Angela Bassett is a successful and talented actress and film director. She is known for film roles including Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dreamas well and Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X.
She began her film career in the 80’s and married actor Courtney B. Vance in 1997. The couple had twins a son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden in January 27, 2006. Bassett loves to give back especially to the youth. She annually attends events for children with diabetes and is an active ambassador of UNICEF. She is a super woman balancing mommy life and a busy career but doesn’t put her career before family.
In an interview with WENN Angela talked about turning down a role for mommy and family duties:
The What’s Love Got To Do With It star was asked to join the cast of the revival of A Trip To Bountiful, but she had to pass because she had already made commitments to her husband Courtney B. Vance and their twins.
She tells Wenn, “I was asked but I decided not to do it with Cicely Tyson, which I will probably regret one day because she’s one of my sheroes (sic). I consider her a mentor and mother figure in terms of actress to actress.
“But I just couldn’t make it work in terms of just finishing a film in New York – Black Nativity with Forest Whitaker – and then be there for my husband, who is doing Broadway in The Lucky Guy with Tom Hanks.
“We have twins with the nanny and his mother is 78, so I had to let that go. I came back to the New York stage two years ago and did The Mountaintop and the twins were five then, almost six, so they could sort of get it. The timing was they weren’t in first grade so I could bring them to New York for three weeks and they could stay over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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