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Angela Bassett

Highest Rated:   100% Passion Fish (1992)
Lowest Rated:   7% Survivor (2015)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
A respected actress of the stage, screen, and television, Angela Bassett has been one of the few African-American actresses to break Hollywood's color boundary. She has specialized in playing strong women familiar with adversity and has worked in genres from "chick flick" (Waiting to Exhale) to sci-fi action (Strange Days) to biography (What's Love Got to Do with It?), the last of which featured her in a star-making performance as Tina Turner.Born in New York City on August 16, 1958, Bassett was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida by her mother. Growing up in a household where money was tight, she was taught determination and independence. These values were called into service after an eleventh grade Upward Bound trip to Washington, D.C., when Bassett saw James Earl Jones in a Kennedy Center production of Of Mice and Men. Deciding that acting was her calling, she became involved in a number of local productions in St. Petersburg. She continued to act at Yale University, where she earned a scholarship; after completing a B.A. in African-American studies, she also spent three years at the Yale School of Drama. One of Bassett's mentors at Yale was the drama school's dean, stage director Lloyd Richards, who was so impressed with her talent that he cast her in two of his productions, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Although she enjoyed relative success on the stage, Bassett, like other African-American actors, had a difficult time finding roles in television and film.In 1986, Bassett made her screen debut in the cult favorite F/X. Following supporting roles in Kindergarten Cop (1990) and John Sayles' City of Hope (1991), she had her first significant screen role in John Singleton's acclaimed Boyz 'N the Hood, playing a struggling single mother. Two years later, after playing the wife of civil rights leader Malcolm X in Spike Lee's biopic and the Jackson Family matriarch in the made-for-TV The Jacksons: An American Dream, Bassett had her screen breakthrough as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It?, a performance that earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe. As her newfound status allowed her to expand her range of work, Bassett went on to star in a series of diverse films. In 1995, a foray into futuristic action in Strange Days was complemented by a lead in the successful women's ensemble drama Waiting to Exhale (based on the novel by Terry McMillan), in which Bassett starred alongside Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine. In 1998, she starred as the title character in another McMillan adaptation, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, playing a divorcee whose discontent is ably assuaged by a hunky twenty-year-old (Taye Diggs). The following year, she had a supporting role in Music of the Heart and again tried her hand at action in Supernova, a sci-fi thriller. Starring in former Orson Welles collaborator and blacklisted director John Berry's critically panned swansong Boesman and Lena in 2000, Bassett (along with co-star Danny Glover) earned praise for their sensitive performances as a troubled South African couple striving to seek stability in the face of Apartheid.Her career continued to evolve with a part in The Score in 2001. The next year she executive produced and starred in a biopic about civil rights figure Rosa Parks. She was part of the large ensemble John Sayles brought together for Sunshine State, and co-starred opposite Bernie Mac in the sports comedy Mr. 3000. In 2006 she played the mother in the spelling bee drama Akeelah and the Bee, and she continued to land parts in big-budget blockbusters such as Green Lantern and This Means War.Since 1997, Bassett has been married to actor Courtney B. Vance, whom she had known since their days at Yale.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Black Panther
  • Ramonda
2018
No Score Yet African American Museum
  • Actor
2017
25% London Has Fallen
  • Lynn Jacobs
2016
80% Chi-Raq
  • Miss Helen
$2.7M 2015
No Score Yet Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
  • Dr. Kulinda
2015
7% Survivor
  • Maureen Cranepaul
$0.2M 2015
62% Whitney
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee
  • Actor
2015
57% White Bird in a Blizzard
  • Dr. Thaler
2014
No Score Yet We The People: From Crispus Attucks To Barack Obama
  • Actor
2014
49% Black Nativity
  • Aretha Cobbs
$4.9M 2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
$98.7M 2013
No Score Yet Betty and Coretta
  • Coretta Scott King
2013
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
26% This Means War
  • Collins
$54.8M 2012
No Score Yet Daisy Bates: First Lady Of Little Rock
  • Actor
2012
26% Green Lantern
  • Dr. Amanda Waller
$116.7M 2011
56% Jumping the Broom
  • Mrs. Watson
$37.3M 2011
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet VIPs
  • Actor
2010
51% Notorious
  • Voletta Wallace
$36.7M 2009
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
  • Narrator
2009
81% Nothing But the Truth
  • Bonnie Benjamin
2008
32% Meet The Browns
  • Brenda Brown
$42M 2008
33% Gospel Hill
  • Sarah Malcolm
2008
66% Meet the Robinsons
  • Mildred
$97.7M 2007
No Score Yet Of Boys and Men
  • Rieta Cole
2007
84% Akeelah and the Bee
  • Tanya
$18.9M 2006
No Score Yet Time Bomb
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns
  • Brenda
2005
54% Mr. 3000
  • Mo
$21.8M 2004
No Score Yet The Lazarus Child
  • Dr. Elizabeth Chase
2004
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Mistress
$0.2M 2003
80% Sunshine State
  • Desiree Perry
$2.9M 2002
No Score Yet The Rosa Parks Story
  • Rosa Parks
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Our America
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Ruby's Bucket of Blood
  • Ruby Delacroix
2001
73% The Score
  • Diane
$70.4M 2001
No Score Yet Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
  • Groove
2000
10% Supernova
  • Kaela Evers
2000
50% Boesman and Lena
  • Lena
2000
63% Music of the Heart
  • Janet
1999
No Score Yet Africans in America
  • Actor
1998
48% How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Stella Payne
1998
No Score Yet Africans in America
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Africans in America
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
62% Contact
  • Rachel Constantine
1997
52% Waiting to Exhale
  • Bernadine
1995
10% Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Rita
1995
63% Strange Days
  • Mace Mason
1995
27% Panther
  • Betty Shabazz
1995
96% What's Love Got To Do With It?
  • Tina Turner
1993
100% Passion Fish
  • Dawn/Rhonda
1992
91% Malcolm X
  • Dr. Betty Shabazz
1992
No Score Yet The Jacksons: An American Dream
  • Katherine Jackson
1992
41% Innocent Blood
  • US Attorney Sinclair
1992
No Score Yet Locked Up: A Mother's Rage
  • Willie
1991
94% City of Hope
  • Reesha
1991
96% Boyz n the Hood
  • Reva Styles
1991
No Score Yet Critters 4: They're Invading Your Space
  • Fran
1991
No Score Yet The Heroes of Desert Storm
  • Lt. Phoebe Jeter
1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer
  • Carla Peters
1990
No Score Yet Challenger
  • Cheryl McNair
1990
86% F/X
  • TV Reporter
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Marie Laveau Desiree Dupree
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
2014
  • Desiree Dupree
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
2015
  • Ramona Royale
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Cate Banfield
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Hayden Chase
  • 2005
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Host (Season 1)
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • 2003

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