Happy Birthday Halle Berry

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Aug. 14 2011, Published 1:35 p.m. ET

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Oscar winning actress Halle Berry turned 45 on Sunday!

The Cleveland, Ohio native began her career as a beauty queen, entering pageants during her teenage years.

She landed her first big movie in 1991's Jungle Fever with minor roles in movies such as The Flintstones, X-Men, and Die Another Day following.

Halle is the only African-American woman to have ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress - which she did in 2001 for her role in Monster's Ball alongside Billy Bob Thornton.

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The legendary beauty is also a long standing face of Revlon cosmetics, appearing in several print and TV ads that span a decade.

Halle's has been married twice, first to MLB star David Justice, from 1992 to 1997, and then to musician Eric Benet from 2001 to 2005.

The same year she started a relationship with model Gabriel Aubry and the couple had a daughter together - Nahla who is now three.

Although their relationship ended, Halle recently found love again with French actor Olivier Martinez, who was spotted escorting his stunning girlfriend to a pre-birthday dinner Saturday at Mirabelle restaurant in West Hollywood.

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