Angela Bassett

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Angela Evelyn Bassett
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/16/1958, Leo
  • Profession: Actor; producer
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Angela Bassett Fast Facts:
  • First thought about becoming an actress when she saw James Earl Jones in a Kennedy Center production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men while on a school trip in 1974.
  • Met husband Courtney B. Vance at the Yale Drama School.
  • In addition to Boyz N the Hood and her breakout role in 1993's What's Love Got to Do With It, has appeared with Laurence Fishburne in Akeelah and the Bee and a Pasadena Playhouse production of August Wilson's Fences (both in 2006).
  • Beat out Halle Berry and Robin Givens for the role of Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It.
  • Played Malcolm X's widow, Betty Shabazz, twice: in Spike Lee's Malcolm X and in Mario Van Peebles' Panther.
  • Turned down the role in 2001's Monster's Ball for which Halle Berry won an Oscar.
  • She and her husband coauthored Friends: A Love Story, a memoir about their relationship and struggle to become parents.
  • Was named a UNICEF ambassador in 2003; is also a supporter of the charity Royal Theater's Boys & Girls Club.
  • Angela Bassett Relationships:
  • Bronwyn Golden Vance - Daughter
  • D'nette Bassett - Sister
  • Betty Bassett - Mother
  • Slater Josiah Vance - Son
  • Courtney B. Vance - Husband
  • Angela Bassett Awards:
  • 1994 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1993 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • College:
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (BS in African-American Studies, 1980); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, CT (MFA, 1983)

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