Halle Berry

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Berry at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Maria Halle Berry

(1966-08-14) August 14, 1966 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Cuyahoga Community College
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
Partner(s) Gabriel Aubry
(2005–2010)
Children2

Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle Berry; August 14, 1966) [1] is an American actress. Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama film Monster's Ball (2001), becoming the only woman of African American descent to have won the award. [2] [3]

Academy Award for Best Actress award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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<i>Monsters Ball</i> 2001 film by Marc Forster

Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos, who also appear in the film. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry, and Peter Boyle, with Sean Combs, Mos Def, and Coronji Calhoun in supporting roles. Thornton portrays a widowed corrections officer who begins a relationship with a woman (Berry), unaware that she is the widow of a man (Combs) he executed.

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Before becoming an actress, Berry was a model [4] and entered several beauty contests, finishing as the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and coming in sixth in the Miss World 1986. [5] Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films, such as the family comedy The Flintstones (1994), the political comedy-drama Bulworth (1998) and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

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Miss World 1986 beauty pageant edition

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<i>Boomerang</i> (1992 film) 1992 American romantic comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin

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In addition to her Academy Award, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s, such as Storm in X-Men (2000), the thrillers Swordfish (2001) and Gothika (2003), and the spy film Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In the 2010s, she has featured in the science-fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012), the crime thriller The Call (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and the action films Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019).

Storm (Marvel Comics) Fictional comic book character

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<i>Swordfish</i> (film) 2001 thriller movie directed by Dominic Sena

Swordfish is a 2001 American action crime thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones and Sam Shepard. The film centers on Stanley Jobson, an ex-con and computer hacker who is targeted for recruitment into a bank robbery conspiracy because of his formidable hacking skills. The film was a slight box office success but was negatively received by critics upon release.

Berry was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s, and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel. [6] She was formerly married to baseball player David Justice, singer-songwriter Eric Benét, and actor Olivier Martinez. She has a child each with Martinez and model Gabriel Aubry.

Hollywood District in Los Angeles, California, United States

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David Justice American professional baseball player, outfielder

David Christopher Justice is an American retired professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1989–1996), Cleveland Indians (1997–2000), New York Yankees (2000–2001), and Oakland Athletics (2002). Justice won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1990, and was a three-time MLB All-Star.

Early life

Berry was born Maria Halle Berry; her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry at age five. [7] Her parents selected her middle name from Halle's Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio. [8] Her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins), [9] was born in Liverpool, England [10] and worked as a psychiatric nurse. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was an African-American hospital attendant in the psychiatric ward where her mother worked; he later became a bus driver. [2] [8] Berry's parents divorced when she was four years old; she and her older sister, Heidi Berry-Henderson, [11] were raised exclusively by their mother. [8]

Halle Brothers Co. defunct department store chain

Halle Brothers Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, commonly referred to as Halle's, is a defunct department store chain. During most of its 91-year history Halle's focused on higher-end merchandise which it combined with personal service. The company was the first major department store in Cleveland to open a suburban branch store.

Cleveland City in Ohio

Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio, and the county seat of Cuyahoga County. The city proper has a population of 385,525, making it the 51st-largest city in the United States, and the second-largest city in Ohio. Greater Cleveland is ranked as the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with 2,055,612 people in 2016. The city anchors the Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 3,515,646 in 2010 and is ranked 15th in the United States.

Ohio State of the United States of America

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus. Ohio is bordered by Pennsylvania to the east, Michigan to the northwest, Lake Erie to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky on the south, and West Virginia on the southeast.

Berry has said in published reports that she has been estranged from her father since her childhood, [8] [12] noting in 1992, "I haven't heard from him since [he left]. Maybe he's not alive." [11] Her father was very abusive to her mother. Berry has recalled witnessing her mother being beaten daily, kicked down stairs and hit in the head with a wine bottle. [13]

Berry grew up in Oakwood, Ohio [14] and graduated from Bedford High School where she was a cheerleader, honor student, editor of the school newspaper and prom queen. [15] She worked in the children's department at Higbee's Department store. She then studied at Cuyahoga Community College. In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986. [5] She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges. [16] She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986, where she finished sixth and Trinidad and Tobago's Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World. [17] According to the Current Biography Yearbook, Berry "...pursued a modeling career in New York... Berry's first weeks in New York were less than auspicious: She slept in a homeless shelter and then in a YMCA". [18]

Career

Early career

In 1989, Berry moved to New York City to pursue her acting ambitions. During her early time there, she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter. [18] [19] [20] Her situation improved by the end of that year, and she was cast in the role of model Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls , which was shot in New York and was a spin-off of the hit series Who's the Boss? . [18] During the taping of Living Dolls, she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. [21] [22] [23] After the cancellation of Living Dolls, she moved to Los Angeles. [18] She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial Knots Landing .

