Angela Bassett

Biography

Date of Birth 16 August 1958, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Angela Evelyn Bassett Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Bassett was born in New York City and relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida as a child. She and her sister D'nette were raised by their social worker/civil servant mother, Betty. As her interest in entertainment developed, she and her sister would often put on shows, reading poems or performing popular music for their family. 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. She 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 (play) alongside longtime collaborator Laurence Fishburne at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

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Birth Name

Angela Evelyn Bassett

Birth Place

New York City, New York, USA

Birth Date

8/16/1958
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Black Panther

Ramonda

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Strange Days

Lornette 'Mace' Mason

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Malcolm X

Betty Shabazz

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Boyz n the Hood

Reva Styles

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The Score

Diane

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Supernova

Dr. Kaela Evers

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Vampire in Brooklyn

Det. Rita Veder

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Nothing But the Truth

Bonnie Benjamin

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Mr. 3000

Maureen "Mo" Simmons

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Jumping The Broom

Mrs. Watson

Starring In
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Damsel

Lady Bayford

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Orion and the Dark

Sweet Dreams (voice)

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Ramonda

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Good Night Oppy

Self - Narrator

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Wendell and Wild

Sister Helley (voice)

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Gunpowder Milkshake

Anna May

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Tina

Self

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The 93rd Oscars

Self - Presenter

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Soul

Dorothea (voice)

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Between the World and Me

Self

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Otherhood

Carol Walker

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Avengers: Endgame

Ramonda

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Bumblebee

Shatter (voice)

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Tom Cruise: Mission Possible

Herself

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Mission: Impossible: Fallout

Erika Sloane

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Black Panther

Ramonda

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Open

Sweet Dreams (voice)

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The Snowy Day

Nana (voice)

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London Has Fallen

Lynn Jacobs

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Chi-Raq

Miss Helen

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Survivor

Maureen Crane

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Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Dr. Kulinda

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White Bird in a Blizzard

Dr. Thaler

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Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

Self

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Olympus Has Fallen

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs

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Betty and Coretta

Coretta Scott King

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Black Nativity

Aretha Cobbs

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This Means War

Collins

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Green Lantern

Doctor Waller

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Jumping The Broom

Mrs. Watson

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I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

Self

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Notorious

Voletta Wallace

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Nothing But the Truth

Bonnie Benjamin

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Gospel Hill

Sarah Malcolm

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Meet The Browns

Brenda Brown

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Meet the Robinsons

Mildred (voice)

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Time Bomb

Jill Greco

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Akeelah and the Bee

Tanya Anderson

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. Smith's Boss (voice) (uncredited)

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Mr. 3000

Maureen "Mo" Simmons

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Meet the Browns: The Play

Brenda Brown

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Alias - The Complete 4 Season

Hayden Chase (4 episodes, 2005)

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The Lazarus Child

Dr. Elizabeth Chase

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Masked and Anonymous

Mistress

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Sunshine State

Desiree Perry

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The Rosa Parks Story

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks

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Ruby's Bucket Of Blood (Showtime)

Ruby Delacroix

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The Score

Diane

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Supernova

Dr. Kaela Evers

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Boesman & Lena

Lena

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Whispers - An Elephant's Tale

Groove (voice)

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Music of the Heart

Principal Janet Williams

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Our Friend, Martin

Miles' Mom (voice)

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Stella Payne

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Contact

Rachel Constantine

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Off the Menu - The Last Days of Chasen's

Herself (uncredited)

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Waiting to Exhale

Bernadine 'Bernie' Harris

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Strange Days

Lornette 'Mace' Mason

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Vampire in Brooklyn

Det. Rita Veder

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Panther

Dr. Betty Shabazz

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What's Love Got To Do With It?

Tina Turner

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Malcolm X

Betty Shabazz

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Innocent Blood

U.S. Attorney Sinclair

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Critters 4

Fran

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Passion Fish

Dawn / Rhonda

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Boyz n the Hood

Reva Styles

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City of Hope

Reesha

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Locked Up: A Mother's Rage

Willie

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Kindergarten Cop

Stewardess

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Challenger

Cheryl McNair

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F/X

TV reporter

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