Happy Birthday to Angela Bassett! 54 today and looking not a day over 34!
Born in New York City on August 16, Bassett grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pushed by a high school teacher, she applied for Yale and got a scholarship, ultimately spending 7 years there including 3 post-grad years studying drama.
She first appeared in small roles in The Cosby Show (Mr. Quiet episode) and “Spenser: For Hire” (1985), but it was not until 1990 that a spate of TV roles brought her notice. Her breakthrough role, though, was playing Tina Turner, whom she had never seen perform before taking the role. [imdb]
Did y’all see my little scenes in What’s Love Got to Do With It? I got cut a lot (not-to-mention they changed my Ike Turner, Jr role on me at the last minute) but I got my screen time thanks to Mrs. Bassett pulling strings for me!