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Angela Bassett

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Angela Bassett is an award-winning actress known for her powerful performances on stage, television, and film. Born in New York City in 1958, Bassett grew up in Florida and attended Yale University, where she earned a B.A. in African American studies. After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.



Bassett made her Broadway debut in 1985 in August Wilson's play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," which earned her critical acclaim and a Drama Desk Award nomination. She went on to star in several other Broadway productions, including "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and "The Mountaintop," for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

In addition to her stage work, Bassett has had a successful career in film and television. She made her film debut in 1986's "F/X" and went on to star in several other movies, including "Boyz n the Hood," "Malcolm X," and "What's Love Got to Do with It," for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Bassett has also had a successful career on television, starring in several popular shows, including "American Horror Story," "ER," and "9-1-1." She has received numerous awards and nominations for her television work, including several Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for her role in "American Horror Story."

In addition to her acting career, Bassett is also a producer and director. She produced and starred in the critically acclaimed film "Waiting to Exhale" and directed the television movie "Whitney," which chronicled the life of Whitney Houston.

Bassett is also known for her activism and philanthropy. She has been involved in several charitable organizations, including UNICEF and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2018, she was honored with the Icon Award at the Black Girls Rock! ceremony for her contributions to the entertainment industry and her dedication to empowering women and girls.

Throughout her career, Bassett has been praised for her powerful performances and her ability to bring complex characters to life. She has become a role model for aspiring actors and has inspired countless people with her talent, grace, and dedication to her craft.

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Angela Bassett STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Camae

[Off-Broadway]
1998
Lady Macbeth

[Broadway]
1988
Martha Pentecost

[Off-Broadway]
1987
Lady Percy

[Off-Broadway]
1986
Performer


Angela Bassett Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2012 - Distinguished Performance Award

Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop

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The Decemberists have released a new single, “Oh No!” The track, which appears on their forthcoming new album is chock full of The Decemberists most defining characteristics - vibrant storytelling, rich musicality and a cleverness that’s become signature to Meloy’s lyricism. Listen to the single!
Luke Forbes and Denise Hunt To Lead Cast Of MCBEE U.S. Premiere

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Courtney B. Vance Kicks Off Give Black Alliance's 2024 #TheCouchConversations

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Interview: Deon Releford-Lee of TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Ohio Theatre

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Daytime Talk Show TAMRON HALL Renewed for a Sixth Season

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The Decemberists Drop 'Joan In The Garden' From New Album 'As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again'

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Angela Bassett Is Looking For Her Next Broadway Role: 'Theatre Is My First Love'

Angela Bassett is ready to return to the stage. On a new episode of Tamron Hall, the Black Panther actress revealed that she is currently reading new plays to land on her next Broadway role. Watch the video now!
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Video: Millie Bobby Brown Reigns In New DAMSEL Trailer With Angela Bassett & More

Millie Bobby Brown stars in the new DAMSEL trailer. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming film with this exciting preview, including Joining Brown is Ray Winstone, Nick Robinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Brooke Carter, with Angela Bassett and Robin Wright. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the film was written by Dan Mazeau. Watch the video!
Video: Angela Bassett Narrates National Geographic's QUEENS Series; Watch the Trailer

Set to Billie Eilish's hit electropop track “you should see me in a crown,” the trailer introduces viewers to six iconic worlds ruled by the fierce and formidable matriarchs of the animal QUEENdom, setting the stage for a series that transcends everything viewers know about natural history programming. Watch the video!

Angela Bassett FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Angela Bassett been in?

Angela Bassett has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Angela Bassett been in?

Angela Bassett has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Angela Bassett been nominated for?

Angela Bassett has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for her role in The Mountaintop.

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