Angela Bassett Bio, Age, Husband, Kids, Net Worth, Movies & Wiki


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About Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett is an American actress renowned for her portrayals in biographical productions like ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ and ‘The Rosa Parks Story.’ She has performed on a variety of projects in her noble career traversing over three decades. After Working in a dance group as a child, she invented her love for acting during a field expedition to Washington D.C. in her 11th grade where she saw actor James Earl Jones execute in a ‘Kennedy Center’ production of the play ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Before getting into acting, she shortly worked as a receptionist at a beauty salon and as a photo analyst for ‘U.S. News & World Report’ magazine.

She then showed her acting talent as a theatre actor and went on to feature in a number of movies and television shows. Some of her preeminent films include ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Panther,’ ‘Waiting to Exhale,’ ‘Akeelah and the Bee,’ ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Black Nativity,’ ‘London Has Fallen,’ ‘Black Panther,’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ She has also emerged in television series, such as ‘ER’ and ‘American Horror Story.’


Birth Name Angela Evelyn Bassett
Nick Name Angela
Age (as in 2022) 64 years
Religion Christianity
Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign Leo
Birth Place New York City, New York, United States
Date of Birth 16 August 1958 [1]wikipedia
Nationality American
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Home Town New York
Hobbies Singing

Physical  Stats

Height (Approx.) in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet inches- 5’4”
Weight (Approx.) in kilograms- 61 kg
in pounds- 134 lbs

Figure Measurements

Breast Size 34 Inches
Hips Size 37 Inches
Waist Size 25 Inches

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / Ethnicity Black
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
S*xual Orientation Straight
Dress Size 4 (U.S.)
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)


Mother’s Name Betty Jane (née Gilbert) (Social Worker) (Died in 2014)
Father’s Name Daniel Benjamin Bassett
Brother None
Sister D’nette Bassett (Younger)
Others • Daniel Benjamin Bassett Sr. (Paternal Grandfather)
• Brownie Younger (Paternal Grandmother)
• Leroy Gilbert (Maternal Grandfather)
• Emma Jean Stokes (Maternal Grandmother)
• Leslie Anita Daniels (Mother-In-Law) (Librarian)
• Conroy Vance (Father-In-Law) (Grocery Store Manager and Benefits Administrator)
• Jean Bassett (Older Step-Sister)
Husband/Spouse Courtney B. Vance (1997-Present)
Marriage Date 12 October 1997
Children Daughter- Bronwyn Golden Vance
Son- Slater Josiah Vance
(Twins b. January 27, 2006)

Personal Life

School • Jordan Park Elementary School
• Disston Middle School
• Azalea Middle School
• Boca Ciega High School
College/University • Yale University
Educational Qualification • Bachelor’s degree in African-American studies
• Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama
Profession Actress, Social Activist
Brands Endorsed • Airbnb (2015)
• Boehringer Ingelheim (2018)
• National Urban League (2012)
• Olay
Career Manager California-based William Morris Endeavor Entertainment


Awards Year Won/Nominated
Academy Awards
1994 Nominated
BET Awards
2001 Nominated
2002 Nominated
2007 Nominated
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2012 Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 Nominated
2018 Nominated
Black Reel Awards for Movies
2000 Nominated
2001 Nominated
2002 Won
2003 Won 2 Times
2005 Nominated
2007 Nominated
2012 Nominated
2014 Nominated
2016 Nominated 3 Times
2017 Nominated 2 Times
Black Reel Awards for Television
2017 Nominated 2 Times
2019 Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
1994 Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
1994 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards
2002 Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated
2017 Nominated
2019 Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards
1996 Nominated
2003 Nominated
Golden Globe Awards
1994 Won
Hollywood Walk of Fame
2008 Inducted
Image Awards
1995 Won 2 Times
1996 Nominated
1997 Nominated
1999 Won
2000 Won
2001 Nominated
2002 Won 2 Times
2003 Won
2005 Nominated
2007 Nominated
2009 1 Time Nominated and 1 Time Won
2014 2 Times Nominated and 1 Time Won
2015 Nominated
2016 2 Times Nominated
MTV Movie Awards
1994 Nominated
Saturn Awards
1996 Won
Screen Actors Guild Award
2002 Nominated
2014 Nominated
2019 Won

Relationship & more

Affairs/Boyfriends Mark Jenkins

Favorite Things

Favorite Actors Bernie Mac, Laurence Fishburne
Favorite Drinks Vodka and lime juice
Favorite Exercise Bicep curls
Favorite Clothing Brands Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, BCBG Max Azria, Victoria Beckham
Favorite Shoe Brands Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rene Caovilla
Controversies None

Life Journey

Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958, in New York City, USA, to Daniel Benjamin Bassett and Betty Jane. Her father was an electrician and her mother worked as a nurse’s aide.

