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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. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. 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 she 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 Texan beauty in Nadine (1987). Her breakout role was as photojournalist Vicki Vale in the blockbuster hit Batman (1989). There was no long-orchestrated campaign on her part to snag this plumb role, Kim was a last-minute replacement for Sean Young. 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 - 20 December 1989) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice
Her scream

Trivia (62)

Replaced Sean Young for the role of Vicki Vale in Batman (1989).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#40). [1995]
Her agoraphobia could keep her housebound for up to six months at a time, before she received therapy to combat it.
As a school child, she suffered from crippling shyness preventing her from reading aloud or answering questions in class.
Studied ballet from age of 3 to mid-teens.
Her father was an introspective, classically trained trumpeter, while mom was a flamboyant, extroverted housewife Kim describes as "Lucy-like".
Loved the movie My Fair Lady (1964) and the "Loverly" song in it, which prompted her dad 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 national Miss Breck competition and appeared with her mother in an advertisement for the shampoo. This led to career as Ford model, then to acting.
Agoraphobic.
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.
Went to high school with Keith Strickland of the The B-52's.
Bought her own town, Braselton, in her home state of Georgia. [1989]
(October 23, 1995) Daughter, with Alec Baldwin, Ireland born.
Turned down the role in Basic Instinct (1992) that later went to Sharon Stone.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36.
Vegetarian.
When she reneged on her verbal agreement to star in Boxing Helena (1993) in 1993, the producers sued her for breach of contract and a jury ordered her to pay over $8 million, which ultimately forced Basinger to declare bankruptcy. Her appeal was ultimately accepted.
Her last name is often mispronounced, so when she appeared with husband Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live (1975) on NBC, he asked her during the opening monologue how to pronounce it. In seriousness, she answered "BAY-sing-ger," with the final syllable used with a hard "g" as in "go".
First "Bond Girl" (she played Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983)) to win an Oscar (won for L.A. Confidential (1997)). The only other Oscar winner to play a Bond girl is Halle Berry.
Was a cheerleader at Athens High School.
Her character Stephanie Smith in 8 Mile (2002) is a direct representation of Eminem's mom Debbie Mathers. Mathers was upset with the film, claiming that Kim portrayed her falsely.
The tiger print onepiece she wears in Never Say Never Again (1983)'s final scene was originally given to her by the Playboy organization.
She and Alec Baldwin met and fell in love in 1990 on the set of the trouble-plagued movie The Marrying Man (1991).
Entered 12 songs in the American Song Festival way before she became famous. Later recorded a 9-track pop album entitled "Hollywood Affair." It was never released, though bootleg CDs are widely available.
Born on the same day as the late Sam Kinison.
First actress to win an Oscar after appearing naked in Playboy magazine.
Was offered regular role of Kris Munroe on Charlie's Angels (1976) but turned it down to leave herself open for future film work. Cheryl Ladd played the character for 4 seasons.
Almost didn't appear in L.A. Confidential (1997) because she was tired of playing prostitutes.
Was originally cast in Kansas City (1996) as Carolyn.
Turned down leading role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which went to Meg Ryan.
Born at 11:04 AM.
In 2004, she auctioned off her 3.7 carat diamond engagement ring from ex-husband Alec Baldwin for $59,750.
Romantically linked with Joe Namath, Dale Robinette (long-term relationship), Richard Gere (extramarital affair), Jon Peters, Prince and personal fitness trainer Phil Walsh.
Delivered her daughter Ireland Baldwin via Caesarean section due to her being in the breech position.
She appeared in the music video for Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance".
The only actress to play a love interest of both James Bond and Batman.
Two older brothers, Skip (b. 1950) and Mick (b. 1951), and two younger sisters, Barbara (b. 1956) and Ashley (b. 1959).
Parents: Don Basinger (1923-2016), a jazz musician turned loan company manager, and Ann Cordell (born 1926), a former Powers model and champion swimmer. They married in 1948 and separated in 1980 but never got divorced.
Attended University of Georgia for 1-½ semesters.
The only actress to star in both the James Bond and Batman franchises.
Was a guest vocalist on re-recorded version of Was Not Was's "Shake Your Head", which reached the UK Top 5. [1992]
Told writer Doug Thompson that she swims nude with her dogs and doesn't enjoy swimming in other people's pools because she has to put on a bikini. [1982]
Now-forgotten first husband Ron changed his surname from Snyder to Britton when Kim demanded he choose "something with a B" so it matched the initials on her luxury luggage set.
Will ONLY wash her hair with Evian water.
Allergic to the sun.
National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) "Female Star of Tomorrow" 1983 award recipient.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 8, 1992.
Song of the South (1946), Being There (1979) and Amadeus (1984) are her favorite films.
Rather shy off-set, generally shuns talk shows, rarely turns up at Hollywood parties and spurned several invitations to present at the Oscars.
For the Washington D.C. premiere of My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) in 1988, she was accompanied by President-elect George Bush and First Lady-to-be Barbara Bush. The group went to dinner at Duke Zeibert's restaurant afterwards. Kim, who is actually a staunch Democrat, said being with the Bushes is like going home and called them a real Christmas card family.
She was raised a Methodist.
According to director Adrian Lyne, Basinger's best work never made it to the final cut of 9½ Weeks (1986). Kim herself claims she squirreled away 14 hours of videotaped scenes that MGM thought were very psychologically damaging to people.
Owns two houses next door to each other in the upscale foothills of Los Angeles's Woodland Hills community.
Had planned to publish a children's book of short stories, develop a major theme park in Braselton, Ga. as well as an East Coast film & recording studio, none of which materialized.
Current boyfriend is Mitchell Stone. [2017]
Featured in ad campaigns for Ivory soap, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Clairol, Yahama and Revlon.
Studied voice at the Vocal Arts Foundation in New York.
To win the coveted role of Elizabeth in 9½ Weeks (1986), she beat out Demi Moore, Isabella Rossellini, Kate Capshaw, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Teri Garr.
Has kept her Southern twang and speaks without it only when acting.
Once toyed with the idea of doing a guest arc on 24 (2001).
Frequently cited as the quintessential cinematic sex symbol. What's surprising is that she did the most graphic, intimate scenes of her career in The Getaway (1994) and The Door in the Floor (2004) when she was 40 and 50 years old, respectively.
In Grudge Match (2013), daughter Ireland Baldwin appears in a series of brief flashbacks as the younger version of Kim's character Sally.

