Halle Berry will be making her directorial debut in upcoming movie Bruised and will also star in the mixed martial arts drama as the protagonist.
Bruised will focus on the main character’s struggle to deal with the return of her son, who she walked out on years before and attempt to resurrect her MMA career.
The Catwoman actress recently finished filming opposite Keanu Reeves for the third John Wick film, which is expected to be released in May 2018.
Halle Berry attends Amazon Studios’ Golden Globes Celebration in Beverly Hills, California
Who is Halle Berry?
Born Halle Maria Berry on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, she is the youngest daughter of Jerome and Judith Berry. After Jerome abandoned the family during the 1970s, Judith moved the family to the suburb of Bedford, according to Biography.com.
Halle attended a predominantly white school and because of her mixed race, she was subjected to discrimination. Her dealings with racism only encouraged her to try harder in life and during her school career, she became head cheerleader, newspaper editor and class president.
She also earned titles in beauty pageants in the 1980s and won Miss Teen Ohio and Miss Teen America, before being awarded the first runner-up in the 1985 Miss USA competition. Halle attended Cuyahoga Community College for a short period, but later left to pursue a career in news reporting.
Choosing entertainment over journalism, Halle relocated to Chicago and then New York City and took on a role as a catalogue model before starring in the sitcom Living Dolls and later, the prime-time drama Knot’s Landing in 1991.
Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan seen in a scene from the James Bond film Die Another Day
Halle Berry movies
Halle’s breakthrough came when she was cast as Samuel L. Jackson’s girlfriend in the Spike Lee classic Jungle Fever and she then appeared in The Last Boy Scout opposite Bruce Willis, before working with Eddie Murphy in Boomerang.
After her role in Losing Isaiah, Halle overcame racial barriers when she was the first African American to play the Queen of Sheba in the Showtime film Solomon & Sheba and then played one of Frankie Lymon’s wives in Why Do Fools Fall in Love? before Bulworth.
Following this, Halle released the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which she co-produced, starred in and went on to earn a Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Actress for her depiction of the actress’ struggle to succeed in entertainment.
Halle bounced back from Swordfish with Monster’s Ball, where she played the wife of a death row prisoner who becomes romantically involved with a racist prison guard. She earned a Golden Globe nod as well as the Best Actress Oscar, becoming the first and only African American to win the accolade.
Halle Berry celebrates as she holds her Oscar for best actress at the 74th Academy Awards
After her Bond girl role in Die Another Day, released in 2002, she reprised her Storm role a year later before starring in the film adaptation of Catwoman. Halle then played the lead in the television version of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Other notable appearances include Robots, X-Men: The Final Stand and Perfect Stranger, after which she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
Halle also dated her Jungle Fever co-star Wesley Snipes and after that tumultuous relationship ended, she married Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice in 1993. They divorced in 1997 before she became engaged to Eric Benet, who were married from 2001 to 2005.
In the same year, she met who would become her next-boyfriend, the French-Canadian supermodel Gabriel Aubry and months later, the actress confirmed they were expecting their first child together – Nahla Ariela, who was born in 2008, two years before they split.
Halle then dated Olivier Martinez, got engaged in 2012 and announced they were expecting a child before they married in France in 2013. They had a son, named Maceo-Robert, but announced their divorce two years later.
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez at the premiere of Cloud Atlas at the Chinese Theatre in LA
Halle Berry net worth
Halle Berry’s net worth has accumulated to approximately $80 million (£61m), according to Celebrity Net Worth and she is thought to earn up to $14 million (£11m) per film she appears in.
In 2000, she was embroiled in scandal after a hit-and-run incident and after a head injury, claimed that she did not remember leaving the scene. She was put on probation, had to complete community service and fined $13,500 (£10,300).
Not phased by the event, Halle continued to accept roles in blockbuster films, notably in X-Men in the same year and her character Storm was a hit among Marvel Comic fans.
However, her next release Swordfish, was not as well-received and publicity for the film was focused on her topless scene, for which she was paid a $500,000 (£381,000) bonus.