Birth Name: Angela Evelyn Bassett
Age: 54, born 16 August 1958
Country of origin: United States
Height: 5' 4"
Ethnicity: Black / African descent
Relationship Status: Married
Partner: Courtney B. Vance
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About: Born in New York City, she grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pushed by a high school teacher, she applied for Yale and got a scholarship, ultimately spending 7 years there including 3 post-grad years studying drama. She first appeared in a small role in the cult favorite F/X (1986), but it was not until 1990 that a spate of TV roles brought her notice. Her breakthrough role, though, was playing Tina Turner, whom she had never seen perform before taking the role.