Clear your throats and get ready to sing Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday,” because today we’re celebrating Angela Bassett’s 61st trip around the sun!
The New York City-born, Yale-educated star has been stealing the show for decades, and heading into her 60s she shows no signs of slowing down. Whether it’s her red carpet fashion, her super fit body (those arms!), or her range of artistic roles, Bassett has kept all eyes on her from the early soap opera days to the big screen blockbusters.
If you’re looking for a list of Angela Bassett features to kick back and celebrate her big day with, we’ve got you covered. From ‘Queen of making us LOL’ to her role as the actual ‘Queen of Rock and Roll,’ here are the top 6 times Angela Bassett stole the show:
6: A Black Lady Sketch Show
Though she’s only been featured on one episode of the new sketch series (so far!), Bassett had us excited to tune in once we heard she was going to be a part of it. She stole the show’s series premiere, aptly entitled “Angela Bassett Is The Baddest Bitch,” and we hope she’s back for more. A dramatic and comedic queen? She showed us on ABLSS that she can do it all. See it for yourself on Crave.
5: Jumping The Broom
As the haughty and icy Mrs. Watson, Bassett was the woman we love to hate in this 2011 rom-com. She was the wealthy, cold, and judgy mother of the bride, and if there was ever a “Mother-of-the-bridezilla,” this would be it. Still, she played a character that carried a weighty secret. When that secret was revealed, we saw Bassett’s acting skills again as she pulled us in to sympathize with her. Limited range? Angela Bassett doesn’t know her!
4: American Horror Story: Coven
Though Bassett has held a number of parts in the anthology, her role as Marie Laveau struck fear in the hearts of many. A true figure in world history, Bassett’s version of Laveau was filled with power, and TBH, kind of made us wish we were in her coven.
3: Black Panther
We can only imagine that when Black Panther was being cast, everyone who’s anyone in Hollywood was clamouring for a role. Who else could you have imagined as Queen Ramonda other than Angela Bassett, though? This role gave her the room to serve us top-notch regality, and we had no choice but to stan – and bow at her feet.
2: Waiting To Exhale
As Bernadine in the classic ensemble film, Bassett played the role of a jilted wife with passion and intelligence. She even had one of the most iconic movie scenes ever — who hasn’t wanted to take all of their ex’s things, set them on fire, then walk away? Relive the sisterhood-celebrating glory of Waiting to Exhale on Crave.
1: What’s Love Got To Do With It
In one of the Oscar’s biggest fumbles, Bassett regretfully didn’t win the award for her starring role in the Tina Turner biopic. Her mastery was undeniable though, as she fully embodied the rock star and portrayed all of her ups and downs in heart-wrenching accuracy. Can we go back and give her an Oscar retroactively?
Grab a cupcake, put a candle in it, and light it as you enjoy some of the cinematic gifts Angela Bassett has given us. Happy birthday to one of Hollywood’s screen queens!