Bassett says she and the other participants did not see themselves as underprivileged. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama, despite opposition from her father's sister who warned her to not "waste" her "Yale education on theater." She was the only member of Bassett's family to have gone to both college and graduate school.
Bassett attended Yale University and received her B. After graduation, Bassett worked as a receptionist for a beauty salon and as a photo researcher.
There, Bassett met his daughter from his first marriage, Jean, who at twelve years old, was several years older than Bassett.
During high school, Bassett became the first African-American from Boca Ciega to be admitted to the National Honor Society.
She participated in Upward Bound, an academic and cultural enrichment program for underprivileged students.
She returned for Freak Show, the anthology series' fourth season, portraying a three-breasted woman named Desiree Dupree for which she received another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In 2015, Bassett returned for the fifth season American Horror Story: Hotel portraying Ramona Royale, a famous movie star.
Bassett said the pregnancy "only made things harder." Bassett's parents "shipped" her to stay with her father's sister Golden.
While her aunt did not have any children of her own, she "loved children, and she was good with them." Bassett did not see her father again for several years, until she attended her grandmother's funeral.The year she began attending was 1970, the first year bussing was implemented to integrate public schools in St. After completing seventh grade, she was bussed to Azalea Middle School for eighth and ninth grade.Bassett's mother became more involved in her daughter's grades and told her and her sister the pair were going to college.For her portrayal of Betty Shabazz, she earned an Image Award.Despite the award, the movie was not entirely given positive reception, being referred to by critics as failing to "capture" the rage of Malcolm X's autobiography.A straight "A" and "B" student for the most part, Bassett got her first "C," in physical education, and tried to get her mother to not feel disappointment in the grade.