Happy Birthday, Angela Bassett!

Happy Birthday, Angela Bassett!
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 10, 2010

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A graduate of Yale University, this Ivy league woman received her B.A. in African American studies in 1980. She then earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1983.

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Bassett’s powerful role as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1993) earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

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Bassett’s first major role was in the 1985 TV movie, “Doubletake.”

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Though born in Harlem, Angela grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida with her sister and mother.

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In 1992, Bassett played Katherine Jackson in the TV movie “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

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Alongside Whitney Houston and Loretta Devine, Bassett played Bernadine “Bernie” Harris in “Waiting to Exhale” (1995). Who could ever forget that role? Not us!

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A seven time NAACP winner, Bassett has been recognized all over for her great work. Perhaps one of her most recent achievements was a Black Reel Award for for Best Actress for her work in “The Rosa Parks Story” (2002).

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Playing the role of an over protective mother in “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006) Bassett wowed audiences around the country.

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Married to husband Courtney B. Vance, the couple have a set of twins and currently live in California.

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A vision in royal purple, Angela Bassett was the presenter of the spoken word at 2010’s Celebration of Gospel.

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Love that off-the-shoulder action! Check out Angela Bassett wowing the red carpet at the 2011 NAACP Image Awards.

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Angela Bassett looked radiant at the Los Angeles premiere of “Jumping The Broom" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California.

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Honoree Angela Bassett shined like a star at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Just this summer, the legendary actress visited ESSENCE Music Festival 2011! She’s absolutely stunning.

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