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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 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 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 - 1989) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

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

Trivia (45)

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 competition to become the 'Breck (shampoo) Girl." 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. [March 1989]
Daughter, with Alec Baldwin, Ireland born. [October 1995]
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" to win an Oscar.
Was a cheerleader at Athens High School.
Attended University of Georgia but dropped out during second semester.
The tiger print swimsuit 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).
Kim has said her greatest ambition was to sing and write music. She entered 12 songs in the American Song Festival prior to becoming a movie star and, years 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.
Offered the 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.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 8, 1992.
Dated Joe Namath, Dale Robinette, Richard Gere, 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 James Bond and Batman.
The only actress to star in both the James Bond and Batman franchises.
Has two older brothers, Mick (b. 1951) and Skip (b. 1952), 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 in 1926), a former model and champion swimmer. They separated in 1980.
Resides in Woodland Hills, California.
Was a guest vocalist on a re-recorded version of Was Not Was's "Shake Your Head", which reached the UK Top 5 in 1992.
Told an interviewer 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 a luxury set of luggage she owned.
Will ONLY wash her hair with Evian water.
Current boyfriend is Mitchell Stone.

Personal Quotes (34)

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. We're not talkin' about police or crime or anything. I'm talkin' about clocks.
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! I wrote; that's how I talked.
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 electronically 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.
[on being in the Athens Junior Miss pageant] I know this sounds corny, but out of all the things I've done, never has there ever been a thrill equivalent to that night---that I got through the song. Not that I won. Forget winning. That was almost like double jeopardy, because I had to go do it all over again for the state pageant! But I'll never forget it; I just stood there, and people clapped. . . .
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'.
Sex scenes are such tough work.
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.

Salary (19)

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) $2,000,000
L.A. Confidential (1997) $3,000,000
I Dreamed of Africa (2000) $5,000,000

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