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Halle Maria Berry was born August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending high school in a smaller town in Ohio, she was definitely a top student! Berry was a cheerleader, honor student, editor of the school newspaper, and even prom queen.
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By the mid-80's, Berry entered in many beauty pageants, including Miss Teen and Miss USA. She ultimately moved to New York to pursue both modeling and acting, and was even living homeless for a short period of time. She found luck with renowned director, Spike Lee, who cast her for a small role in the 1991 film, Jungle Fever.
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The following year in 1992, Berry starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy, Boomerang. The film is now being adapted into a TV series, which Berry serves as an executive producer for.
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Halle Berry's pivotal moment of the 90's was her role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in which she plays the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award. Her role won her multiple awards, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.
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Berry took on new forms of acting with her comic book role of "Storm" in the X-Men series. She rocked white hair with her mutant superhero powers in these four films. The original X-Men film grossed almost $300 million worldwide.
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Halle Berry's coincidental role of playing the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award came true in 2002! Her character as a troubled wife in 2001's Monster Ball landed her an Oscar for Best Actress. She still remains to be the only African-American actress to have won the prestigious award for this category.
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Then in 2002, Berry plays the first African-American Bond girl, "Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson" in Die Another Day. She starred alongside Pierce Brosnan, and is considered to be one of the best Bond girls to this day. She even had a Bond Barbie created and inspired from her character.
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In 2005, Halle Berry starred in Their Eyes Were Watching God, a television movie which was produced by Oprah Winfrey. The movie was an adaptation from Zora Neale Hurston's book and was critically acclaimed. Berry received her second Emmy Award for her role.
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Finally on April 3rd 2017, Berry was honored a golden star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here she poses with her mother, Judith Berry. Two beautiful women!