Kim Basinger

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Kim Basinger
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Basinger in France, September 1989
BornKimila Ann Basinger
(1953-12-08) December 8, 1953 (age 60)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active1976–present
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Spouse(s)Ron Snyder (1980–1989)
Alec Baldwin (1993–2002)
ChildrenIreland Baldwin
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Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger24.JPG
Basinger in France, September 1989
BornKimila Ann Basinger
(1953-12-08) December 8, 1953 (age 60)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active1976–present
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Spouse(s)Ron Snyder (1980–1989)
Alec Baldwin (1993–2002)
ChildrenIreland Baldwin

Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger ( /ˈbsɪŋər/ BAY-sing-ər, often mispronounced /ˈbæsɪnər/ BASS-in-jər; born December 8, 1953) is an American actress and former fashion model. She came to prominence in the 1980s with roles as Bond girl Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983), her Golden Globe-nominated role as Memo Paris in The Natural (1984), Elizabeth in 9½ Weeks (1986), and Vicki Vale in Batman (1989).

In 1997, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in L.A. Confidential. Other movies in which Basinger has starred include I Dreamed of Africa (2000) as Kuki Gallmann, 8 Mile (2002), and Cellular (2004).

Early life[edit]

Basinger was born in Athens, Georgia, on 8 December 1953.[1] Her mother, Ann Lee (née Cordell), was a model, actress, and swimmer who appeared in several Esther Williams films.[1][2] Her father, Donald Wade Basinger, was a big band musician and loan manager; as a U.S. Army soldier, he landed in Normandy on D-Day.[3] The third of five children,[1] she has two brothers, Mick and Skip, and two sisters, Ashley and Barbara. Basinger's ancestry includes English, German, French, Swedish, Scots-Irish, and, Cherokee Native American.[4][5][6] She was raised a Methodist.[7] The relationship between her parents was tenuous,[citation needed] and her father's critical nature affected her emotionally from a young age. She has said, "I just couldn't please him enough. He never complimented me ever. And I saw a lot of silence. Children always read into silence as something terrible."[1] Basinger has described herself as extremely shy and lonely during her childhood, and has stated that she faced many hardships during her school years as a result.[1][5]

Basinger studied ballet from about age three to her mid-teens. By her mid teens, she grew in confidence and successfully auditioned for the school cheerleading team.[1] When Basinger was 16, she started modeling, by winning the Athens Junior Miss contest. She then won the title “Junior Miss Georgia”.[8] She competed in the national Junior Miss pageant and was offered a modeling contract with the Ford Modeling Agency.[1] She turned it down in favor of singing and acting, and enrolled at the University of Georgia, but soon reconsidered and went to New York to become a Ford model.[1] Despite earning $1,000 a day, Basinger never enjoyed modelling, saying "It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to deal with the way I looked. I couldn't stand it. I felt myself choking."[1] Basinger has said that even as a model, when others relished looking in the mirror before appearing, she abhorred it and would avoid mirrors out of insecurity.[9] Not long after her Ford deal, Basinger appeared on the cover of magazines. She appeared in hundreds of ads throughout the early 1970s, most notably as the Breck Shampoo girl.[10] She alternated between modeling and attending acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as performing in Greenwich Village clubs as a singer.[11]


In 1976, after five years as a cover girl, Basinger quit modelling and moved to Los Angeles to act. After appearing in small parts on a few TV shows such as McMillan & Wife and Charlie's Angels,[12] her first starring role was in a made-for-TV movie, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) in which she played a small town girl who goes to Hollywood to become an actress and winds up becoming a famous centerfold for a men's magazine.[13] She then appeared in the miniseries remake From Here to Eternity (1979) with Natalie Wood and William Devane.[13] Her feature debut was the critically well-received rural drama Hard Country (1981),[5] which she followed up with the adventure film Mother Lode (1982), which co-starred Charlton Heston.

