Tracing Angela Bassett’s meticulous road to greatness
How the actress made a name for herself that rivals even the many icons she’s played
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Graceful but raw, tough but tender, joyful but empathic, Angela Bassett contains multitudes, which is extremely evident in the roles she’s portrayed throughout her career. It’s no coincidence she’s often been cast as strong female characters, many of whom were based on real people who bravely stood up for what they believed in, but who were also deeply human in the most surprising ways.
Bassett has carved a place for herself in the history of Black cinema, popularizing important stories that created a lasting cultural impact, and paving the way for future greats by honoring those of the past. While she’s having a moment right now, as the world is giving the actress her flowers for her stunning role in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,' click on to take a look back through Angela Bassett's meticulous, musical, and meaningful path to becoming a Hollywood screen legend.
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