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Angela Bassett, Speaker

Angela Bassett

    • Emmy nomination for Best Actress
    • Executive Producer in Television and Film
    • Received NAACP Image Awards
Fee Range

$50,000 - $100,000

Travels From

California

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett's talent and abilities as an actress and executive producer in both television and film have time and again earned the respect and acclaim from her peers and her fans to prove herself to be one of the industry’s premier leading ladies.

Angela Bassett most recently starred opposite Laurence Fishburne in the critically-acclaimed Akeelah and the Bee for Lions Gate Films. Currently, Bassett is receiving rave reviews again for her work with Fishburne in August Wilson’s classic play Fences at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse.

Next up is the release of a book she co-wrote with her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, entitled FRIENDS: A Love Story , set to release in January 2007. The inspirational book is the real-life love story of Bassett and Vance, who were friends for many years before marrying. Then in March 2007, Bassett voices the character Mildred in the animated Disney film “Meet the Robinsons,” based on the successful children’s book of the same name by William Joyce.

Perhaps best known for her intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It opposite Laurence Fishburne, Bassett earned the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama as well as an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture and earned an Academy Award nomination for her powerful performance.

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

Other memorable roles include a recurring role in the hit drama series Alias, the comedy Mr. 3000 with Bernie Mac, John Sayles’ Sunshine State with Edie Falco, Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale co-starring Whitney Houston, James Cameron’s futuristic Strange Days with Ralph Fiennes, Vampire in Brooklyn opposite Eddie Murphy, and Supernova with James Spader.

Beginning her career on stage, 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 I and Joe Turner’s

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