Angela Bassett Biography
Angela Bassett (Angela Evelyn Bassett) is a popular American actress, producer, and director. Furthermore, she is the recipient of numerous accolades, such as three Black Reel Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven NAACP Image Awards, besides, nominations for an Academy Award, and also seven Primetime Emmy Awards.
Angela Bassett Age|Birthday
Bassett is 63 years old as of 2022. Additionally, she was born on August 16, 1958, in New York City, USA. Therefore, she celebrates her birthday on 16th August of every year.
Angela Bassett Height |weight
Bassett has an average height of 5 feet 4 inches (163 centimeters). However, her body weight is under review.
Angela Bassett Family
Bassett was born to Betty Jane (mother) and Daniel Benjamin Bassett (father). Additionally, her father was an electrician and her mother as well worked as a nurse’s aide. Furthermore, her parents sent her to Winston-Salem to live with her father’s sister Aunt Golden when she was 10 years old. Later, her parents separated soon after, and her mother took her together with her younger sister D’nette to St. Petersburg, Florida, to stay with her grandparents.
Angela Bassett Wife|Husband
Bassett married actor Courtney B. Vance whom she met while studying at ‘Yale University in 1997. In addition, after being together through seven years of failed fertility treatment, they were blessed with twins Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah via surrogate mother. Currently, the family lives in Los Angeles, California.
Besides, she promoted Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012. Furthermore, she supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Angela Bassett Career
Besides, she studied under renowned stage director Lloyd Richards, began her acting career on stage under his direction. Additionally, she appeared in two August Wilson plays, namely ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ in 1984 and ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’ in 1986 at the ‘Yale Repertory Theatre.’ On the same time, she became featured in J. E. Franklin’s ‘Black Girl’ at ‘Second Stage Theatre.’
Later, she switched to TV and films. Moreover, she was partially cast to play stereotypical roles reserved for African-American women. Furthermore, her first major role came in 1991 when she was cast in John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood.’ Additionally, her friend Laurence Fishburne, who as well acted in the movie, had recommended her for the role.
In addition, she is a big ‘Jackson 5’ fan, was offered the role of ‘Katherine Jackson’ in the mini-series ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). Furthermore, she went on to play the role of ‘Betty Shabazz’ in the biopic ‘Malcolm X’ which released in the same year. Besides, she would portray ‘Betty Shabazz’ again in ‘Panther’ in 1995.
Likewise, her big breakthrough came in 1993 when she landed the role of ‘Tina Turner’ in the biographical film ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It.’ Additionally, her friend Laurence Fishburne who had before turned down the role of ‘Ike Turner’ five times, portrayed the character after her became roped in to play the lead role.
Later, in 1995 and 1998, she played major roles in two film adaptations of Terry McMillan’s books, ‘Waiting to Exhale’ and ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back,’ respectively. Before, she served alongside Whitney Houston, one of the most awarded female artists of all time.
Angela Bassett Career Continuation
Additionally, she continued to appear on stage productions, serving with her husband Courtney B. Vance in ‘His Girl Friday’ in 2005. She starred in another August Wilson play titled ‘Fences’ together with Fishburne the next year.
Besides in 2002, she played the protagonist in the biographical telefilm ‘The Rosa Parks Story.’ Later in 2006, she served with Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne in the critically acclaimed movie ‘Akeelah and the Bee.’ Later, she went on to appear in a major role (2009) biopic ‘Notorious.’
She made guest appearances in a number of shows prior to being cast as ‘Dr. Cate Banfield’ in the final season of the long-running medical drama ‘ER’ in 2008 on television. Furthermore, she went on to appear in five seasons of ‘American Horror Story,’ receiving a number of award nominations for her performance.
Furthermore, she appeared as one of the main cast members in the BBC Two mini-series ‘Close to the Enemy’ in 2016. After two years, she played ‘Ramonda,’ the titular character’s mother, in the superhero film ‘Black Panther.’ Besides, she would reprise her role as ‘Ramonda’ in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 2019.
Angela Bassett Education
Bassett went to ‘Boca Ciega High School’ where she was a member of the ‘Upward Bound’ program. Furthermore, she became part of the debate team, student government, drama club, and choir. Besides, she earned her bachelor’s degree in African-American studies from ‘Yale University’ in 1980. After 3 tears, she received Master of Fine Arts degree from the ‘Yale School of Drama.’
Angela Bassett Net worth| Salary
Bassett has an estimated net worth of $25 million approximately. However, she has not disclosed her total earning at the moment.