Halle Berry: biography
Halle Berry is an American film actress. The audience remembers her by participation in the popular Hollywood movies.
Maria Halle Berry was born in August 1966 in Cleveland that in the State of Ohio. The girl was called in honor of the local sight – the Halle's Department Store supermarket. Except for Halle in their family, there was a daughter Heidi, two years older than Halle.
The parents of girls worked in the psychiatric clinic. Judith Ann Hawkins, the mother of Halle, worked as a nurse. Jerome Jesse Berry, the father of the future Hollywood star, was a driver. Their parents divorced when Halle was four years old, and Heidi was six. The girls hadn’t heard about their father anymore. Their mother got completely engaged in the upbringing and education of her daughters.
When Halle Berry began to attend the school, she faced the problem of racism for the first time. Till the 3rd form, Halle visited the educational institution in the area where black people lived. People were looking at white Judith Ann Hawkins with surprise. At school, everybody thought that Halle had been adopted. When the family moved to the suburb where mainly white people lived, it was Halle, who began to feel uncomfortable because of the color of her skin.
Soon the girl managed to show her leadership skills, and she was elected to be the class monitor. Besides, Halle was chosen as the editor of the school newspaper and the captain of the support group (cheerleaders) of the local soccer team. When Halle Berry finished the secondary school, she went to work at the local supermarket. But her work here hadn't last here for long as she entered the college where she chose the department of the Journalism.
Also, Halle Berry actively participated in the beauty contests. In 1985 Halle became the winner of the competition "Miss Teen All American", next year Halle won in the contest "Miss Ohio USA". At the end of 1986, the young beauty took the 6th step of the prestigious competition "Miss World", having become the first Afro-American participant.
Brilliant results in the model business inspired Halle Berry so much that the girl decided to continue her model career and left college studies. Her low growth of 166 cm became an obstacle on the way to the tops of the fashion industry, but the way had been found. Berry appeared in TV commercials where her growth wasn’t so important. Soon the young model was noticed by the agents of the Revlon cosmetic brand and they suggested her to sign the favorable contract.
Halle Berry often appeared on the screen and became famous and recognizable. But she wanted something bigger, than just advertising beautiful things and expensive cosmetics. The girl dreamed about the roles in the movies. Halle went to the auditions and interviews. The results appeared immediately, and Berry was suggested to act in the series "Living Dolls". It is remarkable that this series which was not very popular itself gave to the actress the chance to present herself.
Soon Halle Berry received a role of the drug-addict girl in the picture "Jungle Fever ". To get better into the character, Halle communicated with the real drug-addicts for some time. The actress portrayed her heroine Vivian so deeply and expressively that even the director of the movie Spike Lee was surprised by her efforts and skills.
With her role in "Jungle Fever", Halle Berry began her star cinematic biography. This picture became a breakthrough in the career of the young actress. Then she had got everything: fame, admirers, and offers from the eminent directors.
Soon the actress appeared in the comedy movie "Boomerang" where she acted together with Eddie Murphy. An extremely gripping movie "The Last Boy Scout" became her next work, where she took part together with Bruce Willis and then there was a remarkable melodrama "Strictly Business" after which the army of the admirers of the black beautiful actress had doubled.
The young actress tried to choose versatile roles in the pictures of different genres, without being limited to one role and style only. The actress convincingly played roles in the comedy "Father Hood" and in the drama "Losing Isaiah". Halle starred in the series "Alex Haley's Queen" and "Frasier", she amazed the spectators with her acting in the picture "Solomon & Sheba". All the critics were talking about Berry and praising her in the reviews for great skills in Beatty Warren's picture "Bulworth" which came out on the screen in 1998. Here Halle played the young provincial activist who inspired the elderly and tired politician to realize some great things.
The same year 1998 the actress appeared in the biographic tape "Why Do Fools Fall in Love". Next year Halle Berry received several prestigious awards among which there were - Emmie and the Golden Globe Awards, for her role in the picture "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge". The subject line of this movie tells the story about the first African-American who had got the Academic Awards. This role turned out to be prophetic – Berry deserved prestigious awards too. In 2002 Halle Berry was nominated for Academic Awards. This time she was nominated for her participation in the picture "Monster's Ball". The actress played the character of the spouse of the executed murderer. Except for Academic awards Halle received prizes from The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and from the Screen Actors Guild.
Also, the audience had remembered the union of Halle Berry with Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin and James Marsden in the fantastic movie "X-Men". After this popular action movie shot by the series of comic books had been released there were two sequels of the tape which appeared from 2003 till 2006.