Basinger's breakout role was as the Bond girl Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983), where she starred opposite Sean Connery.[5] To promote her role in the Bond film, Basinger did a famous nude pictorial for Playboy. Basinger said the Playboy appearance led to good opportunities, such as Barry Levinson's The Natural (1984), co-starring Robert Redford, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Her most controversial appearance was in Adrian Lyne's erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986) with Mickey Rourke,[14] which failed at the box office but quickly acquired a large fanbase on home video. Academy Award winning writer-director Robert Benton cast her in the title role for the film Nadine (1987). Several directors cast her twice in their films, including Blake Edwards for The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and Blind Date (1987) and Robert Altman for Fool for Love (1985) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). The highest-grossing film of her career thus far was Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman,[15] where Basinger played the role of photojournalist Vicki Vale.[5]

In 1992, Basinger was a guest vocalist on a re-recorded version of Was (Not Was)'s "Shake Your Head", which also featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, and reached the UK Top 5.[16] In 1997, after a three-year hiatus from acting, Basinger made a comeback as the femme fatale in Curtis Hanson's neo-noir L.A. Confidential alongside Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe. She initially turned down the film twice, feeling an insecurity at returning to the screen and enjoying motherhood.[5][9] The role earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award. She holds the distinction of being the only actress who has both posed nude in Playboy and won an Academy Award. In a 2000 interview with Charlie Rose, Basinger said that L.A. Confidential and her next project, I Dreamed of Africa (2000), were the most pleasurable of her career and that the cast were all there for the right reasons.[9] She says that Vincent Pérez was the "most incredible actor she had ever worked with" and had the "biggest heart of anybody she has ever worked with."[9]

Hanson cast her again, as Eminem's alcoholic mother in the hit film 8 Mile (2002). In 2004, Basinger starred opposite Jon Foster in The Door in the Floor, a drama with heavy sexual themes adapted from the novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving. She was next featured in the crime thrillers Cellular (2004) and The Sentinel (2006), and starred in the Lifetime original movie The Mermaid Chair (2006) as a married woman who falls in love with a monk. Her 2009 film, The Informers, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. Her next film, The Burning Plain, was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2008.[17]

Basinger's more recent work in the 2010s includes Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and Grudge Match (2013). She recently finished filming Third Person for director Paul Haggis, where she stars alongside Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde. The film is slated for release in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Basinger with Alec Baldwin at the 1994 César Awards ceremony in Paris.

On October 12, 1980, Basinger married makeup artist Ron Snyder-Britton, fifteen years her senior. They had met on the film Hard Country. Basinger filed for divorce on December 1, 1988[18] and it was finalized a year later.[19] Britton would later write a memoir titled Longer than Forever, published in 1998, about their time together and about her rumored affair with actor Richard Gere,[20] with whom she starred in No Mercy (1986) and Final Analysis (1992).

She met her second husband, Alec Baldwin, in 1990 when they played lovers in The Marrying Man. They married on August 19, 1993, and appeared in the remake of The Getaway (1994). They played themselves in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons (which includes Ron Howard), in which Basinger corrects Homer Simpson on the pronunciation of her last name and polishes her Oscar statuette. Basinger and Baldwin have a daughter, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin (born October 23, 1995), thus connecting her to the well-known Baldwin family. They filed for divorce on January 12, 2001; it was finalized on February 3, 2002. In the following years, the pair were embroiled in a contentious custody battle over their daughter.

Financial problems[edit]

Some family members recommended Basinger buy the small town of Braselton, Georgia, some 1,691 acres in 1989 for US$20 million, to establish as a tourist attraction with movie studios and film festival.[21] However, she encountered financial difficulties and started to sell parts of it off in 1995.[22] The town is now owned by developer Wayne Mason. In a 1998 interview with Barbara Walters, Basinger admitted that "nothing good came out of it", because a rift resulted within her family.

Basinger's financial difficulties were exacerbated when she pulled out of the controversial film Boxing Helena (1993), resulting in the studio's winning a US$8.1 million judgment against her. Basinger filed for bankruptcy [23] and appealed the jury's decision to a higher court, which sided with her. She and the studio settled for $3.8 million instead.[22]


Basinger is a vegetarian and an animal rights supporter. She has posed for anti-fur advertisements by PETA.[24]


Studio albums


Motion Pictures[edit]

YearFilmRoleAwards and nominations
1981Hard CountryJodie
KilljoyLaury Medford
1982Mother LodeAndrea Spalding
1983Never Say Never AgainDomino Petachi
The Man Who Loved WomenLouise Carr
1984The NaturalMemo ParisNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1985Fool for LoveMay
19869½ WeeksElizabethNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
No MercyMichele Duval
1987Blind DateNadia Gates
NadineNadine Hightower
1988My Stepmother Is an AlienCeleste MartinNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1989BatmanVicki ValeNominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991The Marrying ManVicki AndersonNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1992Final AnalysisHeather EvansNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
Cool WorldHolli Would
1993The Real McCoyKaren McCoy
Wayne's World 2Honey Horné
1994The GetawayCarol McCoyNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
Ready to Wear (aka Prêt-à-Porter)Kitty PotterNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1997L.A. ConfidentialLynn BrackenAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble[25]
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actress[25]
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
2000I Dreamed of AfricaKuki GallmannNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Bless the ChildMaggie O'ConnorNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Suspense
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
20028 MileStephanie Smith
People I KnowVictoria Gray
2004The Door in the FloorMarion ColeNominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Elvis Has Left the BuildingHarmony Jones
CellularJessica MartinNominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006The SentinelFirst Lady Sarah Ballentine
The Mermaid ChairJessie Sullivan
Even MoneyCarol Carver
2008While She Was OutDella Myers
The InformersLaura Sloan
The Burning PlainGina
2010Charlie St. CloudClaire St. Cloud
2012Black NovemberKristy
2013Third PersonElaine
Grudge MatchSally Rose


