Friends: A Love Story

Friends: A Love Story

by Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance
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Friends: A Love Story by Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance

What if you met your future soul mate, but were too busy living in the here and now to realize you'd found "the one"?

That's what happened when Courtney B. Vance met Angela Bassett….

They ran for years as friends in the same small circles. They had some hits, but mostly misses with other partners, and they shared one spectacularly dreadful first date together. And then, Courtney and Angela connected.

Experience the up-close-and-personal, real-life love story of this inspirational African-American celebrity couple. Learn how they navigate the fickle tides of fame while keeping their relationship fresh and true. See how they've carved a meaningful life together in spite of humble beginnings, family tragedy and the ups and downs of stardom, with love, faith and determination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426827426
Publisher: Kimani Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,195,776
File size: 359 KB

About the Author

Best known for her searing portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love got to Do with It? (1993), The Golden Globe recipient and Academy Award-nominated Angela Bassett has consistently given performances that leave an indelible impression. A native of New York City, New York, Basset grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received her B.A. in African-American studies from Yale in 1980. In 1983 she earned a master's in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama. It was at Yale that Bassett met her husband, Courtney B. Vance, who graduated from the drama school in 1986.

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Friends: A Love Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment I picked up this book, I was captivated by the lives of these two actors who's work that I have admired for many, many years. This book not only documents the growth of their friendship and love but it also documents their individual struggles from childhood to adulthood. As children growing up in the 60's era, they were raised in a time when the civil rights of the minorities were being shouted and, eventually, heard. And the melting pot of cultures was beginning to be brought together and coexist as one¿as it should be. The world as it once was in the midst of change as young Angela and Courtney began their journeys. Unbeknownst to both of them, their childhood experiences, Courtney's adventurous persona and Angela's vibrancy, would pave the way for the wonderment that we all experience as we have seen them (and continue to see them) show off their acting gumption. Although their life stories were tales of growth, family and spirituality, their stories were not always filled with joyous moments. The novel brings us into the personal family turmoil and gut wrenching tragedies that would make anyone break and give up¿I think that any reader would feel fortunate to that Angela and Courtney shared their personal stories from their past to serve as a life lesson to those who continue to struggle¿where there is a will, there is a way within any circumstances¿one can overcome, in time. What I found pleasantly intriguing was how these two fascinating people kept 'bumping' into each other at different points in their lives¿as college students¿as young budding actors¿ established actors. Maybe what they say is true¿sometime we meet people who are our match but timing is EVERYTHING! When they finally hooked up, it was like seeing a mirror of my relationship and other relationships minus the acting careers, of course. You have the 'oh-so-romantic-lovey-dovey' phase then it moves to 'hmmm-I-think-this-person-could-be-the-one' phase then it moves to 'hey-u-wanna-see-my-face-4-the-rest-of-our-lives?' phase¿then the big day and you are now man and wife this is where the hard work of a relationship begins (so I'm told). Courtney and Angela gives the reader a close look on how they became one. Before reading this book, I am the first to say that two people cannot become one in a relationship¿how the heck can that be when you have two different/somewhat different personalities, goals, dreams, needs, wants, etc.? Well what is really meant by the 'two become one' motto of a marriage (from what I gather from this book) is that its not that two people somehow morph into one person, one mind but it's the spiritual souls that really become one. I was just floored at how they broke it down¿their journey to understanding and continually to understand that its not 'me, myself and I' in this thing called marriage with this other person but its growing together spiritually, learning how to read each other and understand one another, especially in live changing experiences as bringing a child into the world. What I learned from this life story was that love is not all roses and butterflies but it can be most of the time if you take the time and believe and trust in one another and, most importantly strengthen your spiritual bonds. I strongly and highly recommend picking up this book¿it doesn't matter if you are single, married, divorced, whatever¿ ~Peace~
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was thoroughly surprised and enlightened by reading Friends. This book is an encouragement for anybody out there looking for love and who wants to know how to maintain it. Angela & Courtney proved with this book, that they are not only talented actors but very bold and daring people, to reveal their story, with no inhibitions, in such a public way. Angela & Courtney are one serious power-couple that break the Hollywood marriage stereotype and Friends is one seriously powerful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book in the bookstore and I couldn't put it down. I read through more than half the book. I found it amazing how much their stories mirrored each other. Also, I love that they are Black. Amazing, Amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angela bassett she is my idol i want to be just like her an i dint know sh can write a book as good as this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of a beautiful relationship. God definitely receives the glory for making their union solid.
missunique45 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed entering the lives of Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance. They share the struggles both of them faced and how they put God first in their relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very distinct personality, with an unquestionable respect and honor honesty displayed throughout their story. A great read for anyone or couples just for an unbais opinion on so many circumstances we come across in life.
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Freedom More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! I plan on sharing it with other couples as they fight for their relationships and marriages. I would recommend men and women alike to read this book prior to marriage to get a little hindsight into the married life, and the struggles that it will take to get there and stay put. I highly recommend men to read it because it is not a chick book, but a book that communicates and connects with grown men and women alike. You may find yourself reading about them, and in the right into yourself! A must read!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such a blessing for someone looking for love or just begginning a new relationship. Men & Women of God it pays to wait til after the vows to enter into a place of no return, communication is key. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story and for being so candid, I cried and laughed. Such a blessing!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that I want a husband just like Courtney Vance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives great advice for those looking for love and those trying to make their relationship work. It is a honest read and a great overall story that each of us can relate to. Great job and keep doing great things!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I put this book down, all I could think of was-Inspiration. This is a book that will make you laugh, cry, think and reflect. I was amazed by the honesty, the effort and the courage that Courtney and Angela had when diving into each of their stories. And the best part about it was that it was their voice! With each chapter it caused me to recall how I had dealt with situations in my own life. Not only that, but I questioned how I would handle myself if in their situations that are very much human experiences. I truly learned something about myself! Don't just expect to be entertained, be prepared to be inspired!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a sappy, over-romanticized, love on the surface kind of love story. It¿s about commitment and true love the way God intends it to be. I was truly inspired.