1990s

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Berry signs autographs for American soldiers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1996

Berry's film debut was in a small role for Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991), in which she played Vivian, a drug addict. [8] That same year, Berry had her first co-starring role in Strictly Business . In 1992, Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for the lead character played by Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang . The following year, she caught the public's attention as a headstrong biracial slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family , based on the book by Alex Haley. Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie playing the part of "Sharon Stone", a sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone. [24]

Berry tackled a more serious role, playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), starring opposite Jessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, shot in Australia, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision . Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004. [6] [25]

She starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the 1997 comedy film B*A*P*S . In 1998, Berry received praise for her role in Bulworth as an intelligent woman raised by activists who gives a politician (Warren Beatty) a new lease on life. The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love . In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge , [26] she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through. [8] Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award. [5] [27]

2000s

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish , which featured her first topless scene. [28] At first, she was opposed to a sunbathing scene in the film in which she would appear topless, but Berry eventually agreed. Some people attributed her change of heart to a substantial increase in the amount Warner Bros. offered her; [29] she was reportedly paid an additional $500,000 for the short scene. [30] Berry denied these stories, telling one interviewer that they amused her and "made for great publicity for the movie". [28] [31] After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her then-husband, Eric Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks. [32]

Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the troubled wife of an executed murderer (Sean Combs), in the 2001 feature film Monster's Ball . Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress; in an interesting coincidence she became the first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress (earlier in her career, she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American to be nominated for Best Actress, and who was born at the same hospital as Berry, in Cleveland, Ohio). [33] The NAACP issued the statement: "Congratulations to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington for giving us hope and making us proud. If this is a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to give opportunity and judge performance based on skill and not on skin color then it is a good thing." [34] This role generated controversy. Her graphic nude love scene with a racist character played by co-star Billy Bob Thornton was the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African Americans. Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part. [32] Berry responded: "I don't really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again." [32]

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Berry in Hamburg in 2004

Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Oscar. Ron Perelman, the cosmetics firm's chief, congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modeled for his company. She replied, "Of course, you'll have to pay me more." Perelman stalked off in a rage. [35] In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. She said, "This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened." [36]

As Bond girl Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day , Berry recreated a scene from Dr. No , emerging from the surf to be greeted by James Bond as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier. [37] Lindy Hemming, costume designer on Die Another Day, had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as a homage. [38] Berry has said of the scene: "It's splashy", "exciting", "sexy", "provocative" and "it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar". [32] The bikini scene was shot in Cadiz; the location was reportedly cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to try to stay warm. [39] According to an ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time. [40] Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a 30-minute operation. [41] After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2. [42]

She starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in November 2003, during which she broke her arm in a scene with Downey, who twisted her arm too hard. Production was halted for eight weeks. [43] It was a moderate hit at the United States box office, taking in $60 million; it earned another $80 million abroad. [44] Berry appeared in the nu metal band Limp Bizkit's music video for "Behind Blue Eyes" for the motion picture soundtrack for the film. The same year, she was named #1 in FHM 's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll. [45]

Berry starred as the title role in the film Catwoman , [44] for which she received US$12.5 million. An over-US$100 million movie; it grossed only US$17 million on its first weekend, [46] and is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made by critics. [47] She was awarded the Worst Actress Razzie Award for her performance; she appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person (while holding her Oscar from Monster's Ball) [48] with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the "rock bottom" in order to be "at the top". [49] Holding the Academy Award in one hand and the Razzie in the other she said, "I never in my life thought that I would be up here, winning a Razzie! It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you. When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner." [33]

Berry, visiting with sailors and Marines during the opening day of Fleet Week, New York 2006 Halle Berry - USS Kearsarge a.jpg
Berry, visiting with sailors and Marines during the opening day of Fleet Week, New York 2006

Her next film appearance was in the Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC television movie Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, with Berry portraying a free-spirited woman whose unconventional sexual mores upset her 1920s contemporaries in a small community. She received her second Primetime Emmy Award for her role. Also in 2005, she served as an executive producer in Lackawanna Blues , and landed her voice for the character of Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots . [50]

