The beautiful babe Halle Berry was born August 14, 1966 to a white mother and an African-American father. Her father left them when she was four and Berry was brought up by her mother, Judith, a psychiatric nurse, in Cleveland, Ohio.
During her senior year in high school, Halle was voted prom queen but was accused of stuffing the ballot box and, as she says, was forced to share her title with a "white, blonde, blue-eyed, all American girl."
A former beauty queen, Berry was crowned Miss World USA in 1986, was a contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant and, more recently, was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998. After her arrival in Hollywood, her stunning physical presence landed her roles in such TV series as Knots Landing and Living Dolls before she made her feature film debut in Strictly Business (1991).
The '90s saw Berry frequently on the big screen, and her roles in films like Losing Isaiah (1995), Bulworth (1998), and as Storm in X-Men (2000) made her a household name. In 2001, she proved that she wasn't just another pretty face when she won the Golden Globe Award for her starring role in Monster's Ball (2001). She then made history on March 24, 2002 by winning the Best Actress Oscar, her first ever, marking the first time a black woman had ever won in that category.
More recently, she reprised her role as Storm in X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Berry was married briefly to baseball player David Justice, then married singer Eric Benoit in January 2001, but they later divorced as well due to allegations of his extra-marital affairs. Her baby daughter, Nahla, whose father is Halle's ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey, was born March 16, 2008.
About her Hollywood experience, Berry says: "The truest cliche about Hollywood is that women have boobs and everybody wants to see them." Ironically, she caused quite a stir by appearing topless in Swordfish (2001), reportedly for a bonus of $500,000—a claim that she has denied.