Angela Evelyn Bassett is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actress.
Bassett made her official film debut as a news reporter in “F/X” (1986). Bassett soon gained recognition in the highly acclaimed, but controversial, films “Boyz n the Hood” (1991) and “Malcolm X” (1992). For her portrayal of Betty Shabazz in that film, Bassett earned an Image Award.
Bassett earned a Golden Globe and was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. As of 2006 Bassett is the only African-American to win the Best Actress Golden Globe for a Musical or Comedy. Bassett’s costar in “Whats Love Got to Do With It”, Laurence Fishburne, was also nominated for the Oscar that year and the two became the first and only African-American actors to be nominated in the Best Actor categories in the same year for the same film.