Academy Award nominated actress Angela Bassett was honored with the 2,358th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. Bassett, 49, was joined by husband Courtney B. Vance, their children and guests, actors Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne and Rick Fox. Fox is her co-star in Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
Fishburne, starred alongside Bassett in "What's Love Got to Do With It," highlighted her persistence saying "You get a lot of no's in this business and you have to have that desire and determination which is what Angela has. Whitaker called Bassett was "a powerful artist, a beautiful person, a mother, a wife, a friend who illuminates my life."
Bassett spoke, recalling her move from NY to L.A. in 1988, "I meant to stay six months but I stayed. Today my cup runneth over! I am crying now, I cried yesterday and the day before. ... This day is so, so special to me."
Click HERE to read more about Angela Bassett as she talks candidly with entertainment writer, Mikki Turner, about Tyler Perry and why she really wanted to star in Meet the Browns, being good for Hollywood, and balancing motherhood and career.
Here's an excerpt:
Considering that Bassett is a Yale-trained thespian who has rarely appeared in low-budget, critically panned movies, one has to wonder why she might consider doing a Perry movie at this juncture in her career. Perhaps she noticed that Perry has been providing opportunities for several other aging African-American actresses including: 1972 Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson, Lynn Whitfield and Irma P. Hall.
You don’t have to be a Yalie to realize that it pays to be in a Perry film.
“He said before I signed on that it’s going to get panned,” Bassett said with a laugh. “I’m looking for opportunity and I’m looking for experience. C’mon let me have this experience. If there’s some value that I see or if I have the opportunity I’m going to bring the best that I have and I can to the moment and see how I can add to it.”
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