Angela Bassett Movies: Her Career Highlights

Angela Bassett Movies
August 16, 2020 - 16:00 / Rachel Johnson

Angela Bassett movies showcase the actress as an incredibly strong and real-life African-American woman. From her iconic role as "Tina Turner" in What's Love Got to Do with It to Black Panther, Angela has become an inspiration for women everywhere. Join us in taking a look back at her incredible career and all of Angela Bassett's best movies!  

Angela Bassett movies would begin to take off in the early 1990s. Born August 16, 1958, in NYC, Angela was a bright and gifted child destined for success. Growing up listening to the Jackson 5, Angela developed an interest in entertainment at an early age, often putting on performances for her family alongside her sister. 

After graduating with a bachelors in African-American studies from Yale University, followed by a masters from the Yale School of Drama, Angela would become the first in her family to have gone to both college and graduate school!

Angela Bassett Movies

Getting her start in the NYC theater scene, it wouldn't take Angela long to begin to make a name for herself. Shortly after moving to LA in the late 1980s, she would begin to rise to fame with roles in Boyz in the Hood (1991) and Malcom X (1991). 

Angela Bassett as "Tina Turner" in What's Love Got to Do with It 1993

The biggest role of Angela's early career would come in 1993 when she landed the part of "Tina Turner" in the biographical film What's Love Got to Do with It. Going on to win both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress, Angela Bassett would become a name everyone recognized! In preparation for the role, she even had the chance to meet the legendary Tina Turner, who helped her with style and makeup tips! 

Angela Bassett Today

Angela Bassett would continue to take on a number of strong and smart African-American females over the years including:

  • as "Katherine Jackson" in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
  • as "Voletta Wallace" in Notorious (2009)
  • as "Coretta Scott King" in Betty & Coretta (2013)

Angela Bassett as "Queen Ramonda" in Black Panther 2018

Most recently Angela took on the part of "Queen Ramonda" in hit Marvel film Black Panther as well as reprising the role in 2019's Avengers: Endgame

During her time at Yale, Angela would meet her future husband, actor Courtney B. Vance. Today the couple are still happily married and have two beautiful children together, 14-year-old twins Slater and Bronwyn. Both on- and off-screen, at 62 years old, Angela Bassett continues to be a strong role model for women, and we look forward to the Angela Bassett movies still to come!