Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio to US-African father Jerome Berry and U.S. European mother Judith Berry. Halle came into the spotlight at 17 years when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing the state of Ohio in 1985 and one year later she become the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and after the Pageant, Halle became a model. It eventually led to her first weekly TV series, 1989's "Living Dolls" (1989), where she soon gained a reputation for her on-set tenacity, preferring to "live" her roles. Acting in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991) provided her big screen breakthrough. The next year, she was cast as Eddie Murphy's love interest in Boomerang (1992). Berry gained a youthful following for her performance as sexy secretary in The Flintstones (1994). The role with Jessica Lange in the adoption drama Losing Isaiah (1995) was highly publicized. In 1998, she received critical success when she starred as a street smart young woman in Warren Beatty's Bulworth (1998). The following year, she won even greater acclaim for her role as actress in made-for-cable's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV), for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series. In 2000, she received box office success in X-Men (2000). The success of the film and its stars spawned the sequel X-Men 2 in 2003 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Other film credits include Perfect Stranger (2007), Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), and Frankie and Alice (2010). She appeared in New Year's Eve, and is playing one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which is expected to be released in October 2012.
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