Halle Berry is an American actress, former beauty queen and model. Maria Halle Berry was the youngest daughter of Jerome and Judith Berry. The Ohio native was born in 1966 and attended Bedford high school which could be described as an all white school. It’s at this level that Berry was exposed to discrimination, but despite this factor Halle berry was the president of her class and the captain of her school cheerleading squad. Berry’s started her career in 1980’s; this is as a beauty queen and a model.
Halle Berry Net Worth - $80 million
Birth Name - Halle Maria Berry
Date of birth - August 14, 1966
Zodiac Sign - Leo
Birth Place - Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality - American
Height - 5' 5"
Profession - Television producer, Film Producer, Voice Actor, Model
From the moment Berry started her career she has been very successful, especially in the entertainment field. It’s in this field that she has actually created a niche for herself; this has been recognized through the numerous awards and titles that she has received. Besides recognition in the entertainment and modeling field, she has received a lot of titles courtesy of her perfect and beautiful body. Her beauty and sexiness have been recognized and appreciated by several organizations and magazines. For instance Men’s magazine ranked her No.35 “100 Hottest Women of all times”.
Early Modeling Career
As a teenager Berry was a beauty queen, and it’s because of this that modeling was her first career. She actually started modeling back in 1980’s. It’s during this period that she participated in various beauty pageants and in 1985 she was crowned Miss Teen America. In 1986 she actually became the second runner-up in Miss USA contest and the sixth in Miss World. Despite what could be described as a successful beginning in modeling career Berry still harbored dreams of becoming an entertainer at one time. During Miss USA 1986 interview Berry stated that she hoped to become an entertainer or do something associated with media
It was in 1989 when Berry moved to New York City to pursue her acting dreams. In that same year she got a role in Living dolls, which was a short-lived sitcom. The role in Living dolls was not a substantial one, considering the fact that the sitcom was short-lived. The first co-starring role that Berry ever received was in strictly business, this is back in 1991 and after this year the other serious role that Berry ever played was in losing Isaiah, where she portrayed as Jessica Lange. It’s from such beginnings in acting that she actually grew to become a bigwig in the industry and the most paid actress in Hollywood; this is back in 2000(when she was ranked as the highest paid actress). From the start of her career to date, the natural actress has appeared and starred numerous great movies of all times. Some of the greatest movies that Berry has starred or appeared include the following; B*A*P*S, Bulworth, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, X-men, Days of Future Past, Gothika etc.
Halle Berry has achieved a lot in the acting and modeling field, this is from when she was a teenager as a model at age 19, this is in 1985; Berry was crowned Miss Teen America and at one time Miss Ohio. Currently Halle Berry is the spokes model for Revlon. In the Acting field, Berry was the first African –American woman to be ever nominated in the Academy Award as the best actress, this was in 1999. In this same year she received Emmy and Globe award for her performance in the HBO biopic, introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She was also awarded a Golden globe Award for the Best Actress-motion picture drama; this is for the role she played as Frankie Murdoch. In 2001 she became the first woman of color to win an Oscar for a leading role that she played in the romantic drama Monster ball .Apart from the awards she received in regards to her modeling and acting career, Berry’s beauty has also been recognized in various ways and by various organizations and magazines. Playboy magazine named her one of the “100 sexiest women of the century”, Esquire magazine named her to be the “sexiest woman alive”, this in 2008. People’s magazine named her among the “50 most beautiful people in the world”.
Despite the achievements she has enjoyed in various fields, her career has also experienced various discouraging phase and controversial ones. For instance In 2005 Berry was given the award of ‘worst actresses’ by Razzie awards and despite the shame that is associated with this award, Berry actually appeared in person to receive her award. This is contrary to what people awarded in this category previously did, this made her become the second actor to ever appear in person to receive that award. In 2000, Berry received a lot of criticism after she was involved in a hit and run accident that became a scandal. On her defense she stated that she did not remember leaving the scene. She was later placed on probation, given community service and fined $13,500. Unlike in her career where she has been successful, the mother of two has not been very successful with her marriages, but this has never hindered her from living her dream of becoming an entertainer and not only an entertainer but one of the greatest to ever exist.