She’s a Hollywood veteran, she oozes class and her stunning figure defies her age. With a career spanning over 25 years, she has played an array of strong characters and is celebrated for her versatility as an actress.
Whether playing the demure preacher’s wife, the sassy soul singer turned rock star, the fire-starting betrayed wife, or the divorcee looking to get her groove back, this skilled actress delivers a convincing performance every time.
It is of course, Angela Bassett, who celebrates her 56th birthday today!
In a recent feature with US beauty magazine Violet Grey, the stunning actress proved she’s still fabulous in her fifties, donning sexy lingerie and showing off her stunning figure for a glamorous photo shoot.
Asked by the magazine what she sees when she looks in the mirror, Bassett replied: “A passionate woman who knows what she loves and has been blessed to be able to do it…and continue to do it!”
Famed for her powerful portrayals of real life figures including Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It and Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X, the New York-born star is also well-known for her starring roles in the 1995 hit film Waiting To Exhale (below) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998).
Off-screen, Bassett has been married to fellow actor Courtney B. Vance since 1997 (below). The couple have eight-year-old twins – son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden – born in January 2006.
One of Hollywood’s best-loved black couples, Bassett and Vance shared their real life love story in their 2007 memoir, Friends: A Love Story. The book charted how they ran for years as friends in the same small circles before embarking on a relationship.
A true class act, here’s wishing Angela Bassett a very happy birthday.
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