Halle Berry

BATD ON Dec 29, 2008 AT 5:18 pm

Academy Award-winning actress, fashion model, beauty queen and Bond girl Halle Berry was recently been named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive at the ripe old age of 42. Though not her first win in this type of competition, it is probably the most welcomed by the actress after she gave birth to her daughter, Nahla Ariela Aubry in March.

Halle Berry has certainly showed her staying power as an actress, having been in the business a very long time (over 20 years!). She started her career as a beauty queen in the 80’s and after very respectful placements of runner-up and sixth in the Miss USA and Miss World pageants respectively, Halle hoped to further her career as an actress and appeared in two little-known TV series. She made her breakthrough appearance in Spike Lee’s ‘Jungle Fever’ in 1991 and her career snowballed at an astonishing rate, although it wasn’t until the turn of the century that Hollywood really sat up and took notice of Halle.

Her role as Storm in the sci-fi movies ‘X-Men’ saw her dressed in a skin-tight catsuit which got the temperatures soaring, as did her topless scene in ‘Swordfish‘. Halle was determined not to be typecast as the beautiful actress with little talent. Her next role as a struggling wife of an executed murderer in ‘Monster’s Ball’ earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first black woman to do so. This was a landmark not only in Halle’s life, but for black women everywhere.

After her Oscar triumph, Halle returned to the role of the vixen. She played Jinx in the Bond film ‘Die Another Day’ recreating the Ursula Andress scene of emerging from the sea wearing an itsy bitsy bikini. The eyes of the entire global male population (as well as female!) were on Halle. ‘Gothika‘, ‘Catwoman‘ and ‘Perfect Stranger’ are just some of the films she has appeared in since her Bond Girl days.

Despite international success and recognition, life has not always been rosy for Halle. Her parents separated when she was four and she has been estranged from her abusive father ever since. She also seemed to be attracted to violent and stormy relationships and has been divorced twice (she counts Wesley Snipes, Danny Wood and Eric Benet as her exes). She finally found ‘love with no apology’ with model Gabriel Aubry in 2005 and recently gave birth to their daughter Nahla in March. With both her career and family life on the up, it seems Halle Berry has finally found her happy ending.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

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