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Halle Berry

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Biracial beauty Halle Berry’s high school experience as cheer captain, prom queen, newspaper editor and class president at an all-white school was an early indicator of the success she’d experience in the public eye. First, Berry, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, took stormed the pageant world, winning Miss Teen All –American and Miss Ohio USA and placing second in Miss USA and sixth in Miss World. By 1989, she had moved on to the small screen playing a model in Living Dolls, a short-lived spinoff of Who’s The Boss. Other notable TV gigs include a season on Knot’s Landing, Their Eyes Were Watching God and playing the titular role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which earned her a Golden Globe and an Emmy. Playing a drug addict in 1991’s Jungle Fever opened the door to a fruitful movie career that has been an even balance of big-budget blowouts (The Last Boy Scout, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas), gut-wrenching dramas (Losing Isaiah, Frankie & Alice) and even a few comedies (Boomerang, Bulworth). The babe in a bandage dress has been a Bond girl (Die Another Day) and two legendary comic book characters (Catwoman, Storm in the X-Men franchise), but her most rewarding professional moment was probably when the Revlon spokesperson became the first African-American to win Best Actress for 2002’s Monster’s Ball. In fact, it is probably only topped by the birth of her daughter Nahla in 2008. The only category Berry has seemed unable to master has been love as she’s twice divorced (baseball player David Justice and singer/sex addict Eric Benet) and split with Nahla’s dad, model Gabriel Aubry, after four years. She will try again with French actor Oliver Martinez, who proposed in 2012.

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