In the thriller Perfect Stranger (2007), Berry starred with Bruce Willis, playing a reporter who goes undercover to uncover the killer of her childhood friend. The film grossed a modest US$73 million worldwide, and received lukewarm reviews from critics, who felt that despite the presence of Berry and Willis, it is "too convoluted to work, and features a twist ending that's irritating and superfluous". [51] Her next 2007 film release was the drama Things We Lost in the Fire , co-starring Benicio del Toro, where she took on the role of a recent widow befriending with the troubled friend of her late husband. The film was the first time in which she worked with a female director, Danish Susanne Bier, giving her a new feeling of "thinking the same way", which she appreciated. [52] While the film made US$8.6 million in its global theatrical run, [53] it garnered positive reviews from writers; The Austin Chronicle found the film to be "an impeccably constructed and perfectly paced drama of domestic and internal volatility" and felt that "Berry is brilliant here, as good as she's ever been". [54]

In April 2007, Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry, [55] and by the end of the decade, she established herself as one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning an estimated $10 million per film. [56]

2010s

In the independent drama Frankie and Alice (2010), Berry played the leading role of a young multiracial American woman with dissociative identity disorder struggling against her alter personality to retain her true self. The film received a limited theatrical release, to a mixed critical response. The Hollywood Reporter nevertheless described the film as "a well-wrought psychological drama that delves into the dark side of one woman's psyche" and found Berry to be "spellbinding" in it. [57] She earned the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. [58] She next made part of a large ensemble cast in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy New Year's Eve (2011), with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sofía Vergara, among many others. In the film, she took on the supporting role of a nurse befriending a man in the final stages (De Niro). While the film was panned by critics, it made US$142 million worldwide. [59]

In 2012, Berry starred as an expert diver tutor alongside then-husband Oliver Martinez in the little-seen thriller Dark Tide , [60] and led an ensemble cast opposite Tom Hanks and Jim Broadbent in The Wachowskis's epic science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012), with each of the actors playing six different characters across a period of five centuries. [61] Budgeted at US$128.8 million, Cloud Atlas made US$130.4 million worldwide, [62] and garnered polarized reactions from both critics and audiences. [63]

Berry appeared in a segment of the independent anthology comedy Movie 43 (2013), which the Chicago Sun-Times called "the Citizen Kane of awful". [64] [65] Berry found greater success with her next performance, as a 9-1-1 operator receiving a call from a girl kidnapped by a serial killer, in the crime thriller The Call (2013). Berry was drawn to "the idea of being a part of a movie that was so empowering for women. We don't often get to play roles like this, where ordinary people become heroic and do something extraordinary." [66] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times found the film to be "an effectively creepy thriller", [67] while reviewer Dwight Brown felt that "the script gives Berry a blue-collar character she can make accessible, vulnerable and gutsy[...]". [68] The Call was a sleeper hit, grossing US$68.6 million around the globe. [69]

In 2014, Berry signed on to star and serve as a co-executive producer in CBS drama series Extant , [70] where she took on the role of Molly Woods, an astronaut who struggles to reconnect with her husband and android son after spending 13 months in space. The show ran for two seasons until 2015, receiving largely positive reviews from critics. [71] [72] [73] USA Today remarked: "She [Halle Berry] brings a dignity and gravity to Molly, a projected intelligence that allows you to buy her as an astronaut and to see what has happened to her as frightening rather than ridiculous. Berry's all in, and you float along". [74] Also in 2014, Berry launched a new production company, 606 Films, with producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. It is named after the Anti-Paparazzi Bill, SB 606, that the actress pushed for and which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in the fall of 2013. The new company emerged as part of a deal for Berry to work in Extant. [75]

In the stand-up comedy concert film Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016), Berry appeared as herself, opposide Kevin Hart, attending a poker game event that goes horribly wrong. [76] Kidnap , an abduction thriller Berry filmed in 2014, was released in 2017. [77] In the film, she starred as a dinner waitress tailing a vehicle when her son is kidnapped by its occupants. Kidnap grossed US$34 million and garnered mixed reviews from writers, who felt that it "strays into poorly scripted exploitation too often to take advantage of its pulpy premise — or the still-impressive talents of [Berry]." [78] She next played an agent employed by a secret American spy organisation in the action comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), as part of an ensemble cast, consisting of Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, and Elton John. While critical response towards the film was mixed, it made US$414 million worldwide. [79]