Personal Quotes (49)

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 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.
[on performing in the nude] I thoroughly enjoy it, actually.
I don't really live in a time zone. I don't abide by the rules here on earth.
All of us are male and female. Take me--I'm strong; I'm weak; I'm everything. It's intriguing to see a man who has chosen not to pick up on all the stereotypical male traits, who keeps only the most powerful ones, and leaves a lot of the stuff that society lays on you at home.
9½ Weeks (1986) represented freedom. A lot of people didn't particularly care for the male character in that film because of the way he treated my character. But the interesting thing was that their relationship was all about the abandonment of all preset rules on earth. It was all about living on the edge, to the fullest. [It] was about seeing how far you could go in life. On every level, but especially emotionally. How far down could you go, how seedy could it get, how hard could you hit bottom.
You can't play with people's feelings too much. That's the thing that amazes me about jumpin' around. Because it's dangerous after a while. Emotionally dangerous. For yourself, but also, what about the others? A lot of people don't want to put up with being just one of a crowd. And you don't know, in this day and age, how they'll react once they find out--there's some scary things happenin' out there.
A lot of women are intrigued by a man who doesn't do the normal things a man would do. It makes them think from different parts of their body. Sexually, emotionally, they just go someplace else.
Physically, I was always so uninhibited. Just let me keep my mouth shut!
Believe me, I'm no Mother Teresa. I've done a lot of wild ass things in my life. It's just that I can be wild without drugs or alcohol. And so can anybody.
I became an actress in my own eyes in 9½ Weeks (1986). I did what I wanted to do emotionally. I built myself up and tore myself down so many times that I was electrically disturbed after it was over; marbles were rolling off the table.
I think staying and looking and feeling young have a lot to do with your beliefs. It's only society that put 24 hours in a day. Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year -- from one year old to 60 or 70 or 80-years-old. The clock just rules the hell out of all of us and it's so sad.
[after she publicly chastised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences over not nominating Do the Right Thing (1989) for Best Picture] It was almost like everybody was in shock. I didn't want people to come up to me and sock me in the face. I didn't want my ass kissed. I didn't want any reaction. I just wanted to get it off my chest.
Let's face it, we all got big egos. And we need to have 'em fed.
In Hollywood some people are notorious for being notorious. I equate several people in this industry with serial killers. Most serial killers were abandoned at a very young age. And they had to survive. I see them as little things grappling after foodstuffs in garbage cans. Not like the homeless exactly, but . . .
There's so much said about people and so much of it is bullshit. Sometimes there will be a writer who has written something so outrageous that I want to hire him for my production company, because his imagination has to be dealt with.
I have great respect for every part of the body, believe me!
The truth about beauty is if you always have it, you always know it. I know people are attracted to me. It's just there. But, Jesus, if you are going to take the package, take the whole package.
When I see need, I understand it. Whether it's emotional or physical or mental need, we all need. Not that we necessarily have to stand for being needy.
There are a lot of women who just love to have sex, period, and don't want a commitment. But then one day, a lot of 'em find themselves bored with that. 'Cause you get tired of partyin', and goin' to clubs--how much clubbin' can you do after a while? You know, I love to go to clubs; I love to dance. I'm crazy, out of my mind. But I don't jump from one person to another. For my own peace of mind, I don't like to sleep around. I've never been interested in that. I really love to be with who I'm with. I mean, I just love it beyond.
When I came to L.A., I said, 'I want to take everything. I want to try it all.' And some friends said, 'Oh, try this.' That's always the way it gets started. And you know what? I tried cocaine, and I found that it made people sleep during the day. Every time I took it, I said, 'This is a joke.' The next day, I couldn't even . . . it's a debilitating drug. I hated that it made me so physically worn-out.
I was probably the worst model that ever lived. I made a lot of money though, mostly for magazines and commercials. Put it all in my pocketbook. I didn't even have a bank account. I walked around with $25,000 checks. I went to buy a TV one day in this hardware store and I gave the guy this $25,000 check. He said, "You're walking around with a check with your name on the back of it, endorsed?". He led me to the Bank of America. Thank God for people like that!
I love men. And I love sex. It's very important to me--the romance part and everything else. You can have wild and nasty, wonderful, crazy sex, and you can be romantic too, all in one. You can have the whole package, man. You have have anything you want!