When she was only 10 months old, her parents delivered her to Winston-Salem to live with her father’s sister Aunt Golden. Her parents split soon after, and her mother took her and her younger sister D’nette to St. Petersburg, Florida, to live with her grandparents.

Angela would arrive at the church on Sundays and was part of the minority choir. She liked listening to popular ‘Motown’ blow on the radio, and her mother would often make her and her sister dance for the songs. Afterward, a lady in their neighborhood supported them in forming a dance group.

Her mother, who had slacked off in high school, didn’t want her children to suffer the same destiny and was extra watchful that they do well in school. Angela followed ‘Boca Ciega High School’ where she became a representative of the ‘Upward Bound’ program. She also became part of the deliberation team, student government, drama club, and choir.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in African-American studies from ‘Yale University’ in 1980. Three years later, she Derived a Master of Fine Arts degree from the ‘Yale School of Drama.’

Bassett is married to actor Courtney B. Vance. They wed on October 12, 1997. The couple welcomed twins in 2006. Son Slater and daughter Bronwyn were delivered by a surrogate. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Courtney B. Vance and their children.

Money Factor

Angela Bassett has a net worth of $20 million.

Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx) $20 Million
Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx) Under Review
Annual Salary Under Review
Income Source Actress, Social Activist

After rising to the top in the 90s for her adorable depictions, Angela Bassett became know for portraying noticeable characters in African American culture.

After acting in more than 40 films, the actress is worth a pretty penny. According to WoodGram, Angela Bassett is worth about $20 million making her one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses of today.

 Movies And TV Shows

  • Despite her early success on stage, Bassett had to work hard to break through the hackneyed roles generally authorized to African-American women on screen. Her first character was a bit part in the cult favorite, F/X (1986).
  • In 1991, she had the main character in John Singleton’s seminal anti-gang film, Boyz ‘N the Hood.
  • A year later, she settled the role of Katherine Jackson, mother of the Jackson Five singing group, in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992).
  • Bassett continued taking on strong female characters by characterizing Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992), acting  in the title role. She turned in outstanding work in her breakthrough character as in What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
  • Bassett co-starred with Whitney Houston in the variation of Terry McMillan’s Waiting To Exhale in 1995.
  • In 1998 she headlined another McMillan variation, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. In Jodie Foster’s extraterrestrial-encounter film, Contact (1997), Bassett performed a top-level presidential advisor.
  • Back on stage, Bassett performed Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, costarring Alec Baldwin, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City in 1998.
  • A versatile artist, Bassett has continued to tackle a varied mix of projects. She shared the stage with her husband Courtney B. Vance in an areal production of His Girl Friday in 2005. The pair also emerged together in the final season of the hit television drama ER from 2008 to 2009.
  • On the big screen, Bassett acted in 2006’s Akeelah and the Bee with Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne. She performed the mother of an inner-city spelling whiz who tries for a national championship.
  • Bassett went on to portray the mother of slain rapper Christopher “Biggie” Wallace in 2009’s biopic Notorious.
  • In 2011, she materialized in several films, including the wedding comedy Jump the Broom and the comic book adaptation of Green Lantern.
  • Bassett came back to Broadway in The Mountaintop, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson. She performed a maid who spends time with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination.
  • On the small screen, she performed King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, in the 2013 television movie Betty & Coretta, which co-starred Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz.
  • That same year she acted as Secret Service director Lynn Jacobs in Olympus Has Fallen and in a film adaptation of Langston’s Hughes’ Black Nativity, which also starred Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson.
  • Since then, Bassett has gone on to star in several TV shows and movies, including duties on American Horror Story, portraying Marian Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” in the third season, Coven, which won her two Emmy nominations.
  • Bassett earned another Emmy nomination for playing Desiree Dupree, a three-breasted lady, in the show’s fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show. She came back for the show’s fifth season, Hotel, portraying movie star Ramona Royale, and Monet Tumusiime, an alcoholic actress, in the sixth season, Roanoke.
  • Some of Bassett’s contemporary film projects include: Chi-Raq (2015), London Has Fallen (2016), Black Panther (2018), and Mission Impossible — Fallout (2018).

