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You May Have Chatted with Halle Berry Back in Your AIM Days

By Pippa Raga

I’ve always wanted to be rich but not famous. The downsides to fame seem endless to me — no private life, constant paparazzi, rumors about that ice cream you just ate, rumors about the ice cream you didn’t eat, stalkers, trust issues, and having every move scrutinized by people you don’t even know. These are just the first cons to being famous that come to mind.

As national treasure Bill Murray once said, “There aren’t many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that’s a 24-hour job right there.”

From investing in an isolated and well-guarded home, to putting a brown paper bag over your head that says “I’m not famous anymore,” to attacking the paparazzi with an umbrella, many a celebrity has tried to get around the pitfalls of being famous. 

One such celeb is Halle Berry. Halle's career took off in the '90s with roles in movies like Strictly Business, Boomerang and Losing Isaiah

As she become more and more recognizable, Halle quickly realized the pitfalls of fame and, in an attempt to reclaim some anonymity, resorted to a technology that was somewhat novel for its time… the AOL chatroom.