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Halle Berry

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Halle Berry was born Maria Halle Berry in Ohio in 1966. She is an Academy Award-winning actress, as well as a producer and former model. Berry’s father is Black and her mother is White, of English and German descent. Berry’s parents divorced when she was young, and she was raised by her mother.

Berry began her career in entertainment when she started competing in pageants as a teenager. She was 1st runner up for Miss USA, and won 6th pace at Miss World in 1986, for which she was the first African-American entrant. From there, Berry began modeling and acting.

In 1999, Berry starred in and produced Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, a true story about the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. As fate would have it, in 2002, Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. She has thus far been the only Black woman to win in that category.

Berry has also played a number of Biracial characters in significant movies. In 1993, she played Queen, the lead character based off Alex Haley’s book of the same name. In 2010, she played Frankie in Frankie and Alice, a film about a go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder.

Berry herself identifies as Black and not Biracial, and she stirred a great deal of controversy when she publicly announced that she would be raising her daughter as Black, even though her daughter is only one quarter Black. Despite her self-identification, she remains perhaps the biggest Biracial actress in Hollywood, and she was one of the highest paid actresses in the 2000s.


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