Halle Berry slams abusive father
Hollywood actress Halle Berry believes that her father's violent behaviour has left an indelible mark on her life. Here's what she said recently.entertainment Updated: Dec 05, 2009 18:45 IST
The Monster's Ball star was among those being honoured at the Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment early-morning breakfast gala and she chose to bring up a painful part of her past while accepting the award.
"My father was a very abusive, very violent alcoholic and he left an indelible scar on my life, on my childhood," Berry said.
"When a young girl watches her mother be beaten and kicked down the steps and stabbed and punched in the face, not only do you feel a sense of fear but you too feel a sense of worthlessness," she added.
However, the Oscar-award-winning actress also showered praises on a former teacher who helped her overcome her violent upbringing.
"She saw in me the need to feel valued and to feel loved and to feel I was worth it," Berry said.
Apart from the 43-year-old actress, other Hollywood A-listers named to the Power 100 Women in Entertainment at the gala included Hilary Swank and Eva Longoria-Parker.