Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress
and activist. She is best known for her biographical film roles, most
notably her performance as
Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got
to Do with It (1993), for which she was nominated for the Academy
Award for Best Actress and won a corresponding
Golden Globe Award.
Bassett has additionally portrayed
Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X
(1992) and Panther (1995),
Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An
American Dream (1992),
Rosa Parks in The
Rosa Parks Story (2002),
Voletta Wallace in Notorious (2009),
Amanda Waller in Green Lantern
Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta (2013), and Ramonda
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Black Panther (2018).
Bassett's performance as Parks was honored with her first Primetime
Emmy Award nomination.
Bassett began her film career in the mid-1980s, after earning a
bachelor of arts degree from
Yale University and a master of fine arts
degree from drama school. In the 1990s, she appeared in films nearly
every year. The 2000s saw a succession of films starring Bassett, with
her appearing in at least one film every year. Bassett's success has
continued into the 2010s. Bassett earned nominations for her roles in
films such as The Score (2001),
Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Meet the
Browns (2008) and
Jumping the Broom
Jumping the Broom (2011) and won awards for her
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Music of the
Heart (1999) among others.
In 2013, she had a recurring role on the FX horror series American
Horror Story: Coven, earning her second Primetime Emmy Award
nomination for her performance as Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. She
returned for Freak Show, the anthology series' fourth season,
portraying a three-breasted woman named Desiree Dupree for which she
received another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a
Miniseries or a Movie. In 2015, Bassett returned for the fifth season
Hotel portraying Ramona Royale, a famous movie star. In 2016, Bassett
returned to the series's sixth cycle, Roanoke, portraying an alcoholic
actress named Monet Tumusiime, who plays struggling mother and former
police officer Lee Harris in the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary.
1 Early life and education
2.1 Early work
4 Personal life
6 Awards and nominations
7.1 Works cited
8 External links
Early life and education
Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, New York, the
daughter of Betty Jane (née Gilbert; 1935–2014) and Daniel
Benjamin Bassett, and was raised in Harlem. Bassett's middle
name was given to her in honor of her aunt Evelyn. The origin of
the Bassett surname comes from her ancestor William Henry Bassett, who
took the surname of his former master, whose children later founded
Bassett, Virginia. Ten months after Bassett was born, her mother
became pregnant and had a second child, Bassett's sister D'nette.
Bassett said the pregnancy "only made things harder." Bassett's
parents "shipped" her to stay with her father's sister Golden. While
her aunt did not have any children of her own, she "loved children,
and she was good with them."
After her parents' separation, she relocated from Winston-Salem, North
Carolina to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she and her sister D'nette
were raised by their social worker/civil servant mother. Bassett
did not see her father again for several years, until she attended her
grandmother's funeral. There, Bassett met his daughter from his first
marriage, Jean, who at twelve years old, was several years older than
Bassett. After graduating from Jordan Park Elementary School, she
began being bused out of her neighborhood to attend Disston Middle
School for seventh grade. The year she began attending was 1970, the
first year busing was implemented to integrate public schools in St.
Petersburg. After completing seventh grade, she was bused to Azalea
Middle School for eighth and ninth grade. Bassett's mother became more
involved in her daughter's grades and told her and her sister the pair
were going to college.
In her younger years, Bassett was "in love" with the
Jackson 5 and
dreamed of marrying a member of the family group, stating it would
probably be "whoever had the cutest, roundest Afro at the time. In my
imagination we would have children and live in a real house." As
her interest in entertainment developed, Angela and her sister would
often put on shows, reading poems or performing popular music for
Boca Ciega High School, where Bassett as a teenager was a member of
the debate team and student government among other endeavors.
At Boca Ciega High School, Bassett was a cheerleader and a member of
Upward Bound college prep program, the debate team, student
government, drama club and choir. A straight "A" and "B" student for
the most part, Bassett got her first "C," in physical education, and
tried to get her mother to not feel disappointment in the grade.
Bassett called the grade the "average," leading her mother to say that
she did not have "average kids." As Bassett described, a "sense of
pride" developed in her and she did not get another "C" until
college. During high school, Bassett became the first
African-American from Boca Ciega to be admitted to the National Honor
Society. She participated in Upward Bound, an academic and cultural
enrichment program for underprivileged students. Bassett says she and
the other participants did not see themselves as underprivileged.
Yale University and received her B.A. degree in
African-American studies in 1980. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine
Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama, despite opposition from her
father's sister who warned her to not "waste" her "Yale education on
theater." She was the only member of Bassett's family to have gone to
both college and graduate school. At Yale, Bassett met her future
husband Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the drama school.
