Halle Berry

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Halle Berry, 2017

Halle Maria Berry [ ˈhælɪ ˈbɛɹɪ ] (born August 14, 1966 in Cleveland , Ohio ) is an American actress . She was best known for the film drama Monster’s Ball , for which she was the first African-American actress to be awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in 2002.


Halle Berry, the child of a white mother and a black father, was named by her mother Judith after the popular Halle's department store in Cleveland . The parents separated when she was four years old. The mother moved with Halle and her older sister to a predominantly white suburb. The sisters were repeatedly exposed to racist hostility there, so that Halle withdrew very much.

Halle Berry, 1997

At first she took part in numerous beauty pageants , some of which she won; among other things she was "Miss Ohio USA". In 1986 she was the first African American woman to take part in the “ Miss World ” election. There she reached sixth place. At the age of 18 she decided to study journalism , which she dropped out after an internship. After that, she tried acting.

Her first television appearance had in 1991 in the TV comedy series Living Dolls , shortly after she got a role in the television series Knots Landing . On her film debut, she had to face a special acting challenge. In Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991) she played the drug addict Vivian on the side of Wesley Snipes . She then had notable success with the film Boomerang and the television miniseries Queen (1993). She received international attention in 1994 for the film Flintstones - The Flintstones . This was followed by some less important films and it was not until 1999 that Berry was able to show herself again as a character actress in the TV production Rising Star .

After roles in films like X-Men and Password: Swordfish , she made her breakthrough in 2001 with Monster's Ball . In 2002 she took on the role of a secret agent for the NSA in James Bond - Die Another Day at Pierce Brosnan's side . In 2004, Catwoman proved a commercial failure. In 2005, Berry was awarded the Golden Raspberry for her portrayal .

In 2010, the Canadian drama Frankie and Alice came to the cinemas, in which she played the female lead and which she had co-produced. In 2012 she was starred by Brad Anderson for the thriller The Call - Don't hang up! Cast, in which Berry plays an employee of the LAPD emergency call center. The film was released in 2013.

Berry holds the rights to the film adaptation of the life of the Afro-American pianist and author Philippa Schuyler . Halle Berry's German voice actress is Melanie Pukaß . When Berry lost consciousness in 1989 while filming the television series Living Dolls , she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus , and since then she has been volunteering for the Juvenile Diabetes Association. In addition, Berry has only had 20 percent hearing in her right ear since she was hit by a violent friend in the early 1990s.

Halle Berry, 2004

In 1991 she was dating Spike Lee . From 1992 to 1996 she was married to baseball player David Justice and from 2001 to 2005 with R&B singer Eric Benét . Their daughter was born on March 16, 2008. The child's father is Gabriel Aubry , to whom she was engaged from mid-May 2008. In April 2010, the couple's separation became known. In March 2012, Berry announced the engagement to French fellow actor Olivier Martinez announced on its side them in the action film in 2012 Dark Tide had participated. A custody battle with Aubry in November 2012 prevented her plans to move to Paris with Martinez and her daughter . On July 13, 2013, she married Olivier Martinez in France, and their son was born on October 5, 2013. The marriage ended in divorce at the end of 2016.


Awards and nominations


Golden Globe Award


  • 2000 : Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Rising Star
  • 2005 : Nomination for best leading actress in a miniseries or a television film for Love Never Dies

British Academy Film Award

Screen Actors Guild Award

Golden Raspberry

Web links

Commons : Halle Berry  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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  4. Frankie and Alice (2010) in the Internet Movie Database (English)
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  7. Matt Munday: Sweet soul superstar Singer - and now actress - Alicia Keys has moved up to a new level. The Daily Telegraph , June 19, 2004, p. 7 , accessed March 24, 2017 .
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  10. Offspring: Halle Berry is mother. Spiegel Online , March 17, 2008, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  11. Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez got married. Spiegel Online , July 14, 2013, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  12. Mom at 47: Halle Berry has her second child. Stern.de , October 6, 2013, accessed on March 24, 2017 .
  13. Divorce through! But what will happen to Maceo (3) now? Bunte.de, December 31, 2016, accessed on May 6, 2017 .