Hollywood actress and mum-of-two, Angela Bassett has been married to her husband and actor, Courtney B. Vance, for over two decades.
Here’s how their love story begins.
Courtney B. Vance is an American actor who got his start on Broadway. After winning a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Lucky Guy, Courtney went on to focus more on television and film.
Before becoming big actors, Angela and Courtney attended the Yale School of Drama together in the 1980s. However, as he revealed to Oprah in a 2007 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, it was anything but love at first sight. “I don’t remember her at all, really,” he said.
It wasn’t until over a decade later that their platonic friendship took a turn for the more romantic. The Black Panther actress told People:
“He had a beautiful, beautiful girlfriend at the time, who was also in drama school with us.
“So maybe about 14 years later, our paths crossed here in Los Angeles. And I was single, he was single. And I had such an appreciation for him over those years—of his consistency, how he treated other people, of what a supporter he is, what a connector of people and ideas he is, how passionate he is.”
In 1997, three years after their first date, Angela and Courtney tied the knot. Shortly thereafter, they began trying to conceive. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an entirely simple process for the pair.