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Angela Bassett Biography and Filmography
Angela Bassett
Birthday: August 16, 1958
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 4"
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A respected actress of the stage, screen, and television, Angela Bassett has been one of the few African-American actresses to break Hollywood's color boundary. She has specialized in playing strong women familiar with adversity and has worked in genres from "chick flick" (Waiting to Exhale) to sci-fi action (Strange Days) to biography (What's Love Got to Do with It?), the last of which featured her in a star-making performance as Tina Turner.Born in New York City on August 16, 1958, Bassett was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida by her mother. Growing up in a household where money was tight, she was taught determination and independence. These values were called into service after an eleventh grade Upward Bound trip to Washington, D.C., when Bassett saw James Earl Jones in a Kennedy Center production of Of Mice and Men. Deciding that acting was her calling, she became involved in a number of local productions in St. Petersburg. She continued to act at Yale University, where she earned a scholarship; after completing a B.A. in African-American studies, she also spent three years at the Yale School of Drama. One of Bassett's mentors at Yale was the drama school's dean, stage director Lloyd Richards, who was so impressed with her talent that he cast her in two of his productions, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Although she enjoyed relative success on the stage, Bassett, like other African-American actors, had a difficult time finding roles in television and film.In 1986, Bassett made her screen debut in the cult favorite F/X. Following supporting roles in Kindergarten Cop (1990) and John Sayles' City of Hope (1991), she had her first significant screen role in John Singleton's acclaimed Boyz 'N the Hood, playing a struggling single mother. Two years later, after playing the wife of civil rights leader Malcolm X in Spike Lee's biopic and the Jackson Family matriarch in the made-for-TV The Jacksons: An American Dream, Bassett had her screen breakthrough as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It?, a performance that earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe. As her newfound status allowed her to expand her range of work, Bassett went on to star in a series of diverse films. In 1995, a foray into futuristic action in Strange Days was complemented by a lead in the successful women's ensemble drama Waiting to Exhale (based on the novel by Terry McMillan), in which Bassett starred alongside Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine. In 1998, she starred as the title character in another McMillan adaptation, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, playing a divorcee whose discontent is ably assuaged by a hunky twenty-year-old (Taye Diggs). The following year, she had a supporting role in Music of the Heart and again tried her hand at action in Supernova, a sci-fi thriller. Starring in former Orson Welles collaborator and blacklisted director John Beery's critically panned swansong Boesman and Lena in 2001, Bassett (along with co-star Danny Glover) earned praise for their sensitive performances as a troubled South African couple striving to seek stability in the face of Apatheid.Since 1997, Bassett has been married to actor Courtney B. Vance, whom she had known since their days at Yale.
Toussaint (2007)
[ Angela Basset ]
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
[ Angela Basset ][ Kelly Ripa ]
Stomp the Yard (2007)
[ Meagan Good ]
Time Bomb (2006)
[ Angela Basset ][ Jayne Heitmeyer ]
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
[ Angela Basset ][ Lee Garlington ]
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
[ Angelina Jolie ][ Angela Basset ][ Jaqueline Bisset ][ Michelle Monaghan ][ Jennifer Morrison ]
Search and Rescue (2005)
[ Lena Olin ][ Angela Basset ][ Sonja Braga ]
The Descent (2005)
[ Angela Basset ][ Sonja Braga ][ Nora-Jane Noone ][ Natalie Mendoza ][ MyAnna Buring ]
The Index (2005)
[ Angela Basset ]
Authorized Personnel Only: Part 1 (2005)
[ Angela Basset ]
Mr 3000 (2004)
[ Angela Basset ]
The Lazarus Child (2004)
[ Angela Basset ][ Frances O'Connor ]
Masked and Anonymous (2003)
[ Penelope Cruz ][ Jessica Lange ][ Angela Basset ][ Susan Traylor ]
Sunshine State (2002)
[ Angela Basset ][ Mary Steenburgen ][ Edie Falco ][ Jane Alexander ]
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
[ Angela Basset ][ Cicely Tyson ]
Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001)
[ Angela Basset ][ Jurnee Smollett ][ Angelica Torn ]
The Score (2001)
[ Angela Basset ]
Boesman and Lena (2000)
[ Angela Basset ]
Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000)
[ Angela Basset ][ Anne Archer ][ Betty White ][ Joanna Lumley ][ Joan Rivers ]
Supernova (2000)
[ Robin Tunney ][ Angela Basset ]
Music of the Heart (1999)
[ Meryl Streep ][ Aaliyah ][ Angela Basset ][ Cloris Leachman ][ Jane Leeves ]
Our Friend, Martin (1999)
[ Ashley Judd ][ Susan Sarandon ][ Whoopie Goldberg ][ Angela Basset ][ Valerie Simpson ]
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
