Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger

Her role in '9 12 Weeks' (1986)


“I think any girl who comes to Hollywood with sex symbol or bombshell hanging
over her has a rough road.” Kim Basinger

Leggy, full-lipped, blue-eyed blonde Kim Basinger first came to prominence as
one of the world’s top fashion models before establishing a highly successful
film career with her Oscar-winning supporting turn as a Hollywood call girl in
Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (1997), where she also nabbed a Golden Globe
Award. The former Breck Girl and Playboy playmate, who was routinely cast as a
sex object, also gained popularity for playing roles in such films as the James
Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983), The Man Who Loved Women (1983), The
Natural (1984), 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), the blockbuster hit Batman (1989), Final
Analysis (1992), Cool World (1992), Wayne’s World 2 (1993) and Roger Donaldson’s
thriller The Getaway (1994). A cover girl turned Oscar-winning actress, Basinger
also added I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Bless the Child (2000), 8 Mile (2002),
The Door in the Floor (2004) and the well-received thriller Cellular (2004) to
her acting resume. Recently starring in Even Money (2006) and appearing in The
Sentinel (2006), the 53-year-old actress will soon make her return to television
with the forth coming The Mermaid Chair (2006).

A blend of Irish, German, Swedish and Cherokee Indian, Basinger was named one of
Empire magazine’s “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” (1995) and one of the John
Willis’ Screen World “Twelve Promising New Actors” (1984). In late 1989,
Basinger made headlines after buying the town of Braselton in her native
Georgia. Four years later, she again became the center of interest after being
sued by Main Line studio for violating a verbal agreement she had made to star
in the motion picture Boxing Helena. She was ordered to pay them $8.1 million
dollars, which caused her to file personal bankruptcy. On a more positive note,
animal lover and strict vegan Basinger is known as an active supporter of PETA.
As for her private life, the blonde beauty has been married twice, once to Ron
Britton (from 1980-1989), and once to Alec Baldwin (from 1993-2001), with whom
she has a daughter. Her romantic life has also been involved with Prince (dated
in the 1980s), Jon Peters (also dated in the 1980s) and Eminem (reportedly dated
while shooting the film 8 Mile).

Timid Dodo

Childhood and Family:

Born Kimila Ann Basinger, on December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, Kim Basinger
was the 3rd of 5 children to Don, a jazz musician and loan-company manager, and
Ann, a former model, champion swimmer and water ballet artist who often
performed in Esther Williams movies. She has two brothers, Mick and Skip, and
two younger sisters, Ashley and Barbara. Thoughtful Kim was considered a shy
girl when she was a student. To help overcome her shyness, her parents sent
young Kim to ballet classes. Despite the bashfulness, Kim, whose nickname is
Dodo, wanted to become a performer.

Kim attended Athens High School and joined the school cheerleader team. An
active girl, she also took dancing, diving and gymnastic lessons. At age 16,
Kim, joined the local Junior Miss pageant and won by singing a number from the
1964 movie My Fair Lady. She was later crowned “Junior Miss Georgia” and flew to
New York City to compete in the national Junior Miss pageant. A former student
of the University of Georgia, Kim later dropped out of college and moved to New
York City to pursue a modeling career. She later also added acting to her

In 1980, Kim married makeup artist Ron Britton, but they divorced nine years
later, in 1989. She later married actor Alec Baldwin (born in 1958), whom she
met while on the production of the 1990 movie The Marrying Man. The couple
married on August 19, 1993, and had their first child, daughter Ireland Eliesse
Baldwin, on October 23, 1995. In the late 2000s, Kim and Baldwin became
estranged before finally filing for divorce in January 2001.

Batman Girl


A native of Athens, Georgia, 16-year-old Kim Basinger started her modeling
career by entering the Athens Junior Miss contest and sang her way to the tiara
with a number from My Fair Lady, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” She followed that up
by winning the title of “Junior Miss Georgia.” The once-shy Basinger then headed
to New York City to compete in the national Junior Miss pageant. It was there
that Basinger was approached by fashion modeling mogul Eileen Ford, who offered
the young beauty queen a modeling contract with her celebrated Ford Modeling
Agency. Initially turning down the offer in favor of singing and acting,
Basinger made up her mind and headed back to NYC to become a Ford model.

Not long after penning the deal, Basinger’s pretty face graced numerous magazine
covers and she also appeared in hundred of ads throughout the early ‘70s, most
notably appearing as the Breck shampoo girl. She achieved a top model status by
age 20, earning a salary of $1,000 a day. In the meantime, she alternated
between modeling work and attending acting classes at the prestigious
Neighborhood Playhouse as well as performing in various Greenwich Village clubs.

