Halle Berry is an American actress & former fashion model. She is the first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Halle was born in Cleveland, Ohio to U.S. African father Jerome Berry, and U.S. European mother Judith Berry. Her parents, Judith Ann Hawkins & Jerome Jesse Berry, divorced when she was 4 years old. Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests. Berry was named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People Magazine in 2002.