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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 December 1953Athens, Georgia, USA
Birth NameKimila Ann Basinger
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. She is the daughter of Ann Lee (Cordell) and Donald Wade Basinger, a loan manager. Both her parents had been in entertainment; her father had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, a trait she has credited as having come from her father. As a schoolgirl, she was very shy. To help her overcome this, her parents had Kim study ballet from an early age. By the time she reached sweet sixteen, the once-shy Kim entered the Athens Junior Miss contest. From there, she went on to win the Junior Miss Georgia title and traveled to New York to compete in the national Junior Miss pageant. Kim, who had blossomed to a 5' 7" beauty, was offered a contract on the spot with the Ford Modeling Agency. At the age of 20, Kim was a top model, commanding $1,000 a day. Throughout the early 1970s, she appeared on dozens of magazine covers and in hundreds of ads, most notably as the Breck girl. Kim took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, performed in various Greenwich Village clubs, and sang under the stage name Chelsea. Kim moved to Los Angeles in 1976, ready to conquer Hollywood. Kim broke into television doing episodes of such hit series as Charlie's Angels (1976). In 1980, she married Ron Snyder (they divorced in 1989). In movies, she had roles like being a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again (1983) and playing a small-town Texas beauty in Nadine (1987). Her biggest success was in the role of photojournalist Vicki Vale in the blockbuster hit Batman (1989). This took her to a career high.

With perhaps too much disposable income, Kim headed up an investment group that purchased the entire town of Braselton, in her native Georgia, for $20 million (she would later have to sell it). In 1993, Kim married Alec Baldwin, and in 1995 they had a daughter, Ireland Eliesse. Kim took some time off to stay at home with her child. Kim, who loves animals and is a strict vegetarian, devoted energy to animal rights issues and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), even posing for some ads. In 1997, Kim gave an Oscar-winning performance in the film noir classic L.A. Confidential (1997). Kim's salary for I Dreamed of Africa (2000) was $5,000,000, putting her firmly in the category of big-name movie star. And no doubt there are still many great things ahead, in the career of cover girl turned Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com

Spouse (2)

Alec Baldwin (19 August 1993 - 3 February 2002) (divorced) (1 child)
Ron Snyder (12 October 1980 - 30 December 1989) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice
Her scream. She's often referred to as the 'Scream Queen'.