During the same period of time, there was released the spy thriller "Die Another Day" where Halle played one more partner and "Bond's girlfriend". A bit later the audience saw the thriller "Gothika" after which Berry appeared in the video shot by the Limp Bizkit band. The fans liked the video which had become the soundtrack to the thriller and the major part of the spectators declared that the actress should try herself in music and should sing her own songs. The shootings of "Gothika" involved considerable difficulties for Halle Berry had broken her hand during her work in the movie. The actress had to improve her health during two months.
The action movie under the title "Catwoman" brought Halle Berry the biggest fee in her career – $12,5 million. This picture brings a huge profit for the creators and actors who take part in it, but the anti-award "Golden Raspberry" became a "rotten apple" for the movie actress. Nevertheless, Halle Berry adequately reacted at this and became the second actress in the history, after Sandra Bullock who came to get the "prize" personally.
The film directed by Oprah Winfrey " Their Eyes Were Watching God" was one more project in which the Afro-American star had taken part. In this movie, Berry played a strong unprejudiced woman who in 1920-s managed to announce her non-conventional orientation, without being afraid of the condemnation of her contemporaries. For this role, Halle received another one Emmie Award.
The picture "Who Is Doris Payne?" and "Things We Lost in the Fire" are considered to be the most exciting of the latest projects with Halle Berry.
At present, the black actress from Ohio is one of the highest paid Hollywood stars. The fees of the film actress for participation in the movie reach up to $10 million. In April 2007 Halle Berry had got her personal star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2010 the woman entered the list of "The most beautiful celebrities" for the 14th time.
The player of the baseball team David Justice became the first spouse of Halle. The couple got married in 1993. But this union lasted for 2 years only. In a year after they had broken up, they officially divorced.
In 2001 the actress got married to the musician Eric Benét. But this marriage also wasn’t long: the couple separated at the very beginning of 2005. But the personal life of Halle Berry had become better the same year. The star began to meet the model from Canada - Gabriel Aubry. The couple got acquainted during one of the photoshoots. The same year they got married. In 2008 a daughter Ariela was born to Halle and Gabriel. But in 2 years their marriage finished.
The changes in the private life of Halle Berry began in 2010 during the shootings of the film "Dark Tide". The actress got acquainted with the colleague from the movie set - Olivier Martinez. Halle and Olivier got married in summer of 2013. In autumn they gave birth to their firstborn Maceo Robert.
In October 2015 it became known that 2 years' marriage of actors had come to an end. The spouses separated. As it appeared later, they were living separately for several months separately, and they broke up peacefully.
Every year Halle gets to the ratings of "the most beautiful women on the planet", but the Hollywood star also has some imperfections. It is known that the actress has six fingers on the right foot. The doctors call this anomaly polydactylism, claiming that one child from 5 thousand can be born with the similar defect. As a rule, in such cases at once after the birth, the sixth phalanx is deleted in a surgical way, but Halle's parents decided not to do it.
Halle Berry at present
In 2017 the American tabloids have assumed that the actress was pregnant, and her state is shown by her rounded stomach. At the same time, most of the fans said that the actress had put on weight (Halle's weight is 55 kg). The photo in the fitting silvery dress in which Halle Berry had appeared at 10 Chrysalis Butterfly Ball became a reason for such messages and comments
Halle didn't ignore the fact that the dress distinctly emphasized her figure. The movie actress had commented on these pictures on the Instagram.
"Can’t the girl eat a steak and French fries?" – the actress signed one of the photos on her Instagram. Besides, the TMZ edition, referring to some insider information, reported that the people from her surroundings hadn’t confirmed the rumors about the pregnancy of the Hollywood movie star.
The actress continues to participate in the shootings of movies. The tape "Kevin Hart: What Now?" which was released in 2016 became the latest work of the celebrity.
In August of 2017, there was released the picture "Kidnap" in which Halle Berry performed the leading role. In September of 2017 the movie "Kingsman: Golden Ring" came on the screen. Except for Halle Berry, other famous representatives of the movie industry also participated in the shootings of the action movie: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Gambon, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and others.
- 1991 – "Jungle Fever"
- 1992 – "Boomerang"
- 1996 – "Race The Sun"
- 1996 – "Executive Decision"
- 1998 – "Bulworth"
- 1998 – "Why Do Fools Fall in Love "
- 1999 – "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"
- 2001 – "Monster’s Ball"
- 2003 – "Gothika"
- 2004 – "Catwoman"
- 2006 – "X-Men: The Last Stand"
- 2012 – "Dark Tide"
- 2012 – "Cloud Atlas"
- 2014 – "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
- 2016 – "Kevin Hart: What Now?"