[ Whoopie Goldberg ][ Angela Basset ][ Regina King ][ Mary Jane Blige ][ Barbara Harris ]
Contact (1997)
[ Jodie Foster ][ Jena Malone ][ Angela Basset ]
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
[ Kelly Preston ][ Angela Basset ][ Whitney Houston ][ Loretta Devine ][ Lela Rochon ]
Strange Days (1995)
[ Juliette Lewis ][ Kelly Hu ][ Angela Basset ][ Brigitte Bako ][ Pj Harvey ]
Panther (1995)
[ Aaliyah ][ Angela Basset ][ Jenifer Lewis ]
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
[ Angela Basset ][ Joanna Cassidy ][ Barbara Harris ]
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
[ Angela Basset ][ Khandi Alexander ][ Jenifer Lewis ][ Penny Johnson ][ Barbara Harris ]
Innocent Blood (1992)
[ Angela Basset ][ Anne Parillaud ][ Linnea Quigley ][ Teri Weigel ][ Gloria Estefan ]
Passion Fish (1992)
[ Angela Basset ][ Mary McDonnell ][ Alfre Woodard ][ Nora Dunn ][ Sheila Kelley ]
Malcolm X (1992)
[ Angela Basset ][ Debi Mazar ][ Karen Allen ][ Elise Neal ][ Theresa Randle ]
The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
[ Vanessa Williams ][ Angela Basset ][ Holly Robinson ][ Margaret Avery ]
One Special Victory (1991)
[ Angela Basset ][ Kathy Baker ]
Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (1991)
[ Angela Basset ][ Ariana Richards ][ Cheryl Ladd ][ Jean Smart ]
City of Hope (1991)
[ Gina Gershon ][ Angela Basset ][ Barbara Williams ]
The Heroes of Desert Storm (1991)
[ Angela Basset ]
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
[ Nia Long ][ Angela Basset ][ Regina King ]
Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991)
[ Angela Basset ][ Lisa Hartman ]
Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (1991)
[ Angela Basset ][ Jenny Lewis ]
Critters 4 (1991)
[ Angela Basset ][ Martine Beswick ]
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
[ Angela Basset ][ Penelope Ann Miller ][ Linda Hunt ][ Carroll Baker ][ Jayne Brook ]
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990)
[ Vanessa Williams ][ Angela Basset ][ Nia Peeples ][ Virginia Watson ]
In the Best Interest of the Child (1990)
[ Angela Basset ][ Meg Tilly ]
Challenger (1990)
[ Angela Basset ][ Karen Allen ]
Family of Spies (1990)
[ Lili Taylor ][ Angela Basset ][ Leslie Ann ][ Adrienne Sachs ]
The Master's Mirror (1989)
[ Angela Basset ]
Hard Stripe (1989)
[ Angela Basset ]
Liberty (1986)
[ Carrie Fisher ][ Angela Basset ][ Dana Delaney ][ Claire Bloom ][ Corinne Touzet ]
F/X (1986)
[ Angela Basset ][ Diane Venora ]
Mr. Quiet (1985)
[ Angela Basset ]
Doubletake (1985)
[ Beverly D'Angelo ][ Angela Basset ]
  • Engaged to Courtney B. Vance. [1997]
  • Bassett has built her career around playing some of the most celebrated real-life, pioneering black women of the twentieth century. She was Oscar-nominated and won both the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her star-making performance as Tina Turner/Anna Mae Bullock in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). She won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work as the late-Dr. Betty Shabazz (widow of the slain civil rights pioneer Malcolm X) in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992). She would later play Dr. Shabazz in a cameo appearance in Mario Van Peebles' Panther (1995). She delivered the only three-dimensional performance in the 1992 ABC miniseries about The Jackson Five and their family, The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992) (TV). In 1999, she played Janet Williams--the principal of the school where Roberta Guaspari taught in Music of the Heart (1999). She was also in the running to play Dorothy Dandridge, until Halle Berry beat her to the punch with the HBO telefilm, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV).
  • She was once employed as a photo researcher at U.S. News & World Report magazine.
  • In 1974 she began to consider acting as a career choice after an 11th-grade class trip to Washington, DC during which she saw actor James Earl Jones perform in a Kennedy Center production of the play "Of Mice and Men".
  • Turned down the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster's Ball (2001) because she did not want to perform nude.
  • Won the 2002 Lena Horne Award for Outstanding Career Achievements in the Field of Entertainment.
  • Measurements: 34B-25-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Played Muslim activist Betty Shabazz in two different movies: Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995).
  • Graduated from Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, Class of 1976.
  • Born on the same day as Madonna.
  • As of 2005, she is the first and only African American recipient of the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
  • Graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African-American studies (1980)
  • Graduated from Yale drama school with a Master of Fine Arts Degree (1983)
  • Angela and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, became the parents of twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, on January 27, 2006 in California through a surrogate.
  • Her performance as Tina Turner in 'What's Love Got to Do With It' (1993) was ranked at 95 on Premiere Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Film Performances of all time.

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