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Also Known As: Angela Evelyn Bassett Died:
Born: August 16, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, photo cataloger, beauty salon receptionist

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Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett was often associated with notable African-American cultural figures like Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz, and Tina Turner, all of whom she portrayed on the big and small screens to critical acclaim. But when she was not ably filling the shoes of such important, multi-dimensional female icons in films like "What's Love Got to Do With It" (1992) and "Malcolm X" (1992), Bassett created equally compelling portraits of independent modern women audiences could relate to in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998) and "Meet the Browns" (2008). Bassett's stage training and open, expressive face - not to mention her sheer beauty - made her one of Hollywood's most versatile African-American actresses, admired by the black community to the tune of nearly a dozen NAACP Image Award nominations, and a universal appeal that saw her navigate between film and television and comedy and drama seemingly without effort, leaving a lasting impact with the powerful, purposeful women she left behind on screen.

Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett was often associated with notable African-American cultural figures like Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz, and Tina Turner, all of whom she portrayed on the big and small screens to critical acclaim. But when she was not ably filling the shoes of such important, multi-dimensional female icons in films like "What's Love Got to Do With It" (1992) and "Malcolm X" (1992), Bassett created equally compelling portraits of independent modern women audiences could relate to in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998) and "Meet the Browns" (2008). Bassett's stage training and open, expressive face - not to mention her sheer beauty - made her one of Hollywood's most versatile African-American actresses, admired by the black community to the tune of nearly a dozen NAACP Image Award nominations, and a universal appeal that saw her navigate between film and television and comedy and drama seemingly without effort, leaving a lasting impact with the powerful, purposeful women she left behind on screen.

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 Sea Isle (2014)
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 Black Nativity (2013)
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 Survivor (2013)
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 Green Lantern (2011)
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 Notorious (2009)
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Born in NYC's Harlem
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Moved with mother and sister to St. Petersburg, FL
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Became first black student at her high school to be accepted into National Honor Society
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Acting debut, school production of "A Raisin in the Sun"
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Worked with Negro Ensemble Company as an understudy
1984:
Worked at Hartford Stage Company, performing in "The Mystery Plays"
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Acted in off-Broadway productions
1985:
Broadway debut, August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; directed by Lloyd Richards
1985:
First primetime TV guest spot, "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC)
1985:
TV movie debut, playing a prostitute in "Doubletake" (CBS)
1986:
Feature debut, "F/X" playing a news reporter
1988:
Acted in Broadway production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," directed by Lloyd Richards
1989:
Appeared on episodes of "Spenser: For Hire" spin-off "A Man Called Hawk" (ABC)
1991:
First gained notice in John Singleton's directorial debut "Boyz N the Hood" as Laurence Fishburne's estranged wife
1991:
First film with independent writer-director John Sayles, "City of Hope"
1992:
Portrayed Jackson family matriarch Katherine in ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"
1992:
Portrayed Betty Shabazz, the wife of "Malcolm X" in Spike Lee's feature biopic
1993:
Delivered breakout role in biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It"; portrayed Tina Turner opposite Fishburne's Ike
1994:
Provided voice of writer Zora Neale Hurston for TBS documentary miniseries "A Century of Women"
1995:
Reprised role of Betty Shabazz for uncredited cameo in Mario Van Peebles' "Panther"
1995:
Co-starred in female ensemble "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and scripted by Terry McMillan
1998:
Headlined second adaptation of a McMillan novel "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
1999:
Cast as a school principal in "Music of the Heart"
2000:
Appeared in less than stellar sci-fi flick "Supernova"
2000:
Co-starred with Danny Glover in "Boesman and Lena"; film adapted from Athol Fugard's play
2001:
Cast as Robert De Niro's love interest in "The Score"
2001:
Played the owner of a waterfront joint in 1960s Louisiana who begins a relationship with a white male singer in Showtime movie "Ruby's Bucket of Blood"; also served as co-producer
2002:
Starred in title role of CBS biopic "The Rosa Parks Story"
2002:
Starred in "Sunshine State" with Edie Falco as a failed actress who goes with her friend home to their northern Florida town
2003:
Cast in Bob Dylan film "Masked & Anonymous"
2004:
Joined cast of "Alias" (ABC) as the new CIA director
2006:
Portrayed the mother of a young girl trying to make it to the National Spelling Bee in "Akeelah and the Bee"
2008:
Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns"
2008:
Joined cast of NBC's "ER" as Dr. Cate Banfield, an exacting Chief of the ER; husband Courtney Vance played her television husband
2009:
Portrayed Voletta Wallace, mother of slain rapper Biggie Smalls (aka The Notorious B.I.G.) in biopic "Notorious"
2010:
Voiced U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama on "The Simpsons" (Fox) episode titled "Stealing First Base"
2011:
Played Dr. Amanda Waller, a government agent in film adaptation of DC Comics superhero "Green Lantern"
2011:
Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson on Broadway in "The Mountaintop," a fictionalized depiction of the night before Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
2012:
Landed supporting role in "This Means War," an action comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy
2013:
Played the head of the Secret Service in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Boca Ciega High School: St Petersburg , Florida - 1976
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1980

Notes

Part of Bassett's Soul Train acceptance speech..."Thanks for your love and for your support. It's so warm I think I will knit it together and use it as a shawl when those times get chilly, and we know that happens from time to time."

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Mark Jenkins. Cardiologist.
husband:
Courtney Vance. Actor. Married October 12, 1997.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Betty Bassett. Civil servant. Divorced from Bassett's father; raised both Angela and her sister after the collapse of her week-long second marriage (she had the union annulled after an incident of abuse); worked for Florida's Health and Human Services Agency.
aunt:
Golden. First Ph.D. in family; raised Bassett until she was four or five years old.
sister:
D'nette Bassett. Younger.

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