angela basset

Bassett is a big supporter of the Royal Theater Boys & Girls Club in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Club is one of the first all performing arts Boys & Girls Clubs in the country.

One of her first New York performances came in 1985 when she appeared in J. E. Franklin’s Black Girl at Second Stage Theatre. She appeared in two August Wilson plays at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of her long-time instructor Lloyd Richards. The Wilson plays featuring Bassett were Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984) and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1986). In 2006, she had the opportunity to work on the Wilson canon again, starring in Fences alongside longtime collaborator Laurence Fishburne at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

Video: Strange Days


 

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case?

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
1986F/XTV Reporter
1990Kindergarten CopStewardess
1991Critters 4FranReleased Straight-to-Video
1991Boyz n the HoodReva Devereaux
1991City of HopeReesha
1992Passion FishDawn/Rhonda
1992Innocent BloodU.S. Attorney Sinclair
1992Malcolm XBetty Shabazz
1993What’s Love Got to Do with ItAnna Mae Bullock/Tina Turner
1995Vampire in BrooklynDet. Rita Veder
1995>PantherBetty Shabazz
1995Strange DaysLornette ‘Mace’ Mason
1995Waiting to ExhaleBernadine ‘Bernie’ Harris
1997ContactRachel Constantine
1998How Stella Got Her Groove BackStella
1999Our Friend, MartinMiles’ MomVoice role, released Straight-to-Video
1999Music of the HeartPrincipal Janet Williams
2000SupernovaDr. Kaela Evers
2000Whispers: An Elephant’s TaleGrooveVoice Role
2000Boesman and LenaLena
2001The ScoreDiane
2002Sunshine StateDesiree Stokes Perry
2002The Rosa Parks StoryRosa ParksIt was broadcast by CBS on February 24, 2002
2003Unchained MemoriesReader
2003Masked and AnonymousMistress
2004The Lazarus ChildDr. Elizabeth Chase
2004Mr. 3000Maureen ‘Mo’ Simmons
2005Mr. & Mrs. SmithMr. Smith’s BossUncredited voice role
2006Akeelah and the BeeTanya Anderson
2007Meet the RobinsonsMildredVoice role
2008Gospel HillSarah Malcolm
2008Of Boys and MenRieta Cole
2008Meet the BrownsBrenda Brown
2008Nothing But the TruthBonnie Benjamin
2009NotoriousVoletta Wallace
2011Jumping the BroomMrs. Watson
2011Green LanternAmanda Waller
2012This Means WarCollins
2012I Ain’t Scared Of YouHerself
2013Olympus Has FallenTBA

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett