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
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
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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