Angela Bassett is a highly acclaimed actress known for her powerful performances and commanding presence on screen. With a career spanning over three decades, Bassett has become a leading figure in Hollywood, consistently delivering memorable performances that have captivated audiences around the world. In our Hollywood Spotlight, we take a dive into the achievements and journey of Angela.
Angela Bassett was born on August 16, 1958, in New York City. She attended the Yale School of Drama, where she honed her craft as an actress. In 1986, she made her film debut in ‘F/X’, a thriller about a special effects expert who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy. Bassett’s performance in the film garnered critical acclaim and established her as a rising star in Hollywood.
In 1993, Bassett’s breakthrough role was as Tina Turner in ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Bassett’s portrayal showcased her range as an actress and cemented her status as one of the most talented performers.
Bassett’s impressive acting skills and undeniable presence have made her a sought-after actress in Hollywood. Her performances in films like Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Strange Days earned her critical acclaim and put her on the map as one of Hollywood’s top talents.
In the case of Black Panther, Angela Bassett’s role as Queen Ramonda was offered to her by director Ryan Coogler. Bassett played the mother of the titular character in a previous collaboration, film Creed cementing her role as an important player in the production. According to Bassett, Coogler approached her about the role of Ramonda and she immediately accepted, citing her admiration for the character and the opportunity to be a part of such an important film.
Awards and Nominations
Angela Bassett has received numerous award nominations and wins for her outstanding performances throughout her career. They have nominated her for an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and five Emmy Awards. One Emmy Award: for her performance in ‘American Horror Story: Coven’. Angela Bassett’s exceptional work in film and television has earned her numerous accolades, including several NAACP Image Awards.
F/X (1986), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Passion Fish (1992), Malcolm X (1992), What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992) (TV miniseries), Contact (1997), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), Supernova (2000), The Score (2001), Boesman and Lena (2000), Sunshine State (2002), Masked and Anonymous (2003), The Lazarus Child (2004), Mr. 3000 (2004), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Gospel Hill (2008), Of Boys and Men (2008), Notorious (2009), Jumping the Broom (2011), Green Lantern (2011), This Means War (2012), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Black Nativity (2013), White Bird in a Blizzard (2014), Survivor (2015), London Has Fallen (2016), Black Panther (2018), Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), Otherhood (2019), and The Marvels (2022).
Angela Bassett’s incredible talent and dedication have earned her admiration as one of Hollywood’s most respected actresses. Her ability to bring complex characters to life on screen has made her a favorite among audiences and critics alike. With several exciting projects in the works, Angela Bassett’s star will continue to rise in Hollywood. She is ready to star in the film ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ and we can keep up via her Instagram.