Halle Berry Biography
Claim to Fame: Actress (Monster's Ball, X-Men, Die Another Day)
DOB: August 14, 1966
Diabetes Type: 1
Halle Berry was born to an interracial couple in a Cleveland suburb. Her father abandoned the family early, and Halle's mother raised her and her sister alone. Overcoming racism on the part of her predominantly white classmates, Halle excelled in everything from academics to extracurriculars in high school and held positions as newspaper editor, class president, and head cheerleader. Winner of the Miss Ohio pageant and a runner up in the 1986 Miss USA competition, Berry chose to pursue a career in acting. While filming 1989's Living Dolls television show, she went into a diabetic coma and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Getting her health back in order, her stardom rose as she took on a variety of leading roles—from playing Storm in X-Men to a Bond girl in Die Another Day. Yet perhaps one of her most pivotal roles came in 2001, starring opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball; the performance won her an Oscar for Best Actress, the first African American to win the award.
In addition to a hit-and-run controversy in February of 2000, Berry made a comment about her diabetes that was instantly surrounded by controversy in November of 2007: "I've managed to wean myself off insulin, so now I'd like to put myself in the type 2 category." This dangerous message to the type 1 community sparked people with diabetes, as well as doctors, to quickly warn Berry about her misinformation, as it's not possible to "cure" anyone of diabetes.
Berry is also widely known for her beauty in addition to her honors as an actress. She was named in the "100 Sexiest Women of the Century" by Playboy in 1998 and has also been on People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list. In 2008, she was named "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire Magazine. With her beauty came many relationships, including one with her Jungle Fever co-star Wesley Snipes; a five-year marriage with Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice; a secret engagement to jazz musician Eric Benet; and her present boyfriend, French-Canadian supermodel Gabriel Aubry.
Now a Hollywood icon and one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, Berry continues to act and has also started a family, having a baby girl with Aubry in 2008. Although she and Aubry don't plan on marrying, she has spoken about the hopes of a second child.
Halle Berry has been very candid about controlling her diabetes, and is also an avid volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Reviewed by dLife staff 12/13.
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