Angela Bassett

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Angela Bassett est une embassadrice pour l'UNICEF aux Etats-Unis

Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She has become well-known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including singer Tina Turner in the motion picture What's Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in the films .

Bassett was born in Harlem 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, Angela 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 cheerleader and a member of the debate team, student government, drama club and choir.

Angela Bassett is an active Ambassador of UNICEF for the United States.

is an active Ambassador of UNICEF for the United States.

In 1985, Bassett made her first television appearance as a prostitute in the TV movie Doubletake. However, she made her official as a news reporter in F/X (1986). Bassett moved to 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 mini series The Jacksons: An American Dream. Later that year, Bassett was cast as Tina Turner in the feature film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). Bassett won a Golden Globe and earned an 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, , and Waiting to Exhale (where she worked with author Terry McMillan). In Strange Days, Bassett plays Lornette “Mace” Mason, a chauffeur and bodyguard. In Vampire in Brooklyn, she plays 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 the film 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 2000, Bassett turned down the lead role in Monster's Ball due to the script's sexual content; the role earned the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Bassett is a private person, often choosing not to discuss her personal life with the public. She attends LA's West Angeles Church of God in Christ, along with fellow actor . Bassett told the Los Angeles Times: “Loving God is like me 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.”

Angela Bassett married actor in 1997.


2025 Wildwood
2024 Damsel
2024 Orion and the Dark
2022 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
2022 Wendell & Wild
2021 Gunpowder Milkshake
2021 Tina
2020 Soul
2019 Otherhood
2019 Avengers: Endgame
2018 Bumblebee
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout
2018 Black Panther
2016 London Has Fallen
2015 Chi-Raq
2015 Survivor
2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard
2013 Black Nativity
2013 Olympus Has Fallen
2012 I Ain't Scared of You
2012 This Means War
2011 Identity
2011 Jumping the Broom
2009 Notorious
2008 Nothing But the Truth
2008 Meet the Browns
2008 Of Boys and Men
2008 Gospel Hill
2007 Meet the Robinsons (voice)
2006 Time Bomb
2006 Akeelah and the Bee
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (voice) (uncredited)
2005 The Lazarus Child
2004 Mr 3000
2003 Masked and Anonymous
2002 Sunshine State
2002 The Rosa Parks Story
2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood
2001 The Score
2000 Boesman and Lena
2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (voice)
2000/I Supernova
1999 Music of the Heart
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back
1997 Contact
1995 Waiting to Exhale
1995 Strange Days
1995/I Panther
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It
1992 Malcolm X
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream
1992 Innocent Blood
1992 Passion Fish
1992 Critters 4
1991 One Special Victory
1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage
1991 City of Hope
1991 Boyz N The Hood
1988 Doubletake

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