Early life. Berry was born Maria Halle Berry; her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry at age five. Her parents selected her middle name from Halle's Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins), who is of English and German ancestry, was a psychiatric nurse. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry. anonymous days ago. can't believe halle berry won an oscar for simulating sex with billy bob thornton cos that's about all she did in that movie. also wtf is the name of that movie with sharon stone fuck she is one hot lady. Halle Berry still has an envious figure at Her trainer of over six years, Nat Bardonnet, talks to us about her celebrity workouts.