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Angela Bassett is an Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated actress known for roles in What's Love Got to Do With It, Waiting to Exhale, Malcolm X and The Rosa Parks Story.
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In 1993, Tina Turner’s autobiography "I, Tina" adapted into the film "What’s Love Got to Do with It" starring Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner.
Angela Bassett, who stars as Coretta Scott King in the Lifetime Original Movie, "Betty & Coretta," remembers and honors Martin Luther King. "Betty & Coretta" premieres Saturday, February 2nd 8/7c.
Mary J. Blige, who stars as Betty Shabazz in the Lifetime Original Movie, "Betty & Coretta," remembers and honors Martin Luther King. "Betty & Coretta" premieres Saturday, February 2nd 8/7c.
Focusing on the extraordinary women behind the two men who would change history, "Betty & Coretta" tells the similar true stories of Coretta Scott King , wife of Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X.
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Bassett went on to play the mother of slain rapper Christopher "Biggie" Wallace in 2009's biopic Notorious. In 2011, she had several films, including the wedding comedy Jump the Broom and comic book adaptation Green Lantern.
Bassett co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson on Broadway in The Mountaintop. In the drama,
she played a maid who spends time with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination. On the small screen, she will play King's widow, Coretta Scott King, in the upcoming television movie Betty & Coretta. Mary J. Blige co-stars as Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X.
Bassett is married to actor Courtney B. Vance. They wed on October 12, 1997. The couple welcomed twins in 2006. Son Slater and daughter Bronwyn were delivered by a surrogate.
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