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ANGELA BASSETT (Voletta Wallace) A Yale School of Drama graduate, Bassett began her career on stage performing on and off Broadway, in productions like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Colored People's Time, Henry IV, Part I and, Antigone, Pericles, and Black Girl. In 1991 she appeared in a small but gritty role as the ambitious single mother in John Singleton's BOYZ N THE HOOD. In 1992 she appeared in the ABC mini-series "The Jacksons: An American Dream,” which was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries at the Emmy® Awards. Bassett broke onto the big screen in 1993 playing Tina Turner in WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT. Her performance was nominated for an Oscar® and it earned her widespread recognition amongst her fans and her peers.

Bassett received NAACP Image Awards for her roles in Spike Lee's MALCOLM X, WAITING TO EXHALE with Whitney Houston, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, MUSIC OF THE HEART with Meryl Streep, THE SCORE starring Marlon Brando and Edward Norton, and John Sayles SUNSHINE STATE. She also won Image Awards for her roles in the television movies "Ruby's Bucket of Bloods” and "The Rosa Parks Story” as Rosa Parks. Bassett also served as Producer on both films. And in 2002 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as Executive Producer on the children's special "Our America.”

Other memorable roles for Bassett included a recurring role on the hit series "Alias,” AKEELAH AND THE BEE, MEET THE BROWNS and Disney hit MEET THE ROBINSONS. Bassett can currently be seen on this season of "E.R.”

Bassett is also an author. Her book FRIENDS: A Love Story that she co-wrote 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. She is also working on her directorial debut ERASURE.


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