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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett in 2007.
Born August 16, 1958 (1958-08-16) (age 49)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Courtney B. Vance (1997-present)
Bassett and husband Courtney Vance
Bassett and husband Courtney Vance

Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who is particularly known for biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 415 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (706 × 1019 pixel, file size: 747 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Courtney Vance Vance with wife Angela Bassett Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 554 pixelsFull resolution (2283 × 1580 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 554 pixelsFull resolution (2283 × 1580 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 740 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1840 × 1491 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 740 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1840 × 1491 pixel, file size: 3. ... Courtney B. Vance as Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver in Law & Order: Criminal Intent Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Emmy Award. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Biography

Born in New york city on August 16, 1958,and then relocated to "St. Petersburg, Florida", as a child. Angela Bassett and her sister D'nette were raised by their "social worker" mother, (Betty). Angela Bassett spent most of her childhood in housing projects, but even at a young age she was an entertainer. She and her younger sister often put on shows, reading poems or performing popular music, for their mother and aunts. At "Boca Ciega High School", Bassett was a member of the debate team, student government, drama club, choir, and was a cheerleader. Bassett attended Yale University and received her B.A. in African-American studies in 1980. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Yale School of Drama. At Yale Bassett met her future husband Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the drama school. After graduation, Bassett worked as a receptionist for a beauty salon and as a photo researcher. Yale redirects here. ... African American studies, or Black studies, is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to the study of the history, culture, and politics of African Americans. ... Yale School of Drama traces its roots to the Yale Dramatic Association, the second oldest college theatre association in the country, founded in 1900. ... Courtney Vance Vance with wife Angela Bassett Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


She soon looked for acting work in New York theater. One of her first New York performances came in 1985 when she appeared in J.E. Franklin's Black Girl at Second Stage Theatre. She appeared in two August Wilson plays at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of her long-time instructor Lloyd Richards. The Wilson plays featuring Bassett were Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984) and Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1986). Second Stage Theatre // Director Carole Rothman and actress Robyn Goodman founded Second Stage Theatre in 1979 to give second stagings to contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs. ... August Wilson August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. ... Yale Repertory Theatre at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was founded by Robert Brustein, dean of the Yale School of Drama in 1966, with the goal of facilitating a meaningful collaboration between theatre professionals and talented students. ... Lloyd Richards (June 29, 1919 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada –June 29, 2006 in New York City, New York) was an American actor and director best known for staging the original production of Lorraine Hansberrys A Raisin in the Sun, which debuted on Broadway to standing ovations on March 11... Ma Raineys Black Bottom is a 1982 play; one of a ten-play cycle by August Wilson that chronicles 20th Century African American experience. ... Joe Turners Come and Gone is a play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson. ...


She is currently a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. This is a list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. ...


Television and film career

In 1985 she made her first appearance on television as a prostitute in the TV movie Doubletake (1985). However, she made her official film debut as a news reporter in F/X (1986). Bassett has said "I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling...not my career." Bassett moved to Los Angeles and gained recognition in the films Boyz n the Hood (1991) and Malcolm X (1992). For her portrayal of Betty Shabazz she earned an Image Award. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ... F/X is a 1986 action film, released on Friday, February 7, 1986, starring Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Boyz-n-the-Hood is a song by the late rapper Eazy-E as a part of N.W.A. Ice Cube originally intended the song to be for himself, but after he joined N.W.A., he wrote it for Eazy. ... The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ...


Later that year, she won the role of Tina Turner in the feature film What's Love Got to Do with It. Bassett went through a lengthy and intense audition and broke her finger during a screen, but was given the role over actors Robin Givens and Halle Berry. To gain Turner's well-sculpted figure, Bassett went on a no-sugar diet and weight-trained four hours a day, six days a week. She had to memorize numerous song lyrics and full dance routines to portray the singing legend during her performances. Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Whats Love Got to Do with It? is a 1993 biographical film which tells the life story of Tina Turner. ... Robin Givens (born November 27, 1964 in New York, New York) is an American actress. ... Halle Maria Berry (IPA: ) (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ...


