Angela Bassett: stunningly beautiful, immensely talented. I’ve loved her since 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do With It and 1995’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Let’s appreciate her historical filmography!
Tour of Duty (1989)
A TV series set during the Vietnam War. Basset was in two episodes as “Lt. Camilla Patterson.”
Malcolm X (1992)
As Betty Shabazz, the wife of the legendary Civil Rights leader in this 1960s-set biopic.
The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
As Katherine Jackson, mother to Michael and all the rest of the Jackson children, in this TV biopic.
As Tina Turner, from her start as a singer in the 1960s through her resurgence in the 1980s.
Again playing Betty Shabazz in this semi-fictionalized story of the Black Panther Party.
Ruby’s Bucket of Blood (2001)
“A Louisiana juke joint owner loses her star entertainer and hires a white singer to fill in,” per IMDB.
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
As legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks!
Betty and Coretta (2013)
This time playing Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, while Mary J. Blige played Betty Shabazz.
American Horror Story (2013-18)
Jaw-droppingly good as real life New Orleans practitioner of Voodoo, herbalist, and midwife in the “Coven” season; she was also in later seasons, at least one of which is set in the 1950s, from what I can tell from images!
Close to the Enemy (2016)
A British miniseries set just after World War II.
As a midwife in one episode of this story of the Underground Railroad.
What’s your favorite Angela Bassett frock flick role?