Angela Bassett is an American actress who is well known for working in biographical films portraying real-life women in African American history, including Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do with It" (1993), for which she earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination; Betty...Read more Shabazz in "Malcolm X" (1992) and "Panther" (1995); Rosa Parks in "The Rosa Parks Story" (2002); Katherine Jackson in "The Jacksons: An American Dream" (1992); and Voletta Wallace in "Notorious" (2009). She was born on August 16, 1958. Bassett is a native of Harlem, New York, but was raised with her sister in St. Petersburg, Florida, by their social worker mother. Bassett got her B.A. degree in African American studies from Yale University, then a Master of Fine Arts degree the Yale School of Drama. She began working in the New York theater scene in the mid 1980s before breaking into film.