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ANGELA BASSETT (Mildred) has been alluring audiences with her signature of emotionally tinged performances and personifies a sense of dignity and pride whenever she appears on screen. Her talent and abilities as an actress and executive producer in both television and film have time and again earned the respect and acclaim from her peers and her fans to prove her to be one of the industry's premier leading ladies.

Bassett recently starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer in the critically admired inspiration drama "Akeelah and the Bee.” She was also recently seen as the CIA Director on the hit drama series "Alias.”

Perhaps best known for her intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It” opposite Laurence Fishburne, Bassett earned the Golden Globe® for Best Actress in a Drama as well as an NAACP Image Award® for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture and earned an Academy Award® nomination for her powerful performance.

Bassett has also received NAACP Image Awards® for her performance in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back” opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs as well as her supporting roles in "The Score” opposite Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando, "Music of the Heart” with Meryl Streep and "Malcolm X” opposite Denzel Washington. She was also recognized for her leading role in the television movie "Ruby's Bucket of Blood,” bringing her total number of Image Awards to nine. In addition, she received NAACP Image Award® nominations for her work in the sci-fi blockbuster "Contact” opposite Jodie Foster and "Boesman and Lena” with Danny Glover. Bassett also received a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for her performance in "Ruby's Bucket of Blood.” She received an Emmy® nomination for Best Actress in a television movie for her work in "The Rosa Parks Story.” Other memorable roles include Terry McMillan's "Waiting to Exhale” co-starring Whitney Houston, James Cameron's futuristic "Strange Days” with Ralph Fiennes, "Vampire in Brooklyn” opposite Eddie Murphy, "Supernova” with James Spader and the Disney comedy "Mr. 3000.”

Beginning her career on stage, this Yale School of Drama graduate completed several productions on and off Broadway, which include "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” "Colored People's Time,” "Henry IV, Part I,” "Joe Turner's Come and Gone,” "Antigone,” "Pericles” and "Black Girl.” She returned to the stage in 1998 to star opposite Alec Baldwin in "Macbeth” at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York.

Bassett first made the successful crossover to the silver screen when she appeared in a small but rich role as the ambitious single mother who sends her son to live with his father in John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood.” She also appeared in the ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream,” receiving critical raves for her touching performance as Katherine Jackson as well as receiving an Emmy® nomination for the "Uncle Jed's Barbershop” episode of PBS' "Storytime” and critical nods for narrating the miniseries, "Africans in America,” also for PBS.


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