Actor Courtney B. Vance and wife Angela Bassett share the secret to their happily married life

American actor Courtney B Vance and actress Angela Bassett have been together since 1997. They are living a happy married life. The couple still acts like a newly-wed couple. They can't even imagine their life without one another.

Talking about the secret of their eighteen years of marriage with Closer magazine Bassett said, "Respect and negotiation! I want what I want, he wants what he wants and sometimes they're not the same, but we've learned how to negotiate to make each other happy and fulfill our dream and desire".

"He let me be me and do me. He is a great support for me and for anyone" she added.

Vance has been a great support and has been helping his wife in whatever she does. Bassett debuted as a director, with the movie "Whitney".  In an interview with Zap2it, Bassett said, "I was touched when Vance told me that I was the perfect person to direct the movie".

Vance and Bassett had always been the perfect partners. But, their marriage had some ups and down. Due to some reasons Bassett was unable to become a mother. They had been waiting for long time to enjoy the bliss of parenthood. But Bassett never lost her hope. She thought of adoption as an option. But afterwards, her friend gave her idea of surrogacy. She then, started the procedures and found a lady for this job.  Finally, after seven years of her marriage, she was blessed with twins, a son and a daughter.

The couple expressed how they felt when they first met their kids. Talking to people, he said, "We saw the first heartbeat, and it was like, Wow! Look at that! Wow! There's another one!"

The couple were very much overwhelmed with the arrival of the baby. Although Bassett had no plans of taking a break from her acting career, but she tried to spend as much as time she could with the baby. According to news sources, Bassett was often seen playing with her kids rather than attending parties and networking events.

The couple has been enjoying their married life for eighteen years. They got married in 1997. At first, they were just friends for years. After a while, they starting dating and they fell for each other.

Courtney B Vance is famous for his role in the featured films, "Hamburger Hill" where he played the character of 'Johnson'. He is also well-known for his role in the television series, "Law and Order: Criminal Intent".

Vance is a tall man and stands at the height of 5'11". He has a net worth of $4 million dollars.

Vance is also active on social networking sites. He has ten thousand followers on Twitter and numerous fans on Instagram as well.