Angela Bassett is a notable American actress, film producer, director, and activist with a net worth of $30 million. She is one of the leading figures in the American film and movie industry and is popular for her roles in movies like The City of Hope, Kindergarten Cop, and Boyz n the Hood.
Angela Bassett has appeared in several TV shows and films but is known for her roles in biopics. She has played the roles of historical figures like Katherine Jackson, Betty Shabazz, and Tina Turner in movies.
Angela rose to prominence in 1993 with the release of the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” where she starred as Tina Turner. Aside from the popularity the movie gave her, it brought her recognition as she was nominated for the Academy Award and won the Golden Globe Award.
Angela Basset has several awards to her name and has been nominated in several award categories. Besides the Golden Globe Award, she won the Primetime Emmy Awards seven times.
Angela’s role in The Jacksons: An American Dream also contributed to her career growth. She won the Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress category courtesy of the film.
Undoubtedly, Angela Basset is a big figure in the American film industry. Some of her famous works are Music of the Heart, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
She is married to actor Courtney B. Vance, and together they have a net worth of $30 million.
|Full Name||Angela Evelyn Bassett|
|Popular Name||Angela Bassett|
|Place of Birth||Harlem|
|Date of Birth||August 16, 1958|
|Height||1.63m. (5’ 4”)|
|Weight||58 Kg or 128 lbs|
|Education||Negro Ensemble Company, Boca Ciega High School, Grace Hopper College, Yale University, Yale School of Drama|
|Profession||Actress, Film Producer, Voice Actor, Director, Activist|
|Father||Daniel Benjamin Bassett|
|Mother||Betty Jane Bassett|
|Spouse||Courtney B. Vance (m. 1997)|
|Name of Kids||Bronwyn Golden Vance, Slater Josiah Vance|
|Net Worth||$30 million|
Early Life and Biography
Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on the 16th day of August 1958 in New York City. Her father, Daniel Benjamin Bassett was a civil servant while her mum, Betty Jane, served as a social worker.
Ten months after her birth, Angela’s mum got pregnant, and the young Angela was sent away to stay with her aunt, whom she lived with for several years. Soon, Angela’s parents got divorced and she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida with her sister, and they were raised by a social worker.
Angela Bassett attended a number of schools such as Boca Ciega High School, where he had her high school education. Her mother encouraged Angela and her sister D’nette to get good grades to get admitted into the university.
Angela was a top student during her high school years. She scored mostly As and Bs on her papers and was a member of the cheerleading squad.
It became clear to the family what Angela’s interests were as she would read poems, and perform shows and music in their home. After graduating from Grace Hopper College, Angela attended Yale University for her higher education.
In 1980, she bagged a B.A in African American studies from Yale University. After graduating from school, she did a couple of jobs, including the job of a receptionist and photo researcher.
Eventually, her passion for acting caught up with her and she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama, where she got an M.F.A degree. She fell in love with, Courtney Vance, an alumnus of Yale’s prestigious drama school, who would later be her husband.
Angela Bassett began her acting career in 1980 and appeared in different plays such as Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Black Girl. Later, she switched to film acting after starring as a prostitute in the made-for-TV movie titled “Doubletake.”
She made her first film appearance in the 1986 movie ‘F/X,” where she played the role of a television reporter. In the late 1980s, Bassett moved to Los Angeles, California in search of acting opportunities. The move proved to be a smart one as it helped her get roles in popular films such as “Malcolm X” and “Boyz n the Hood.”
Angela got her first major movie role in the movie “Kindergarten Cop” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. She played the character of Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X. In 1992, she was offered the opportunity to star as Katherine Jackson in “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”
Bassett got minor roles in films and YB but became a known figure after appearing on What’s Love Got to Do with It in 1993. She starred as Tina Turner in the film.
Her impressive performance as a portrayal of Tina Turner in the movie won her a Golden Globe Award. The movie also brought her several award nominations, including an Academy Award.
In 1995, Angela starred in “Waiting to Exhale,” “Strange Days,” and “Vampire in Brooklyn“. Angela’s line in the Strange Days “This is your life, right here, right now!” was sampled by Fatboy Slim in his hit track “Right Here, Right Now.”
In 1998, she appeared in the film “How Stella Got Her Groove Back“, which earned plenty of praise and admiration from the public. In 1999, she worked with Meryl Streep and Wes Craven in the film “Music of the Heart.”
In the early 2000s, she starred in other films like “Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale,” “Supernova,” and “Boesman and Lena.” She appeared in “The Score” with Robert De Niro in 2001. Towards the end of 2002, Angela Bassett appeared in more films like “The Rosa Parks Story” and “Sunshine State.”
Moving on, Angela appeared in multiple films such as “Mr. 3000,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Lazarus Child,” and “Time Bomb.”
In 2007, she unveiled her voice acting skills in the CGI film entitled “Meet the Robinsons.” She got a role in “Gospel Hill” in 2008.
Towards the end of the 2000s, she appeared in more films like “Notorious” and “Nothing But the Truth.” She played the role of Biggie Smallz‘s mother Voletta Wallace in Notorious.
Later, Angela Bassett joined the cast of ER for its last season. Throughout the 2010s, she had roles in movies like “This Means War,” “Black Panther,” “Green Lantern,” “Jumping the Broom,” “Betty and Coretta,” “Olympus Has Fallen,” “London Has Fallen,” “Bumblebee,” “Black Nativity,” “Survivor,” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
Angela Basset also took up a voice acting role for the video game “Rainbow Six Siege.” She also joined the cast of several TV shows like “Underground,” “Master of None,” and “American Horror Story.”
Angela Bassett has a blissful acting career, which has seen her appear in several television shows, plays, and films. She has demonstrated versatility, and skill in the films she starred in, making her a highly respected actress worldwide.
In the 2010s, she appeared in the play “The Mountaintop” with Samuel Jackson. Angela Bassett has been remembered for her works and contributions to the movie industry. She has received several awards including the Primetime Emmy Award and the Golden Globe Award. She has been honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is a big feat to attain as an actor.
In 1997, Angela Bassett got married to Courtney B. Vance, an actor. The couple met while studying at Yale University and has stayed together since.
Angela and Vance appeared together in the stage production of the film “His Girl Friday” in 2005. In 2006, they had a set of twins via a surrogate mother.
In 2007, she listed one of her properties for sale. She originally purchased the Los Angeles-based 5,000-square-foot property in the early 1990s and lived in it for over a decade before putting it up for sale.
The expansive property features a large outdoor area, a spacious, gourmet kitchen, and other facilities. Her asking price was $6 million.
Angela Bassett’s Net Worth
Angela Bassett is one of the most respected and famous American actresses. Her successful acting career has seen her get good roles and play popular characters in movies, and she has several awards to her name.
Angela has several deals and contracts as an actor, producer, and director. She has a net worth of $30 million.