My parents thought I was crazy. But I never was a rebel, I just did things my own way. I've just always believed you can get anything you want in this life, anything you want. Don't tell me it cannot be done. There's no such word as impossibility. So they thought, on that note, I'm a crazy woman, crazy little girl, crazy. Because people are so socially structured to follow a pattern.
My favorite movie of anything I've done is 9½ Weeks (1986). I ran the gamut of emotions you could ever possibly do as an actress. It was like an exorcism for me. There was nothing I couldn't do after I did Nine and a Half Weeks. It was crossing the river, as I always say. You can choose to stay on this side and you go up to the river's edge and then you come back and you can get all this work along the edge doing your same little emotional tricks and you can be a star. But if you really want to become an actress, you've got to cross that river, and I think that was my crossing of my emotional river, knowing that I could do anything. It was the biggest high of my life the day I finished that film.
If you're gonna depend on medicine, they're comin' up with things that are gonna help women feel more secure on the outside. But no medicine you're gonna put on externally is gonna help you until your inside starts believing things--believing in life and believing in good. And when I say 'good,' I might leave off one of those o's and just say 'God.' Whatever that means to you. I'm not pushing religion or anything--it's just believin'.
Love scenes are the pits. You're sweating like a pig, asking for water. Baby oil is all over everything. I mean, does that sound romantic?
With every project I've ever done, I've always treated it like I'm still in school. Each time you try to go a little further, get a little deeper, feel a little more, sculpt it a little better.
Women are important, and they have to be in the movies. So, what are you going to do? All we have to do is all hold our hands and stand up and say "No." We can stop having babies, we can stop having sex, everything. And then women will rule the world.
I never had to be a waitress. I never had to do a job that I really didn't want to do.
I'm sorry that all of the people who've seen 9½ Weeks (1986) never saw it in its original form because so much was cut out of it, even the European version.
[reflecting on her first marriage] I had a friendship with this person. And then I grew to love him as a friend. But I was not IN love with Ron at all. I only loved him. And being in love is a WHOLE different thing from loving someone. We were pals. He was a protector; he cared about me an awful lot. And I cared about his well-being. But I was a very unhappy girl, because my in-love fantasy was not being fulfilled.
The highest compliment a performer can receive is when someone stops you and says, 'You were so real.' That's what I'm after now. I want to hear those words a lot.
[on playing a nymphomaniac in The Man Who Loved Women (1983)] Getting into character was easy. I simply thought about sex all the time. I thought about where we could do it and how. I scared myself. 'Kim,' I said, 'You'll be OK.'
[on Final Analysis (1992)] I was in my own world for that film. I never saw it.
I truly have no regrets, I try to live everyday in the present not having one foot in the future or one foot in the past. I try to stay in the present everyday and to be grateful and thankful to God for life.
You really have to be an observer to be a good actor. I feel that. If only a lot of actors would only shut up for a little while and watch what's going on around them, they'd be a lot better off.
I don't care about embarrassing myself. I don't censor myself. That's stupid. You have to censor certain things, of course, but everybody does too much of it. It's a lie. It's one giant lie.
You know what's funny? After all the years I've been in Hollywood, I still don't know a lot of the directors and producers who are working today. I've never met them. I'm not a real social person, I'm shy and a lot of the business is just social. It really is. I don't think it's a bad game. But early on I didn't know there was a game. I know now.
I'm extremely competitive with myself. But I'm not actively competitive with other women in the business. Which may have been a mistake. I've never had someone in my life, agent or otherwise, fighting for me.
I hated school. Seeing a school bus today depresses me.
I never related to dolls or playing nurse. If somebody gave me a doll I'd paint its fingernails and cut its hair.
[her thoughts about social media] Oh, dangerous. Robbing and dangerous. Although I'm infatuated and in love with information--I'm an information junkie, so I love it. I truly love it, but I think we're teetering on danger. Especially with young kids and teenagers and the way they communicate now and not have to go face-to-face. I just think there are quite a few negative things about it. It's just troubling. It's troubling, especially since I do have a teenager - I know what I'm talking about. But we'll see where it goes.
I'm very thankful that I've had such longevity and variety. There are so many things in this life that I want to do and I can't do them all. I know that my inbox will be so full the day that I leave the planet. So you try to stay interested in life and bring some kind of comfort and pleasure to others on this planet as you're going through this journey.

Salary (20)

Hard Country (1981) $125,000
Mother Lode (1982) $150,000
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
The Getaway (1994) $4,000,000 (shared with Alec Baldwin at their discretion)
L.A. Confidential (1997) $3,000,000
I Dreamed of Africa (2000) $5,000,000
Bless the Child (2000) $5,000,000

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