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Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee ANGELA BASSETT (Diane), received an Oscar nomination and  Golden Globe Award for her searing portrayal of Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do with It?" She recently starred in the drama "Boesman & Lena" with Danny Glover, for which she received an Image Award nomination as Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and provided the voice for Groove the elephant in the children's film "Whispers: An Elephant's Tale."

She also starred in last year's sci-fi thriller "Supernova" with James Spader; the acclaimed "Music of the Heart, opposite Meryl Streep and directed by Wes Craven; and the 1998 screen adaptation of Terry McMillan's novel "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," with Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs. Among Bassett's other credits are the blockbuster "Contact," with Jodie Foster; and the popular "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker.

In 1995, Bassett starred in "Strange Days" and played the lead opposite Eddie Murphy in "Vampire in Brooklyn." She previously starred in Spike Lee's epic film "Malcolm X" (as Betty Shabazz), "Boyz N the Hood," "Kindergarten Cop," "City of Hope" and "Innocent Blood."

Born in New York City and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bassett won a scholarship to Yale University, where she received her bachelor's degree in Afro-American studies, and an MFA from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. Her stage appearances include "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Colored People's Time," "Black Girl," "Henry IV, Part I" "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and, with Alec Baldwin, a 1998 production of "Macbeth" at New York's Joseph Papp Public Theater.


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