New York City-born Hollywood actress Angela Bassett earned a B.A. in African-American Studies from Yale University in 1980. She received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1983. She made her debut appearance on the popular TV sitcom The Cosby Show in 1985, and she made her second appearance on the show in 1988, so she didn’t have to wait long to start a successful career as an actress. She has since been in more than 100 movies, with Black Panther featuring her in the lead role as Queen Ramonda being one of her largest to date.
Angela’s breakthrough performance came in the 1991 John Singleton film Boyz n the Hood, where she was cast as Tre Styles, a character played by Cuba Gooding Jr. She co-starred with Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X a year later, in 1992, as Betty Shabazz.
After that, she appeared in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It? as singer Tina Turner. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for that performance.
Amazingly, she even found time during that time to play Katherine Jackson in the television series The Jacksons: An American Dream in 1992. In 1998, she costarred in Stella Got Her Groove Back, a big-budget movie based on the best-selling Terry McMillan book.
Angela Bassett current position as Queen Ramonda, however, keeps her in the public eye. She reprised her performance as that role in Black Panther in 2018, Avengers: Endgame in 2019, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in 2022.
Numerous awards, including three Black Reel Awards, a Golden Globe, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award have been given to Angela over her career. Additionally, Angela Bassett has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards and at least one Academy Award.
She is anticipated to receive additional nominations due to her continuing involvement in the successful Black Panther series, which is worth $1 billion.