Character: Coretta Scott King
Alluring audiences with emotionally tinged performances has been the signature of Angela Bassett, who personifies a sense of dignity and pride whenever she appears on screen. Her talent and abilities as an actress and executive producer in both television and film have time and time again earned the respect and acclaim from her peers and fans, proving her to be one of the industry’s premier leading ladies.
Bassett will soon begin shooting “Black Nativity” for director Kasi Lemmons. The musical, inspired by Langston Hughes’ work, transposes the plight of an unwed mother looking for a place to have a baby on a cold night in a cold city in 20th century America. Meanwhile a young boy meets his grandparents for the first time and forms new bonds with his struggling mother.
Bassett will also be seen in the upcoming independent film “White Bird in a Blizzard”, opposite Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni and Gabourey Sidibe. She recently starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play “Mountaintop”, a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Bassett also starred in the wedding themed comedy “Jumping the Broom” alongside Paula Patton.
Coretta Scott King was born on April 27, 1927, in Marion, Alabama. Although best known as the wife of 1960s civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta established a distinguished career in activism in her own right. Working side-by-side with her husband throughout the 1950s and 1960s, King took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 an