Angela Bassett has paid a touching tribute to Angela Bassett 30 years after portraying her on the big screen.
Turner, considered a pioneer and icon of popular music, died Wednesday at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, after a long illness at the age of 83.
The news was confirmed on Turner’s social media platforms which included his official Instagram and Facebook pages.
While there were many books, magazines and countless interviews, actress Bassett, now 64, helped bring Turner’s incredible life story to the masses when she played the legendary singer in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993), which attracted her. an Oscar nomination for best actress.
Still open about her affection and respect for Turner, upon learning of his passing, Bassett reflected on the impact it had on his life and the world at large, while sharing her powerful last words to him. said.
“How can we say goodbye to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world?” Bassett, 64, began in a heartwarming tribute posted on her Instagram page.
Tribute: Angela Bassett, who befriended Tina Turner after playing the iconic singer in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993), shared a heartwarming tribute on Instagram upon learning of her death on Wednesday at the 83 years old
The two-time Oscar nominee continued, “Through her courage to tell her story, her commitment to staying the course in her life no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a place in rock and roll for herself and others like her, Tina Turner showed others living in fear what a bright future filled with love, compassion and freedom should look like.
Bassett then revealed the heartwarming “last words” Turner (née Anna Mae Bullock) shared with her: “You never imitated me. Instead, you went deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world.
The longtime leading lady confessed, “I will hold these words close to my heart for the rest of my life.”
The New York native, who spent most of her youth growing up in Florida, then shared how honored she was to get to know Tina Turner.
“I am honored to have helped show her to the world. So today, as we mourn the loss of that iconic voice and presence, she has given us more than we could ever have asked for. gave his all,” she said of the Better Be Good To Me crooner.
She ended the post by offering more praise while referencing a line from one of Turner’s many hits, The Best.
“And Tina Turner is a gift that will always be ‘simply the best’. The angels sing to you for your rest…Queen,” she concluded.
Iconic: Bassett received praise and accolades for her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993), which included a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Praise: In her Instagram tribute, the actress praised Turner for ‘showing others who lived in fear what a bright future filled with love, compassion and freedom should look like’
Hands-on: Bassett revealed how Turner advised her on the details of her performance, from wigs and outfits to dance styles and makeup, for the biopic film
Adapted from Tina Turner’s autobiography I, Tina, written by Turner and Kurt Loder, What’s Love Got to Do With It chronicles the singer’s life growing up in Tennessee, her rise to stardom alongside her husband and musical partner Ike Turner, and their 16 year-old marriage that was plagued with violence and abuse.
The film, directed by Brian Gibson, from a screenplay by Kate Lanier, also starred Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner, as well as Cora Lee Day, Khandi Alexander, Jenifer Lewis, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Penny Johnson Jerald , Vanessa Bell Calloway, Chi McBride and Sherman Augustus, among many others.
The biographical drama was critically and commercially successful, grossing $61 million on a budget of $15 million after its June 1993 release.
Bassett won the lead role after beating actresses like Halle Berry and Robin Givens, according to The New York Times.
And then, having just completed her previous film, she only had a month to prepare before the start of filming.
The Malcolm X star used those four weeks to watch every available Turner music video that was available, while reading his memoir I, Tina several times.
Before filming, Bassett met Turner twice, who then advised her on the details of her performance, from wigs and outfits to dance styles. The music icon also did Bassett makeup, leading the actress to call her “sustainable” and “biggest fan.”
“We’re two Southern girls,” Bassett told the publication at the time with a laugh. “Tina is a black woman from the South, and so am I. Tina suffered abuse, and I saw it. I know that.’
Bonafide hit: The biopic film was critically and commercially successful, grossing $61 million against a budget of $15 million after its June 1993 release
Truly honored: Bassett would eventually have the honor of inducting Tina Turner into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist in October 2021
Bassett would eventually have the honor of inducting Tina Turner into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist in October 2021. She had previously been inducted with ex-husband Ike Turner in 1991.
Last month in an interview with The Guardian, the Brownsville, Tennessee native reiterated her desire to be considered the queen of rock ‘n’ roll when asked how she would like to be remembered.
His many other accolades include receiving 12 Grammy Awards, including eight Competitive Awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award,
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Tina Turner is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Rolling Stone named her “one of the greatest singers of all time”.