Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance Become Parents

Actress Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, are celebrating after becoming first-time parents. The couple became parents of twins -- a boy and a girl -- who were born through a surrogate in January 2006.

Angela and Courtney’s story is a true love story. They have written a book about their lives and how they came to become a couple and their journey towards parenting. Vance and Bassett, both 47, were married in 1997.

When Courtney and Angela decided to start a family, they eventually turned to fertility specialists for help. After seven years of visiting in vitro specialists, getting shots and other treatments, the news was not encouraging. It was an extremely trying and emotionally exhausting time for the couple, and each failed attempt was especially devastating to Angela. After each failed cycle, Angela would stay focused on the prize of parenting:

"I was devastated when it didn't happen [again and again]. I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, 'Okay, let's do it again.'"

Eventually, a friend approached Angela and announced that she and her husband were five months pregnant. However she did not look pregnant at all. Confused, Angela said, 'You are?' and the friend revealed that they were working with a surrogate mother. She began to tell me about the idea of surrogacy. The more we learned about it, the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us. Angela brought the idea up to Courtney, and they decided to think about it. "The more we learned about it, the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us," Angela says. This was the turning point for Angela and Courtney. Their friend encouraged them to contact the Center for Surrogate Parenting for help and they did.

Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett appeared on the Oprah show to discuss their love story which culminated in the birth of their twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah in January 2006. For Angela, the actual birth of their babies was an amazing experience.

Just standing there together, holding each other with the realization that this is the moment that we've been working toward, praying for...[it's a dream come true].

Learn more about their love story and journey towards parenting by purchasing their book:

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Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance Become Parents
Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance