Angela Bassett is an American actress renowned for her portrayals in biographical productions like ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ and ‘The Rosa Parks Story.’ She has performed on a variety of projects in her noble career traversing over three decades. After Working in a dance group as a child, she invented her love for acting during a field expedition to Washington D.C. in her 11th grade where she saw actor James Earl Jones execute in a ‘Kennedy Center’ production of the play ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Before getting into acting, she shortly worked as a receptionist at a beauty salon and as a photo analyst for ‘U.S. News & World Report’ magazine.
She then showed her acting talent as a theatre actor and went on to feature in a number of movies and television shows. Some of her preeminent films include ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Panther,’ ‘Waiting to Exhale,’ ‘Akeelah and the Bee,’ ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Black Nativity,’ ‘London Has Fallen,’ ‘Black Panther,’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ She has also emerged in television series, such as ‘ER’ and ‘American Horror Story.’
|Birth Name||Angela Evelyn Bassett|
|Age||(as in 2020) 62 years|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Leo|
|Birth Place||New York City, New York, United States|
|Date of Birth||16 August 1958|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Home Town||New York|
|Mother's Name||Betty Jane (née Gilbert) (Social Worker) (Died in 2014)|
|Father's Name||Daniel Benjamin Bassett|
|Sister||D’nette Bassett (Younger)|
|Others||• Daniel Benjamin Bassett Sr. (Paternal Grandfather)|
• Brownie Younger (Paternal Grandmother)
• Leroy Gilbert (Maternal Grandfather)
• Emma Jean Stokes (Maternal Grandmother)
• Leslie Anita Daniels (Mother-In-Law) (Librarian)
• Conroy Vance (Father-In-Law) (Grocery Store Manager and Benefits Administrator)
• Jean Bassett (Older Step-Sister)
Marital Status, Husband and Children
|Husband/Spouse||Courtney B. Vance (1997-Present)|
|Marriage Date||12 October 1997|
|Children||Daughter- Bronwyn Golden Vance|
Son- Slater Josiah Vance
(Twins b. January 27, 2006)
|School||• Jordan Park Elementary School|
• Disston Middle School
• Azalea Middle School
• Boca Ciega High School
|College/University||• Yale University|
• Bachelor’s degree in African-American studies
• Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama
|Profession||Actress, Social Activist|
|Brands Endorsed||• Airbnb (2015)|
• Boehringer Ingelheim (2018)
• National Urban League (2012)
|Career Manager||California-based William Morris Endeavor Entertainment|
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters- 163 cm|
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet inches- 5’4”
|Weight (Approx.)||in kilograms- 61 kg|
in pounds- 134 lbs
|Breast Size||34 Inches|
|Hips Size||37 Inches|
|Waist Size||25 Inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||Black|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Dress Size||4 (U.S.)|
|Shoe Size||7 (U.S.)|
|Favorite Actors||Bernie Mac, Laurence Fishburne|
|Favorite Drinks||Vodka and lime juice|
|Favorite Exercise||Bicep curls|
|Favorite Clothing Brands||Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, BCBG Max Azria, Victoria Beckham|
|Favorite Shoe Brands||Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rene Caovilla|
Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958, in New York City, USA, to Daniel Benjamin Bassett and Betty Jane. Her father was an electrician and her mother worked as a nurse’s aide.
When she was only 10 months old, her parents delivered her to Winston-Salem to live with her father’s sister Aunt Golden. Her parents split soon after, and her mother took her and her younger sister D’nette to St. Petersburg, Florida, to live with her grandparents.
Angela would arrive at the church on Sundays and was part of the minority choir. She liked listening to popular ‘Motown’ blow on the radio, and her mother would often make her and her sister dance for the songs. Afterward, a lady in their neighborhood supported them in forming a dance group.
Her mother, who had slacked off in high school, didn’t want her children to suffer the same destiny and was extra watchful that they do well in school. Angela followed ‘Boca Ciega High School’ where she became a representative of the ‘Upward Bound’ program. She also became part of the deliberation team, student government, drama club, and choir.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in African-American studies from ‘Yale University’ in 1980. Three years later, she Derived a Master of Fine Arts degree from the ‘Yale School of Drama.’
Bassett is married to actor Courtney B. Vance. They wed on October 12, 1997. The couple welcomed twins in 2006. Son Slater and daughter Bronwyn were delivered by a surrogate. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Courtney B. Vance and their children.
Angela Bassett Net Worth
Angela Bassett has a net worth of $20 million.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2019 (Approx)||$20 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2018(Approx)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Actress, Social Activist|
After rising to the top in the 90s for her adorable depictions, Angela Bassett became know for portraying noticeable characters in African American culture.
After acting in more than 40 films, the actress is worth a pretty penny.
According to WoodGram, Angela Bassett is worth about $20 million making her one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses of today, along with Sandra Bullock and Emma Stone.
Angela Bassett Movies And TV Shows
- Despite her early success on stage, Bassett had to work hard to break through the hackneyed roles generally authorized to African-American women on screen. Her first character was a bit part in the cult favorite, F/X (1986).
- In 1991, she had the main character in John Singleton’s seminal anti-gang film, Boyz ‘N the Hood.
- A year later, she settled the role of Katherine Jackson, mother of the Jackson Five singing group, in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992).
- Bassett continued taking on strong female characters by characterizing Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992), acting Denzel Washington in the title role. She turned in outstanding work in her breakthrough character as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
- Bassett co-starred with Whitney Houston in the variation of Terry McMillan’s Waiting To Exhale in 1995.
- In 1998 she headlined another McMillan variation, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. In Jodie Foster’s extraterrestrial-encounter film, Contact (1997), Bassett performed a top-level presidential advisor.
- Back on stage, Bassett performed Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, costarring Alec Baldwin, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City in 1998.
- A versatile artist, Bassett has continued to tackle a varied mix of projects. She shared the stage with her husband Courtney B. Vance in an areal production of His Girl Friday in 2005. The pair also emerged together in the final season of the hit television drama ER from 2008 to 2009.
- On the big screen, Bassett acted in 2006’s Akeelah and the Bee with Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne. She performed the mother of an inner-city spelling whiz who tries for a national championship.
- Bassett went on to portray the mother of slain rapper Christopher “Biggie” Wallace in 2009’s biopic Notorious.
- In 2011, she materialized in several films, including the wedding comedy Jump the Broom and the comic book adaptation of Green Lantern.
- Bassett came back to Broadway in The Mountaintop, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson. She performed a maid who spends time with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination.
- On the small screen, she performed King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, in the 2013 television movie Betty & Coretta, which co-starred Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz.
- That same year she acted as Secret Service director Lynn Jacobs in Olympus Has Fallen and in a film adaptation of Langston’s Hughes’ Black Nativity, which also starred Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson.
- Since then, Bassett has gone on to star in several TV shows and movies, including duties on American Horror Story, portraying Marian Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” in the third season, Coven, which won her two Emmy nominations.
- Bassett earned another Emmy nomination for playing Desiree Dupree, a three-breasted lady, in the show’s fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show. She came back for the show’s fifth season, Hotel, portraying movie star Ramona Royale, and Monet Tumusiime, an alcoholic actress, in the sixth season, Roanoke.
- Some of Bassett’s contemporary film projects include: Chi-Raq (2015), London Has Fallen (2016), Black Panther (2018), and Mission Impossible — Fallout (2018).
|1990 ||Kindergarten Cop|
Boyz n the Hood
City of Hope
|1993||What's Love Got to Do with It|
Vampire in Brooklyn
Waiting to Exhale
|1998||How Stella Got Her Groove Back|
|1999||Our Friend, Martin|
Music of the Heart
Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
Boesman and Lena
|2002 ||Sunshine State|
Masked and Anonymous
|2004||The Lazarus Child|
|2005 ||Mr. & Mrs. Smith|
|2006||Akeelah and the Bee|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons|
|2008||Gospel Hill Of Boys and Men|
Meet the Browns
Nothing But the Truth
|2011||Jumping the Broom|
|2012||This Means War|
I Ain't Scared of You
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen|
|2014||White Bird in a Blizzard|
|2015||Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle|
|2016 ||London Has Fallen|
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
|Yet To Be Release||Gunpowder Milkshake|
TV Films List
In the Best Interest of the Child
Perry Mason: In the Case of the Silenced Singer
|1991||Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story|
The Heroes of Desert Storm
Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (aka The Other Side of Love)
One Special Victory
Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor
|2001||Ruby's Bucket of Blood|
|2002 ||The Rosa Parks Story|
|2013||Betty & Coretta|
TV Shows & Serials List
|1985||Search for Tomorrow|
Spenser: For Hire
The Cosby Show
|1987 ||Ryan's Hope|
|1988 ||The Cosby Show|
A Man Called Hawk
Tour of Duty
Family of Spies
|1991 ||The Flash|
The Jacksons: An American Dream
|2003||Freedom: A History of Us|
The Bernie Mac Show
|2013–14||American Horror Story: Coven|
|2014–15||American Horror Story: Freak Show|
|2015–16||American Horror Story: Hotel|
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke|
Close to the Enemy
Master of None
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse|
|2019||A Black Lady Sketch Show|
|2019–present||The Imagineering Story|
Angela Bassett Awards List
|Black Reel Awards for Movies|
|2003||Won 2 Times|
|2016||Nominated 3 Times|
|2017||Nominated 2 Times|
|Black Reel Awards for Television|
|2017||Nominated 2 Times|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards|
|Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Daytime Emmy Awards|
|Golden Globe Awards|
|Hollywood Walk of Fame|
|1995||Won 2 Times|
|2002||Won 2 Times|
|2009||1 Time Nominated and 1 Time Won|
|2014||2 Times Nominated and 1 Time Won|
|2016||2 Times Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards|
|Screen Actors Guild Award|
- Angela introduced her middle name from her aunt Evelyn. Furthermore, her surname originates from her paternal great-grandfather William Henry Bassett. Probably, he took the name from his former oppressor whose children later became the creators of the place called Bassett in Virginia.
- One of her earlier jobs included working as a photo researcher at U.S. News & World Report magazine.
- She also pursued as a receptionist at a beauty salon after graduating from Yale.
- Angela unearthed her sentiment for acting at the age of 16 when her 11th-grade class trip visited Washington D.C in 1974. She looked actor James Earl Jones perform in a Kennedy Center production of the play Of Mice and Men and was so fascinated that she decided to make acting her career of choice.
- While studying at Boca Ciega High School, she concluded the feat of being the first African American student from the school to perform in the Upward Bound – an academic and cultural enrichment program for handicapped kids at the National Honor Society (NHS).
- Angela was born on the same day as that of pop phenomenon Madonna – August 16, 1958.
- On July 13, 2013, she was introduced as an honorary member of the college-educated women’s sorority group Delta Sigma Theta.
- Angela has disclosed to be a huge fan of The Jackson 5 during her formative years. She further added that she dreamt of marrying the member with the ‘cutest and roundest Afro’ from the musical family group.
- On March 20, 2008, she became one of the many actors to get her own star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star shines at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Angela is one of the only 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category since its inception in 1929. She was nominated for her role in What’s Love Got to Do with it in 1994.
- Her path-breaking performance as Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with it made into the list of Premiere Magazine’s List of 100 Greatest Film Performances of all time at the 95th spot.
- As of July 2018, she is the only African-American recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of singer Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with it (1993).
- She turned down the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001) because she was not comfortable with the role’s requirement for nudity. The role was eventually played by Halle Berry who became the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress Oscar in its history.
- Angela earned an honorary doctoral degree from her alma-mater Yale University in fine arts in 2018.
- Her 1995 film Strange Days had her speaking the line “this is your life, right here, right now!”. Her voice (saying the line) was savored by English musician Fatboy Slim for his hit single Right Here, Right Now in 1998.
- In 2015, she voiced the first-ever female character of “Agent Six” for the video game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
- Urban dictionary has an entry in her name called the “Angela Bassett Moment”, which is a rhyme to a famous scene in the film Waiting To Exhale (1995). The entry shows a woman’s wrath at being misled on by destroying her lover’s personal belongings, by generally setting things on fire as revenge.
- She has grouped up with German doctor Barbara Sturm to initiate a skincare line of products for people of color. Dr. Barbara Sturm skincare collection includes cleansers, face creams, and hydraulic serums.
- She impressed her directorial debut in 2015 with Whitney, a television film about the life and struggles of American all-time best selling artist Whitney Houston.
How Does Angela Bassett Stay In Shape?
Bassett Has Been Doing Trx Training With Rob Thompson Of Getting Fit By Rob For A While Now. “We Start With Low Cardio Maybe Run Half A Mile, Then Lift Barbells While Stepping Up Onto A Bench And Do A Few Machines,” She Revealed The Times.
Are Courtney Vance And Angela Bassett Still Married?
“We Had A Great Time. I Said ‘i Like Her. ‘ Something Was Happening,” Vance Recalled. Now, They’ve Been Married Since 2007 And They’re One Of The Exemplary Examples Of Black Love In Hollywood.
Is Angela Bassett A Vegetarian?
Angela Bassett Is A Vegetarian Actress. Angela Bassett Is A Famous African American Actress. One Of Her Famous Movies Was “What’s Love Got To Do With It” Where She Portrayed The Famous Icon, Tina Turner.
Is Angela Bassett A Diabetic?
And Although Angela Herself Doesn’t Suffer With Diabetes, She Makes Sure To Visit Her Doctor For Regular Checkups, And Tries To Live The Healthiest Life She Can.
Why Is Angela Bassett Famous?
Born On August 16, 1958, In New York City, Angela Bassett Attended The Yale School Of Drama And Went On To Star In The Tina Turner Biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, For Which The Actress Received An Academy Award Nomination And A Golden Globe Award.