Halle Berry

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

Birth Name: Maria Halle Berry

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 14, 1966

*African-American (father)
*English, German, Irish, distant Dutch (mother)

Halle Berry is an American actress and model. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Monster’s Ball (2001). She is the only black actress to have won the Best Actress Oscar.

Halle’s father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American. Halle’s mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), is white, of English, German, Irish, and distant Dutch, descent. She has two children, a daughter, with her former partner, Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, and a son, with her former husband, French actor Olivier Martinez.

Of her upbringing, Halle has said:

I was raised by my white mother and every day of my life I have always been aware of the fact that I am biracial. However, growing up I was aware that even though my mother was white, I did not look or feel very white myself.

Halle’s paternal grandparents were Robert Berry and Cora Lee Powell (the daughter of Adam Powell and Charity Munford). Cora was born in Mississippi. Adam was the son of Tom Powell and Easter.

Halle’s maternal grandfather was Earl Ellsworth Hawkins (the son of Eugene Allen Hawkins and Bessie Clare Spaulding). Earl was born in Ohio. Eugene was the son of John William Hawkins and Katherine/Catherina “Katie” Drescher, who was born in Prussia. Bessie was the daughter of Ellsworth Warren/Warner Spaulding and Agnes L. “Aggie” Johnson. Through her maternal grandfather, Halle has American-born ancestors going back to the 1600s.

Halle’s maternal grandmother was Nellie Dicken (the daughter of Henry Dicken and Ada Brown White). Nellie was born in Shardlow, Derbyshire, England, to a father from Chesterfield and a mother from Spondon. Henry was the son of Robert Dicken and Ann Marsden. Ada was the daughter of John White and Maria.

Sources: Genealogies of Halle Berry – http://www.wargs.com

Halle’s paternal grandmother, Cora Lee Powell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Cora Lee Powell on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Halle’s paternal grandmother, Cora Lee (Powell) Berry – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Halle Berry (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Halle’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

photo by CarlaVanWagoner / Shutterstock.com

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah August 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm


Adam Powell and Charity-> Adam Powell and Charity Munford

andrew January 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm
andrew December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm
andrew December 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm
neiltennant March 31, 2016 at 8:32 am

good looking but 6 toes on 1 feet ihhhhhh

fuzzybear44 April 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm

You must have a foot fetish. I’ve looked at Halle for years, and never once paid any attention to her feet

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 7:44 am

Her daughter is quite interesting looking. She has her father’s face and hair colour but her mother’s skin colour and hair form albeit less curly.

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

she is probably more european than black considering most african-americans are genetically 20% european. black beauty my arse.

flo March 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Not necessarily, even if that were true, your genotype doesn’t always match your phenotype. Plus Halle has had a nose job. She looks like a light skinned African American.

Samiiraa February 15, 2017 at 5:56 am

She looks biracial and yes, she is probably more European

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

could pass as Indian

Daron August 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

I don’t see in any Indian(India) features in her at all. I had no idea she was half white when I first her in a movie. She looks like your average light skin African American. Still beautiful woman.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 6:49 am

Ignorant asshat!! She CLEARLY and OBVIOUSLY looks mixed.

FYI DUMBASS, light skinned Black people are mixed! How do you think they became light? They definitely have White in their DNA.

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 5:58 am

Hmm i think celebs like Halle Berry and Beyonce are not positive role models

let me explain this

Hollywood has become more and more open for african americans over the years. But they mostly recruit people like halle berry who play the race card but actually they are mixed and they pass for african americans

thats not healthy

those people suggest that its the best to be a paler black to succeed

I want to see dark african americans in the media, i m sure they could be better role models

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

i’m not a lesbian but halle is so beautiful, i wish i looked like her. she looks a little south asian indian too

neiltennant July 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

A black person that wants to be WHITE

please does anybody remember her movie BULWORTH ? at that time she was the black girl from next door although at that time she had plastic surgery

California July 25, 2015 at 5:18 am

You’re an idiot and a troll! She’s half White, so I have no idea how you can say she wants to be White when she already is (half anyway).

California July 12, 2015 at 7:56 am

I don’t know if she had plastic surgery or lightened her skin, but her features look more European now. I have to admit that when I was younger and first saw her I thought she was just Black and was surprised when I heard her mom was White, but now I can see that she does look mixed compared to other Black women.

neiltennant August 19, 2017 at 1:38 am

yes indeed

plastic surgery but i doubt that she lightened her skin

M June 6, 2015 at 12:15 am

I never once thought Halle looked black. I thought she was a Bollywood actress trying to make it in America at first.

alberto.r7 April 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

She is another mulatto girl calling herself black and trying to look more white , but the majority of the blacks and whites call her black.

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 6:24 am

She looks like a typical African-European (mixed) woman, pretty though.

Don’t get why this has over 240 comments, arguing and quarreling over her ethnicity …

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 6:50 am

Halle Berry’s natural hair texture without straightening and makeup free. She looks good without makeup and thats hard to pull off.


noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I think she looks mixed, I don’t understand how some say she looks fully black. In fact, she looks like an Indian woman. I have seen Indian women that look like her.

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 6:51 am
Freerk November 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Sometimes I am surprised who is of German descent in the USA … even the blacks … :D But that’s okay – she’s a beautiful woman. (And a nice picture with a warm smile in her eyes.)

Sully January 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Well, German is the largest European ethnicity/ancestry group in the United States (at least 49.3 million Americans are of German ancestry); more so than English or Irish or any other ancestry.

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 2:11 am

Yeah, funny, except MOST of the American actors that I come across with in here are of English and Irish descent.


midori29 November 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

This set of pics basically shows Halle Berrys before Hollywood and after Hollywood pics, yes she looked more black in the past.

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 6:14 am

She Used To Look A Lot Black When She Was Younger, Before The Plastic Surgery. She Didn’t Even Look Mixed. Now She Does Because She Got Her Nose Fixed, And Some Other Things As Well. There Are Prettier Mixed Women Than Her. She Is Overrated As Hell. It’s Stupid How She Says Her Quarter Black Daughter Is “Black”. Her Daughter Looks Hispanic Actually. She Doesn’t Look Like Halle At All.

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 6:15 am

* * She Used To Look A Lot Blacker

blah October 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm

You know damn well her daughter doesn’t look Hispanic… you sound crazy as hell. Her daughter actually look half black and half white which is weird because Halle Berry is half white already, so her daughter should look a lot whiter than she does. Her daughter looks blacker than Mariah Carey does and she considers herself African American. I interracially date and my kids have a high chance of not physically looking black due to my creole background, but no matter how non black they look I will instill in them that their black and consider them black, bottom line. I agree with Halle Berry.

midori29 November 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

@blah, yes I agree Halles daughter looks half black and half white. Her daughter does not even look typically super mixed hispanic. And Halle’s son Maceo, still looks even blacker than her daughter. When they grow up they will likely darken even more.None of Halle’s kids look hispanic or white. To have kids with a white the children normally look whiter. Halle is right to call her kids black because thats what they visably look more like and they will be prejudged in the future. Halle is not a dumb naive person, she knows

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