The story of Halle Berry is a typical rag to riches story, from humble beginnings Halle has worked her way to the Zenith of her career earning plaudits and A-list awards along the way.
Halle Berry Bio
Halle was born on the 14th of August 1966 to a multi-racial family. Her mom Judith Hawkings was half German and English while her father Jesse Berry was African American. After the couple separated, Halle and her sister Heidi were raised by their mum. The Berry sisters attended Bedford High School, an all-white school. It was at Bedford that Halle had her first experience of racism and discrimination, a theme she would come to deal with much later in life.
Despite her challenges, it was soon obvious that the young Halle was destined for the spotlight. A brilliant student, she was the editor of the School’s newspaper. Halle was also prom queen and cheerleader as a teen.
Halle graduated from High School in 1984 and proceeded to the Cuyahoga Community College, Cleaveland where she studied Journalism.
Whilst studying, Halle invested her time in pursuit of her more natural interests; modeling and acting. Pageantry came naturally to Halle, she contested and won Miss Teen Ohio and Miss Teen America. In 1986, she finished as the first runner-up at the Miss USA pageant to winner Christy Fichtner.
In the early 90’s Halle made the decision to leave Chicago for New York in pursuit of her dreams. She started off by playing smaller roles, her first being the role of a model in a brief TV Series, Living Dolls. After health challenges encountered on the set of Living Dolls, she moved to Los Angeles.
Her first major role was in the movie Jungle Fever alongside Samuel L Jackson. Her impressive performance opened the floodgates for more challenging projects. Next was her appearance in the 1991 movie The Last Boy Scout alongside Bruce Willis. She followed that up with the romantic comedy Boomerang in 1992.
Over the years, Halle Berry has featured in numerous blockbuster movies including X-Men, Die Another Day, Cat Woman, New Year’s Eve amongst others.
She has won the Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Monsters Ball. She has also won the Golden Globe on three occasions; in 2002, 2006 and 2011.
Her Husband, Divorce, Kids and Family Life
Halle Berry has had a rocky love-life to the least. Shortly after her success at the pageant, Halle dated John Ronan. The two-year romance ended in October 1991 when he sued Halle for $80,000. He alleged that the sum was a loan he gave Halle while she was starting off her career.
Halle was briefly involved with star actor Wesley Snipes before she finally married Atlanta Braves baller David Justice in 1993. Justice and Halle divorced in 1997.
Halle re-married in 2001 to musician Eric Benet after the pair had dated for two years. The marriage lasted for four years, 2001-2005. Ten months after her divorce from Eric, Halle fell in love with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry whom she met at a photoshoot earlier in 2005.
Gabriel and Halle have a daughter, Nahla Ariela, who was born on March 16, 2008. In April 2010, the couple separated and a long-running custody tussle ensued.
Halle Berry was on the move once again, this time it was actor Olivier Martinez. The pair met in South Africa and started dating barely months after her separation from Gabriel Aubry.
Aubry, Berry, and Martinez were engaged in a protracted three-way legal battle over the custody of Nahla. After a few fisticuffs and restraining orders, the issue was resolved.
Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez got married in July 2013 at the Chateau des Conde in France. They welcomed their son Maceo-Robert in October 2013. After a two-year marriage, the couple divorced in December 2106.
Halle Berry’s father Jerome Berry was a psychiatric hospital attendant working at the Hospital where Halle’s mum Judith worked as a nurse. Their marriage was short-lived.
After incidents of domestic abuse, it was apparent the union was headed for the rocks. Jerome left the home, leaving his young wife Judith to raise the girls. Halle hasn’t seen or heard from her dad since he left home.
Her Net Worth
Beyond her acting career, Halle is also a business-savvy woman. She co-owns the French Lingerie brand, Scandale Paris and in 2009 she rolled out her fragrance line Halle. She also endorses global brands such as Versace and Revlon.
She owns an $8 million mansion in Malibu, Los Angeles as well as another luxurious $15 million home in Hollywood Los Angeles. With an annual income estimated at around $6 million, she has a net worth of $70 million.