Halle Berry

Actor, Producer, Model
As a former beauty queen and fashion model, Halle Berry surprised naysayers when she emerged as a multi-talented actress capable of turning in award-worthy performances. Berry made herself known in a small, but ... Read more »
Born: 08/14/1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (138)

Kidnap 2016 (Movie)

Kate McCoy (Actor)

Extant 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996, 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

Storm (Actor)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th NAACP Image Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The BET Honors 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Call 2013 (Movie)

Jordan Turner (Actor)

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cloud Atlas 2012 (Movie)

Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym (Actor)

Dark Tide 2012 (Movie)

Kate Mathieson (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Nurse Aimee (Actor)

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Frankie and Alice 2010 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Guys Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

16th Annual Trumpet Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

Rowena (Actor)

Things We Lost in the Fire 2007 (Movie)

Audrey Burke (Actor)

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

Ororo Munroe/Storm (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Cappy (Voice)

The 2005 Teen Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Catwoman 2004 (Movie)

Patience Philips/Catwoman (Actor)

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Gothika 2003 (Movie)

Miranda Grey (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

Storm (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of a Scene: Monster's Ball 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

Jinx (Actor)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/02) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Streets 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster's Ball 2001 (Movie)

Leticia Musgrove (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Swordfish 2001 (Movie)

Ginger (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

Storm (Actor)

X-Men: The Mutant Watch 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Halle Berry 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Christmas Miracles 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hollywood Glamour Girls 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones -- The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Miss USA Pageant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 1998 (Movie)

Zola Taylor (Actor)

Women of the Net 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

B.A.P.S. 1997 (Movie)

Nisi (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 World Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Martin 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Race the Sun 1996 (Movie)

Sandra Beecher (Actor)

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich Man's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Jane Potenza (Actor)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

Khaila Richards (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Miss Rosetta Stone (Actor)

Father Hood 1993 (Movie)

Kathleen Mercer (Actor)

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Program 1993 (Movie)

Autumn (Actor)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

Vivian (Actor)

Strictly Business 1991 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Cory (Actor)

Living Dolls 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Nappily Ever After (Movie)

Venus Johnston (Actor)

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Solomon & Sheba (TV Show)

Actor

Tulia (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (4)

Frankie and Alice 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nappily Ever After (Movie)

(Producer)

Tulia (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As a former beauty queen and fashion model, Halle Berry surprised naysayers when she emerged as a multi-talented actress capable of turning in award-worthy performances. Berry made herself known in a small, but memorable role as a crackhead in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" (1991), though she was subsequently underused in "The Last Boy Scout" (1991) and "Boomerang" (1992). She turned in a finely crafted dramatic performance as a drug-addicted mother trying to regain custody of her son in "Losing Isaiah" (1995), while her role as a gutsy flight attendant in "Executive Decision" (1996) garnered positive reviews. With the trappings of fame, however, Berry was a constant source of public scrutiny, starting with her divorce from baseball star David Justice through her turbulent marriage to singer Eric Benet and later her nasty custody battle with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. Throughout her personal travails, Berry delivered a fine dramatic performance in "Bulworth" (1998), earned an Emmy for "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (HBO, 1999), and won the Oscar for her brave turn in "Monster's Ball" (2001), becoming the first African-American to win Best Leading Actress. Though Berry's take on the comic book heroine Storm in the "X-Men" franchise earned her blockbuster status, her leather-clad prancing as "Catwoman" (2004) earned her certain ignominy. Nonetheless, Berry had the rare ability to excel in both major tentpole movies and small indie dramas, making her one of the more sought-after actresses working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Gabriel Aubry

Companion
Met at a Versace store opening in Manhattan in February 2006 Father of Berry's daughter Announced split in April 2010

Nahla Aubry

Daughter
Born March 16, 2008; father, Gabriel Aubry

Eric Benét Actor

Husband
Began dating in 1999 Benet had a daughter, India (born c. 1991) from previous relationship whom Berry adopted Married Jan. 24, 2001 Divorced on Jan. 3, 2005

Jerome Berry

Father
African American Abandoned family c. 1970 Briefly returned in 1976 Suffered from Parkinson's disease Died Jan. 24, 2003 in Cleveland, OH

Judith Berry

Mother
Caucasian From Liverpool, England Raised Berry and her sister as a single parent

Heidi Berry

Sister
Older Halle was estranged from her; the actress told Movieline in December 2001/January 2002: "We fought a lot. We don't know but part of me feels that we never recovered from the adolescent years. We fought for real. Sometimes drawing blood. I moved away from home at such a young age that the relationship never quite repaired itself."

Renee Berry

Half-Sister
Younger

Michael Ealy Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (2005) No longer together

David Justice Actor

Husband
Married on Dec. 31, 1992 Divorced on June 24, 1997

Spike Lee Actor

Companion
Lee directed Berry in "Jungle Fever" (1991) Briefly dated No longer together

Olivier Martinez Actor

Husband
Met on the set of "Dark Tide" (2011) Martinez announced their engagement in March 2012 Berry and Martinez were wed in July 2013 The couple's son, Maceo, was born on October 5, 2013

Maceo Martinez

Son

Shemar Moore Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated following Berry's separation from David Justice

Eddie Murphy Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 1991 Co-starred in "Boomerang" (1992)

John Ronan

Companion
Dated c. 1989 to c. 1991 Sued Berry in November 1993 for $80,000 he claimed he loaned to her during their relationship; suit dismissed by a judge because Ronan did not list any outstanding loans to Berry during a bankrupcy filing in 1992

Wesley Snipes Actor

Companion
Became romantically involved during filming of "Jungle Fever" (1991) No longer together

