Alluring audiences with emotionally tinged performances has been the signature of Angela Bassett, who personifies a sense of dignity and pride whenever she appears on screen. Her talent and abilities in television and film have time and time again earned respect and acclaim from her peers and fans, proving her to be one of the industry’s premier leading ladies.
Bassett recently appeared in Antoine Fuqua film, Olympus Has Fallen and Lifetime’s movie Betty and Coretta. Next she will be seen in Gregg Araki’s Indie film White Bird In A Blizzard, and Kasi Lemmon’s film Black Nativity.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bassett started her career on the stage in several noteworthy performances on and off Broadway: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Colored People’s Time; Henry IV, Part I; Joe Turner’s Come And Gone; Antigone; Pericles; Black Girl; and Macbeth. She also starred with her husband, Courtney B. Vance in John Guare’s adaptation of His Girl Friday and The Front Page. Bassett received rave reviews for her work in August Wilson’s Fences, and starred in the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall’s Mountaintop.
Moving from the stage to the small screen she received critical raves for the ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and her narration of the PBS miniseries, Africans in America. Other notable television appearances included NBC’s E.R. and ABC’s Alias. To the delight of audiences of the popular FX miniseries, American Horror Story, she will be joining the cast for its third season. Bassett made a successful crossover to the silver screen in John Singleton’s Boyz n The Hood. Other memorable films include, Terry McMillan’s Waiting To Exhale, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Vampire In Brooklyn, Supernova, and Notorious to name a few.
Perhaps best known for her intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, Bassett earned an Academy Award® nomination, and won a Golden Globe® for Best Actress in a Musical, and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her powerful performance.
She has received several NAACP Image Awards for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Score, Music Of The Heart, Malcolm X, Contact, Boesman and Lena, and Ruby’s Bucket Of Blood. She received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Ruby’s Bucket Of Blood and Emmy nominations for The Rosa Parks Story on CBS and PBS Storytime’s Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. Most recently, Bassett has been honored with a Critics’ Choice Awards nomination for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Betty And Coretta, and a BET Awards nomination for Best Actress in Olympus Has Fallen.
Nominations and awards aside, one of the most gratifying moments of her career was the opportunity to merge faith and talent and give voice to various characters in the bestselling audiobook The Bible Experience.
Bassett and her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance co-wrote the book, Friends: A Love Story. The inspirational book is the real-life love story of Bassett and Vance, who were friends for many years before marrying. They currently reside in California with their seven-year-old twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah.