D’nette Bassett is the younger sister of American actress Angela Bassett. Angela is famous for portraying Ramonda in the superhero film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She was born in 1960, in New York City, United States of America, to Daniel Benjamin Bassett and Betty Jane Bassett. She has two siblings, Jean and Angela Bassett.
Early Life and Education
D’nette Bassett was conceived when her older sister was barely a year old. When she was born, it made things tougher for her parents, who were struggling and her older sister had to be sent to stay with her aunt. Things worsened when her parents divorced, and her mother had to raise D’nette and her sister all by herself.
D’nette did not get to see her father for many years until they met at her father’s mother’s funeral.
Regarding education, D’nette’s mother loved education and ensured that her children got the best education. Even when Angela started getting C grades in high school, Betty told her that she did not have average children and should work harder in her studies. D’nette Bassett’s sister studied at Boca Ciega High School, where D’nette probably studied.
On one occasion, D’nette’s mother told her older daughter Angela that she and her younger sister would study up to the college level. She possibly studied up to the college level but took a different career path from her sister.
In her personal life, D’nette Bassett is probably married, but she has not revealed who her husband is and whether she has any children. She is very private, so little about her romantic life is known.
While growing up, D’nette and her sister were both interested in entertainment; they used to recite poems, sing popular songs for their family, and put on entertainment dances. Ironically, D’nette did not make a career in the entertainment industry.
D’nette Bassett’s sister prefers to take part in acting roles that view African-American people as strong-willed. She started acting in the 1980s, making her television debut in 1985 as a prostitute in Doubletake. Angela made her film debut the following year as a reporter in the movie Murder by Illusion.
D’nette’s sister’s other film and television credits include Black Nativity, Black Panther, Survivor, Master of None, and 9-1-1, where she portrays Sergeant Athena Grant-Nash. She has received several accolades for her several roles in the film industry.
Angela supports art programs and is often involved in community-building projects, including a theatre for boys and girls in her hometown. D’nette is also an ambassador of UNICEF; moreover, she is occasionally involved in political issues including in 2016 when she supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Despite Clinton’s loss in the election, she said she was proud of her.
D’nette Bassett is not active on social media platforms since she does not like publicity. However, her older sister is on social media platforms, particularly Instagram, where she has a huge following. Her handle on Instagram is @im.angelabassett.