Aug. 16th, 1958
New York City, New York, USA
Angela Bassett's Main TV Roles
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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.
- Turned down the role of Leticia Musgrove in _Monster's Ball (2001)_ (qv) because she did not want to perform nude.
- Won the 2002 'Lena Horne' (qv) Award for Outstanding Career Achievements in the Field of Entertainment.
- Graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida, Class of 1976.
- Measurements: 34B-25-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Graduated from Yale drama school with a Master of Fine Arts Degree (1983)
- Born on the same day as 'Madonna' (qv).
- 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' (qv) in _What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)_ (qv).
- 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.