1976Gemini ManSheilaTV series; episode: "Night Train to Dallas"
Charlie's AngelsLinda OliverTV series; episode: "Angels in Chains"
1977McMillan & WifeJanet CarneyTV series; episode: "Dark Sunrise"
The Six Million Dollar ManLorraine StengerTV series; episode: "The Ultimate Imposter"
Dog and CatOfficer J.Z. KaneTV series (canceled after 6 episodes)
1978The Ghost of Flight 401 [26]Prissy FrasierMade for TV Movie
Katie: Portrait of a CenterfoldKatie McEveraMade for TV Movie
Vega$Allison JordenTV series; episode: "Lady Ice"
1979From Here to EternityLorene RogersTV miniseries
1980From Here to EternityLorene RogersSeries spinoff (canceled after 13 episodes)
1998The SimpsonsHerselfTV series; episode: "When You Dish Upon a Star"

Awards and honors[edit]

Basinger has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award (out of two nominations), a Screen Actors Guild Award (out of two nominations), an award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and an award from the Southeastern Film Critics Association. For her lifetime achievements in the cinematic arts, she received the Athena Award at the Kudzu Film Festival, and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also been nominated for the British Academy Film Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the Saturn Awards (three times) and the MTV Movie Awards (four times). More details on Basinger's movie and TV awards and nominations are available on her IMDb page.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Parish, James Robert (24 August 2007). The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film and TV Idols. John Wiley & Sons. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-470-05205-1. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
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  3. ^ Kim Basinger. Yahoo Movies.
  4. ^ Baltake, Joe (1983-12-22). "Kim Basinger – Information on the Academy Award Winning Actress and former fashion model.". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 1999
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  7. ^ Wuntch, Philip (1987-08-02). "NADINE IS THAT YOU? Robert Benton needed a down-home girl to play a manicurist in his movie. He found her in Kim Basinger". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  8. ^ Denisoff, R. Serge; Romanowski, William D. (1991). Risky Business: Rock in Film. Transaction Publishers. p. 547. ISBN 978-0-88738-843-9. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Interview". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Sherrow, Victoria (2006). Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-313-33145-9. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Publishing, Macmillan; Brownstone, David; Franck, Irene (1 May 1995). People in the News 1995. Macmillan Reference USA. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-02-897058-5. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Stephens, Autumn (1998). Drama Queens: Wild Women of the Silver Screen. Conari Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-57324-136-6. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Current biography yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. 1991. p. 53. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "With Her Latest Role, Blond Beauty Kim Basinger Goes from Bond to Bondage". People magazine. August 8, 1985. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  15. ^ "Kim Basinger Movie Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  16. ^ "Chart Stats – Was (Not Was)". Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  17. ^ Kemp, Stuart (2007-11-05). "Market buyers pick up pace, pics". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ "People In The News". Eugene Register-Guard. December 18, 1998. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  19. ^ "Basinger About to Divorce". The News and Courier. November 28, 1989. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  20. ^ Britton, Ron. Longer than Forever. Blake Publishing. 1998. ISBN 978-1-85782-325-7.
  21. ^ New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. 23 September 1996. p. 24. ISSN 00287369. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  22. ^ a b For Kim Basinger, the "fire ball" is out – and Veronica Lake is in
  23. ^ O'Steen, Kathleen (1993-05-26). "Basinger files Chapter 11". Variety. 
  24. ^ Celebs that protest for PETA, some in the buff. (2008-07-21). "Kim Basinger – Protesting for PETA – Pictures – Homefamily". Virgin Media. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  25. ^ a b "1997 (2nd Awards)". Online Film & Television Association. OFTA. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  26. ^ The Ghost of Flight 401 at the Internet Movie Database

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Preceded by
Maud Adams
Bond girl
Succeeded by
Tanya Roberts