How Much is Halle Berry Worth?
Born on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Maria Berry has managed to become a truly iconic American actress. Despite coming from humble origins and having a tough childhood, she has never quit on her innermost desire to excel. And once she set her mind on making it in the world of entertainment, she gave this goal her all.
When Halle Berry was four years old, her father, Jerome Berry, left the family, after abusing her mother, Judith Ann. As a result, Halle Berry and her sister, Heidi Berry-Henderson, were raised alone by their mother, having a hard time. As Halle Berry points out, for the first few years of her childhood, the family lived in an inner-city neighborhood.
From an early age, Halle Berry faced discrimination because of her African-American descent, which only strengthened her desire to succeed. Halle Berry’s determination lead her to becoming the first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Below, you can find out more about Halle Berry’s career and net worth, and discover interesting facts about the actress.
Halle Berry Early Career
Following high school, Halle Berry entered Cuyahoga Community College, aspiring to pursue her career in news reporting at the time. Along with her studies at the college, Halle Berry entered various beauty contests, showing her interest in a modeling career. As a result, she managed to win Miss Teen All American in 1985 as well as Miss Ohio in 1986. In 1986, Halle Berry was also the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and finished sixth in Miss World.
Aspiring to pursue a career in both modeling and acting, Halle Berry decided to move to New York in 1989. Soon after moving, she ran out of funds, and even had to live in a homeless shelter for some time. Eventually, she managed to land a role in the ABC TV series Living Dolls, which was soon canceled. Following the show’s cancellation, Halle Berry moved to Los Angeles, soon appearing in the long-running CBS’s soap opera Knots Landing.
Following her film debut in the romantic drama Jungle Fever in 1991, Halle Berry co-starred in Strictly Business and Boomerang. In 1995, she starred in Losing Isaiah, portraying a mother fighting for custody of her son after beating drug addiction. Soon, Halle Berry starred in Race the Sun, B*A*P*S, and Bulworth, having her performance particularly praised in the latter movie. In 1996, she co-starred in the action thriller Executive Decision, playing together with Steven Seagal and Kurt Russel.
Halle Berry Career Highlights
In 1999, Halle Berry starred in HBO’s biographical film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, being the film’s co-producer at the same time. In the film, she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress. Having introduced the film’s project, Halle Berry took its success to heart, struggling to make sure its message came through. For her outstanding performance in the film, Halle Berry received Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award, among other awards.
Halle Berry experienced a true breakthrough in her acting career after she appeared in the 2001 romantic drama Monster’s Ball. Halle Berry played Leticia Musgrove, an unsettled wife of an executed murderer having an escalating relationship with her ex-husband’s executioner. Her highly acclaimed performance in this role brought her the nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2002, Halle Berry won it, becoming the first African-American woman in history to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
After winning the Oscar, Halle Berry starred as Bond girl Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Johnson in 2002 Bond movie Die Another Day. She appeared as Storm in X-Men and the sequels X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. In 2005, Halle Berry also starred in the ABC TV film Their Eyes Were Watching God, produced by Oprah Winfrey. Among her numerous film appearances were also Gothika, Things We Lost in the Fire, Frankie and Alice, Extant, and others.
Halle Berry Net Worth
In 2008, The Hollywood Reporter rated Halle Berry as one of the top 10 highest-paid actresses in the entertainment industry. At the time of the rating, she was making solid $10 million on average from every movie with her part. Not surprisingly, the earnings that Halle Berry has made from acting make up the bulk of her net worth now.
Since 1996, Halle Berry has been a spokesperson for Revlon, an American cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care brand. Pointing out Halle Berry’s strong character, talent, and beauty as its inspiration, Revlon has made her its global brand ambassador. As a result, her long-time endorsement of the Revlon, Inc. products has also contributed to Halle Berry’s current net worth.
In 2009, Halle Berry launched her own fragrance line, Halle Berry Fragrances, focusing on the needs of the mass market. In 2014, she also founded her own motion picture production company, 606 Films, which is housed at CBS Television Studios. Halle Berry has also bought out Scandale Paris, a French lingerie brand, making its products attainable for the mass market.
Becoming an entrepreneur, Halle Berry has made her business ventures another contributing factor to the growth of her net worth. As such, her net worth amounts to at least $70 million, as the majority of various sources estimate. Some sources, however, point out that Halle Berry’s net worth as of 2019 might be closer to $80 million.
Interesting Facts about Halle Berry
Halle Berry’s parents chose the name Halle from Halle’s Department Store in Cleveland, Ohio.
Halle Berry was born at the same hospital as Dorothy Jean Dandridge. In 1955, she was the first African-American actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. And in 2002, Halle Berry was the first African-American actress to win it.
Halle Berry has been married and divorced three times, and has two children, her daughter Nahla and her son Maceo.
Halle Berry will appear in the 2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as an assassin Sofia and John Wick’s friend.