Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Aug. 16th, 1958
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 4"

Angela Bassett's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
American Horror Story TV Show
American Horror Story
Independent Lens TV Show
Independent Lens
A Man Called Hawk TV Show
A Man Called Hawk
VH1 Divas TV Show
VH1 Divas

Main Movie Roles

2011 - Green Lantern
2009 - Notorious
2008 - Meet the Browns
2008 - Nothing But the Truth
2008 - Gospel Hill
2007 - Meet the Robinsons
2006 - Akeelah and the Bee
2005 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2004 - Mr 3000
2003 - Masked and Anonymous
2001 - The Score
1999 - Music of the Heart
1998 - How Stella Got Her Groove Back
1997 - Contact
1995 - Waiting to Exhale
1995 - Vampire in Brooklyn
1995 - Strange Days
1993 - What's Love Got to Do with It
1992 - Innocent Blood
1992 - Malcolm X
1991 - City of Hope
1991 - Boyz n the Hood
1990 - Kindergarten Cop
1986 - FX

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dr. Cate Banfield
Hayden Chase
Mrs. Mitchell
Lt. Camilla Patterson
Michelle Obama (Voiced)
Linda Lake
Renee Longstreet
Janet Fields
[Complete List]


Born in New York City, she grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pushed by a high school teacher, she applied for Yale and got a scholarship, ultimately spending 7 years there including 3 post-grad years studying drama. She first appeared in a small role in the cult favorite F/X (1986), but it was not until 1990 that a spate of TV roles brought her notice. Her breakthrough role, though, was playing Tina Turner, whom she had never seen perform before taking the role.

  • Bassett's line "Right here! Right now!" from Strange Days was sampled as the only 'lyrics' used repeatedly in the song 'Right Here, Right Now' by Fatboy Slim, his best known song.
  • In 1993, she and Jenifer Lewis played daughter and mother in the movie What's Love Got To Do With It, which earned her an Oscar nomination and a golden globe. Nearly fifteen years later, they both teamed up with Oscar nominee Margaret Avery in Meet the Browns, in which Bassett and Lewis played sisters.
  • In 1974 she began to consider acting as a career choice after an 11th-grade class trip to Washington, DC during which she saw actor 'James Earl Jones' (qv) perform in a Kennedy Center production of the play "Of Mice and Men".
  • Born on the same day as 'Madonna' (qv).
  • 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' (qv)/Anna Mae Bullock in _What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)_ (qv). She won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work as the late-Dr. 'Betty Shabazz' (qv) (widow of the slain civil rights pioneer 'Malcolm X' (qv)) in 'Spike Lee' (qv)'s _Malcolm X (1992)_ (qv). She would later play Dr. Shabazz in a cameo appearance in 'Mario Van Peebles' (qv)' _Panther (1995/I)_ (qv). 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) (TV)_ (qv). In 1999, she played Janet Williams--the principal of the school where Roberta Guaspari taught in _Music of the Heart (1999)_ (qv). She was also in the running to play 'Dorothy Dandridge' (qv), until 'Halle Berry' (qv) beat her to the punch with HBO's _Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV)_ (qv). Her first and only Emmy nomination to date was for her lead role in _The Rosa Parks Story (2002) (TV)_ (qv).
  • (1997) Engaged to 'Courtney B. Vance' (qv).
  • She was once employed as a photo researcher at U.S. News & World Report magazine.
  • Measurements: 34B-25-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

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