- Although many are familiar with the Black Panther actress, Angela Bassett, few probably realize that she has a lookalike sister named D’nette Bassett. While the former is an award-winning actress, the latter maintains a life of privacy.
Born in New York City, D’nette spent a huge part of her childhood in Florida after her parent’s divorce. Growing up, she had a thing for entertainment and was greatly inspired by the Jackson 5 however her passion was soon replaced by a different career. Here’s all we’ve garnered about the 63-year old.
7 Unknown Facts About Angela Bassett’s sister
1. Brief Biography of D’nette Bassett
D’nette Bassett was born to her parents Betty Jane Bessett, a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett a civil servant in New York City. The exert date of her birth hasn’t been made available to the media outlet. However, according to sources her mother became pregnant with her just 10 months after the birth of her elder sister Angela who was born on August 16, 1958. Following this, D’nette’s year of birth is given as 1960.
2. She Was Raised by a Single Mother
D’nette had a rough childhood following the separation of her parents when she was only four years old. As a result, her mother relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida where she was raised alongside her famed sister Angela.
Asides from growing up without the love and security of a father, the girls, and their mother couldn’t keep up with the life they were accustomed to. Regardless, D’nette’s mother picked up several odd jobs in other to maintain a healthy livelihood. The relationship between the girls and their father was strained for many years until they met again at their grandmother’s funeral.
3. D’nette Bassett and her sister Angela Bassett have been Mistaken to Be Twins
One question that keeps reappearing on search engines is if D’nette and her sister Angela are twins. Well, they are not. The two sisters look so much alike and have since childhood been referred to as twins. Nonetheless, Angella who is a popular actress is almost two years older than D’nette who as stated was born in 1960.
4. She Had a Passion For Entertainment
Although D’nette’s sister Angella is famous as an actress, D’nette was also passionate about entertainment. Since childhood, the sisters had displayed their talent and love for entertainment. They were thrilled by the Jackson 5 and never got tired of listening to the siblings.
At times, the sisters would perform popular music for their family at other times, they would recite poems. Howbeit, while Angella went on to make a career from it, D’nette simply pursued a different dream that kept her away from the camera.
5. D’nette Sister Moved To New York To Pursue Her Acting Career
Angela returned to her birthplace in search of better opportunities to make her dream a reality. She quickly settled in and was able to secure roles in the August Wilson plays and J.E Franklin’s play Black Girl.
The 64-year-old landed her first TV appearance in 1985 in a role she featured as a prostitute. Moving on, she made her first film appearance as a news journalist in F/X. In 1991, the actress moved to Los Angeles where and starred in Boyz n the Hood which became her breakthrough movie. Since then, she has continued to line up success in her acting career and has a lot of awards to show for including seven Primetime Emmy Awards, seven NAACP Image Awards, three Black Reel Awards, and Golden Globe and=mong many others. Some of her notable works include;
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
- Music of the Heart (1999)
- Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
- London Has Fallen (2016)
- Black Panther (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
6. Is She in a Relationship?
D’nette Bassett has carefully kept this aspect of her life away from the public which makes it difficult to unveil the man in her life. However, her elder sister Angela Bassett is happily married to Courtney B Vance whom she met while at Yale Drama school. He is an Award-winning actor popular the film The Hunt for Red October and Hamburger Hill. Along with his wife Angela, they have co-starred in the movie His Girl Friday at the Guthrie Theater.
The pair tied the knot sometime in 1977 and have been in matrimony for over two decades. They have also written a book together to share their love story across the globe. In January 2006, Angela and her husband became parents of a twin boy, Slater Josiah Vance, and a girl, Bronwyn Golden Vance who were conceived by a surrogate.
7. How Rich is D’nette Bassett?
The career path of D’nette is yet to be established following her overly private life which makes it difficult to estimate her net worth at the moment. Nonetheless, her sister has recorded streams of success following her career as an actress and has numerous awards to show it. Angela is said to be one of the highest-paid Hollywood actors with an enviable net worth of over $28 million which affords her family as well as her mother and sister a comfortable lifestyle.