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ANGELA BASSETT (Mo Simmons) received an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe® Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Tina Turner in "What's Love Got To Do With It.” In 2002, she received the NAACP Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in "The Score” opposite Robert de Niro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando. She most recently starred in John Sayles' critically admired "Sunshine State” and in "Masked & Anonymous” alongside Bob Dylan, Jessica Lange and John Goodman. Her next starring role will be opposite Andy Garcia in "Lazarus Child.”

Bassett recently made a move behind the camera with two high profile television films she executive produced: "The Rosa Parks Story” and "Our America.” Her performance in the former earned Bassett an Emmy® nomination, while the latter garnered praise for its exploration of the challenges facing inner city youth in Chicago. Her other recent television work includes Showtime's "Ruby's Bucket of Blood,” which gained her a SAG Award nomination and the 2002 NAACP Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. She previously earned NAACP Best Actress honors for "Boesman and Lena,” in which she starred with Danny Glover.

Basset's credits also include the 1998 screen adaptation of the popular novel "How Stella Got Her Groove Back” with Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs; "Contact” with Jodie Foster and "Waiting To Exhale” directed by Forest Whitaker. She also starred in "Supernova,” "Strange Days,” "Vampire in Brooklyn,” "Music of the Heart,” Spike Lee's "Malcolm X” (as Betty Shabazz), "Boyz in the Hood,” "City of Hope,” "Passion Fish” 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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