Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1958-08-16 (64 years old)

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Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including three Black Reel Awards, a Golden Globe Award, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for one Academy Award and seven Primetime Emmy Awards. Bassett began her acting career in the 1980s, after graduating from Yale University. Following a few minor roles, including as Reva Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Bassett had her breakthrough with her portrayal of singer Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), which garnered her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in numerous acclaimed and successful films, including; as Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), as Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), as Voletta Wallace in Notorious (2009), as Amanda Waller in Green Lantern (2011), and as Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta (2013). Her other notable film roles include Bernandine Harris in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Rachel Constantine in Contact (1997), Stella Payne in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Janet Williams in Music of the Heart (1999), Lynne Jacobs in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016), and Queen Ramonda in Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022). On television, Bassett's portrayal of Rosa Parks in the television film The Rosa Parks Story (2002), garnered her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. In 2013, Bassett had a recurring role on the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story: Coven, earning a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She returned as a series regular for Freak Show, the series' fourth season, portraying Desiree Dupree, for which she received another Primetime Emmy Award nomination. For the fifth season, Hotel, she portrayed Ramona Royale, a famous movie star. Bassett returned to the series's sixth season, Roanoke, portraying an alcoholic actress named Monet Tumusiime, who plays struggling mother and former police officer Lee Harris in the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary, and she reprised her role as Marie Laveau in a guest role in the eighth season Apocalypse. In 2018, Bassett began producing and starring in the Fox first responder drama series 9-1-1, playing LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Grant.

Personal Life

Bassett married actor Courtney B. Vance in 1997. They first met at Yale School of Drama, then became a couple over a decade later after their paths crossed again in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2005, they starred together in a production of His Girl Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The couple's twins – son Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance – were carried by a surrogate.Bassett is a supporter of programs for the arts, especially for youth. She annually attends events for children with diabetes and those in foster homes. She is an active Ambassador of UNICEF for the United States and a member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Bassett is a supporter of the Royal Theater Boys & Girls Club in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.She is represented by the Executive Speakers Bureau of Memphis, Tennessee .In early 2007, Bassett donated $2,300 to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Bassett supported Obama in his reelection campaign. In June 2012, she made an appearance at the St. Petersburg office of his campaign and said the election was not one "where we can sit on the sidelines". Bassett attended the second inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2013. She endorsed Hillary Clinton for president during the 2016 United States presidential election, saying "Bar none, Clinton would make a great president." Bassett also spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, introducing survivors of the previous year's Charleston church shooting, an incident about which she spoke during her remarks. After Clinton was defeated in the general election, Bassett tweeted, "Only 1455 days until November 3, 2020. Rest up my country. #ProudOfHer".Bassett was initiated as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority on July 13, 2013.

Early Life

Bassett was born in New York City, the daughter of a social worker Betty Jane (née Gilbert), a civil servant, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son. Bassett's middle name was given to her in honor of her aunt Evelyn. Ten months after Bassett was born, her mother became pregnant and had a second child, Bassett's sister D'nette. Bassett said the pregnancy "only made things harder", leading her parents to send her to her father's sister, Golden, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While her aunt did not have any children of her own, she "loved children, and she was good with them."At the age of four, Bassett was picked up by her mother after her parents divorced, and then relocated with her sister to St. Petersburg, Florida. Bassett did not see her father again for several years, until she attended her grandmother's funeral. There, Bassett met her father's daughter from his first marriage, Jean, who at twelve years old, was several years older than Bassett. After graduating from Jordan Park Elementary School, she began being bussed out of her neighborhood to attend Disston Middle School for seventh grade. The year she began attending was 1970, one year before the first year that busing was implemented to integrate public schools in St. Petersburg. After completing seventh grade, she was bused to Azalea Middle School for eighth and ninth grade. Bassett's mother became more involved in her daughter's grades and told her and her sister the pair were going to college.In her younger years, Bassett was "in love" with the Jackson 5 and dreamed of marrying a member of the family group, stating it would probably be "whoever had the cutest, roundest Afro at the time. In my imagination we would have children and live in a real house." As her interest in entertainment developed, Angela and her sister would often put on shows, reading poems or performing popular music for their family. At Boca Ciega High School, Bassett was a cheerleader and a member of the Upward Bound college prep program, the debate team, student government, drama club and choir. An "A" and "B" student for the most part, Bassett got her first "C" in physical education, and tried to convince her mother not to be disappointed by the grade. Bassett called the grade the "average," leading her mother to say she did not have "average kids." As Bassett described, a "sense of pride" developed in her and she did not get another "C" until college. During high school, Bassett became the first African-American from Boca Ciega to be admitted to the National Honor Society. She participated in Upward Bound, an academic and cultural enrichment program for underprivileged students. Bassett says she and the other participants did not see themselves as underprivileged.Bassett attended Yale University and received her B.A. degree in African-American studies in 1980. In 1983, she earned an M.F.A. degree from the Yale School of Drama, despite opposition from her paternal aunt who warned her to not "waste" her "Yale education on theater." She was the only member of Bassett's family to have gone to both college and graduate school. At Yale, Bassett met her future husband Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the drama school. Bassett was also classmates with actor Charles S. Dutton.After graduation, Bassett worked as a receptionist for a beauty salon and as a photo researcher. Bassett soon looked for acting work in the New York theater. One of her first New York performances came in 1985 when she appeared in J. E. Franklin's Black Girl at Second Stage Theatre. She appeared in two August Wilson plays at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of her long-time instructor Lloyd Richards. The Wilson plays featuring Bassett were Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984) and Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1986). In 2006, she had the opportunity to work on the Wilson canon again, starring in Fences alongside longtime collaborator Laurence Fishburne at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. In 2018, Bassett was awarded an honorary D.F.A. degree from her alma mater, Yale University.

