Actress and model. Halle Maria Berry was born August 14th, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio. The youngest daughter born to Jerome and Judith Berry, an interracial couple. Halle and her older sister Heidi spent the first few years of their childhood living in an inner-city neighborhood. In the early 1970s, Jerome Berry abandoned his wife and children, after which Judith moved her family to the predominantly white Cleveland suburb of Bedford.
Berry attended a nearly all-white public school, and as a result was subjected to discrimination at an early age. Her early bouts with racism greatly influenced her desire to excel. Throughout high school, the determined teen participated in a dizzying array of extracurricular activities, holding positions of newspaper editor, class president, and head cheerleader.
BERRY's high school prom queen victory was tainted because her teachers couldn't believe a black girl had beaten a blonde, blue-eyed princess.
The Oscar winner was stunned when she learned she had been picked as the prom queen at Bedford High School, outside Cleveland, Ohio - but was not as surprised as the school's headmaster.
Berry explains, "Me and this other girl, Vicky Cuckle... we both got called into the principal's office, and the principal said, 'Halle, you've won, Vicky, you're first runner-up, but, Halle, we believe you have taken part in stuffing the ballot box.'"
Berry's mother was so appalled by the allegations her daughter had cheated, she took on the school.
The actress recalls, "My mother came marching up there... She was p**sed.
"They gave an excuse of why they thought I had done this, but really had no proof of anything; it's just they couldn't believe that one of the only black girls in the whole school was now going to be their symbol of beauty.
"The principal said, `Let's flip a coin,' so we did the flip and I won anyway."
That small victory gave Berry the confidence to enter beauty pageants.
A natural performer, Berry earned a handful of beauty pageant titles during the early 1980s, including Miss Teen Ohio
and Miss Teen America. She was eventually awarded first runner-up in the 1985 Miss U.S.A. competition. For a short time she attended Cleveland 's Cuyahoga Community College, where she studied broadcast journalism. However, Berry abandoned her idea of a career in news reporting before receiving her degree. Choosing to wholeheartedly devote her time to a career in entertainment, Berry first moved to Chicago and then New York City, where she found work as a catalog model.
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Posted By: Merciful1 |
2/20/13 3:32 PM
One of the most beautiful and successful actresses in Hollywood so her bullies meant nothing to her but another stepping stone
Posted By: USAdoll |
2/21/13 2:52 PM
So beautiful that grown men fight over her now ; )
Posted By: Goodbar |
2/25/13 2:09 PM
If my daughter told me the headmaster accused her of cheating a ballot based from race I would be pretty pissed too. Maybe the headmaster would like to explain how her beauty got her so far in life if she wasn't as pretty as a blonde blue-eyed princess.