Trivia (37)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#40).
Studied ballet from the age of 3 to mid-teens.
She describes her father as an introspective, classically trained trumpeter, her mother as a flamboyant, extroverted "Lucy-like" housewife.
Loved the movie My Fair Lady (1964) and the song "Loverly" in it, which prompted her father to encourage her to enter local Junior Miss pageant and sing the song as her "talent". She didn't win, but later did succeed in competition to become the "Breck (shampoo) Girl". This led to career as Ford model, then to acting.
Attended Athens High School with Keith Strickland of The B-52's.
Has two older brothers, Mick and Skip, and two younger sisters, Ashley and Barbara.
Daughter of Don, a jazz musician, and Ann, a former model and champion swimmer.
Purchased the town of Braselton, Georgia in partnership with the Ameritech Pension fund for $20 million in 1989, with the intention of turning it into a tourist attraction that featured movie studios and a film festival. In 1993, she sold the town for $1 million.
When she reneged on her verbal agreement to star in Boxing Helena (1993), the producers sued her for breach of contract. A jury ordered her to pay over $8 million, which forced Basinger to declare bankruptcy. The decision was reversed on appeal.
Her last name is often mispronounced. The writers on Saturday Night Live (1975) made fun of this fact when she and her then-husband, Alec Baldwin, hosted the show. In his opening monologue, he asks her how to pronounce her name. She answers (correctly) "Bay-sing-ger", with a hard 'g' in the final syllable.
Former high school cheerleader.
The famous tiger-print swimsuit she wore in Never Say Never Again (1983) was given to her by the Playboy organization in 1981.
Is agoraphobic. In 1980, she had a panic attack while shopping in a grocery store and subsequently didn't leave her house for a month.
Kim has English, and a smaller amount of German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry, as well as remote French roots. She is also often attributed as having Swedish and Cherokee Native American ancestry, but it is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented.
She and Alec Baldwin met and fell in love in 1990 on the set of the trouble-plagued movie The Marrying Man (1991).
Her ex-husband Ron Snyder wrote a book in 1998 called "Longer Than Forever", which detailed their life together and also discussed Kim's alleged affair with Richard Gere.
In her 1989 divorce from Ron Snyder, Kim paid $8,000 monthly alimony and made the mortgage payments on their San Fernando Valley home, where he continued to reside.
Ex-sister-in-law of Sherrill Snyder, Daniel Baldwin, Chynna Phillips, William Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin. Ex-cousin-in-law of Joseph Baldwin.
Turned down the role of Lynn Bracken in L.A. Confidential (1997) three times before accepting the role.
Was originally cast as Carolyn Stilton in the crime drama Kansas City (1996).
Had never seen a Bond film when she signed on to do Never Say Never Again (1983).
First "Bond Girl" (she played Domino in Never Say Never Again (1983) to win an Oscar (won for L.A. Confidential (1997)).
First actress to win an Oscar after appearing naked in Playboy magazine.
Lived in Eileen Ford's house during her early modeling days in New York. Moved to Los Angeles in 1976 with then-boyfriend Dale Robinette.
Had a miscarriage in 1981 during the production of Mother Lode (1982).
Turned down the Kathleen Turner role in The Virgin Suicides (1999).
Born at 11:04 AM.
Gave birth to her only child at age 42, a daughter, Ireland Baldwin (aka "Ireland Eliesse Baldwin"), on October 23, 1995. Child's father is her second husband, Alec Baldwin.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 8, 1992.
Is a vegetarian.
Ranked #3 in MovieFone's Greatest Bond Girls poll. [November 2008]
Was considered for the Bo Derek role in 10 (1979).
She replaced Sean Young who was originally cast in Batman (1989).
Delivered her daughter Ireland Baldwin via Caesarean section due to her being in the breech position.
The only actress to play a love interest of James Bond and Batman.
The only actress to star in both the James Bond and Batman franchises.
Was the 112th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for L.A. Confidential (1997) at The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) on March 23, 1998.

Personal Quotes (8)

I work in a strange business, and trust is a word that's not even in the vocabulary.
I think any girl who comes to Hollywood with sex symbol or bombshell hanging over her has a rough road.
I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.
My hand still shakes when I sign autographs. I still go and sit in the movies like everyone else and look up there and go "God! Movie stars! Wow!" And I'm in this business. I walk out there just fascinated and I always want to stay like that. I'm just a little kid going to these movies and I don't ever want to change.
You have to be a little unreal to be in this business.
[on her 1989 divorce from Ron Snyder] I wanted to end the marriage many years before that but didn't know how to do it. I didn't want to hurt him.
[on Sean Connery] I fantasize about riding an Arabian horse bareback with him along a sandy beach. We fall naked to the ground and, as the horse wanders off along the water's edge, we make passionate love in the moonlight. It always leaves me hot and bothered -- I just love the man.
[on kissing in the movies] There's an absolute art to it. You have to think it's as good as what's coming later.

Salary (18)

Hard Country (1981) $125,000
Mother Lode (1982) $125,000
Never Say Never Again (1983) $250,000
The Man Who Loved Women (1983) $200,000
The Natural (1984) $250,000
Fool for Love (1985) $208,000
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986) $508,000
No Mercy (1986) $1,000,000
Blind Date (1987) $1,000,000
Nadine (1987) $1,150,000
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) $1,250,000
Batman (1989) $3,000,000
The Marrying Man (1991) $2,500,000
Final Analysis (1992) $3,000,000
Cool World (1992) $1,700,000
The Real McCoy (1993) $3,000,000
L.A. Confidential (1997) $3,000,000
I Dreamed of Africa (2000) $5,000,000

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