Filmography

All 130

Movies 89

TV Shows 41

Self 25

Voice 7

Narrator 6

Producer 2

Director 2

Erika Sloane
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

Movie
Ramonda
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Movie
8.08
Self - Narrator
Good Night Oppy

Good Night Oppy (2022)

Movie
Self
20/20 Presents Black Panther: In Search of Wakanda

20/20 Presents Black Panther: In Search of Wakanda (2022)

Movie
Sister Helley
Wendell & Wild

Wendell & Wild (2022)

Movie
4
Self
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2021)

Movie
Self
TINA

TINA (2021)

Movie
Queen Ramonda (voice)
What If...?

What If...? (2021)

TV Show
8.17
Anna May
Gunpowder Milkshake

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Movie
6
Catherine
Moments in Love

Moments in Love (2021)

Movie
Narrator
Malika the Lion Queen

Malika the Lion Queen (2021)

Movie
Dorothea (voice)
Soul

Soul (2020)

Movie
7.65
Self
Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me (2020)

Movie
Sergeant Athena Grant / Executive Producer
9-1-1: Lone Star

9-1-1: Lone Star (2020)

TV Show
5.97
Narrator
Attorneys At Love

Attorneys At Love (2020)

Movie
Narrator
The Imagineering Story

The Imagineering Story (2019)

TV Show
Self - Guest
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall (2019)

TV Show
Carol Walker
Otherhood

Otherhood (2019)

Movie
7
Mo
A Black Lady Sketch Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019)

TV Show
Ramonda
Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Movie
6.67
Self
The Apollo

The Apollo (2019)

Movie
Self
Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul

Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul (2019)

Movie
Shatter (voice)
Bumblebee

Bumblebee (2018)

Movie
5.97
Narrator
The Flood

The Flood (2018)

Movie
Narrator
The Flood

The Flood (2018)

TV Show
Erika Sloane
Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Movie
6
Self
Red Table Talk

Red Table Talk (2018)

TV Show
Ramonda
Black Panther

Black Panther (2018)

Movie
6.6
Athena Grant
9-1-1

9-1-1 (2018)

TV Show
5.98
Self
August 28: A Day in the Life of a People

August 28: A Day in the Life of a People (2017)

Movie
Nana
The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day (2016)

Movie
Self
BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration

BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration (2016)

Movie
Eva
Close to the Enemy

Close to the Enemy (2016)

TV Show
Self
National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony (2016)

Movie
Lynne Jacobs
London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen (2016)

Movie
5.73
Miss Helen
Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq (2015)

Movie
Catherine
Master of None

Master of None (2015)

TV Show
5.76
Self - Narrator
Breakthrough

Breakthrough (2015)

TV Show
Self
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)

TV Show
Maureen Cranepaul
Survivor

Survivor (2015)

Movie
1
Dr. Kulinda (voice)
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle (2015)

Movie
4.55
Director
Whitney

Whitney (2015)

Movie
Ana Spanakopita (voice)
BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman (2014)

TV Show
6.23
Dr. Thaler
White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

Movie
Trailblazer Honors

Trailblazer Honors (2014)

TV Show
Self
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee (2014)

Movie
Self
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

TV Show
6.26
Actress
We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama

We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama (2014)

Movie
Aretha Cobbs
Black Nativity

Black Nativity (2013)

Movie
Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Movie
6.09
Coretta Scott King
Betty and Coretta

Betty and Coretta (2013)

Movie
Self
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots (2012)

TV Show
Self
I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac (2012)

Movie
Collins
This Means War

This Means War (2012)

Movie
8
Desiree Dupree / Marie Laveau / Ramona Royale
American Horror Story

American Horror Story (2011)

TV Show
6.14
Dr. Amanda Waller
Green Lantern

Green Lantern (2011)

Movie
7.17
Mrs. Watson
Jumping the Broom

Jumping the Broom (2011)

Movie
10
(voice)
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (2010)

Movie
Voletta Wallace
Notorious

Notorious (2009)

Movie
1
Narrator
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy

Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)

Movie
Bonnie Benjamin
Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth (2008)

Movie
5
Rieta Cole
Of Boys and Men

Of Boys and Men (2008)

Movie
Brenda
Meet the Browns

Meet the Browns (2008)

