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.
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.
Bassett’s first major role was in the 1985 TV movie, “Doubletake.”
Though born in Harlem, Angela grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida with her sister and mother.
In 1992, Bassett played Katherine Jackson in the TV movie “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”
Alongside Whitney Houston and Loretta Devine, Bassett played Bernadine “Bernie” Harris in “Waiting to Exhale” (1995). Who could ever forget that role? Not us!
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).
Playing the role of an over protective mother in “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006) Bassett wowed audiences around the country.
Married to husband Courtney B. Vance, the couple have a set of twins and currently live in California.
A vision in royal purple, Angela Bassett was the presenter of the spoken word at 2010’s Celebration of Gospel.
Love that off-the-shoulder action! Check out Angela Bassett wowing the red carpet at the 2011 NAACP Image Awards.
Angela Bassett looked radiant at the Los Angeles premiere of “Jumping The Broom" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California.
Honoree Angela Bassett shined like a star at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Just this summer, the legendary actress visited ESSENCE Music Festival 2011! She’s absolutely stunning.