The film was released in 1993. Bassett earned a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Turner. She was the first African-American to win the Best Actress Golden Globe for a Musical or Comedy. The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Angela Bassett starred in three movies in 1995 that were released with varied reactions from critics; Vampire in Brooklyn, Strange Days, and Waiting to Exhale (where she worked with author Terry McMillan). In Strange Days, Bassett plays Lornette "Mace" Mason who is regarded as the savior/heroine in the film often saving the male main character in gutsy, raw fist fights or fiery car chases. Bassett's Mace is also one of the few black female science-fiction characters in film. Bernadine, Bassett's character in Waiting to Exhale, was betrayed by her husband and in revenge she set fire to his entire wardrobe and vehicle, then she sold what was left for one dollar. Bassett's performance in the film was so popular that her scenes are often referenced in novels, and there are still social groups that gather to watch Waiting to Exhale. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Strange Days is the title of a 1995 science fiction film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and produced and co-written by her ex-husband James Cameron with the assistance of Jay Cocks. ... Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 movie directed by Forest Whitaker. ... Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951 in Port Huron, Michigan) is an African-American author. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


It can be argued that Angela Bassett's first truly leading role, where the film solely depended on her star power and charisma, was in 1998's How Stella Got Her Groove Back where she once again collaborated with McMillan. She played Stella in the film about a 40-year-old professional woman falling in love with a 20-year-old Jamaican man. Bassett appears in nearly every scene in the film, showing off her toned figure in jogging suits or two-piece swim-suits, but more notably displaying her leading lady status. She unsurprisingly received rave reviews: A leading actor, leading actress, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist in a film or play. ... A movie star or film star is a celebrity who is a person known for his or her roles in motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Charisma (disambiguation). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a (1998) romance film, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Variation in the physical appearance of humans is believed by anthropologists to be an important factor in the development of personality and social relations in particular physical attractiveness. ... A swimsuit, bathing suit or swimming costume is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ... A leading actor, leading actress, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist in a film or play. ... A review is a piece of writing that discusses the authors opinion on a piece of publication, such as a movie, video game, musical composition, or novel. ...


Bassett made headlines when she stated that she was offered the role in Monster's Ball (for which Halle Berry won a history-making Oscar) but did not accept it because of its representation of African-American females. Monsters Ball is a 2001 American drama/romance film. ... Halle Maria Berry (IPA: ) (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


Bassett has not had to audition for a film since 1993's What's Love Got to Do with It? although Bassett says that she would not mind auditioning for a director to prove that she can do a role they are not used to seeing her perform. Whats Love Got to Do with It? can refer to: Whats Love Got to Do with It? (song), the 1984 hit song by Tina Turner Whats Love Got to Do with It? (album), the 1993 album which features the hit song Whats Love Got to Do...


Angela Bassett is a private person, often choosing not to discuss her personal life with the public. She is also a religious person who is of the Christian faith and attends LA's West Angeles Church of God in Christ along with fellow actor Denzel Washington. Bassett told the Los Angeles Times: "Loving God is like my being black. I just am. [No one says] 'You know what? I'm gonna be blacker today!' It's my culture. It's not something I put on or take off or show more. You just communicate that in the way you live your life." Religious is a term with both a technical definition and folk use. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... West Angeles Church of God in Christ is a member church of the Protestant denomination of the same name. ... Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ...


She has been married to actor Courtney B. Vance since 1997. In the summer of 2005, they starred together in a production of the play His Girl Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The couple's first children, son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden, were born on January 27, 2006. The children were carried by a surrogate mother after Bassett had a seven year battle with infertility. Courtney Vance Vance with wife Angela Bassett Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... His Girl Friday is a 1940 screwball comedy, a remake of the 1931 film The Front Page, itself an adaptation by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur of their play of the same name. ... The Guthrie Theater is a venue for staging plays in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... “Minneapolis” redirects here. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and giving birth to a child for others to raise. ... Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a man or a woman to contribute to conception. ...


Bassett is an avid supporter of programs for the Arts, especially for youth. She annually attends events for children with diabetes and in foster homes, and she is an active Ambassador of UNICEF. Bassett is a big supporter of the Royal Theater Boys & Girls Club in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Club is one of the first all performing arts Boys & Girls Clubs in the country. This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ...


