Angela Bassett is a film director and African American actress. She was born on 16th August 1958 in
New York, US. Her parents are Betty Jane and Daniel Benjamin Bassett. She has a younger sister, Danette. After their parents had got divorced, the sisters were raised by civil servant mother in Florida. She attended Azalea Middle School, Boca Ciega High School. In 1980, she did her graduation in BA from Yale University. She also received a degree in Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama in 1983. She was alone from Bassett’s family to go to college and senior college. After completing her studied she worked at a beauty salon as a receptionist and also worked as a photo researcher. She also joined theater in New York to pursue her career in acting.
Angela married her college time friend and actor Courtney B Vance in the year 1997. They couple had twins on 27th January 2006; son, Slater Josiah, and daughter, Bronwyn Golden. In 2005, she shared the stage with her husband in a play 'His Girl Friday' in Minneapolis at Guthrie theatre. She actively supports the programs for the youths; she takes an interest in activities of the Royal Theatre Boys and Girls Club in her hometown Florida. She is also an ambassador representing UNICEF for the USA. She supported Barack Obama for his second tenure as President; she attended many events relating to the election. Bassett started her acting career in 1985 by appearing on TV. She first acted in the TV film ‘Doubletake’; she played the role of the prostitute in it. Albeit, her official debut came in 1986 in ‘F/X’ in which Bassett played the news reporter; for this, she joined the Screen Actors Guild. In 1988, she came to Los Angeles, California for more acting opportunities. She got noticed by the films ‘Boyz n the Hood’ (1991) and ‘Malcolm X’ (1992). For her role, Betty Shabazz, in ‘Malcolm X’ she received Image Award though the film didn’t receive positive reviews.
Bassett did the movie ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream’ though she was advised by her agents that not to act in the film; but her fondness towards the Jackson group made her do it without caring the views. The film was praised after its release. In 1993, she appeared in Tina Turner’s biopic ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’; for her role, Tina Turner, she received Golden Globe and became first African-American to be honored with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and was also nominated for Academy Award. Bassett has appeared in TV series like ‘Alien Nation’, ‘227’, ‘Stat’, ‘The Heroes of Desert Storm’ and many more. She has acted in more than 30 films. Some of the notable films are ‘Sunshine State’ (2003) for which Bassett received Black Reel Award for Best Actress, for the movies ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’ and ‘
Black Nativity’ she won the Outstanding Lead Actress Award at Image Awards. She has also bagged awards for her performances on TV as for ‘Ruby’s Bucket of Blood’ and ‘The Rosa Parks Story’ she received ‘Best Actress on Television’ Award at Black Reel Awards.