She has starred in films including 'Die Another Day,' 'Gothika,' the 'X-Men' film franchise and 'Kidnap.'Halle Maria Berry was born on August 14, 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.
"My mother says I never talked in my own voice," Murphy later said.
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. For a short time she attended Cleveland 's Cuyahoga Community College, where she studied broadcast journalism.
Light rose lipstick, deftly-applied blush and significant eye liner ensured the mother of five was ready for her turn on the red carpet. Tina Knowles-Lawson, 63, mother to Beyonce and Solange, was also on hand for the event, and wore an elegant pink frock with a large three-dimensional rose sewed to the front.