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HALL. A public building used either for the meetings of corporations, courts, or employed to some public uses; as the city hall, the town hall. Formerly this word denoted the chief mansion or habitation.

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He said: "After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance -- plus a glorious singing voice -- all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role."
Here, in their own words, her grief stricken family have also paid tribute to Halle, whose name they said will always remind them of her "pure and massive heart".
In a touching tribute, her griefstricken family - including mum Heather and dad Michael - told the ECHO: "Halle had achieved everything she had set out to at her young age so far.
The four acclaimed vocalists of Capital Voices, the Halle, a complete rhythm section and conductor Stephen Bell all come together to perform the greatest hits of ABBA!
The nine-time Halle Open champion, who recently climbed up to the top ranking for the sixth time in his career, will have to defend the Halle title if he wants to retain the top position.
"Amy and Ollie are very good with Halle and I was wondering if Ollie would be a little jealous because of his age but he's actually very protective of her and has been great with her.
Halle also gave a little insight into her happy home life.
I dressed them in their Sunderland and Newcastle strips for a bit of a laugh and it was as though Halle knew what was happening.
But like Halle it only seems to have got better with age.
From there the multi-layered movie, which also stars Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant, takes Halle to the 70s, where she is journalist Luisa Rey, then to the present day to play an Indian woman.
This time, movie magic will turn the city into San Francisco as Halle shoots scenes for Cloud Atlas, a time travel epic based on David Mitchell's bestselling novel.
The new scent complements Coty's Halle by Halle Berry and Pure Orchid by Halle Berry.