Angela Bassett

(Angela Evelyn Bassett)

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
  • Born: August 16, 1958
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress

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Angela Evelyn 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 the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Bassett has additionally portrayed Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), Voletta Wallace in Notorious (2009), and Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta (2013). Her other roles include Amanda Waller in Green Lantern (2011), Lynne Jacobs in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016), and Queen Ramonda in Black Panther (2018).

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Courage without compassion can wreak havoc on our civilization. Miscellaneous
Drink a bunch of water and get facials regularly. I take care of my skin.
Film is forever.
God made a way out of no way. Religion & God
I am content that the work that I've done is wonderful. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I can give you the King's English and then I can take it to the street, but do both or do one and don't do one knowing only the street. That's going to hold you back because what comes out is going to impress people, and it will impress them negatively.
I guess I'm breaking out a little of what's comfortable and easy.
I like the nice guys. I like when they show the stories, the human element behind it all.
I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling, not my career.
I would have to say honestly I was very pleased to be in a film whether it was good or bad with De Niro, Norton and Brando even if I don't have any scenes with them, I thought it was pretty good company to keep.
I'm thinking about directing, but I know it's a lot of work and I appreciate what directors do and I would like to be good at it. The opportunity has presented itself four to five times, and I usually said no because of the script. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My mom was always pretty supportive. She saw me do plays and she'd always act out the parts I did. My aunt, who played a big part in my life, was a little bit more reserved, because if they don't see you on TV every week they think you must be starving. Life
The first time I acted was in high school in Florida, and when I heard that applause I felt so alive and felt that electricity go up my spine. Time
The three things I said when I came out of school were I want to work consistently, I want to do good work and I want to be paid fairly, and that's happened. But I didn't become an actress for the money. I do it for other reasons. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
This is a career about images. It's celluloid; they last for ever. I'm a black woman from America. My people were slaves in America, and even though we're free on paper and in law, I'm not going to allow you to enslave me on film, in celluloid, for all to see.
When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did. I graduated from Yale College and Yale University with my master's and I didn't do it by missing school. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training

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