Actor Angela Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg, was nominated for an Oscar for playing Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It. Bassett has joined the cast of NBC's ER for its 15th and final season. She and her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, have 2-year-old twins.
What's on your nightstand?
Oh, Lord, what's on my nightstand? ER scripts . . . I have lots of books. I can't wait to get to them. Let me see, what do I have up here? Oh, my gosh, what do I have? The Happiest Toddler on the Block, A Mind at a Time, Parent Management Training. I have The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell . . .
Seems like you're a very directed reader.
Raising Financially Fit Kids. What else? Where I Lived and What I Lived For by Henry David Thoreau. And always, the Holy Bible, that's always a good book.
Eric Deggans, Times staff writer