Bassett was also classmates with actor Charles S. Dutton.
After graduation, Bassett worked as a receptionist for a beauty salon
and as a photo researcher. Bassett soon looked for acting work in the
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). In 2006, she had
the opportunity to work on the Wilson canon again, starring in Fences
alongside longtime collaborator
Laurence Fishburne at the Pasadena
Playhouse in California.
In 1985, Bassett made her first television appearance as a prostitute
in the TV movie Doubletake. She made her film debut as a news reporter
F/X (1986), for which she was required to join the Screen Actors
Guild (SAG). Bassett moved to
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California in 1988 for
more acting jobs 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. Despite the award, the movie was not
entirely given positive reception, being referred to by critics as
failing to "capture" the rage of Malcolm X's autobiography. During
production of Malcolm X, Spike Lee showed Bassett a tape of the exact
moment when Malcolm X was shot during his assassination, since they
would be filming the scene. Bassett called the recording "haunting",
but noted that after listening, she was "able to grab hold of the pain
and re-create the scene." Bassett felt it was important for her to get
the assassination scene correct, and wondered how Betty "found the
strength to keep going, to raise her family, to educate, to sustain
them." Malcolm X was released on November 18, 1992.
In 1992, Bassett played
Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American
Dream. Bassett's agents tried to discourage her from playing the role,
given the negative reception that
Michael Jackson had. She admitted to
not caring about the negative view of members of the Jackson family at
the time, citing her childhood fondness of the group as an example of
her passion for the project and believed her "instinct" about the role
had been correct once learning of the positive reviews the miniseries
received after airing. Bassett had previously idolized the group
growing up and said the Jackson family were positive influences on the
African-American community for their successes. Bassett had previously
worried that after her role as
Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X, she would
not find another role "as satisfying". Bassett at the time of the
film's release expressed her belief that her career would never
receive such high-profile roles again. "I think I have been incredibly
blessed and it is probably just all downhill from here."
Later that year, Bassett was cast as
Tina Turner in What's Love Got to
Do with It (1993). Bassett returned to Los Angeles after
Malcolm X filming was completed, and got a call for an audition for a
movie based on I, Tina, Tina Turner's memoir. 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
obtained the role after beating
Halle Berry and Robin Givens, but only
had a month to prepare before filming began. She met Tina Turner
twice, and was given advice by the woman she would be portraying from
wigs and outfits to dancing styles. Turner also did Bassett's make up,
leading Bassett to call her "supportive" and her "biggest fan."
Bassett described to the
Orlando Sentinel going to one of Turner's
concerts and crying profusely. According to Bassett, upon realizing
that she knew some of Turner's dance moves, she was "almost a river of
tears." Marc Bernardin of
Entertainment Weekly wrote that Bassett
"gave the performance of a lifetime" portraying Turner in the
Bassett starred in three movies in 1995, which were released with
varied reactions from critics: Vampire in Brooklyn, Strange Days, and
Waiting to Exhale
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. She was excited to work with
Eddie Murphy in
Vampire in Brooklyn, as well as director Wes Craven. Bassett had
previously worked with Craven on television shows. 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. Bassett described the
then-recently filmed party scene and her character in Waiting to
Exhale to the Orlando Sentinel. Bassett said, "The thing is that my
character is thinking about how her husband has left her. I have a
cigarette in one hand, and I'm drinking. Basically, the four of us are
sitting there talking about men and having some fun."
In 1997 she starred as the President's advisor in Contact. Stephen
Holden of The
New York Times
New York Times opinioned that Bassett was "largely
wasted as a Presidential assistant."
Fatboy Slim sampled Bassett's voice from 1995's Strange Days,
specifically the line "this is your life, right here, right now!", for
his hit single "Right Here, Right Now". Also 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. She received praise
for the performance, Stephen Holden of The New York Times
calling Bassett's character "the best thing in the movie" and writing
that Bassett "portrays this high-strung superwoman with such intensity
that she makes her almost believable."
In 1999, Bassett starred in Music of the Heart, once again
collaborating with horror icon Wes Craven. Matthew Eng wrote
of her "terrifically specific chemistry" with Meryl Streep.
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. The first film Bassett appeared in
that year was Supernova, where she played a medical officer.
