Angela Bassett

Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an African American actress and film director. She is best known for her biographical film roles, most notably her Academy Award-nominated performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It. In addition, Bassett has portrayed Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Coretta Scott King in Betty and Coretta, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Voletta Wallace in Notorious.

Bassett began her film career in the mid-1980s after graduating from Yale University and its drama school. She did not find any stability in the industry until the 1990s, at which point she appeared in films nearly every year. The 2000s saw a succession of films starring Bassett, with her appearing in at least one film every single year. Bassett's success has continued into the 2010s. Bassett earned nominations for her roles in films such as The Score (2001), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Meet the Browns (2008) and Jumping the Broom (2011) and won awards for her performances in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Music of the Heart (1999) among others.

In 2013, she had a recurring role on the FX horror series American Horror Story: Coven, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. She returned for Freak Show, the anthology series' fourth season, portraying a three-breasted woman named Desiree Dupree for which she received another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 2015, Basset has returned for the fifth season American Horror Story: Hotel portraying Ramona Royale, a famous movie star.

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Cast Credits

American Horror Story (2011)
Starring as Desiree Dupree (12 episodes)
Starring as Ramona Royale (6 episodes)
Starring as Lee Harris TV / Actress Monet Tumusiime (5 episodes)
Guest starring as Marie Laveau (12 episodes)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as Angela Bassett
Alias (2001)
Guest starring as Hayden Chase (4 episodes)
ER (1994)
Starring as Dr. Cate Banfield
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as Angela Basset
The Simpsons (1989)
Guest starring as First Lady Michelle Obama
Close to the Enemy ()
Starring as Eva