As the daughter of a black father and a white mother, Berry brought firsthand knowledge of the predicaments of a mixed racial background to Queen. In childhood "a lot of kids made me feel I had to hang with the black kids or the white kids," she recalls of growing up in Cleveland. "I managed to be accepted by both groups, though they didn't make it easy for me." While others may be studying her, Berry is studying baseball terminology now that she's the No. 1 fan of Atlanta Braves star outfielder David Justice, 27, whom she married on New Year's Eve at their home in Atlanta. The pair had started dating just nine months earlier when an acquaintance asked Berry for an autographed picture to give to Justice. Having spotted him a few weeks before at a baseball gathering—"when I saw him I had cardiac arrest, he was so gorgeous"—she added her phone number.
Conspicuous success just adds to the contentment that she figures lends luster to her already lustrous beauty—her air-cushion eyes, her café au lait complexion, the magic wands of her legs. "I was raised by a single parent, my mother," she says, "and self-image is something she promoted in me as a small child."
So here's to Berry—happy, looking forward to the filming late this spring of the big-screen comedy The Flintstones, in which she plays a vampish secretary, and to wedded bliss with her most valuable player. And Justice knows that he's not the only one with an eye out. "The only way our relationship will run smoothly," he says, "is for me to understand that guys will be after her. So we have to trust each other—and we have that trust." He's a wise, wise man.