On a sun-dappled beach in California a woman was being toasted on her birthday by friends.
It would have been impossible for observers not to notice her. She'd just turned 45, but had the good looks and vitality of someone much younger.
In amongst the happy group looking on affectionately was an attractive man with an infectious smile.
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The glowing birthday girl was Halle Berry and her admirer Olivier Martinez one year after their meeting on a film set in South Africa.
In the ephemeral world of Hollywood relationships, no one thought their connection would last. But endure it has and the couple seem more fulfilled and content in each other's company than ever.