Angela Bassett has shared a statement honoring Tina Turner, the legendary singer that Bassett portrayed in her breakout film, What’s Love Got To Do With It?
“How do we say goodbye to a woman who owns her pain and trauma and uses it as a way to help change the world?” Bassett stated in an Instagram post. Through her courage to tell her story, her commitment to moving on with her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to make space in rock and roll for herself and others like her, Tina Turner has shown others who have lived in fear what a beautiful, filled future must look like. With love, mercy and freedom.”
Bassett continued, “Her last words to me—to me—were ‘You never imitated me. ‘” Instead, you reached into the depths of your soul, found the tina within you, and revealed it to the world. I will keep these words close to my heart for the rest of my days. I am honored to know Tina Turner. I am so humbled that I helped show her to the world. So, as we mourn the loss of that iconic voice and presence today, she gave us more than we could ever ask for. She gave herself completely to us. And Tina Turner is the gift that will always be “Simply Best.” Angels, sing to your comfort… Queen. “
Turner passed away today after a long illness. Since then, stars ranging from Mick Jagger and Brian Wilson to Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and Kid Cudi have paid homage to the singer who, in addition to having the pipes that made her the queen of rock and roll, stood up against the domestic violence and racism industry to become one of the biggest stars of all time. . After Bassett portrayed the artist in her 1993 autobiography, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and has gone on to become a leading force in her field.
In honor of Turner, a result Collected her top 10 hits.