Halle Berry has been in the spotlight for almost three decades now, which is an awfully long time by Hollywood standards. We’ve seen her win an Oscar, a razzie and go through her fair share of love and heartbreak. Since she’s about to turn 51 – and doesn’t look a day over 35 – we have 10 things you didn’t know about know about the bona fide movie star:
She was born Maria Halle Berry on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Judith, a psychiatric nurse, and Jerome, a hospital attendant in the psychiatric ward where her mother worked who later became a bus driver. While her mother is of English and German descent, her father was an African American. When she was four, her parents divorced and her mother raised her and her older sister.