Angela Bassett is one of Hollywood’s most talented and most beautiful actresses. Yet, since her breakthrough roles in the mid ’90s — her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It”; Stella in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back“; a wife scorned in “Waiting to Exhale“; and Betty Shabazz in “Malcolm X” — Angela’s star power seems to have diminished.
But she’s continued to tackle respectable roles. Most recently she’s had a recurring role as a tough doc on “ER” and a starring role as a struggling single Mom in Tyler Perry’s predictably melodramatic-and-entertaining “Meet the Browns.” In theaters today, Bassett plays yet another strong-willed matriarch, Voletta Wallace, in “Notorious” — a biopic based on the life of slain Brooklyn rapper Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G.).
Perhaps her greatest role, however, is as a real life Mom. In 2008 Bassett deservedly received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and her loving husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, and their adorable twins Slater Josiah and Bronwyn Golden were there to cheer her on.
What’s age got to do with it? At 50, Bassett is literally one Hot Mama!
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