Her other two films released in 2000 were Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
and Boesman and Lena. Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote that in Boesman
and Lena Bassett "abandons her recently cultivated glamorous image to
dig to the core of Lena’s fierce, probing, contentious,
compassionate character." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times
wrote Bassett captured all of her character's "mercurial mood swings"
and both Bassett and her costar
Danny Glover "rise to the challenge of
these larger-than-life roles, just as you would expect."
She appeared in the 2001 film The Score. Her character was in a
relationship with Robert De Niro's. She read the film's script and
became interested. She was then telephoned by director Frank Oz, who
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro would "like to meet with you". Bassett met
with De Niro and later realized the conversation was meant to break
the ice before they started filming. In addition to The Score,
that year she also had a role in the television film Ruby's Bucket of
Blood. The following year, in 2002, Bassett acted in Sunshine State
Rosa Parks Story. In The
Rosa Parks Story, Bassett was cast as
Rosa Parks. Laura Fries of
Entertainment Weekly wrote that Bassett
"takes her physical strength and turns it inward to portray Parks" and
expressed her belief that "lesser hands" would allow for
misinterpretation or gross underplay of Parks' personality. In
addition to positive reception of her role, Bassett was seen as the
"star" of the film due to playing the lead and earned a nomination for
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or
a Movie for her performance.
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. That year she also appeared in the film Masked and
Anonymous, playing a mistress. Ann Hornaday noted her as among
the "endless parade of actors who show up even for the briefest of
In 2004 she had roles in the films
The Lazarus Child
The Lazarus Child and Mr. 3000. Mr.
3000 was a comedy in which Bassett costarred with Bernie Mac. When
asked if the film was much easier to act in than the more intense
roles she had in the past, Bassett responded, "This was much easier.
This was a walk in the park. It was pretty easy compared to some of
the roles Ive done that call for so much emotion or physicality." At
the time of the film's release, she called both
Bernie Mac and
Laurence Fishburne, who she had worked with in the past, her
"favorites" and said the pair were both "highly professional and
extraordinarily talented." The only film she appeared in during
the following year was Mr. and Mrs. Smith in an uncredited voice
Bassett at the 2007 The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection.
In the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee, Bassett portrayed Tanya
Anderson, the mother of the film's lead, Akeelah, played by Keke
Palmer. Bassett said she loved the story, viewing the lead
character as someone that "could be anyone because each of us have had
dreams and aspirations and wanting to be and needing to be supported
and directed", and described working with Palmer as being "really
wonderful." According to Bassett, the two bonded and that Palmer was
as good an actress as any adult she had worked with. Bassett
appeared in the television film Time Bomb the same year. Her role was
seen as just an "extended cameo" by Brian Lowry of Variety.
Bassett provided her voice for the 2007 film Meet the Robinsons.
When asked about her motives in taking on the role, Bassett said, "For
one, it was a character I had never played before, which is always
important to me, to keep me sharp. But it was also the desire to be
part of a well-written movie that has something really positive to say
about families and about all the different ways there can be to make a
She appeared in the 2008 film Gospel Hill. Stephen Holden of
New York Times
New York Times wrote Bassett's "fiery self-possession brings a
spark of passion to her stick-figure character". She next appeared
in Of Boys and Men, portraying Rieta Cole, the matriarch of a Chicago
family who is killed in an accident in the beginning of the film and
is seen through flashbacks for the remainder of the film. She and her
costars Robert Townsend and
Victoria Rowell were seen by Robert
Gillard of LA Sentinel as doing wonderful jobs of "capturing the
emotions of a family stricken by grief." 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. Bassett appeared in
"Of Boys and Men", a family film, in 2008. She co-starred alongside
Robert Townsend, who played her husband in this movie. She had a role
in Nothing but the Truth.
In the 2009 film Notorious, Bassett portrayed Voletta Wallace, the
mother of The Notorious B.I.G. To portray Wallace's Jamaican
accent, Bassett conversed with her on and off the film set, and she
practiced her accent using tapes that Wallace made. Bassett said
she jumped at the chance to be part of the film after reading the
script. She felt it did a "wonderful job of bringing" The Notorious
B.I.G.'s "life to the page." Bassett earned positive reviews for
her performance in the film, noted as being one of the more
experienced actors involved.
In 2010, Bassett lent her voice to portray First Lady Michelle
Obama on an episode of
The Simpsons entitled "Stealing First
Base". Bassett was seen as a "terrific" fill in for Obama. Bassett
was also cast in the superhero film Green Lantern, released in 2011,
DC Comics character Amanda Waller. Bassett said working
on the film was "a lot of fun" and that she enjoyed being a part of
it. Despite this, Bassett was taken "out of her element" with the
arrangements made that accommodated the computer-generated effects.
