'''Angela Bassett''' (August 16, 1958-) is an American actress. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including Tina Turner, [[Film/MalcolmX Betty Shabazz]], Rosa Parks and [[Music/MichaelJackson Katherine Jackson]]. She was born in Harlem, New York and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida as a child. She has a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies and a Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University. Her rise to fame came with her roles in ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and ''Film/MalcolmX''. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Tina Turner in ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'', and was the first African-American to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

She's married to Creator/CourtneyBVance. The two appeared as husband and wife on ER.

!!Selected Filmography:
* ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' (1991) as Reva Devereaux
* ''Film/MalcolmX'' (1992) as Betty Shabazz
* ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'' (1993) as Music/TinaTurner
* ''Film/WaitingToExhale'' (1995) as Bernadine 'Bernie' Harris
* ''Film/StrangeDays'' (1996) as Lornette 'Mace' Mason
* ''Film/HowStellaGotHerGrooveBack'' (1998) as Stella
* ''Film/AkeelahAndTheBee'' (2006) as Tanya Anderson
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' (2008-2009) as Dr. Cate Banfield
* ''Film/JumpingTheBroom'' (2011) as Claudine Watson
* ''Film/GreenLantern'' (2011) as Amanda Waller[[note]]This film was intended to launch the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, with Bassett continuing to play the role. She was replaced by Viola Davis when the film was dropped from the franchise, and ended up in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse instead as noted below.[[/note]]
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' (2013) as Lynne Jacobs
** ''Film/LondonHasFallen'' (2016)
* ''Black Nativity'' (2013) as Aretha Cobbs
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' (2013 -- present) in various roles:
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' (2013 -- 2014) as [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Marie LaVeau]]
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' (2014 -- 2015) as Desiree Dupree
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel'' (2015 -- 2016) as Ramona Royale
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'' (2016) as Monet Tumusiime
* ''Tom Clancy's VideoGame/RainbowSixSiege'' (2015) as Six (voice and motion capture)
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' (2015 - 2016) as Ana Spanakopita (voice)
* ''Film/BlackPanther'' (2018) as Ramonda