D’nette Bassett: Facts about Angela Bassett’s sister

D'nette Bassett
D’nette Bassett and her sister Angela

D’nette Bassett is the sister of Famous actress Angela Bassett. D’nette Bassett’s sister, Angela is an American actress, director, and producer. Known for her portrayals of African-American female leads, Angela is the recipient of numerous accolades, including; three Black Reel Awards, a Golden Globe Award, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award, and seven Primetime Emmy Awards.

D’nette Bassett: Bio Summary

Full NameD’nette Bassett
Famous asSister of Angela Bassett
Age61 years old as of 2022
Date of Birth1960
Place of BirthNew York City, United States of America
Zodiac signUnknown
EthnicityAfrican American
SiblingsAngela Evelyn Bassett
ParentsFather- Daniel Benjamin Bassett
Mother –  Betty Jane

D’nette Bassett is the sister of Angella Bassett. The Bassett sisters were born in New York City, the daughter of a social worker Betty Jane (née Gilbert), a civil servant, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher’s son. Is Angela and D’nette Bassett twins?

Angela Bassett Twin sister

Is Angella Bassett and D’nette twin sisters? The answer is no they are twins. Angela was born on August 16, 1958, while D’nette was born in 1960. Ten months after Bassett was born, her mother became pregnant and had a second child, Angela Bassett’s sister, D’nette. Since they were born very close many people think they are twins.

According to Angela, the pregnancy “only made things harder”, leading her parents to send her to her father’s sister, Golden, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While her aunt did not have any children of her own, she “loved children, and she was good with them.”

At the age of four, Bassett was picked up by her mother after her parents divorced and then relocated with her sister, D’nette Bassett, to St. Petersburg, Florida.

 D’nette and her sister, Angela were raised by their social worker/civil servant mother.

“I had a tiny one-bedroom apartment in a fourth-floor walkup,” D’nette Bassett’s elder sister, Angela tells Reuters. “I worked at a salon on the East Side of Manhattan, answering the phone and making spa appointments. During my 45-minute lunch break, I would go on auditions. After nine months of that I was feeling a little depressed but just kept paying the bills and kept auditioning. I knew the salon was just a means to an end.”

“Finally, I got a part, in an ensemble show of vignettes throughout African-American history. I was just an understudy, but I remember I had to go on once as Billie Holiday, singing a cappella. Now that was intimidating.”

Much is not known about D’nette Bassett’s occupation. She only came into the limelight because of her famous sister.

D’nette Bassett Sister, Angela Bassett

 Angela Bassett has played role after role with impeccable style and grace–not to mention stunning beauty that makes her look half her age. She’s played characters like Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz, Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and also, Queen Ramonda in Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Now, the beautiful wife and mother turned is now 63. Angela married actor Courtney B. Vance in 1997

D’nette Bassett’s sister earned nominations for her roles in films such as The Score (2001), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Meet the Browns (2008), and Jumping the Broom (2011), and won awards for her performances in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Music of the Heart (1999), among others. Bassett’s performance as Rosa Parks in the 2002 film The Rosa Parks Story was honored with her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

But things didn’t always come easy for Bassett. She comes from very humble beginnings being moved from place to place while ultimately being raised by her single mother.

In early 2007, D’nette Bassett’s sister Angela donated $2,300 to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Angela Bassett supported Obama in his reelection campaign. In June 2012, she made an appearance at the St. Petersburg office of his campaign and said the election was not one “where we can sit on the sidelines”.

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