| Angela Bassett
Born August 16, 1958 in New York,
Angela Basset was actually raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Basset earned a B.A. in African American studies at Yale
University, where she also spent another three years at
the School of Drama. She had her onscreen debut with a role
in 1986’s “F/X”.
Basset had a bit part in the Arnold Schwarzenneger
film “Kindergarten Cop” in 1990 and the following
year saw her explode onto the movie scene. First with “City
of Hope”, then in “Boy’N the Hood”
where she played a long-suffering single mother with great
conviction. She also appeared in the movie “Malcolm
X” that same year. Angela also appeared in the made
for television movie “The Jacksons: An American Dream”
playing the Jackson family matriarch.
It was in 1995 that Basset landed the two
roles that she is perhaps the best known for: as Tina Turner
in the award winning “What’s Love Got to Do
With It?” as well as “Waiting to Exhale”.
Basset won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Turner,
and the film was nominated that year for an Academy Award.
On a personal note, Angela Basset married
Courtney B. Vance in 1997. Basset keeps her hair gorgeous,
with loose waves, but has been seen wearing elegant upswept
coifs that show off her slender neck.