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Angela Bassett Biography

Birth Name:
Angela Evelyn Bassett
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

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

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Narrator: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Narrator: nominated
  • 2018Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2006Black Reel Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1994Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1993Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships