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ANGELA BASSETT (Claudine Watson) Alluring audiences with emotionally tinged performances has been the signature of Angela Bassett, who 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 time again earned the respect and acclaim from her peers and fans, proving herself to be one of the industry's premier leading ladies.

Angela recently wrapped shooting the McG helmed film, This Means War for 20th Century Fox. Bassett joins Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon in the action/romantic comedy in the vein of Mr. and Mrs. Smith about two best friends and international spies who fall in love with the same woman, and, in declaring war on each other, nearly fail to defeat a dangerous arms deal out to steal a nuke. Bassett is playing "Collins”, boss to Pine's and Hardy's characters who has dedicated her entire life to the spy business. This Means War will be released June 17th, 2011.

Also this summer, she will be seen in the hugely anticipated Green Lantern opposite Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Robbins. She will play "Dr. Amanda Waller”, a government agent who is a staple of the DC Comics series. Donald De Line produced the project and Martin Campbell directed.

Angela is currently shooting ABC's drama pilot "Identity.” The project, from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and writer John Glenn, is an action procedural based on a British format, which centers on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. Bassett will play Martha, the Special Agent in charge of the FBI's new Identity Crimes Unit. Bronx-tough Vassar graduate from Greenwich, Martha is determined to make a go of this division, using sophisticated technology combined with good old fashioned investigative methods. Perhaps best known for her intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to do With It? opposite Laurence Fishburne, Angela earned the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, and an Academy Award® nomination for her powerful performance.

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. Other memorable roles include, Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale co-starring Whitney Houston, Kathryn Bigelow's futuristic Strange Days with Ralph Fiennes, Vampire in Brooklyn opposite Eddie Murphy, and Supernova with James Spader. Angela also starred as Violetta Wallace, mother of slain rapper, Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." in Notorious.

Angela has also received NAACP Image Awards for performances in films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs, The Score opposite Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando, Music of the Heart with Meryl Streep, Malcolm X opposite Denzel Washington, for her work in the sci-fi blockbuster Contact opposite Jodie Foster, and for Boesman and Lena with Danny Glover. 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. 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.”

For the ABC mini-series "The Jacksons: An American Dream,” Angela received 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. Angela's other notable television roles have included the final season of NBC's hit primetime series "E.R.” as Dr. Cate Banfield and a recurring role in the hit drama series "Alias.”

Nominations and awards aside, one of the most gratifying moments of her career was to merge faith and talent when she gave voice to various characters in the all time best selling The Bible Experience.

Beginning her career on stage and continuing to this day, 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 1, 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, in 2005 starred with her husband, Courtney B. Vance, in the North American Premier production of John Guare's stage adaptation of His Girl Friday at the historic Guthrie Theater, and recently received rave reviews for her work with Fishburne in August Wilson's classic play Fences at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse.

Angela and her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance co-wrote the book, Friends: A Love Story. The inspirational book is the real-life love story of Bassett and Vance, who were friends for many years before marrying. They have also formed Bassett/Vance Productions and their first venture, United States, marks Bassett's directorial debut. Based on the novel ERASURE by Percival Everett and adapted by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran the dramatic comedy follows Monk Ellison, a prominent black literary figure. Ellison writes a faux biography from the perspective of a barely literate hoodlum to decry what is wrong with the glorification of "ghetto” culture but when the book is lauded as a possible contender for the National Book Award, he must choose between pride and fame.

The couple resides outside of Los Angeles with their twins, Bronwyn Golden & Slater Josiah.


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