Halle Berry
American actress
Halle Berry
Halle Berry is an American actress and a former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2012, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress.
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Hollywood Needs More ‘Hidden Figures’ To Fix Its Diversity Problem
Huffington Post - about 2 months
After I finished watching the first trailer for Hidden Figures a few months ago, I immediately sent the link to my mom. My mom, who happens to be a black female computer scientist, responded back and told me that she had tears in her eyes after watching it. She told me that she couldn’t wait to see it with my aunt, a black woman with an engineering degree who also worked in computer science, and my grandmother, who worked hard to guarantee that both of them (twins, mind you) went to college. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up too. As I grew up, I didn’t understand why my parents made our whole family go see every critically-lauded movie about black people. I also didn’t fully understand why my parents were so adamantly against me watching shows like Good Times. My mom got mad when I showed her an All That sketch where Kenan Thompson and Nick Cannon were playing rude female cashiers at a convenience store. Then The Help came out. It was a high-profile movie about segregation, a ...
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
Huffington Post - about 2 months
***PLEASE POST IN HUFFINGTON POST CANADA. THANKS!!*** What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not roll the dice this week? Casino Royale Where to find it: Hulu The cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright The synopsis: "Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale." Think of Casino Royale as the Batman Begins of the James Bond franchise. Producers finally decided to strip away the gloss, the gadgets, and the myriad catch-phrases. End result: a badass Bond who's seriously cool to watch. Best of all, he's not annoyingly superhuman like other Bonds I could name (I'm looking at you, Roger Moore). So anyway, this is the James Bond movie that started it all! Even though, you know, it only came out a few years ago. Hey, ...
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Report: Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez reach custody agreement - UPI.com
Google News - about 2 months
UPI.com Report: Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez reach custody agreement UPI.com Halle Berry (R) and Olivier Martinez at the Los Angeles premiere of "Cloud Atlas" on October 24, 2012. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI. | License Photo. LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are one step closer to finalizing their ... Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez finalise divorce, one year after splithellomagazine.com Halle Berry's divorce finalizedHamilton Spectator Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez Divorce FinalTMZ.com all 34 news articles »
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30 Black Voters Display Their Pride On Election Day
Huffington Post - 4 months
On Tuesday, like their fellow patriots, black Americans are headed to the polls to show just how powerful their votes are, despite the hinderances they still face.  Sure, there are reports that early voting among black voters in key states were lagging, but social media users shared their civic pride by stunting with their “I Voted” stickers on Instagram and Twitter. Celebrities like Halle Berry, Aja Naomi King and Tracee Ellis Ross showed off their stickers and stressed the need to vote on Election Day, too. “If I can my ass up this early and vote. You can too. Let’s go family!!!” Ice Cube tweeted. Entertainment and culture director of Ebony Britni Danielle shared that she “did it for the ancestors.” And NFL player Larry Fitzgerald reminded his followers that “Every vote counts!!!”  Check out these 30 famous and everyday black voters who are showing off their voter pride this Election Day.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is ...
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25 More Celebrities (And Counting) Who Totally Nailed It With Their Halloween Costumes This Year
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Reese Witherspoon And Her Black Jumpsuit Are Giving Us Feelings
Huffington Post - 5 months
Remember back in July when Reese Witherspoon tugged at our heartstrings with a slew of “Legally Blonde” Instagrams in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary? Now she’s back at it, albeit unintentionally, inciting serious pangs of nostalgia for her classic rom-com “Sweet Home Alabama.” Dressed to the nines in a plunging black jumpsuit, Witherspoon attended an event Thursday for Tiffany & Co., the very store in which Patrick Dempsey’s character famously proposed to Witherspoon’s in the film. It’s a move that’s sat atop our dream proposal bank ever since.  This time around, instead of being swarmed by beaming store staffers, Witherspoon was joined by other stars including Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry.  Hudson, who also wore a jumpsuit, looked stunning in pink:  Garner opted for an ever-classic LBD:   Berry wore one seriously sexy suit:  Can you say squad goals?   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Pos ...
