Arguably Hollywood is all about perfection and reign of fame, and so to speak, the richest-actor scale is one of those indicators. With an acting prominence of more than 3 decades, Golden Globe-winning American actress Angela Bassett sees herself among the refined TV actresses, among the best-of-bests.
And thanks to the series 9-1-1, the New York native now tops the highest-earning TV actress of color. Not limited, Bassett's new salary from 9-1-1 leaves her only $125,000 per episode behind Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, considered the 10th highest-paid TV screen actress.
Having also racked in the 7-digit figure payroll from the films including Supernova and The Score, the actress in her 60s enjoys the luxury of a millionaire. With her husband, Courtney B. Vance, the mother of two, enjoys a collective fortune of $50 million.
Angela Bassett Becomes Highest-Earning TV Actress Of Color: Salary From '9-1-1'?
Bassett, the 5 feet 4 inches tall actress, has never felt fatigued climbing the ladder of success ever since she turned professional in 1985. Not to mention, over these decades, the Yale University alumna worked in many TV series and films.
But, it was the procedural TV series 9-1-1, where she portrays St. Athena Grant, that would crown her highest-paid TV actress of color.
Reportedly, ahead of Season 5 of 9-1-1, set to premiere on September 20, 2021, Angela had a long debate of payrise. It eventually saw her a salary of $450,000 per episode. It is inclusive of her role in the show while also serving as its executive producer and its spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star (2020-21).
The second-most earning in the series is the male lead Peter Krause with $300,000 per episode. Other casts Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rockmond Dunbar, Aisha Hinds, Oliver Stark, Kenneth Choi, and Ryan Guzman, gets $80,000 per episode after a 25% pay rise.
Not only became the highest-earning cast of 9-1-1, but Angela Bassett did leave behind other black actresses in TV broadcasts and topped all actresses of color in terms of revenue.
Notably, Kerry Washington of Scandal made $250K per episode, having earned $80K-an-episode in the early seasons, while Grey's Anatomy cast Chandra Wilson pocketed $125K each episode.
In 2020, Forbes listed Ellen Pompeo, the star and producer of Grey's Anatomy, as #10th highest-paid actress with a revenue of $22.17 million. And as reported, the Black Panther actress is only $125,000 short of Pompeo, who earns $575,000 per episode, around $20 million per year.
So, if the 9-1-1 goes on and the payroll increment gets a boost again, then Bassett is likely to make her debut in Top 10 Highest-Earning TV actress. Let the future decide it!
Who Are The Highest-Paid Actress and TV Actress In 2021?
In 2021, Scarlet Johanson, after the most recent Black Widow film, reigns as the highest-paid actress with a revenue of $57 million. Sofia Vergara, the Modern Family actress, ranks No. 2 overall with $44.4 million, but is the highest-earning in the TV actress category, which she has ruled since 2015.
As per the report of 2020, Vergara made 500,000 per episode from Modern Family, while a $10 million a season adds up in her account as the judge of America's Got Talent. Moreover, the slew of endorsements and lucrative licensing deals sky-rocketed her earnings as well.
And you probably, might be thinking who the second-highest-paid TV figure in terms of earning is? Back in 2019, Kaley Cuoco was the runner-up with $24.5 million through The Big Bang Theory. Still, the position belongs to Cuoco without anyone crossing the milestone. But it seems Pompeo could be the one since her salary bumped to $575K.
Net Worth and Income Of Angela Bassett [2021 Update]
It's undeniable that more than 100 acting credits, even more, in the notable roles, has seen the American actress Angela an entry into millionaire's club.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Academy Award-nominee has an estimated $25 million net worth as of 2021. Jointly, with her actor husband Courtney B. Vance, the pair owns $50 million.
In 1993, Bassett made only $250,000 from the film What's Love Got to Do with It, but just after 2 years, she pocketed $2.5 million through Waiting to Exhale (1995). For Supernova (2000) and The Score (2001), the UNICEF ambassador earned $3.5 million each.
While other financial data about the payroll of the actress is yet to be out, the Olympus Has Fallen actress supposedly collected an average of hefty 6-digit figure from TV and film works.
After marrying Courtney B. Vance on October 12, 1997, Angela lived in their house in Hancock Park, Fremont Place, Los Angeles, which she had bought in 1994 for around $700K. Their surrogate twins, son Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance (b. January 27, 2006) grew up there.
Then in mid-2007, the couple put their 4,828 square feet Hancock Park property with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms on sale, asking $5.99 million. But, after failing to get a buyer, it chopped its price twice ($4.999 million in March 2008 and then $3.9 million). The residence was ultimately sold for $3.8 million in July 2008.
Since 2007, Bassett lives with her husband and kids in their La Canada Flintridge, California house, purchased in 2007 for $3.7 million.