Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

by Dawn Fitzgerald, Dennis R. Tuttle


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It would take a long time for Hollywood to recognize veteran Angela Bassett as a superb actor -- not until she received an Academy award nomination in 1994 for her dead-on portrayal of pop star Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with it?

Before starting a movie career in 1988, the Harlem-born actor studied at the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where she developed her craft alongside the country's best actors. After a brief stretch in Broadway theater, Bassett headed for Hollywood, committed to landing only quality parts -- a difficult task with the overload of stereotypical roles for black actors. Still, Bassett found success by collaborating with directors John Singleton and Spike Lee, and writer Terry McMillan in the blockbusters Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Angela Bassett continues to find the leading roles that she deserves, as each new performance stands as a testament to her talent and dedication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791058114
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Series: Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

On Achievement8
1They Know Who I Am11
2From Harlem to New Haven17
3Paying Her Dues29
4What's Love Got to Do with It?39
5What's Race Got to Do with It?47
6Waiting to Exhale59
7Hits and Misses69
8In a Groove79
9Timing, Talent, and Tenacity91
Selected Filmography100
Further Reading102

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Angela Bassett is a wonderful actress and is one of my favorites. Every role that I have seen Angela play is a total fit for her talent. It's very rare in this day and age that we find good actors and actress' , but Angela is truly one of the finest.