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Dear Internet, Halle Berry Doesn’t Owe You Photos Of Her Kids’ Faces
Huffington Post - 5 months
Three years ago, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner helped get the California Senate Bill 606 ― protecting children of public figures ― signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Shortly after that, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, along with many other celebrity parents, launched the No Kids Policy, aiming to boycott any publication that runs photos of celebrity children taken by the paparazzi. It appears some people forgot about those efforts, because Berry recently had to shut down an Instagram troll who called her out for not showing the faces of her children in her social media posts.   On Thursday, the actress shared a photo of her kids, Nahla Aubry and Maceo Martinez, lounging in what appears to be their pajamas. Berry captioned the photo, which cuts out half her children’s faces, “❤️ ❤️.” ❤️ ❤️ A photo posted by Halle Berry (@halleberry) on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:14pm PDT Apparently, one of her followers was disappointed that Berry cropped the photo, writing in ...
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Why I Love Alicia Keys Without Mascara
Huffington Post - 6 months
When I first saw the cover photo of Alicia Keys' recently released single "In Common," what drew me were her eyes. She wore no mascara or shadow. I thought back to her fashioned gaze on the covers of the five previous albums. In this current photo, her eyes looked more accessible, free of the embellished, stylized sexuality of Girl on Fire or As I Am. I love Alicia's uninhibited sexuality, but I love more this new, subtly intimate expression, like we might be standing together in the same room reflecting on our lives. Alicia has inspired me. By declaring herself makeup-free, she both settles spiritually into her own skin and challenges the beauty regime of the entertainment industry and larger culture that expects even our female Olympic gymnasts to wear makeup while competing. Alicia, on the other hand, feels free to forgo cosmetics debuting under the primetime lights this this week as celebrity coach on The Voice. I may be an unknown white male university teacher who generall ...
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Halle Berry Turns 50: Her First Five Decades
ABC News - 7 months
A look back at Halle Berry's first five decades as she turns 50.
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15 Of The Worst Movies On Netflix According To Rotten Tomatoes
Huffington Post - 8 months
Netflix can be a treasure trove of hidden gems (see: "The Babadook," "Short Term 12"), but for every great movie there are about 10 terrible ones clogging your feed.  To help you weed out a few of the bad seeds, we've put together a list of the worst films on the streaming service, according to their Rotten Tomatoes ratings. (But hey, "worst" is subjective here. Who doesn't love watching a terrible movie every now and then?)  With each of these films earning a 0 percent rating, it doesn't really get any worse. Happy watching! 1. "United Passions" (2014) "United Passions," starring Gérard Depardieu, is all about the rise of the FIFA World Cup. According to Tim Appelo at TheWrap, it's "one of those rare films so unfathomably ghastly you could write a better one while sitting through its interminable 110 minutes." 2. "The Ridiculous 6" (2015) "The Ridiculous 6" -- Adam Sandler's comedy about six strangers who discover they have the sam ...
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What I Wish Men Knew About That Creepy Guy At Starbucks
Huffington Post - 9 months
I was still deciding whether to order a grande or a venti tea yesterday at Starbucks when a man cut in front of me. “Can I help you?” the female barista asked him. “Oh you can help me, you have eeeeverything I need,” he told her, practically drooling. I snapped out of my internal tea debate (of course I was going to order a venti) to assess if the employee knew this man. “You are FINE,” he added, before exiting the store. She became visibly uncomfortable. Of course she didn’t know him. She and I locked eyes. I rolled mine in a show of solidarity, giving her that headshake women give each other when we witness someone receiving unwanted sexual attention from a man. A headshake, eye-roll combo that really means, "Ugh, not this again." The men behind the counter either didn’t notice the exchange, or perhaps they dismissed it as a random interruption by one creepy guy. But the barista and I knew better. It wasn't random; this incident was no outlier. Women with bodies in public spa ...