Danny Wood Actor

Companion
Reportedly linked c. 1989

EDUCATION

Cuyahoga Community College

Cleveland , Ohio 1984
Dropped out to pursue acting career

Bedford High School

Bedford , Ohio 1984
Was a cheerleader, editor of the school paper and president of the honor society; also elected prom queen; classmates accused her of stuffing the ballot box because the school population was predominantly Caucasian; a coin toss decided the results and Berry won

Milestones

2013

Starred in thriller "The Call" as a veteran 911 operator

2012

Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer

2011

Cast in ensemble romantic comedy "New Year’s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall

2010

Played multiracial woman with dissociative identity disorder in "Frankie and Alice"

2009

Produced and starred in "Tulia," which reunited her with Billy Bob Thornton

2007

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2007

Co-starred with Benicio Del Toro in "Things We Lost in the Fire"

2006

Reprised role of Storm in "X-Men: The Last Stand"

2005

Produced HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's play about a boarding house in Lackawanna, NY

2005

Starred in adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (ABC)

2004

Took on feline superhero role in poorly received "Catwoman"

2003

Starred in psychological horror feature "Gothika"

2003

Reprised role of Storm in superhero sequel "X2"

2002

Portrayed Jinx opposite Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in "Die Another Day"

2001

Landed female lead in action feature "Swordfish"

2001

Cast as the widow of a death row inmate who falls in love with a former prison guard in Marc Forster's "Monster's Ball"; became first black woman to win Best Actress Academy Award

2000

Featured as Storm, a mutant with power to produce adverse weather conditions in "X-Men"

1999

Realized dream project by co-producing and starring in HBO biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"

1998

Appeared opposite Warren Beatty in political comedy "Bulworth"

1998

Co-starred as one singer Frankie Lymon's the three wives in "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"

1996

Signed by Revlon to model cosmetics in print and TV advertising

1996

Portrayed title character in thriller "The Rich Man's Wife"

1995

Played a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in "Losing Isaiah," co-starring Jessica Lange

1994

Cast as the sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone in live-action "The Flintstones"

1993

Cast as title character in CBS miniseries "Queen," based on book by Alex Haley

1991

Played recurring role of Frank's girlfriend Debbie Porter on "Knots Landing" (CBS)

1991

Feature debut, playing a junkie in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"

1989

Made TV debut as model Emily Franklin on ABC sitcom "Living Dolls"

1986

Won dress competition in Miss World pageant

1986

Became first runner-up in Miss USA Pageant

1984

Won Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing state of Ohio

Raised in Ohio

Worked as a model in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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She was named Halle (pronounced HAL-ee) after the Halle Brothers department store.

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Her official Web site was www.hallewood.com

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At the age of 22, Berry was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

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She told Movieline (December 2001/January 2002) that in 1995 she was the victim of a mugging in the parking garage of the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles, CA.

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On the fact that Berry was of both black and white parentage, she said: "I see people on talk shows who are mixed, and they seem very confused. Sure I got called 'zebra' and 'Oreo cookie' in school, every little kid gets teased. But I think it's healthy to decide if you're one or the other, no one wants to be in the middle. That's why I decided early that I was black." – Berry quoted in USA Today, Nov. 20, 1991

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According to a Reuters report (March 1, 2000), on Feb. 23, 2000, Berry was involved in an automobile accident from which she allegedly fled. She reportedly sustained a cut to the forehead which required between 15 and 20 stitches. Berry was later charged by authorities with leaving the scene of an accident. On May 10, 2000, Berry pleaded no contest and was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $14,000 in fines and penalties. The driver of other car involved filed a civil suit seeking damages. The lawsuit was resolved in an out-of-court settlement in May 2001.

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Although he was initially reluctant to cast her in "Monster's Ball" director Marc Forster told Premiere (December 2001) that he changed his mind after meeting Berry: "She was so open. I felt that I was meeting this person who is so raw, vulnerable, committed and passionate."

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On her decision to do nude scenes in movies, Berry explained to the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 2, 2002): "I worked hard to be what people wanted. I used to be obsessed with wanting their approval, way back to my childhood. Particularly the black community. So many black people would approach me and say, 'My daughter aspires to be like you. Stay positive.' So I'd try to stay that way. I thought that if I did nudity, I'd let them down and send the wrong message to those girls. But then I realized it's not my job to raise those girls."

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Berry was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

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Berry received Harvard's Hasty Pudding woman of the year award in 2006.

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Berry opened up to Parade magazine in March 2007 about trying to commit suicide shortly after the demise of her first marriage to Atlanta Braves baseball player David Justice.

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On Feb. 1, 2011, Berry announced plans to take ex Gabriel Aubry to court to fight for custody of their two-year-old daughter Nahla. Aubry initially filed a paternity petition on Dec. 30, 2010, seeking a court order establishing that he and Berry have joint physical and legal custody of their daughter. In February 2012, Berry asked a judge for permission to move to France with her daughter because she was fearful of the paparazzi, a request that Aubry opposed. An extensive custody evaluation was put in place to determine whether Berry was allowed to take Nahla out of the country. In June 2012, a judge ordered Berry to pay Aubry a reported $20,000 a month in child support. A few months later in November 2012, a judge ruled that Berry was not allowed to take her daughter to live permanently in France.

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Aubry was arrested for misdemeanor battery on Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 22, 2012) after a fight with Berry's companion Olivier Martinez. The two fought outside Berry's L.A. home and were sent to the hospital for injuries. A few days later on Nov. 29, 2012, Berry and Aubry settled their custody battle with an "amicable agreement" in court.

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