in her acting abilities. To keep the money flowing at this time Halle did another brief stint on TV in the night time soap opera Knots Landing before returning to the big screen in the comedy Strictly Business. Now she was beginning to be noticed by some of the bigger players in the industry and Halle soon found herself cast opposite Eddie Murphy in Boomerang.
Even more exposure followed with the huge success of The Flintstones (playing secretary Sharon Stone) and then another dramatic turn in Losing Isaiah. Her work after this began to become a typical pattern of instant fame and then a slow decline in projects. It seemed to come at the same time as her personal life seemed to shatter as well.
After an ill-fated set romance between Halle and Wesley Snipes during Jungle Fever, Halle would go on to meet Atlanta Braves pitcher David Justice. This meeting would result in a marriage that ended after only three years.
Berry though recognized the downturn and took steps to remedy it. In 1998 she received some rave reviews for her street smart turn in Warren Beatty's Bulworth. She garnered even more attention and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
Now back on the A-list and seemingly picking up on the right projects (X-Men, Swordfish) she will return as Storm in X-Men 2 and has snagged another Golden Globe nomination for her work in Monster's Ball. Everyone has a downturn in Hollywood it seems, few can fix the damage that has been done but Halle Berry seems to have gone against the curve and made her way back to the top of the heap.
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Halle Berry Filmography
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