She called it her first time doing "this kind of movie" but expressed
interest in seeing what her scenes looked like. In 2010,
Deadline.com reported that Bassett would have a role in One Police
Plaza. In 2011, Bassett co-starred with
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson in the
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
Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. The production opened on
Broadway on October 13, 2011. In March 2011, it was reported that
Bassett had signed up for a lead role in the ABC pilot Identity.
She also appeared in the 2011 film Jumping the Broom, playing the
matriarch of a wealthy family. Bassett had a good feeling
about the film from "the start", and believed her character had a
"real presence" in the film and felt she was active in the plot.
Bassett's and Loretta Devine's performances in the film were called
"in some ways too fierce for the room, offering nuances of hostility
and hurt that the movie cannot really handle" and contributing to the
"unevenness of the performances" in the film. Bassett and Devine
were noted as "superb, distinguished actresses" by Kirk Honeycutt of
The Hollywood Reporter, but were seen as having been "asked to overdo
every moment with permanent scowls and body language more suitable to
Mortal Kombat." Despite this, her performance was given some
positive attention, with Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News
saying Bassett "makes the movie hers". The film was Bassett's
second time working with Devine, as the pair had worked together
previously in Waiting to Exhale. Director Salim Akil said
Bassett's presence quietly makes a big difference.
Bassett was featured in the 2012 film This Means War, having been
known to be attached to the film since two years prior. Tambay A.
IndieWire attributed Bassett's lack of appearances in
promotional material to her having a small role and her demographic
not being targeted by the film. Bassett also appeared as herself
in I Ain't Scared Of You.
Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King in the television film Betty and
Coretta, which aired on February 2, 2013, continuing her trend of
portraying real women. Bassett had previously played Shabazz
in both Malcolm X and Panther, but instead played Coretta Scott King
opposite to Mary J. Blige, who played Shabazz. Bassett was surprised
to learn after researching that Coretta initially refused Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s "advances" and called Mrs. King a "modern day
iconic heroine." While being asked about what drew her to play
real-life women, Bassett answered "The respect that I have for their
lives—their stories, vulnerabilities, strength, and resolve."
Bassett began filming her scenes during the latter part of the
previous year. Mary J. Blige, when asked about what kind of
experience it was to work with Bassett, said that she was "one of
Angela's biggest fans" while calling her an "amazing woman." The
film received mix reviews, including negative reactions from Ilyasah
Shabazz and Bernice King, the daughters of
Betty Shabazz and Coretta
Bassett recently appeared as Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs in
the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, released in March 22, 2013.
Bassett was reported to have a role in the film in June 2012, the
month before filming began. In an interview with The
Huffington Post, Bassett noted that there had "never been a female
head of the Secret Service, much less a woman of color". She called
the decision to have a female African-American Secret Service director
"a bold casting choice". Overall, Bassett viewed the film as
authentic. Bassett described working with
Morgan Freeman as
wonderful, but she admitted to being intimidated by him. She was
impressed with the preparation of director Antoine Fuqua, who she said
"was just preparation to the hilt" and expressed her interest in
working with him again. She appeared in the 2013 film Black
Nativity. She sang and it was seen as contributing to the film's
"blissful unreality". She was asked by the film's director, Kasi
Lemmons, if she could sing and Bassett admitted to lying to get the
role. She joked to reporter Jennifer H. Cunningham, "Yes, I can sing
— you didn’t ask how well!" Singing in a film was a new experience
for Bassett, who had never had to sing before and had always
PaleyFest 2014 for American Horror Story: Coven.
In 2013, Bassett appeared on FX TV show American Horror Story:
Coven as Marie Laveau, a voodoo witch. Bassett praised the
writers, calling them "amazing". Her agent approached Ryan Murphy
about her having a role in the series and he told the agent that she
was the person he had in mind for Marie Laveau. Bassett watched the
previous seasons of the series before meeting with Murphy and found
the writing "wonderful" and the characters "so realized".
Bassett's performance earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
She returned to the show for its fourth season American Horror Story:
Freak Show, playing Desiree Dupree, a three-breasted woman. She
received another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a
Miniseries or a Movie.
It was announced in May 2014 that Bassett would make her directorial
debut with Whitney, a TV film based on the life of Whitney Houston,
who Bassett had worked with previously. Bassett had previously
expressed interest in directing the year before. It was announced
in early June 2014 that
Yaya DaCosta would play Houston in the film.
Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, insulted Bassett on Twitter
for not casting her as her mother in the film, to which Bassett
admitted in an interview that she had never thought about casting
Brown. On June 11, 2014,
Ruby Dee died from natural causes.
Bassett had previously worked with her on
Betty and Coretta
Betty and Coretta and was
reported to attend the Riverside Church memorial for Dee on September
In the 2015 film Survivor, Bassett portrayed United States Ambassador
to the United Kingdom Maureen Crane. In a negative review of the
film, Mark Kermode lamented Bassett "appears from behind closed doors
like a celebrity guest on Stars in Their Eyes."
In March 2016, Bassett appeared in London Has Fallen, reprising her
role as Lynne Jacobs. Bassett noted it was "the very first sequel
I've ever done" and that she had been excited at the prospect of
another film after the initial success of Olympus Has Fallen. In
June 2016, the
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to
the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video,
Bassett and others told the stories of the people killed
there. Bassett appeared in American Horror Story: Roanoke.
She also directed its sixth episode, which aired October 19, 2016. The
episode marks the third time a woman has directed the show. Co-creator
Ryan Murphy praised Bassett in an interview with E! News, saying he
told her she would "'do this big, big episode and you're going to
knock it out of the park,' and she did. And I've seen it time and time
again with these women that we brought into this directing world that
they're just killing it, and they're working twice as hard because
they know they have a lot to prove."
In March 2017, Bassett appeared in "Ache", an episode of the
television series Underground. Executive producer and director
Anthony Hemingway said her character "was written with Angela in mind"
and that the entire cast came to see Bassett the day she filmed her
performance. In May 2017, Bassett appeared in an episode of
Master of None, portraying major character Denise's mother
Catherine. Lena Waithe wanted Bassett after being impressed by
her previous work though was convinced she would turn down the role
and said Bassett's inclusion influenced the series drastically with
"another layer" of tension. The writers of the series also
favored Bassett for the role after seeing her performance in The
Jacksons: An American Dream and related her character's evolution in
that feature to Catherine.
Bassett has been noted for portraying real life African-American
women, as well as "strong women". Bassett said in 2001 that she liked
those roles and added: "That's the image that I like to put out there,
and those are the parts I'm attracted to. But not iron-fist kind of
strong, just self-assured. I'm nice too." She has turned down
roles which she viewed as demeaning to her image. "This is a career
about images. It's celluloid; they last for ever. I'm a black woman
from America. My people were slaves in America, and even though we're
free on paper and in law, I'm not going to allow you to enslave me on
film, in celluloid, for all to see. And to cross the water, to
countries where people will never meet people who look like me. So it
becomes a bigger thing than me just becoming a movie star, and me just
being on TV. So if you're going to show every black woman as 400lb or
every black woman as the prostitute on the street ... But I have
always maintained that [the roles] I cannot do because of the way I'm
made up, or because of the way I think, I don't begrudge that there is
someone else who has no issues with that."
Bassett with her husband, Courtney B. Vance, March 1, 2007
Bassett married actor
Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance in 1997. In the summer of
2005, they starred together in a production of
His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday at the
Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The couple's twins – son
Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance – carried by a
surrogate, were born on January 27, 2006.
Bassett is a supporter of programs for the arts, especially for youth.
She annually attends events for children with diabetes and those in
foster homes. She is an active Ambassador of
UNICEF for the United
States. Bassett is a supporter of the Royal Theater Boys & Girls
Club in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.
She is represented by the Executive Speakers Bureau of Memphis.
In early 2007, Bassett donated $2,300 to the presidential campaign of
Barack Obama. Bassett supported Obama in his reelection campaign.
In June 2012, she made an appearance at the St. Petersburg office of
his campaign and said the election was not one "where we can sit on
the sidelines". Bassett attended the second inauguration of
Barack Obama on January 20, 2013. She endorsed Hillary Clinton
for president during the United States presidential election, 2016,
saying "Bar none, Clinton would make a great president." Bassett
also spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, introducing
survivors of the previous year's Charleston church shooting, an
incident about which she spoke during her remarks. After Clinton
was defeated in the general election, Bassett tweeted, "Only 1455 days
until November 3, 2020. Rest up my country. #ProudOfHer".
Bassett was initiated as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta
sorority on July 13, 2013.