Alongside Daniel Craig, Berry starred as a working-class mother during the 1992 Los Angeles riots in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's drama Kings (2017). The film found a limited theatrical release following its initial screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, [80] and as part of an overall lukewarm reception, [81] Variety noted: "It should be said that Berry has given some of the best and worst performances of the past quarter-century, but this is perhaps the only one that swings to both extremes in the same movie". [82] She played Sofia, an assassin, in the film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum , which was released on May 17, 2019 by Lionsgate. [83]

Berry competed against James Corden in the first rap battle on the first episode of  TBS's Drop the Mic , originally aired on October 24, 2017. [84]

She currently serves as executive producer of the BET television series Boomerang , based on the film in which she starred. The series premieres February 12, 2019. [85]

Personal life

Relationships and marriages

Berry dated Chicago dentist John Ronan from March 1989 to October 1991. [86] In November 1993, Ronan sued Berry for $80,000 in what he claimed were unpaid loans to help launch her career. [87] Berry contended that the money was a gift, and a judge dismissed the case because Ronan did not list Berry as a debtor when he filed for bankruptcy in 1992. [15] According to Berry, a beating from a former abusive boyfriend during the filming of The Last Boy Scout in 1991 punctured her eardrum and caused her to lose eighty percent of her hearing in her left ear. [15] Berry has never named the abuser but has said that he is someone well known in Hollywood.

Berry first saw baseball player David Justice on TV playing in an MTV celebrity baseball game in February 1992. When a reporter from Justice's hometown of Cincinnati told her that Justice was a fan, Berry gave her phone number to the reporter to give to Justice. [15] Berry married Justice shortly after midnight on January 1, 1993. [88] Following their separation in February 1996, Berry stated publicly that she was so depressed that she considered taking her own life. [89] [90] Berry and Justice were officially divorced on June 24, 1997. [91]

Berry married her second husband, singer-songwriter Eric Benét, on January 24, 2001, following a two-year courtship. [32] [92] Benét underwent treatment for sex addiction in 2002, [93] and by early October 2003 they had separated, [92] with the divorce finalized on January 3, 2005. [94] [95]

In November 2005, Berry began dating French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, whom she met at a Versace photoshoot. [96] Berry gave birth to their daughter in March 2008. [97] On April 30, 2010, Berry and Aubry announced their relationship had ended some months earlier. [98] In January 2011, Berry and Aubry became involved in a highly publicized custody battle, [99] [100] [101] centered primarily on Berry's desire to move with their daughter from Los Angeles, where Berry and Aubry resided, to France, the home of French actor Olivier Martinez, whom Berry had started dating in 2010 after they met while filming Dark Tide in South Africa. [102] Aubry objected to the move on the grounds that it would interfere with their joint custody arrangement. [103] In November 2012, a judge denied Berry's request to move the couple's daughter to France in light of Aubry's objections. [104] Less than two weeks later, on November 22, 2012, Aubry and Martinez were both treated at a hospital for injuries after engaging in a physical altercation at Berry's residence. Martinez performed a citizen's arrest on Aubry, and because it was considered a domestic violence incident, was granted a temporary emergency protective order preventing Aubry from coming within 100 yards of Berry, Martinez, and the child with whom he shares custody with Berry, until November 29, 2012. [105] In turn, Aubry obtained a temporary restraining order against Martinez on November 26, 2012, asserting that the fight began when Martinez threatened to kill Aubry if he did not allow the couple to move to France. [106] Leaked court documents included photos showing significant injuries to Aubry's face, which were widely displayed in the media. [107]

On November 29, 2012, Berry's lawyer announced that Berry and Aubry had reached an amicable custody agreement in court. [108] In June 2014, a Superior Court ruling called for Berry to pay Aubry $16,000 a month in child support (around 200k/year) as well as a retroactive payment of $115,000 and a sum of $300,000 for Aubry's attorney fees. [109]

Berry and Martinez confirmed their engagement in March 2012, [110] [111] and married in France on July 13, 2013. [112] In October 2013, Berry gave birth to their son. [113] In 2015, after two years of marriage, the couple announced they were divorcing. [114] The divorce became final in December 2016. [115]

In February 2000, Berry was involved in a traffic collision and left the scene. She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident. [116] [117]

