Angela ‘Evelyn’ Bassett is an outstanding American actress, director, producer, and activist. She is best known for her work in the biopic named What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993) as Tina Turner. She is also really famous for her work in movies such as Malcolm X (1992) as Betty Shabazz, Notorious (2009) as Voletta Wallace, Boyz n the Hood (1991) as Reva Styles, Contact (1997) as Rachel Constantine, Olympus Has Fallen (2013) as Lynne Jacobs and Black Panther (2018) as Queen Ramonda.

Quick Info
Full NameAngela Evelyn Bassett
Date of BirthAugust 16, 1958
Birth PlaceNew York City, U.S.
Parent(s)Daniel Benjamin Bassett and Betty Jane Gilbert
OccupationActress, director, producer, activist
Age62 years
Height5 feet 3.5 inch (1.62 m)
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Courtney B. Vance (m. 1997)
Children2 (Bronwyn Golden Vance and Slater Josiah Vance)
Net worthUS $25 million

Early Life and Bio

Angela was born on the 16th of August, 1958, in New York City, United States of America (USA). Her father’s name was Daniel Benjamin Bassett, and her mother’s name was Betty Jane Gilbert. Her mother was a social worker. She grew up with a younger sister named D’nette Bassett. After her sister was born, Angela was sent to live with her aunt, named Golden. 

Sadly, her parents divorced each other. After which, she moved from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to St. Petersburg, Florida. There, she and her sister were raised by her mother.

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett Image Source USA Today

Nationality and Physical Stats

Angela Bassett is currently 62 years old. She has a slim build of height 5 feet 3 and a half inch or 1.62 m and weight 61 kg or 134.5 lbs. Her body measurements are not known.

Angela’s nationality is American, and her ethnicity is African-American. She follows Christianity.

She has black hair, and the color of her eyes is dark brown. She has high and striking cheekbones and has a wide smile.

Her zodiac sign is Leo.

Education: Schooling/University

Angela Bassett attended the Jordan Park Elementary School and later studied at the Disston Middle School. After that, she studied 8th and 9th grade at the Azalea Middle School.

Later on, she studied at the Boca Ciega High School. She was outstanding in her studies as she used to get ‘A’ and ‘B’ in her exams. At her high school, she participated in the choir, cheerleading, drama club, student prep program, and many other clubs.

After high school, she enrolled at Yale University. She graduated from there with a Bachelor’s degree in African-American studies in 1980. Similarly, she also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.



Angela Bassett made her movie debut in 1986’s F/X as a TV Reporter. She is really popular for her character as Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992). In 1993, she played Anna Mae Bullock / Tina Turner’s character in the famous biopic named What’s Love Got to Do with It. Similarly, in 1995, she did a movie called Panther as Betty Shabazz.

Likewise, she was cast as Amanda Waller in the American superhero movie named Green Lantern. She also starred in 2012’s This Means War as Collins.

Furthermore, she has portrayed the character of Ramonda in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies like Black Panther in 2018 and Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett in Black Panther

What’s Love Got to Do With It

In this 1993 American biographical movie, she has brilliantly portrayed the character of Tina Turner. The film was directed by Brian Gibson and starred Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. The movie grossed $56 million all over the world and was rated 7.3 by IMDb.

Black Panther

In this 2018 American superhero movie, she has nailed the role of Ramonda. The film was directed by Ryan Coogler and starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, and many more. The movie was one of the biggest box office hits as it grossed $1.347 billion worldwide.

The movie was rated 7.3 by IMDb.

Television Shows 

Angela Bassett made her first appearance in television in 1985’s television movie named Doubletake as Prostitute at Headquarters. She has acted in many television shows as well as television movies. 

Some of her television movies are Liberty (1986) as Linda Thornton, In the Best Interest of the Child (1990) as Lori, Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (1991) as Pat, The Rosa Parks Story (2002) as Rosa Parks, Time Bomb (2006) as Jill Greco and a few more.

She starred in A Man Called Hawk as Bailey Wester in 1989. Moreover, she has also given her voice to characters in The Simpsons (2010) and Bojack Horseman (2015-2018) as First Lady Michelle Obama and Ana Spanakopita.

Her popular TV shows are American Horror Story: Hotel and American Horror Story: Roanoke.

Awards and Achievements

Angela Bassett has been nominated for 63 prestigious awards and has also won 16 of those awards. She has been honored with awards like Academy Awards, BET Awards, Black Reel Awards, Critics’ Choice Super Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Image Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Saturn Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award.

She had also been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett image source New Indian Express

Personal Life: Relationships 

Angela Bassett dated an artist named Mark Jenkins for a period of time. They split soon enough.


She is currently married to an actor named Courtney B. Vance. The couple was students of Yale School of Drama. They were friends when they were studying there. After meeting each other for the first time in 14 years in Los Angeles, they got into a relationship with each other. The couple finally tied their knot on the 12th of October, 1997. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony. They were blessed with twins- a daughter and a son. Their names are Bronwyn Golden Vance and Slater Josiah Vance, born on January 27, 2006, in California. They are leading a happy married life.

What is Angela Bassett’s Net Worth?

Angela Bassett has been working in the movies and television industry since 1985 to date. She has earned a huge sum of money and has a net worth of $25 million. This net worth is in combination with her husband’s. 

Social Media Presence

Angela Bassett is quite active on her social media with 2.6 million followers on Instagram (@im.angelabassett), 3.2 million followers on Facebook (Angela Bassett), and 541.5K followers on Twitter (@ImAngelaBassett).


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