Angela Bassett filmography
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Angela
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^ Boyar, Jay (July 23, 1993). "'X' Fails To Capture Rage Of
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BASSETT SAYS PLAYING THE MOTHER OF THE JACKSONS WAS EMOTIONAL AND
UPLIFTING". Los Angeles Times.
^ Maslin, Janet (June 9, 1993). "Review/Film: What's Love Got to Do
With It; Tina Turner's Tale: Living Life With Ike and Then Without
Him". New York Times.
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^ Weinraub, Bernard (July 6, 1997). "Using a Big Budget To Ask Big
Questions". New York Times.
^ Holden, Stephen (July 11, 1997). "Which Route Upward, On a Wing or a
Prayer?". New York Times.
^ McCarthy, Todd (August 10, 1998). "Review: 'How Stella Got Her
Groove Back'". Variety. The dazzling Bassett is a delight to watch
throughout, and obligingly plays second banana to Goldberg whenever
the latter turns up to steal any and every scene she wants.
^ Kempley, Rita. "'Stella': Chiffon in the Sun". Washington Post. If
Bassett weren't so dazzling, Diggs weren't so charismatic and Goldberg
weren't so brassy, Stella's groove might seem unworthy of our
attention. Regina King, the football star's supportive wife in "Jerry
Maguire," is also a treat as the saucier of Stella's two
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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Teacher, Film Toughened Up School". New York Times.
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HEART as the Forgettable Footnote in Wes Craven's Career".
^ Newman, Kim. "Supernova Review". Empire.
^ Chandler, Chip (January 18, 2000). "Talent of cast wasted on
'Supernova' plot". Armarillo.com.
^ McCarthy, Todd (May 15, 2000). "Review: 'Boesman & Lena'".
^ Thomas, Kevin (November 17, 2000). "Gripping 'Boesman & Lena'
Propelled by Glover, Bassett". Los Angeles Times.
^ a b Emer, David (September 29, 2001). "Angela's assets". The
^ Johnson, Steve (February 22, 2002). "
Angela Bassett blossoms in
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^ Fries, Laura (February 21, 2002). "The
Rosa Parks Story".
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^ Fries, Laura (February 9, 2003). "Review: 'Unchained Memories:
Readings From the Slave Narratives'". Variety.
^ Jawetz, Gil (August 2, 2003). "Unchained Memories: Readings from the
Slave Narratives". dvdtalk.com.
^ Mervis, Scott (November 28, 2003). "'Masked and Anonymous'".
^ Thomas, Kevin (July 25, 2003). "A self-indulgent 'Masked' has more
tedium than allegory". Los Angeles Times.
^ Hornaday, Ann (September 5, 2003). "'Masked': Riddled With Dylan".
^ Murray, Rebecca. "
Angela Bassett Talks Sports and 'Mr. 3000'".
^ B., Brian (September 8, 2004). "
Angela Bassett and Keith David join
Mr. and Mrs. Smith". movieweb.com.
^ McNary, Dave (September 7, 2004). "Bassett, David join 'Smith'".
^ a b Morales, Wilson (April 2006). "Akeelah and the Bee: An Interview
with Angela Bassett".
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^ Lowry, Brian (March 12, 2006). "Time Bomb". Variety.
^ French, Philip (April 1, 2007). "Meet the Robinsons". The
^ Lawson, Terry (March 30, 2007). "
Angela Bassett makes a leap with
'Meet the Robinsons'". popmatters.com.
^ Scheib, Ronnie (August 24, 2009). "Review: 'Gospel Hill'".
^ Byrge, Duane. "Gospel Hill". The Hollywood Reporter.
^ Holden, Stephen (August 27, 2009). "A Quiet Little Town With an
Unsolved Murder and Greedy Developers".
^ Gillard, Robert (February 7, 2011). "Movie Review: 'Of Boys and
Men'". LA Sentinel.
^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 27, 2008). "
Angela Bassett in at 'ER'".
Angela Bassett to join final season of 'ER'". Today.com. April 28,
^ Orange, B. Alan (October 21, 2007). "
Angela Bassett Seeks 'Nothing
But The Truth'". movieweb.com.
^ "Just A Minute With:
Angela Bassett on "Notorious"". Reuters.
January 8, 2009.
^ "Flashback Friday:
Angela Bassett Talks 'Notorious' w/ The Source".
The Source. May 15, 2015.
^ Reid, Shaheem (December 16, 2008). "'Notorious' Actress Angela
Bassett Says Biggie's Mom Is 'Fascinating". MTV.
Angela Bassett to Play Notorious B.I.G.'S Mom". Hollywood.com.
