|Real Name/Full Name:
|Angela Evelyn Bassett
|65 years old
|16 August 1958
|New York, United States
|Courtney B. Vance (m. 1997)
|Yes (Bronwyn Vance, Slater Vance)
|American actress and activist
|Net Worth in 2024:
Angela Evelyn Bassett is an American actress well known for her Biopics in which she played many African-American women celebrities. Her most popular film based on the life of singer Tina Turner is also a biopic.
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Angela Bassett was born on 16th August 1958 in New York City. Her father, Daniel Benjamin, was a preacher’s son and her mother, Betty Jane was a social worker. Angela Bassett has one sister and her mother brought up their children as a single mother.
Angela Bassett was educated at Jordan Park Elementary School and Ciega High School from where she went to Yale University for her Bachelor of Arts degree, and she thereafter did her masters in fine arts in Drama.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 16 August 1958, Angela Bassett is 65 years old as of today’s date 24th February 2024. Her height is 1.63 m tall, and her weight is 61 kg.
Angela Bassett had done well on stage right from her college days when she worked under famous director Lloyd Richards. She was cast in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and Joe Turner’s ‘Come and Gone’.
Even after her initiation into a drama, she had to do much hard work to get her accepted in major roles that were different from the typical roles assigned to African-American women. She played a key role in her film ‘Boyz n the Hood’ in 1991.
In 1992 she played Katherine Jackson, mother of five singing groups in ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream’. However, in 1993 her celebrated performance came in the film ‘What’s love has to do with it’ when she played the role of Tina Turner, the famous singer. She was nominated for best actress Academy Award for this role, and she garnered much critical acclaim.
In 1995 she played the main role with Whitney Houston in the film ‘Waiting to Exhale’. Her role in the film ‘How Stella got her groove back’ was much appreciated. In 1997 her role as a top-level Presidential advisor in the film ‘Contact’ was a pathbreaking role for a coloured woman.
In 1998 she did stage roles in parallel assignments when she played Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In 2005 she had a role with her husband Courtney B Vance in ‘His Girl Friday’. In the film ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ she starred with Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne.
Her comedies ‘Jump and the Broom’ and ‘Green Lantern’ were of a different genre but were equally famous for her performance and put a stamp on her versatility.
In 2013 she received an Emmy nomination for the TV film ‘Coven’ in which she played the role of Marian Laveau the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
Awards & achievements
She was nominated for best actress Academy Award for the film ‘What’s love got to do with it’ in 1994. She also won Golden Globe Award for best actress for the same film.
In 1995 she won Image Award for ‘Malcolm X’ and ‘What’s love got to do with it’ for ‘Outstanding supporting actress’.
In the year 1999, she won Image Award- ‘Outstanding lead actress’ for the film ‘How Stella got her groove back’.
In 2002 she won Image Award – ‘Outstanding supporting actress’ for the film ‘Score.’
In 2003 she won Black Reel Award -Best actress- for the film ‘Sunshine State’. In the same year, she won ‘Best actress’ Black Reel Award for TV film ‘The Rosa Parks Story.’
In 2008 she was inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame for- All film work.
Net Worth & Salary of Angela Bassett in 2024
As of February 2024, Angela Bassett net worth is estimated at $24 million. She earns about $35,00,000 per movie. Her appearances in movies, television and drama, are the main sources of her income. Her yearly income is estimated at $2,352,941 and income from endorsements is around is $522876. The market value of her house in Hancock Park, California is $38,00,000.
Angela Bassett rose from a humble background. Her mother raised her and her sister as a single mother but took every care of their education and career. Angela Basset by her consistent hard work and dedication to her profession, became a foremost and respected actress in Hollywood. She carefully chose her roles after studying the script and avoiding stereotype roles usually given to a coloured woman.
She is actively supporting programmes for arts and theatre for boys and girls in her hometown. She is also an active ambassador of UNICEF representing her country.