August 16, 1958: American actress Angela Bassett born

Angela Bassett (1958-)

Angela Bassett is an American actress and activist. She is known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a corresponding Golden Globe Award. Bassett has additionally portrayed Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), and Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992).

Bassett began her film career in the mid-1980s, after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and a master of fine arts degree from drama school. In the 1990s, she appeared in films nearly every year. Bassett won awards for her performances in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Music of the Heart (1999), among others.

20th Century Highlights
The Jacksons – An American Dream (1992 TV miniseries), Katherine Jackson
Malcolm X (1992), Betty Shabazz

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993), Tina Turner

Strange Days (1995), “Lornette ‘Mace’ Mason”

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), “Detective Rita Veder”

Waiting to Exhale (1995), “Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Harris”

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), “Stella Payne”

Music of the Heart (1999), “Janet Williams”

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