April 21, 2008.
^ Scott, A. O. (January 16, 2009). "The Tale of Biggie Smalls, Writ
Larger Than Life". New York Times.
^ Amter, Charlie (January 16, 2009). "
Angela Bassett of 'Notorious'".
Los Angeles Times.
^ "FoxFlash". FoxFlash. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010.
Michelle Obama Visits The Simpsons". The Hollywood Gossip. March
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^ a b Reeves, Ronke Idowu (May 4, 2011). "Q&A: Angela Bassett
Talks "Jumping the Broom"". BET.
^ a b c Thompson, Bob (May 6, 2011). "
Angela Bassett gets the Green
light to Jump the Broom". National Post. Archived from the original on
September 8, 2014.
^ a b "
Angela Bassett Cast in ABC's One Police Plaza". TVGuide.com.
Retrieved November 18, 2010.
^ Jeffery, Morgan (March 3, 2011). "
Angela Bassett signs for
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^ D'Zurilla, Christie (May 5, 2011). "'Jumping the Broom': Laz Alonso,
Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Romeo head down the aisle at Hollywood
^ Rickey, Carrie (May 9, 2011). "'Jumping the Broom': Set-to at a
family wedding". Philly.com.
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May 5, 2011.
^ Honeycutt, Kirk (April 28, 2011). "Jumping the Broom: Review".
^ "'Jumping the Broom' review: Loretta Devine,
Angela Bassett sweep up
the attention". New York Daily News. May 6, 2011.
^ Ellwood, Gregory (May 6, 2011). "'Jumping the Broom' brings Angela
Loretta Devine together again". hitfix.com.
^ White, James (November 29, 2010). "Angela Basset Says This Means
^ McNary, Dave (November 29, 2010). "Fox's McG-directed action comedy
centers on CIA". Variety.
^ Obenson, Tambay A. (February 4, 2012). "
Angela Bassett Talks About
Her Character In "This Means War" (Yes, She's In It)".
^ Reynolds, Barbara. "Betty and Coretta: Debunking the drama in
Lifetime's TV movie about the two widowed legends". Washington
^ Lowry, Brian (January 30, 2013). "Betty & Coretta".
^ Pak, Eudie (February 1, 2013). "Angela Bassett: 'Betty &
Coretta' Became Sisters Through Tragedy". Biography.com.
^ "Bassett to Play
Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King in Lifetime Movie". The
Hollywood Reporter. August 23, 2012.
^ Morales, Wilson (January 29, 2013). "Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige
talk 'Betty & Coretta'". Black Film.
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Angela Bassett Joins 'Olympus Has
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Angela Bassett Talks 'Olympus
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^ a b Woo, Kelly (March 20, 2013). "'Olympus Has Fallen': Angela
Bassett Was Intimidated by 'Teddy Bear' Morgan Freeman
^ "Christmas in Harlem, and O Come, All Ye Songs". New York Times.
November 26, 2013.
Angela Bassett pipes up with a little fib to land singing role in
'Black Nativity'". New York Daily News. December 1, 2013.
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Angela Bassett Talks American
Horror Story: Freak Show". Vulture.
^ Radish, Christina. "
Angela Bassett Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY:
COVEN, Filming in New Orleans, Whether She's Willing To Return For
Another Season, and More".
^ "Lifetime Sets
Whitney Houston Movie,
Angela Bassett to Direct".
Hollywood Reporter. May 22, 2014.
^ "Whitney Houston's daughter blasts Angela Bassett". San Jose Mercury
News. June 30, 2014.
^ "Angela Bassett, Audra McDonald And Alicia Keys To Perform At Ruby
Dee Memorial". Huffington Post. September 4, 2014.
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Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan,
Angela Bassett For 'Survivor'
Thriller Pic". Deadline.com.
^ Kermode, Mark (June 7, 2015). "Survivor review - you'll wish you
hadn't made it to the end". The Guardian.
^ "OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN Moving Forward with
Gerard Butler". October 29, 2013.
Angela Bassett Gets Sequel Experience In New Thriller, "London Has
Fallen"". ABC News. March 4, 2016.
