Before “Stella got her groove back”, Angela Bassett was already running things. The American actress and activist began her long and illustrious career in 1985. She is most noted for her portrayal of African American female icons in biographical movies. She played the iconic Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X, twice – in the movies Panther and Malcolm X. She also portrayed Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story. She portrayed Tina Turner in the film What’s Love Got To Do With It; she was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of the entertainment icon, she also won a Golden Globe for the role.
Angela also played Coretta Scott King in 2013’s Betty & Coretta, Katherine Jackson in 1992’s The Jacksons: An American Dream and Voletta Wallace in the autobiographical film about The Notorious B.I.G, Notorious.
Prior to beginning her film career as an actress, she got her Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut.
Since her debut, she has been one of the most hardworking and consistent actresses of this era. She’s also particularly noted for her roles in Akeelah And The Bee, Meet The Browns, The Score, Jumping The Broom, Music Of The Heart and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
In 2013, she began working with Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk in the FX television series, American Horror Story: Coven in the role of Marie Laveau, a voodoo queen. Her performance was greatly applauded and she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She also returned to American Horror Story for the fourth season, Freak Show and was also nominated for an Emmy for her role here as well. She has returned for the fifth and sixth seasons of American Horror Story.
Angela Bassett’s Bio (Age)
You can easily guess Angela Bassett’s age from her August 16, 1958 birthdate. She was born in New York City to Daniel Benjamin Bassett and Betty Jane Gilbert and was raised in Harlem with her sister. When she was only ten months old, her mother got pregnant with her second child – D’nette, Angela’s sister.
She was given the middle name, Evelyn, after an aunt. When her parents separated, she relocated from North Carolina to Florida with their mother. She lost touch with her father for a few years, but they met again at her grandmother’s funeral where she met her father’s daughter from his first marriage – Jean. Angela attended Jordan Park Elementary School and Disston Middle School. She also attended Azalea Middle School and later, Boca Ciega High School where she became Boca Ciega’s first African American to be admitted to the National Honor Society.
After Boca Ciega, she moved on to Yale University for her undergraduate studies. It was at Yale that she met her future husband – Courtney B. Vance. After graduation, she worked as a photo researcher and a receptionist for a beauty salon before going fulltime into acting. She was a huge fan of the Jackson 5 growing up and like many girls of that era, she dreamed of marrying a member of the group.
Angela Bassett is currently one of the most successful black actresses of today. She is worth a whopping $23 Million. This is as a result of her being one of the hardest working actresses in the business today. She is presently involved with a number of movies and television shows that will keep her net worth rising in the years to come.
Angela Bassett Husband & Kids
Angela Bassett is married to Courtney B. Vance, an incredibly talented African American actor. Vance is known for his roles in The Hunt for Red October and Hamburger Hill. He is also noted for his role as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O. J. Simpson, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett have been married since 1997 and have been lucky enough to work together. They both starred in 1995’s Panther and the play His Girl Friday at the Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.
The couple has two children, twins – a boy and a girl. The twins, Bronwyn Golden Vance and Slater Josiah Vance were born on the 27th of January in 2006.
Angela Bassett Height, Weight, Body Measurements And Other Facts
Full Name: Angela Evelyn Bassett
Profession: Actress, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Height: 5′ 4” (163 cm)
Weight: 114 pounds (52 kg)
Date of Birth: August 16, 1958
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
Marital status: Married
Astrological sign: Leo
Angela Bassett Net Worth: $23 million