Angela Bassett (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, Betty Shabazz
, Rosa Parks and 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 Boyz n the Hood
and Malcolm X
. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It
, 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 Courtney B Vance. The two appeared as husband and wife on ER.