Movies List

1986 F/X
1990 Kindergarten Cop
1991 Critters 4
Boyz n the Hood
City of Hope
1992 Passion Fish
Innocent Blood
Malcolm X
1993 What’s Love Got to Do with It
1995 Panther
Strange Days
Vampire in Brooklyn
Waiting to Exhale
1997 Contact
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back
1999 Our Friend, Martin
Music of the Heart
2000 Supernova
Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale
Boesman and Lena
2001 The Score
2002 Sunshine State
2003 Unchained Memories
Masked and Anonymous
2004 The Lazarus Child
Mr. 3000
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2006 Akeelah and the Bee
2007 Meet the Robinsons
2008 Gospel Hill Of Boys and Men
Meet the Browns
Nothing But the Truth
2009 Notorious
2011 Jumping the Broom
Green Lantern
2012 This Means War
I Ain’t Scared of You
2013 Olympus Has Fallen
Black Nativity
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard
2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
2016 London Has Fallen
2018 Black Panther
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
2019 Avengers: Endgame
2020 Soul
Yet To Be Release Gunpowder Milkshake

TV Films List

1985 Doubletake
1986 Liberty
1990 Challenger
In the Best Interest of the Child
Perry Mason: In the Case of the Silenced Singer
1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story
The Heroes of Desert Storm
Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage (aka The Other Side of Love)
One Special Victory
Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor
2001 Ruby’s Bucket of Blood
2002 The Rosa Parks Story
2006 Time Bomb
2011 Identity
2012 Rogue
2013 Betty & Coretta

TV Shows & Serials List

1985 Search for Tomorrow
Spenser: For Hire
The Cosby Show
1987 Ryan’s Hope
1988 The Cosby Show
1989 HeartBeat
A Man Called Hawk
Tour of Duty
1990 Alien Nation
Equal Justice
Family of Spies
1991 The Flash
1992 Nightmare Cafe
The Jacksons: An American Dream
1995 Get Smart
2003 Freedom: A History of Us
The Bernie Mac Show
2005 Alias
2008–09 ER
2010 The Simpsons
2013–14 American Horror Story: Coven
2014–15 American Horror Story: Freak Show
2015–18 BoJack Horseman
2015–16 American Horror Story: Hotel
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke
Close to the Enemy
2017 Underground
Master of None
2018–present 09-01-01
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse
2019 A Black Lady Sketch Show
2019–present The Imagineering Story [2]IMDB

Some unknown facts about

  1. Angela introduced her middle name from her aunt Evelyn. Furthermore, her surname originates from her paternal great-grandfather William Henry Bassett. Probably, he took the name from his former oppressor whose children later became the creators of the place called Bassett in Virginia.
  2. One of her earlier jobs included working as a photo researcher at U.S. News & World Report magazine.
  3. She also pursued as a receptionist at a beauty salon after graduating from Yale.
  4. Angela unearthed her sentiment for acting at the age of 16 when her 11th-grade class trip visited Washington D.C in 1974. She looked actor James Earl Jones perform in a Kennedy Center production of the play Of Mice and Men and was so fascinated that she decided to make acting her career of choice.
  5. While studying at Boca Ciega High School, she concluded the feat of being the first African American student from the school to perform in the Upward Bound – an academic and cultural enrichment program for handicapped kids at the National Honor Society (NHS).
  6. Angela was born on the same day as that of pop phenomenon Madonna – August 16, 1958.
  7. On July 13, 2013, she was introduced as an honorary member of the college-educated women’s sorority group Delta Sigma Theta.
  8. Angela has disclosed to be a huge fan of The Jackson 5 during her formative years. She further added that she dreamt of marrying the member with the ‘cutest and roundest Afro’ from the musical family group.
  9. On March 20, 2008, she became one of the many actors to get her own star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star shines at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  10. Angela is one of the only 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category since its inception in 1929. She was nominated for her role in What’s Love Got to Do with it in 1994.
  11. Her path-breaking performance as  in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with it made into the list of Premiere Magazine’s List of 100 Greatest Film Performances of all time at the 95th spot.
  12. As of July 2018, she is the only African-American recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of singer  in What’s Love Got to Do with it (1993).
  13. She turned down the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001) because she was not comfortable with the role’s requirement for nudity. The role was eventually played by  who became the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress Oscar in its history.
  14. Angela earned an honorary doctoral degree from her alma-mater Yale University in fine arts in 2018.
  15. Her 1995 film Strange Days had her speaking the line “this is your life, right here, right now!”. Her voice (saying the line) was savored by English musician Fatboy Slim for his hit single Right Here, Right Now in 1998.
  16. In 2015, she voiced the first-ever female character of “Agent Six” for the video game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
  17. Urban dictionary has an entry in her name called the “Angela Bassett Moment”, which is a rhyme to a famous scene in the film Waiting To Exhale (1995). The entry shows a woman’s wrath at being misled on by destroying her lover’s personal belongings, by generally setting things on fire as revenge.
  18. She has grouped up with German doctor Barbara Sturm to initiate a skincare line of products for people of color. Dr. Barbara Sturm skincare collection includes cleansers, face creams, and hydraulic serums.
  19. She impressed her directorial debut in 2015 with Whitney, a television film about the life and struggles of American all-time best selling artist Whitney Houston.


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