Awards/Nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Awards
    • 2003, Outstanding Children's Series (Our America), Nominated
    • 1996, Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series (Storytime), Nominated

Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Whats Love Got to Do with It was a #1 hit album in America that saw US singer Tina Turner regain massive international success. ... The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, shooting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... The Black Reel Awards began in 2000 and were designed to annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in feature, independent and television films. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Mr. ... The Rose Parks Story is a film about the civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. ... Sunshine State is a 2002 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Sayles and starring an ensemble cast that features Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Jane Alexander, Alan King, Timothy Hutton, Mary Steenburgen and Bill Cobbs. ... Music of the Heart is a 1999 dramatic film. ... The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York- based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... Our America is a song played by the country/rock duo Big & Rich. ... An Emmy Award. ... The Rose Parks Story is a film about the civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Whats Love Got to Do with It was a #1 hit album in America that saw US singer Tina Turner regain massive international success. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Mr. ... Sunshine State is a 2002 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Sayles and starring an ensemble cast that features Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Jane Alexander, Alan King, Timothy Hutton, Mary Steenburgen and Bill Cobbs. ... The Rose Parks Story is a film about the civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. ...

Filmography

F/X is a 1986 action film, released on Friday, February 7, 1986, starring Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Challenger is a film based on the events surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. ... Kindergarten Cop (1990) is a comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Friendsalovestory. ... Image File history File links Friendsalovestory. ... Boyz-n-the-Hood is a song by the late rapper Eazy-E as a part of N.W.A. Ice Cube originally intended the song to be for himself, but after he joined N.W.A., he wrote it for Eazy. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Critters 4 (AKA Critters 4: Theyre Invading Your Space) is a 1991 horror film starring Don Keith Opper, Terrence Mann, Angela Bassett and Brad Dourif. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... City of Hope refers to many things. ... Passion Fish is a 1992 film which tells the story of a soap opera star, paralyzed in a car accident, who is forced to live with her family and rely upon a series of nurses, forcing each of them to leave her employ until one shows up guaranteed to stay. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Innocent Blood (aka A French Vampire in America) is a 1992 film. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Whats Love Got to Do with It? is a 1993 biographical film which tells the life story of Tina Turner. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Panther is a 1995 film dramatizing the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense. ... Strange Days is the title of a 1995 science fiction film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and produced and co-written by her ex-husband James Cameron with the assistance of Jay Cocks. ... Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 movie directed by Forest Whitaker. ... Contact is a 1997 science fiction film adapted from the novel by Carl Sagan. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a (1998) romance film, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Music of the Heart is a 1999 dramatic film. ... This article is about the year. ... Supernova was a 2000 science fiction, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The Score is a 2001 crime drama. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Sunshine State is a 2002 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Sayles and starring an ensemble cast that features Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Jane Alexander, Alan King, Timothy Hutton, Mary Steenburgen and Bill Cobbs. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Rose Parks Story is a film about the civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Masked and Anonymous is a 2003 film written and directed by Seinfeld writer Larry Charles. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mr. ... Mr. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Meet the Robinsons is a computer-animated film and the 46th animated feature produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Toussaint (French: All Saints) is the name of: François-Vincent Toussaint (1715-1772), author of Les Mœurs (The Manners) published in 1748 and immediately prosecuted and burned by the French court of justice François-Dominique Toussaint LOuverture (c. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Gospel Hill is a upcoming Giancarlo Esposito film. ... Tyler Perrys Meet the Browns is an upcoming 2008 comedy-drama from Lionsgate based on the play Meet the Browns by Tyler Perry. ...

Quotes

  • "I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling...not my career. And I appreciate it."
  • "If my Heavenly Father held my hand, my brother Larry had my back."—AB in her 1994 Image Award acceptance speech.
  • "Beauty comes from your soul, and once you get your soul intact, it just emanates from you."—Angela Bassett
  • "I love it when he beats me!"—Angela joking about working with Laurence Fishburne.
  • "You've got to guard the heart and the spirit diligently."—Angela on why she does not take just any movie role.
  • "You just have to live and laugh—joy looks great on everybody."—Angela Bassett

Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... The term role in the performing arts is usually taken to mean an actors interpretation of a fictional character written in a script that culminates in a unique performance of that character. ...

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