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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008.
By United Press International
Angela Bassett to join 'ER' cast

Angela Bassett to join 'ER' cast

BURBANK, Calif., April 30 (UPI) -- NBC has announced that award-winning Hollywood actress Angela Bassett is to join the cast of its long-running U.S. medical drama "ER" next season.
Newcomer to play Biggie in bio-pic

Newcomer to play Biggie in bio-pic

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars Angela Bassett, Derek Luke and Anthony Mackie have signed on for roles in "Notorious," the upcoming Notorious B.I.G. bio-pic.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007.
By United Press International

Stars walk runway to fight heart disease

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Celebrities Kim Catrall and Kelly Ripa served as models in the Heart Truth Red Dress fashion show in New York to raise awareness of women and heart disease.

New audio Bible set to hit stores

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A new recitation of the Bible on tape, featuring some of today's best-known celebrities, is set to hit stores in about one year.

Black Film Awards names 'Akeelah' top film

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Black Film Awards recognized "Akeelah & the Bee" as its outstanding film of the year at a ceremony in Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2006 with 137 to follow.
By United Press International

Film stars set to lead 'Fences' production

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A production of the drama "Fences" at the Pasadena, Calif., Playhouse has gotten another injection of film stars into its already impressive cast.

Jeweler arrested for money laundering

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- Jeweler Yakov "Jacob the Jeweler" Arabov has been arrested at his boutique in New York on money laundering charges.

Bassett, Vance add twins to the family

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Film actress Angela Bassett and her TV actor husband, Courtney B. Vance, are celebrating the birth of their twins, it was announced Monday.

Lou Rawls remembered in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Lou Rawls was remembered with music and laughter during his 2 1/2 hour funeral Friday at the West Angeles Church of Christ in Los Angeles.

Starbucks turns to film promotion

SEATTLE, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Seattle-based Starbucks is expanding its offerings of coffee and CDs to include DVDs and film promotion, it was announced Thursday.

Surrogate carries twins for Bassett, Vance

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance are reportedly expecting twins through a surrogate mother, it was reported Monday.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2005 with 137 to follow.
By United Press International
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Angela Bassett
Actress Angela Bassett attends the premiere of ''A Single Man'' at AFI Fest 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angles on November 5, 2009. UPI/Jonathan Alcorn
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Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including singer Tina Turner in the motion picture What's Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in the films Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in the The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream and Voletta Wallace in the film Notorious.

Bassett was born in Harlem, the daughter of Betty Jane and Daniel Benjamin Bassett. After her parents' separation, she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she and her sister D'nette were raised by their social worker/civil servant mother. As her interest in entertainment developed, Angela and her sister would often put on shows, reading poems or performing popular music for their family. At Boca Ciega High School, Bassett was a cheerleader and a member of the debate team, student government, drama club and choir.

Bassett attended Yale University and received her B.A. degree in African-American studies in 1980. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, Bassett met her future husband Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the drama school. After graduation, Bassett worked as a receptionist for a beauty salon and as a photo researcher.

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