In 1976, after a five-year stint as a cover girl, Basinger decided to put her
modeling career on the backburner and move to Los Angeles to begin a career in
acting. Her early TV appearances include guest starring in “Gemini Man,”
“Charlie’s Angels,” “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “McMillan and Wife.” In
1977, she made her TV movie debut with a costarring role as cop J.Z. Kane,
opposite Lou Antonio, in the ABC police drama Dog and Cat, a role she reprised
for the short-lived series of the same name. After a string of TV projects,
including a title character in NBC’s film Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978)
and a supporting role as Lorene Rogers in the miniseries adaptation of “From
Here to Eternity” (1979, also reprised the role in a short-lived spin-off series
in the next year), Basinger made her move to the big screen by taking the female
lead in the low-budget, but well-received, Hard Country (1981).

Basinger then undertook a costarring role, opposite actor and director Charlton
Heston, in his adventure film The Mother Lode (1982), but it was in the
following year that she won the roles of James Bond Girl Domino Petachi in Never
Say Never Again and Louise Carr, opposite Burt Reynolds, in Blake Edwards’
remake of The Man Who Loved Women (1983). The movies gave Basinger’s career
attention and she gained additional notice for posing topless for Playboy

Her career began to take off and Basinger was considered for better roles. In
1985, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
in a Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for her good portrayal of femme fatale
Memo Paris, who romances Robert Redford, in The Natural (1984). As she tried to
display her range and capability, Basinger, however, had to deal with
blockbuster failure with the film version of Sam Shepard’s Off-Broadway hit Fool
for Love (1985, starred with Mickey Rourke) for director Robert Altman. She
followed that up with a series of flops like Adrian Lyne’s 9 1/2 Weeks (1986),
Blake Edwards’ Blind Date (1987) and My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988). Basinger
bounced back in 1989 when she was chosen to replace the injured Sean Young, and
the love interest of Michael Keaton’s Batman, in the box office smash hit
The actress next teamed up with her then-lover Alec Baldwin in the
trouble-plagued and box office disappointment The Marrying Man (1991) and earned
MTV nominations for Most Desirable Female for her role in Final Analysis (1992,
with Richard Gere) and Ralph Bakshi’s live action/animated mishmash Cool World
(1992). She was also nominated for Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards when she
made a cameo appearance in Wayne’s World 2 (1993) and again was honored with the
Most Desirable Female MTV Movie nomination for her starring turn opposite
Baldwin in Roger Donaldson’s thriller The Getaway (1994). She was then offered
the role of TV reporter Kitty Potter in Altman’s Ready to Wear (1994), before
taking a few years off to concentrate on her new family with Baldwin.

Returning to filmmaking in 1997, Basinger hit the big time when director Curtis
Hanson cast her in the supporting role of Lynn Bracken, a hooker made to look
like Veronica Lake, in L.A. Confidential. Delivering a brilliant scene-stealing
performance, she was handed an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors
Guild and a Southeastern Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress,
as well as received a nomination at BAFTA for Best Performance by an Actress in
a Leading Role. The film noir classic starred Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy
Pearce and James Cromwell.

After taking another break, Basinger made her way back to the cinematic industry
in 2000 with the moderate success I Dreamed of Africa and the absurd thriller
Bless the Child. In the first film, she portrayed Kuki Gallmann, a woman
recently relocated to the Dark Continent, and in the second, she was cast as
Maggie O’Connor, the aunt of a girl wanted by Satanic cultists. In 2002, she
rejoined L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson to costar as rapper Eminem’s
drug-addled mother in 8 Mile, a fictionalized telling of the hip-hop artist’s
rise from the streets of urban Detroit. She followed that up with roles in
People I Know (2003, with Al Pacino), the adaptation of John Irving’s A Widow
For One Year, The Door in the Floor (2004, opposite Jeff Bridges), the
comedy/romance Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) and the well-received thriller
Cellular (2004, earning a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress).

Recently, Basinger starred with Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer and Nick Cannon in
the crime/drama Even Money (2006) and shared the screen with Michael Douglas,
Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria in the Clark Johnson-directed thriller The
Sentinel (2006). She is also set to make her TV comeback with a starring role in
director Steven Schachter’s TV movie adaptation of The Mermaid Chair (2006).


Kudzu Film Festival: Athena Award for her achievements in the cinematic
arts, 1999
Southeastern Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress, L.A.
Confidential, 1998
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Supporting Role, L.A. Confidential, 1998
Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, L.A. Confidential, 1997
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress, L.A. Confidential, 1997
Golden Apple: Sour Apple, 1991
You never stop the measuring process because these are oceans that are so deep that they have no bottom, and it takes a long time to know that. It only goes to a higher place after you've gone to the depths where you think there's a bottom - and when you find out that there is no bottom, it just rises up into this plume of euphoria.More Kim Basinger quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think my mother had a lot of opportunity when she was a kid. She was a model, and she did a lot of things in her life, but she had no real ambition. I think my mother really did want a home and kids and all of that.More Kim Basinger quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never really saw my dad as entertained as when he was just completely blown away by somebody on the television screen or at the movies. I think that's the real reason that I went into acting.More Kim Basinger quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I love to be nervous before a scene.More Kim Basinger quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Basically, my work in the last ten years has been for the protection of animals, and it has opened me up to every organized animal-rights group.More Kim Basinger quotes [09/06/2006 12:09:00]

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