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.
- Born on the same day as 'Madonna' (qv).
- (1997) Engaged to 'Courtney B. Vance' (qv).
- Graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African-American studies (1980)
- Graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida, Class of 1976.
- Turned down the role of Leticia Musgrove in _Monster's Ball (2001)_ (qv) because she did not want to perform nude.
- Measurements: 34B-25-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Won the 2002 'Lena Horne' (qv) Award for Outstanding Career Achievements in the Field of Entertainment.
- She was once employed as a photo researcher at U.S. News & World Report magazine.