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Uma Thurman Feels 'Violated' After Inappropriate Kiss With Italian Entrepreneur Lapo Elkann
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Halle Berry makes her sultry debut on social media with sexy jungle selfie
LATimes - 11 months
Halle Berry is getting a lot more social - online, that is. The fiercely private Academy Award winner has been setting up social media accounts all week, joining Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to connect with her followers. Seriously, welcome to 2010, Halle. You're only a few years behind......
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I Don’t Believe I’m Black And Beautiful
Huffington Post - 12 months
I do not think that I am beautiful.  Whether or not I actually am is irrelevant, but whether I think that I am has become a constant source of preoccupation for me in recent months. Not feeling beautiful worries me for one specific reason: it feels like a defeat. All women are forced to deal with unrealistic and harmful beauty standards. All women are expected by society to base their self-worth on the way they look -- or, rather, the way in which the way they look garners them attention and approval from men.  It's a messed-up system, but what I've always struggled with is the thing we never really want to talk about: the hierarchy of the system. For black women, the harsh realities of beauty standards are twofold: we're socialized to feel less than beautiful specifically because we are black. Why else did a black model's naturally large lips receive so much hate in comments on Instagram last week, when big lips on white women like Kylie Jenner and Angelina Jolie are praised? ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Halle Berry
  • 2014
    Age 47
    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.
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    In March 2014 Berry launched a new production company, 606 Films, with producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
    More Details Hide Details 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 star in the CBS sci-fi drama series Extant. 606 Films is housed within CBS. In February 2000, Berry was involved in a traffic collision and left the scene. She was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run.
  • 2013
    Age 46
    In October 2013, Berry gave birth to their son.
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    On October 4, 2013, Berry signed on to star in the CBS drama series Extant.
    More Details Hide Details Berry played Molly Woods, an astronaut who struggles to reconnect with her husband and android son after spending 13 months in space. The show premiered on July 9, 2014. She served as a co-executive producer on the series.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The bill passed in September. Berry was ranked No. 1 on People "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list in 2003 after making the top ten seven times and appeared No. 1 on FHM "100 Sexiest Women in the World" the same year. 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." Men's Health ranked her at No. 35 on their "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" list. In 2009, she was voted #23 on Empire's 100 Sexiest Film Stars. The same year, rapper Hurricane Chris released a song entitled "Halle Berry (She's Fine)", extolling Berry's beauty and sex appeal. At the age of 42 (in 2008), she was named the “Sexiest Black Woman” by Access Hollywood’s TV One Access survey.
    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.
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    As of 2013, Berry's worldwide box office gross has been more than USD$3.3 billion.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, she appeared in New Year's Eve. She played one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which was released in October 2012.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    On November 29, 2012, Berry's lawyer announced that Berry and Aubry had reached an amicable custody agreement in court.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Leaked court documents included photos showing significant injuries to Aubry's face, which were widely displayed in the media.
    In November 2012, a judge denied Berry's request to move the couple's daughter to France in light of Aubry's objections.
    More Details Hide Details 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, the child with whom he shares custody with Berry, until November 29, 2012.
    Berry and Martinez confirmed their engagement in March 2012, and married in France on July 13, 2013.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    After their 2010 separation, Berry and Aubry became involved in a highly publicized custody battle, 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.
    More Details Hide Details Aubry objected to the move on the grounds that it would interfere with their joint custody arrangement.
    On April 30, 2010, Berry and Aubry announced their separation.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    Berry gave birth to their daughter in March 2008.
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    Berry has served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and as the face of Versace. The Coty Inc. fragrance company signed Berry to market her debut fragrance in March 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Berry was delighted, saying that she had created her own fragrances at home by mixing scents.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    On April 3, 2007, she 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.
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    In 2007, Berry both produced and starred in the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis, and starred in Things We Lost in the Fire with Benicio del Toro, the first film in which she worked with a female director, Danish Susanne Bier, giving her a new feeling of "thinking the same way", which she appreciated.
    More Details Hide Details Berry then starred in the film Frankie and Alice, in which she plays Frankie Murdoch, a young multiracial American women with dissociative identity disorder struggling against her alter personality to retain her true self. She was awarded the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. Berry was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s, earning an estimated $10 million per film.
