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Electrifying audiences with emotionally charged performances has been a signature quality for ANGELA BASSETT, who personifies dignity, pride and grace when she appears on screen. Her talents as both an actress and executive producer in both television and film have earned her respect from her peers and fans as one of the industry's premiere leading ladies.

In 2008, Bassett starred opposite Laurence Fishburne in the critically-acclaimed AKEELAH AND THE BEE, received rave reviews for her work with Fishburne in August Wilson's classic play FENCES at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse and wrapped production on Giancarlo Esposito's film GOSPEL HILL. 

Her book FRIENDS: A LOVE STORY co-written with her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, was released on February 14, 2007. The inspirational book is the real-life love story of Bassett and Vance, who were friends for many years before marrying. 

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 received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama as well as an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, and an Academy Award nomination for her powerful performance. 

Bassett is a five-time NAACP Image Awards nominee for her roles in the films HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, THE SCORE opposite Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando, MUSIC OF THE HEART with Meryl Streep, MALCOLM X opposite Denzel Washington and 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,” a film she executive produced.

Other memorable roles include a recurring role in the hit drama series "Alias,” the comedy MR. 3000, opposite Bernie Mac, John Sayles' SUNSHINE STATE with Edie Falco, Terry McMillan's WAITING TO EXHALE co-starring Whitney Houston, James Cameron's futuristic STRANGE DAYS opposite Ralph Fiennes, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN opposite Eddie Murphy, and SUPERNOVA with James Spader. She was also voicing the character of Mildred in Disney's animated hit MEET THE ROBINSONS, based on the successful children's book of the same name by William Joyce. 

Beginning her career on stage, she performed in such Broadway and off Broadway productions as "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 made her debut in the small, but memorable role as an ambitious single mother in John Singleton's BOYZ N THE HOOD. She later appeared in the ABC mini-series "The Jacksons: An American Family,” receiving critical raves for her touching performance as Katherine Jackson, she received an Emmy nomination for an episode for "Uncle Jed's Barbershop” for PBS' Storytime; and critical nods for her narrative of the electrifying miniseries, "Africans In America,” also for PBS.

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