Halle Berry (Photo by Kwaku Alston/Corbis via Getty Images)
It doesn’t happen all the time when a lady becomes larger than life compared to the initial foray into pageantry that made her a recognizable face and name both nationally and internationally.
Halle Berry was the Miss Ohio during Miss USA 1986 when Christy Fichtner won. She was 1st Runner-Up, a placement that automatically sent her to Miss World that year.
During Miss USA 1986 representing Ohio
During Miss World 1986 representing the United States
402720 238: Oscar Winner Halle Berry Winner Accepts The Best Actress Academy Award For Her Performance In The Film “Monster’s Ball,” While Actor Russell Crowe Applauds Her During The 74Th Annual Academy Awards March 24, 2002 At The Kodak Theater In Hollywood, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)
Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage
Halle has come a long way from her days as a beauty queen. She got her TV and movie break in Hollywood. The rest is history. She has become one of the finest American actresses, especially after winning the Oscar Best Actress for “Monsters Ball” last 2002. And her longevity in the business spans up to now. The acting talent is pure and engaging. She never runs out of projects and has enjoyed an enviable status as one of the more outstanding African American personalities in the field of entertainment.
In ending, I share with you a film clip of her Academy Award-winning performance in Monsters Ball below.
Mutya ng Pilipinas World 1986 Sherry Rose Byrne (Photo credit: Tony Paat)
Photo credit: Tony Paat
During the darkest decade (1980-1989) of Philippine participation in Miss World, there were only two bright spots that made a Filipina shine in the UK-based beauty pageant. One such source of small joy took place last 1986 when our representative, Mutya ng Pilipinas World Sherry Rose Byrne, made it to the semifinals and was eventually named Continental Queen for Asia. In an edition that saw Trinidad & Tobago’s Giselle Laronde outlasting all comers and winning the crown, she made sure that there is enough reason to make the Filipinos back home feel proud of how she carried the name of the Philippines in London.
Watch the part of the Miss World 1986 finals (spot Miss USA Halle Berry in the same) where the five Continental Queens of Beauty were officially named by the late Eric Morley (founder of Miss World) and awarded trophies by his wife Julia.
courtesy of Debby Javier
Sherry Rose, who represented the Filipino Community of Canada during Mutya ng Pilipinas 1986, was a heavy favorite during the national finals and was even thought of as having a strong chance of giving the country its first Miss World crown back then. But it still wasn’t meant to be. At any rate, we can always look back at her achievement as blog-worthy enough. 😉