Born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Berry was a diamond in the rough until she began making waves on the American pageant circuit in the late 1980s. Her name was inspired by Cleveland’s popular Halle’s Department Store, and she herself worked in Higbee’s Department Store until her modeling career began to take off. In 1986, she was the first African-American contestant in the prestigious Miss World Pageant, where she finished in sixth place. In 2013, she married French film actor Olivier Martinez, and the happy couple are expecting their first child together later in the year. She already has one child, a five-year-old daughter named Nahla, with model Gabriel Aubry.

Halle Berry has acted in 44 films to date. Her salary as an actress, along with lucrative sponsorship contracts with Revlon, Coty and Versace, puts her net worth at an estimated $70 million. She earns a reported $16 million per year acting, and her contract with Revlon was renewed in 2013. She’s also cultivating a stronger presence behind the camera, and will be producing as well as starring in the upcoming indie comedy “Mother.” Her rate as an actress is generally between $10 and $15 million per film, making her the highest paid actress of color in Hollywood.

Halle Berry is keeping a low profile lately due to her pregnancy, but fans can still catch her in “The Call,” which premiered in March of 2013, and the highly-anticipated “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which is due out in May of 2014. Halle is also as present as ever in charity projects this year, and she hosted the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in Los Angeles in May of 2013. She has also recently partnered with designer Michael Kors in a program called Watch Hunger Stop, which provides meals to children in need.

How much is ‘s Net Worth? $70 Million!

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Halle Maria Berry was born August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been married three times, first to Major League Baseball player David Justice, then to Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Eric Benet. Since 2013, she has been married to actor Olivier Martinez. She has two children, daughter Nahla and son Maceo.

Berry’s acting career began in 1989 with the television series “Living Dolls,” which only ran for one season. After moving to Los Angeles in 1990, she began appearing in a number of television shows, including six episodes of “Knots Landing” in 1991. Her movie career began that same year with a small role as a drug addict in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever.” Her roles during that decade included the HBO biopic “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” in 1999, for which she received both Emmy and Golden Globe awards. In 2000, she portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the movie “X-Men.” In 2001, her appearance in “Moster’s Ball” earned Berry the Academy Award for Best Actress, the first for an African American woman. Other movies included the James Bond blockbuster “Die Another Day” and “Catwoman,” for which she was paid $12.5 million.

Berry was one of the highest paid actresses of the 2000s, earning an estimated $10 million per film. She has also been a spokesmodel for Revlon cosmetics and other companies. Her net worth is estimated at $80 million.

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