Halle Berry's moment of clarity: 'I should have married Muhammad Ali'

As Halle Berry accepted an award at a fundraiser hosed by Muhammad Ali, the Oscar-winning actress seemed to have a moment of clarity.

"I would have been better off not marrying all these other men," the twice-wed star told the crowd. "I should have married Muhammad Ali."


The three times World Heavyweight Champion's wife Lonnie had something to say about that, however.

"Now, wait a minute," she cautioned, with a huge grin.

After her acceptance speech Halle planted a kiss on the 69-year-old champ at the event in Phoenix.

The fundraiser, Charity Fight Night, raised proceeds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson centre at St Joseph's hospital.

The event has raised $72 million since it began 17 years ago.

Forty-four-year-old Halle - gorgeous in a figure-hugging midnight blue dress - also caught up with actor and musician Kevin Costner at the gala.

His band – Kevin Costner and Modern West – took to the stage to provide musical entertainment for the attendees. Kelly Clarkson also did a turn with the American Idol contestants.

But there was no sign among the star-studded audience of Halle's new boyfriend Olivier Martinez.

Halle took up with him after splitting with Gabriel Aubry, father of her daughter Nahla.

The former couple have been involved in custody dispute over the two-year-old. Halle won a court bid to take her daughter to New York while she films New Year's Eve.

Gabriel is still expected to file a paternity suit asking to be formally recognised as the father.