Angela Bassett



Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 August 1958 , New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name Angela Evelyn Bassett
Height 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pushed by a high school teacher, she applied for Yale University and got a scholarship, ultimately spending seven years there including three post-graduate years studying drama. She first appeared in small roles on The Cosby Show (1984) and Spenser: For Hire (1985), but it was not until 1990 that a spate of television roles brought her notice. Her breakthrough role, though, was playing Tina Turner, whom she had never seen perform before taking the role, in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993). Bassett’s performance earned her an Academy Award nomination and a Golded Globe Award for Best Actress.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Dan Hartung

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett’s presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. A native of New York City, Bassett and her sister D’nette grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida with their mother Betty. As a single mother and social worker, Betty stressed the importance of education for her children. With the assistance of an academic scholarship, Bassett matriculated into Yale University. In 1980, she received her B.A. in African-American studies from Yale University. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Yale School of Drama. It was at Yale that Bassett met her husband, Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the Drama School.

Soon after graduating from Yale, Bassett appeared in her first film Doubletake (1988). However, she is more recognized for her role in the F/X (1986) series. It was not until 1993 that she earned widespread recognition for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993). Bassett’s performance garnered a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Bassett currently resides with her husband in California.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Mykwain A. Gainey

Spouse (1)

Courtney B. Vance (12 October 1997 – present) (2 children)

Trivia (23)

Engaged to Courtney B. Vance.
Bassett has built her career around playing some of the most celebrated real-life, pioneering black women of the twentieth century. She was Oscar-nominated and won both the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her star-making performance as Tina Turner/Anna Mae Bullock in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993). She won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work as the late-Dr. Betty Shabazz (widow of the slain civil rights pioneer Malcolm X) in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992). She would later play Dr. Shabazz in a cameo appearance in Mario Van Peebles’ Panther (1995). She delivered the only three-dimensional performance in the 1992 ABC miniseries about The Jackson Five and their family, The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). In 1999, she played Janet Williams–the principal of the school where Roberta Guaspari taught in Music of the Heart (1999). She was also in the running to play Dorothy Dandridge, until Halle Berry beat her to the punch with HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). Her first and only Emmy nomination to date was for her lead role in The Rosa Parks Story (2002).
She was once employed as a photo researcher at U.S. News & World Report magazine.
In 1974, she began to consider acting as a career choice after an 11th-grade class trip to Washington, D.C. during which she saw actor James Earl Jones perform in a Kennedy Center production of the play “Of Mice and Men”.
Was offered the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001), but she turned it down as she did not want to perform nude. As a result Halle Berry, who went on to become the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
Won the 2002 Lena Horne Award for Outstanding Career Achievements in the Field of Entertainment.
Has played Muslim activist Betty Shabazz in two different movies: Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995).
Attended and graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida in 1976.
As of 2005, she is the first and only African-American recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993).
Received her Bachelor’s degree in African-American studies from Yale University (1980).
Received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama (1983).
Angela and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, became the parents of twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, on January 27, 2006 in California through a surrogate.
Her performance as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993) (1993) was ranked at #95 on Premiere Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Film Performances of all time.
In 1993, she and Jenifer Lewis played daughter and mother in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Nearly fifteen years later, they both teamed up with Oscar nominee Margaret Avery in Meet the Browns (2008), in which Bassett and Lewis played sisters.
Bassett’s line “Right here! Right now!” from Strange Days (1995) was sampled as the only ‘lyrics’ used repeatedly in the song “Right Here, Right Now” by Fatboy Slim, his best known song.
Was considered for the role of Oda Mae Brown in Ghost (1990) but Whoopi Goldberg, who went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe, Viola Davis and Quvenzhané Wallis.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in March 20, 2008.
She was mentioned in the comedy drama film A Christmas Tale (2008).
Is a vegetarian.
Was initiated as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on July 13, 2013.
Lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Courtney B. Vance and their children.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Is a member of the international jury at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. [April 2010]


Angela Bassett: How To Build A Better Body

Angela Bassett

While she continues her successful acting career at the age of 50, Angela Bassett has also been recognized for her beautiful body and outstanding fitness regime, which helped her led her command many of her starring roles, such as the critically-acclaimed “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.

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Angela prefers working out for two hours a day, four days a week. Her focus is on dumbbells.

Jumps Squats: This one move gets your entire body pumping, so do these about 10-15 times at lest for 2-3 minutes. While in a squatting position, explode straight into the air, then land back into a squat position.

Step-Up With A Knee Raise: This move not only works the hamstrings, but the abs. Do a set of 15 (shoot for 20 reps) for each leg. To learn how to perform this move, click here.
Standing side kicks can strengthen your inner thighs and quadriceps for a firm and sexy feel. You can also try leg raises to get the same results just like Ms. Bassett.
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Angela’s diet consists of potatoes and fish because they contained complex carbs and lean proteins. She also eats lots of vegetables.