Biography: Angela Bassett is an American actress born in New York City on August 16, 1958. Though born in New York City, she grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. A high school teacher of Bassett's encouraged her to apply to Yale and she got a scholarship, and ended up spending 7 years there that include 3 post grad years studying drama. Her first appearance was in a small role in the cult favorite "F/X." Her break-through role was playing Tina Tuner, who she had never seen perform before taking the role.
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