Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Halle (Berry)!

Happy birthday wishes go out today for one of my favorite actresses, and the best thing I can think of that ever came out of Cleveland, Ms. Halle Berry! Maria Halle Berry (her middle name being that of a prominent Cleveland Department Store. She changed it to just Halle Berry in 1971) was born to a white mom and a black father, who left the family when she was 4... the father I mean. After graduating High School she worked in a different Department Store, Higbee's, while studying at Community College. In the 80s she entered several beauty contests as she was, and is today, so pretty and all... for a girl. She was Miss Teen All American in 1985, Miss Ohio in 1986, and that year was the first runner up in the Miss USA contest, where she stated she hoped to become an entertainer.
She moved to Illinois to pursue modeling and acting. She got a part on ABCs "Living Dolls," before securing a recurring role on "Knots Landing."
In 1991 she got her breakthrough film role in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever," and hasn't stopped since. Some of my favorite Halle Berry movies are "The Flintstones" (which happens to be Elizabeth Taylor's last feature film... to date), Executive Decision (which the AMC channel likes to play every other night), Bulworth, Swordfish (for which she was reportedly paid an extra $500,000.00 to go topless. $500,000.00! (well, at least it wasn't like a half million dollars, or something) Now Halle is a lovely woman and all, but I wouldn't pay her $5.00 to see her boobs. Well maybe $5.00. What a world!), Monster's Ball (for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the first African American actress to do so), Catwoman (yeah, I liked it), and "Things We Lost in the Fire." In 1999 she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie, a Golden Globe, A SAG Award, and a NAACP Image Award for her performance in the television movie, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," who was a real actress and singer, the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, which is kind of creepy considering Halle eventually won that very prize.
In 2008 Halle gave birth to her first child, Nahla Ariela Aubry, right here in Los Angeles, at the very same hospital where I donate blood. Small world.
She's been married twice, and lived with the father of her child before breaking up with all of them. I want to let her know here and now that I am definitely available for dating purposes, but no sex before marriage!
And everyone here at Joyce's Take wishes Halle a very happy birthday. Happy Birthday Halle!

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