Angela Basset

Real Name : Angela Evelyn Bassett

Born: 16/08/1958 (64 yo)
Birth place: Harlem, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress


Angela Bassett is an American actress. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real-life women in African-American culture, including Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Voletta Wallace in Notorious.


In 1985, Bassett made her first television appearance as a prostitute in the TV movie Doubletake. However, she made her official film debut as a news reporter in F/X (1986). 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.

In 1992, Bassett played Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream. Later that year, Bassett was cast as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). Bassett won a Golden Globe and earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Turner. She was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Bassett starred in three movies in 1995, which 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 played Lornette "Mace" Mason, a chauffeur and bodyguard. In Vampire in Brooklyn, she played Rita Veder, a tortured cop with a dark secret. Bassett's character in Waiting to Exhale, Bernadine Harris, was betrayed by her husband and in revenge she set fire to his entire wardrobe and vehicle, then sold what was left for one dollar.

In 1998, Bassett starred in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, once again collaborating with McMillan. She played Stella, a 40-year-old American professional woman who falls in love with a 20-year-old Jamaican man. In 1999, Bassett starred in Music of the Heart, once collaborating with the horror icon Wes Craven. In 2000, Bassett turned down the lead role in Monster's Ball because of the script's sexual content; the role earned Halle Berry the Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 2003, she read from the WPA slave narratives in Unchained Memories. In the 1930s, about 100,000 former slaves were still living during the Great Depression, of which 2,300 were interviewed part of the Federal Writers' Project. The transcripts of the Slave Narratives collection of the Library of Congress is a record of slavery, bondage and misery.

Bassett joined the regular cast of ER for the show's final season (2008–2009). She portrayed Dr. Catherine Banfield, an exacting Chief of the ER who was also working to recover from the death of a son and to bring another child into her family. Bassett's husband Courtney Vance played her television husband on ER as Russell Banfield.

In 2010, Bassett lent her voice to portray First Lady Michelle Obamaon an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Stealing First Base". Bassett was also cast in the superhero film Green Lantern, released in 2011, as notable DC Comics character Amanda Waller.

In 2010, reported that Bassett would have a role in One Police Plaza.

In 2011, Bassett co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in the play The Mountaintop a fictionalized depiction of the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King (Jackson portrays MLK) while at the Lorraine Motel. The critically acclaimed play by Katori Hall originally debuted in London's West End in 2009 and went on to win the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play. The production opened on Broadway on October 13, 2011. Bassett recently appeared as Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, released in March 22, 2013.


  • 1986      F/X
  • 1990      Kindergarten Cop          
  • 1991      Critters 4            
  • 1991      Boyz n the Hood
  • 1991      City of Hope
  • 1992      Passion Fish                      
  • 1992      Innocent Blood                               
  • 1992      Malcolm X                         
  • 1993      What's Love Got to Do with It                  
  • 1995      Vampire in Brooklyn                     
  • 1995      Panther                              
  • 1995      Strange Days                    
  • 1995      Waiting to Exhale                           
  • 1997      Contact                               
  • 1998      How Stella Got Her Groove Back            
  • 1999      Our Friend, Martin        
  • 1999      Music of the Heart                        
  • 2000      Supernova                        
  • 2000      Whispers: An Elephant's Tale   
  • 2000      Boesman and Lena        
  • 2001      The Score                          
  • 2002      Sunshine State                                
  • 2002      The Rosa Parks Story    
  • 2003      Unchained Memories                  
  • 2003      Masked and Anonymous           
  • 2004      The Lazarus Child                           
  • 2004      Mr. 3000                             
  • 2005      Mr. & Mrs. Smith           
  • 2006      Akeelah and the Bee                    
  • 2007      Meet the Robinsons     
  • 2008      Gospel Hill                         
  • 2008      Of Boys and Men                           
  • 2008      Meet the Browns                          
  • 2008      Nothing But the Truth  
  • 2009      Notorious                          
  • 2011      Jumping the Broom      
  • 2011      Green Lantern                
  • 2012      This Means War                              
  • 2012      I Ain't Scared Of You     
  • 2013      Olympus Has Fallen                       
  • 2013      Black Nativity

Awards won:

  • 1994      What's Love Got to Do with It (Golden Globe, Image Award)
  • 1995      Malcolm X (Image Award)                             
  • 1996      Waiting to Exhale (Image Award )                                
  • 1996      Strange Days (Saturn Award)                                         
  • 1999      How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Image Award)                                                     
  • 2000      Music of the Heart (Image Award)                                               
  • 2002      Ruby's Bucket of Blood (Black Reel Award, Image Award)  
  • 2002      The Score (Image Award)                                                                               
  • 2003      The Rosa Parks Story (Black Reel Award, Image Award)                                                       
  • 2003      The Sunshine State (Black Reel Award, Image Award)                           
  • 2009      ER (Image Award)