  • 2005
    Age 38
    In November 2005, Berry began dating French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, whom she met at a Versace photoshoot.
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    She was awarded a Worst Actress Razzie Award in 2005 for this role.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person (making her the third person, and second actor, ever to do so) with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the "rock bottom" in order to be "at the top". 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 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." The Fund for Animals praised Berry's compassion towards cats and for squelching rumors that she was keeping a Bengal tiger from the sets of Catwoman as a "pet." 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, in which Berry portrayed Janie Crawford, a free-spirited woman whose unconventional sexual mores upset her 1920s contemporaries in a small community. She was nominated for an Emmy for this TV film. Meanwhile, she voiced the character of Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots (2005).
  • 2003
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Production was halted for eight weeks. It was a moderate hit at the United States box office, taking in $60 million; it earned another $80 million abroad. 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 FHMs 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll. Berry received $12.5 million for the title role in the film Catwoman, a $100 million movie; it grossed $17 million on its first weekend.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lindy Hemming, costume designer on Die Another Day, had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as a homage. Berry has said of the scene: "It's splashy", "exciting", "sexy", "provocative" and "it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar". 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. According to an ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time. Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a 30-minute operation. After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2.
    She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in the romantic drama Monster's Ball (2001), which made her the only woman of color to win a Best Actress Academy Award to date, as of 2016.
    More Details Hide Details 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. She is also a Revlon spokesmodel. Before becoming an actress, she started modeling and entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986. Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films such as the comedy The Flintstones (1994), the political comedy-drama Bulworth (1998) and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, among many other awards. In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s such as Storm in the X-Men film series (beginning in 2000), the action crime thriller Swordfish (2001), and the spy film Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In the 2010s, she appeared in movies such as the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012), the crime thriller The Call (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Berry married her second husband, singer-songwriter Eric Benét, on January 24, 2001, following a two-year courtship. but by early October 2003 they had separated, with the divorce finalized on January 3, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Benét underwent treatment for sex addiction in 2002.
    She appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the troubled wife of an executed murderer (Sean Combs), in the 2001 feature film Monster's Ball.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild best-actress prizes; 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). 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." 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. 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."
    In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first topless scene.
    More Details Hide Details At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially. The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee. Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them. 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.
  • 1999
    Age 32
    In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.
    More Details Hide Details Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • 1998
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    Berry and Justice were officially divorced on June 24, 1997.
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    She starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the 1997 comedy film B*A*P*S.
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  • 1996
    Age 29
    Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.
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  • 1993
    Age 26
    Berry married Justice shortly after midnight on January 1, 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Following their separation in February 1996, Berry stated publicly that she was so depressed that she considered taking her own life.
  • 1992
    Age 25
    In 1992, Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for the lead character played by Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 1989
    Age 22
    Berry dated Chicago dentist John Ronan from March 1989 to October 1991.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1993, Ronan sued Berry for $80,000 in what he claimed were unpaid loans to help launch her career. 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. According to Berry, a beating from a former abusive boyfriend during the filming of The Last Boy Scout punctured her eardrum and caused her to lose eighty percent of her hearing in her left ear. 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.
    Later in 1989, her situation improved 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?
    More Details Hide Details During the taping of Living Dolls, she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. After the cancellation of Living Dolls, she moved to Los Angeles. She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial Knots Landing. Her film debut was in a small role for Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991), in which she played Vivian, a drug addict. That same year, Berry had her first co-starring role in Strictly Business.
    In 1989, Berry moved to New York City to pursue her acting ambitions.
    More Details Hide Details During her early time there, she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter.
  • 1986
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Current Biography Yearbook, Berry " pursued a modeling career in Chicago. Berry's first weeks in New York were less than auspicious: She slept in a homeless shelter and then in a WMCA".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges.
    She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas.
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  • 1985
    Age 18
    In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986.
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  • 1966
    Born on August 14, 1966.
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