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Angela Bassett

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son. Bassett and her sister D'nette grew up in St. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Close to the Enemy (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
- Episode #1.6 (2016)
- Episode #1.5 (2016)
- Episode #1.4 (2016)
- Episode #1.3 (2016)
- Episode #1.2 (2016)
 2015 Rainbow Six: Siege (Video Game) (completed)
 2015 Chi-Raq (completed)
Miss Helen
 2015 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Ana Spanikopita
- Out to Sea (2015) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
 2015/I Survivor
Maureen Crane
 2012 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary)
Daisy Bates
- Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (2012) ... Daisy Bates (voice)
 2012 Rogue (TV Movie)
Alice Vargas
 2011 Identity (TV Movie)
Martha Adams
 2010 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Michelle Obama
- Stealing First Base (2010) ... Michelle Obama (voice)
 2008-2009 ER (TV Series)
Dr. Cate Banfield
- Shifting Equilibrium (2009) ... Dr. Cate Banfield (credit only)
- What We Do (2009) ... Dr. Cate Banfield (credit only)
 2008 Gospel Hill
Sarah Malcolm
 2008/I Nothing But the Truth
Bonnie Benjamin
 2008 Meet the Browns
 2008 Of Boys and Men
Rieta Cole
 2007 Meet the Robinsons
Mildred (voice)
 2006 Time Bomb (TV Movie)
Jill Greco
 2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. Smith's Boss (voice, uncredited)
 2003 The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)
Angela Bassett
- Laughing Matters (2003) ... Angela Bassett
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
Sheyann Webb / Melba Pattillo
- Marching to Freedom Land (2003) ... Sheyann Webb
- Let Freedom Ring (2003) ... Melba Pattillo
 2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Movie)
Ruby Delacroix
 2001 The Score
 2000 Boesman and Lena
 1999 Our Friend, Martin (Video)
Miles' Mom (voice)
 1999 Music of the Heart
Principal Janet Williams
 1992 Innocent Blood
U.S. Attorney Sinclair
 1992 Passion Fish
Rhonda / Dawn
 1992 Critters 4
 1992 Nightmare Cafe (TV Series)
- Sanctuary for a Child (1992) ... Evelyn
 1991 One Special Victory (TV Movie)
 1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (TV Movie)
 1991 City of Hope
 1991 The Heroes of Desert Storm (TV Movie)
Lt. Phoebe Jeter
 1991 Stat (TV Series)
Dr. Willie Burns
- Ladyfinger (1991) ... Dr. Willie Burns
 1991 Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (TV Movie)
 1991 The Flash (TV Series)
Linda Lake
- Beat the Clock (1991) ... Linda Lake
 1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (TV Movie)
 1990 Kindergarten Cop
 1990 In the Best Interest of the Child (TV Movie)
 1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (TV Movie)
Carla Peters
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Janet Fields
- Goodbye, Judge Green (1990) ... Janet Fields
 1990 Challenger (TV Movie)
Cheryl McNair
 1990 Alien Nation (TV Series)
Renee Longstreet
- Eyewitness News (1990) ... Renee Longstreet
 1990 Family of Spies (TV Movie)
Bev Andress
 1989 Thirtysomething (TV Series)
Kate Harriton
- Legacy (1989) ... Kate Harriton
 1989 227 (TV Series)
Amy Burnett
- A Pampered Tale (1989) ... Amy Burnett
 1989 Tour of Duty (TV Series)
Lt. Camilla Patterson
- The Volunteer (1989) ... Lt. Camilla Patterson
- Hard Stripe (1989) ... Lt. Camilla Patterson
 1989 A Man Called Hawk (TV Series)
Bailey Webster
- Never My Love (1989) ... Bailey Webster
- Hear No Evil (1989) ... Bailey Webster
- The Master's Mirror (1989) ... Bailey Webster
 1989 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Jeanette Calder R.N.
- Gestalt and Battery (1989) ... Jeanette Calder R.N.
 1988 Doubletake (TV Movie)
Prostitute at HQ
 1985-1988 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Sara / Mrs. Mitchell
- Bookworm (1988) ... Sara
- Mr. Quiet (1985) ... Mrs. Mitchell
 1986 Liberty (TV Movie)
Linda Thornton
 1986 F/X
TV reporter
 1985 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
- The Choice (1985) ... Alice
 1975 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Leonie Peach (1987)
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Other Works:

Stage: Played Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" (Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York City, New York, USA) See more »

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1 Print Biography | 9 Interviews | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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I am content that the work that I've done is wonderful. See more »


Bassett has built her career around playing some of the most celebrated real-life, pioneering black women of the twentieth century. She was Oscar-nominated and won both the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her star-making performance as Tina Turner/Anna Mae Bullock in ... See more »

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