The former beauty queen had small roles in TV soap operas like “Knot’s Landing” before her breakthrough role in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever.”
Not only was Berry raising the bar with classic roles in movies like “Strictly Business” and “Boomerang” she also set trends with her signature pixie cut.
“This moment is so much bigger than me,” said Berry while accepting a Best Actress Oscar in 2002. “This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox,” she said.
Berry and model Gabriel Aubry fell pregnant in 2007. They named their daughter Nahla, Arabic for “honeybee.”
Though separated, Berry and Aubry share custody of their beautiful daughter, Nahla. “We are a family until we are not here anymore,” she told Vogue Magazine.
On motherhood Berry told ESSENCE, “I thought I knew love before, but I never knew anything like this.”
Asked what her mother’s name is, two-year-old Nahla said “Halle Blueberries.”
Mom and daughter raised the cuteness factor when they recently sported the similar outfits during a day at the park.
Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1989, Berry has often lent her name to charitable causes fighting the disease.
Next month Berry will be the first African-American to grace the cover of the coveted September issue of Vogue Magazine.
Now celebrating her 44th birthday, Berry is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Happy birthday to a phenomenal African-American woman.