Movie
Sarah Malcolm
Gospel Hill

Gospel Hill (2008)

Movie
Self
CNN Heroes

CNN Heroes (2007)

TV Show
Mildred
Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Movie
6.55
Tanya
Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Movie
Jill Greco
Time Bomb

Time Bomb (2006)

Movie
Mr. Smith's Boss (voice) (uncredited)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

Movie
6.78
Mo
Mr. 3000

Mr. 3000 (2004)

Movie
6
Dr. Elizabeth Chase
The Lazarus Child

The Lazarus Child (2004)

Movie
Self
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

TV Show
5.15
Mistress
Masked and Anonymous

Masked and Anonymous (2003)

Movie
Self
A Century of Black Cinema

A Century of Black Cinema (2003)

Movie
Reader
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

Movie
Executive Producer
Our America

Our America (2002)

Movie
Desiree Perry
Sunshine State

Sunshine State (2002)

Movie
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks
The Rosa Parks Story

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

Movie
10
Ruby Delacroix
Ruby's Bucket of Blood

Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001)

Movie
The Bernie Mac Show

The Bernie Mac Show (2001)

TV Show
7
Hayden Chase
Alias

Alias (2001)

TV Show
Diane
The Score

The Score (2001)

Movie
7
Lena
Boesman and Lena

Boesman and Lena (2000)

Movie
Groove
Whispers: An Elephant's Tale

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000)

Movie
6
Dr. Kaela Evers
Supernova

Supernova (2000)

Movie
4
Janet Williams
Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart (1999)

Movie
6
Miles' Mom
Our Friend, Martin

Our Friend, Martin (1999)

Movie
Self - Narrator
Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery (1998)

TV Show
Stella Payne
How Stella Got Her Groove Back

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Movie
Self / Self - Guest
The View

The View (1997)

TV Show
8
Rachel Constantine
Contact

Contact (1997)

Movie
5.17
Herself - Presenter
Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Critics' Choice Movie Awards (1996)

TV Show
Bernadine
Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Movie
6
Det. Rita Veder
Vampire in Brooklyn

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Movie
3.5
Lornette 'Mace' Mason
Strange Days

Strange Days (1995)

Movie
5.67
Catherine Banfield
ER

ER (1994)

TV Show
5.7
Tina Turner
What's Love Got to Do with It

What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Movie
7.33
Rhonda / Dawn
Passion Fish

Passion Fish (1992)

Movie
Betty Shabazz
Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1992)

Movie
6
Katherine Jackson
The Jacksons: An American Dream

The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)

TV Show
U.S. Attorney Sinclair
Innocent Blood

Innocent Blood (1992)

Movie
5.17
Fran
Critters 4

Critters 4 (1992)

Movie
5.16
Evelyn Wall
Nightmare Cafe

Nightmare Cafe (1992)

TV Show
Willie
Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage

Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage (1991)

Movie
Lt. Phoebe Jeter
The Heroes of Desert Storm

The Heroes of Desert Storm (1991)

Movie
Reesha
City of Hope

City of Hope (1991)

Movie
Reva Devereaux
Boyz n the Hood

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Movie
6
Dr. Willie Burns
Stat

Stat (1991)

TV Show
Allison
Fire! Trapped on the 37th Floor

Fire! Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991)

Movie
Pat
Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story

Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (1991)

Movie
Stewardess
Kindergarten Cop

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

Movie
6.35
Linda Lake
The Flash

The Flash (1990)

TV Show
7.8
Carla Peters
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990)

Movie
Lori
In the Best Interest of the Child

In the Best Interest of the Child (1990)

Movie
Janet Fields
Equal Justice

Equal Justice (1990)

TV Show
Cheryl McNair
Challenger

Challenger (1990)

Movie
Bev Andress
Family of Spies

Family of Spies (1990)

TV Show
The Simpsons

The Simpsons (1989)

TV Show
6.23
A Man Called Hawk

A Man Called Hawk (1989)

TV Show
thirtysomething

thirtysomething (1987)

TV Show
1
Lt. Camilla Patterson
Tour of Duty

Tour of Duty (1987)

TV Show
6
TV reporter
F/X

F/X (1986)

Movie
4.83
Spenser: For Hire

Spenser: For Hire (1985)

TV Show
6
227

227 (1985)

TV Show
6
The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show (1984)

TV Show
6.2
Self
The Oscars

The Oscars (1953)

TV Show
Lady Bayford
Damsel

Damsel

Movie
Actress
Wildwood

Wildwood

Movie
Reader
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

TV Show
Miles' Mom
Our Friend, Martin

Our Friend, Martin

TV Show

Ratings

Average 6.3
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Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1958-08-16 (64 years old)

Birth name
Angela Evelyn Bassett

Place of birth
New York City, United States of America

Spouse
Courtney B. Vance

Citizenships
United States of America

Residences
Los Angeles, United States of America

Also known as
Angela Evelyn Bassett , Άντζελα Μπάσετ

Awards
Crystal Award, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Saturn Award


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