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Awards for Angela Bassett
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or
Judy Holliday (1950)
June Allyson (1951)
Susan Hayward (1952)
Ethel Merman (1953)
Judy Garland (1954)
Jean Simmons (1955)
Deborah Kerr (1956)
Kay Kendall /
Taina Elg (1957)
Rosalind Russell (1958)
Marilyn Monroe (1959)
Shirley MacLaine (1960)
Rosalind Russell (1961)
Rosalind Russell (1962)
Shirley MacLaine (1963)
Julie Andrews (1964)
Julie Andrews (1965)
Lynn Redgrave (1966)
Anne Bancroft (1967)
Barbra Streisand (1968)
Patty Duke (1969)
Carrie Snodgress (1970)
Liza Minnelli (1972)
Glenda Jackson (1973)
Raquel Welch (1974)
Barbra Streisand (1976)
Diane Keaton /
Marsha Mason (1977)
Ellen Burstyn /
Maggie Smith (1978)
Bette Midler (1979)
Sissy Spacek (1980)
Bernadette Peters (1981)
Julie Andrews (1982)
Julie Walters (1983)
Kathleen Turner (1984)
Kathleen Turner (1985)
Sissy Spacek (1986)
Melanie Griffith (1988)
Jessica Tandy (1989)
Julia Roberts (1990)
Bette Midler (1991)
Miranda Richardson (1992)
Angela Bassett (1993)
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis (1994)
Nicole Kidman (1995)
Helen Hunt (1997)
Gwyneth Paltrow (1998)
Janet McTeer (1999)
Renée Zellweger (2000)
Nicole Kidman (2001)
Renée Zellweger (2002)
Diane Keaton (2003)
Annette Bening (2004)
Reese Witherspoon (2005)
Meryl Streep (2006)
Marion Cotillard (2007)
Sally Hawkins (2008)
Meryl Streep (2009)
Annette Bening (2010)
Michelle Williams (2011)
Jennifer Lawrence (2012)
Amy Adams (2013)
Amy Adams (2014)
Jennifer Lawrence (2015)
Emma Stone (2016)
Saoirse Ronan (2017)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Estelle Evans (1969)
Barbara McNair (1970)
Jane Fonda (1971)
Diana Ross (1972)
Ester Anderson (1974)
Diahann Carroll (1975)
Denise Nicholas (1976)
Cicely Tyson (1977)
Cicely Tyson (1978)
Mavis Washington (1979)
Irene Cara (1980)
Jayne Kennedy (1982)
Jennifer Beals (1983)
Alfre Woodard (1984)
Tina Turner (1985)
Whoopi Goldberg (1986)
Traci Wolfe (1987)
Whoopi Goldberg (1988)
Ruby Dee (1989)
Whoopi Goldberg (1992)
Whoopi Goldberg (1993)
Angela Bassett (1994)
Angela Bassett (1996)
Whitney Houston (1997)
Vanessa Williams (1998)
Angela Bassett (1999)
Nia Long (2000)
Sanaa Lathan (2001)
Halle Berry (2002)
Angela Bassett (2003)
Queen Latifah (2004)
Kerry Washington (2005)
Kimberly Elise (2006)
Keke Palmer (2007)
Jurnee Smollett (2008)
Rosario Dawson (2009)
Gabourey Sidibe (2010)
Halle Berry (2011)
Viola Davis (2012)
Viola Davis (2013)
Angela Bassett (2014)
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson (2015)
Sanaa Lathan (2016)
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson (2017)
Octavia Spencer (2018)
Saturn Award for Best Actress
Katharine Ross (1974/75)
Blythe Danner (1976)
Jodie Foster (1977)
Margot Kidder (1978)
Mary Steenburgen (1979)
Angie Dickinson (1980)
Karen Allen (1981)
Sandahl Bergman (1982)
Louise Fletcher (1983)
Daryl Hannah (1984)
Coral Browne (1985)
Sigourney Weaver (1986)
Jessica Tandy (1987)
Catherine Hicks (1988)
Demi Moore (1989/90)
Linda Hamilton (1991)
Virginia Madsen (1992)
Andie MacDowell (1993)
Sandra Bullock /
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis (1994)
Angela Bassett (1995)
Neve Campbell (1996)
Jodie Foster (1997)
Drew Barrymore (1998)
Christina Ricci (1999)
Téa Leoni (2000)
Nicole Kidman (2001)
Naomi Watts (2002)
Uma Thurman (2003)
Blanchard Ryan (2004)
Naomi Watts (2005)
Natalie Portman (2006)
Amy Adams (2007)
Angelina Jolie (2008)
Zoe Saldana (2009)
Natalie Portman (2010)
Kirsten Dunst (2011)
Jennifer Lawrence (2012)
Sandra Bullock (2013)
Rosamund Pike (2014)
Charlize Theron (2015)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (2016)
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