Activism

Along with Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford, Jane Seymour, Dick Van Dyke, Téa Leoni, and Daryl Hannah, Berry successfully fought in 2006 against the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility that was proposed off the coast of Malibu. [118] Berry said, "I care about the air we breathe, I care about the marine life and the ecosystem of the ocean." [119] In May 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the facility. [120] Hasty Pudding Theatricals gave her its 2006 Woman of The Year award. [121] Berry took part in a nearly 2,000-house cell-phone bank campaign for Barack Obama in February 2008. [122] In April 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci's "Chime for Change" campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness of women's issues in terms of education, health, and justice. [123] In August 2013, Berry testified alongside Jennifer Garner before the California State Assembly's Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would protect celebrities' children from harassment by photographers. [124] The bill passed in September. [125]

Public image

Berry was ranked No. 1 on People 's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list in 2003 after making the top ten seven times and appeared No. 1 on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" the same year. [126] [127] She was named Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive" in October 2008, about which she stated: "I don't know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I'll take it." [128] [129] Men's Health ranked her at No. 35 on their "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" list. [130] In 2009, she was voted #23 on Empire's 100 Sexiest Film Stars. [131] The same year, rapper Hurricane Chris released a song entitled "Halle Berry (She's Fine)", extolling Berry's beauty and sex appeal. [132] At the age of 42 (in 2008), she was named the "Sexiest Black Woman" by Access Hollywood's TV One Access survey. [133] [134] [135] [136] Born to an African-American father and a white mother, Berry has stated that her biracial background was "painful and confusing" when she was a young woman, and she made the decision early on to identify as a black woman because she knew that was how she would be perceived. [4]

Filmography

Film

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Berry at the 70th Golden Globe Awards on January 13, 2013
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991 Jungle Fever Vivian
1991 Strictly Business Natalie
1991 The Last Boy Scout Cory
1992 Boomerang Angela Lewis
1993 Father Hood Kathleen Mercer
1993 The Program Autumn Haley
1994 The Flintstones Sharon Stone [24]
1995 Losing Isaiah Khaila Richards
1996 Executive Decision Jean
1996 Race the Sun Miss Sandra Beecher
1996 The Rich Man's Wife Josie Potenza
1997 B*A*P*S Nisi
1998 Bulworth Nina
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Zola Taylor
2000 X-Men Ororo Munroe / Storm
2001 Swordfish Ginger Knowles
2001 Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
2002 Die Another Day Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson
2003 X2 Ororo Munroe / Storm
2003 Gothika Miranda Grey
2004 Catwoman Patience Phillips / Catwoman
2005 Robots CappyVoice role
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Ororo Munroe / Storm
2007 Perfect Stranger Rowena Price
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Audrey Burke
2010 Frankie & Alice Frankie / Alice
2011 New Year's Eve Nurse Aimee
2012 Dark Tide Kate Mathieson
2012 Cloud Atlas Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Ovid /
Meronym / Native Woman /
Indian Party Guest
2013 Movie 43 EmilySegment: "Truth or Dare"
2013 The Call Jordan Turner
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Ororo Munroe / Storm
2016 Kevin Hart: What Now? Herself
2017 Kidnap Karla DysonAlso executive producer
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Ginger
2017 Kings Millie Dunbar
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Sofia

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989 Living Dolls Emily Franklin12 episodes
1991 Amen ClaireEpisode: "Unforgettable"
1991 A Different World JaclynEpisode: "Love, Hillman-Style"
1991 They Came from Outer Space ReneEpisode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
1991 Knots Landing Debbie Porter6 episodes
1993 Alex Haley's Queen QueenMiniseries
1995 Solomon & Sheba Nikhaule / Queen ShebaMovie
1996 Martin HerselfEpisode: "Where the Party At"
1998 The Wedding Shelby ColesMiniseries
1998 Frasier Betsy (voice)Episode: "Room Service"
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge Movie
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie CrawfordMovie
2011 The Simpsons Herself (voice)Episode: "Angry Dad: The Movie"
2014–15 Extant Molly Woods Lead role
2017 Drop the Mic HerselfWinner; Episode: "Halle Berry vs. James Corden / Anthony Anderson vs. Usher"
2019 Boomerang Executive producer

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Achievements
Preceded by
Brenda Denton
Miss World United States
1986
Succeeded by
Clotilde Cabrera
Preceded by
Lisa Barlow
Miss Ohio USA
1986
Succeeded by
Hallie Bonnell
Preceded by
Denise Richards
Bond girl
2002
Succeeded by
Eva Green