Kim Basinger Biography
Birth name - Kimila Ann Basinger
Date of birth - December 8, 1953
Athens, Georgia, USA
Height - 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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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-Britton (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.
More Interesting Information for Kim Basinger
Replaced Sean Young for the role of Vicki Vale in Batman (1989).
Spouse - Alec Baldwin (19 August 1993 - February 2002) (divorced) 1 child
Ron Snyder-Britton (October 1980 - December 1988) (divorced)
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#40). 
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 trumpter, 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.
Her grandmother was part Cherokee Indian.
Suffers from Agoraphobia.
Went to high school with Keith Strickland of the 'B-52s' .
Bought her own town, Braselton, in her home state of Georgia.
Daughter, with Alec Baldwin, Ireland born. [October 23, 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. 
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.
Ex-sister-in-law of Daniel Baldwin, William Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin. Ex-cousin-in-law of Joseph Baldwin.
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 in Never Say Never Again (1983) to win an Oscar (won for L.A. Confidential (1997)).
Was a cheerleader at Athens High School.
Measurments: 35 1/2C-24-35 1/2 (but mostly wears a 34C bra) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
Recreated Molly Peters's massage scene in the Thunderball (1965) remake, Never Say Never Again (1983).
She and Alec Baldwin met and fell in love in 1990 on the set of the trouble-plagued movie The Marrying Man (1991).
Ex-sister-in-law of Chynna Phillips.
Born on the same day as the late Sam Kinison.
First actress to win an Oscar after appearing naked in Playboy magazine.
She is of German, Swedish and Cherokee Indian ancestry.
Has Irish Ancestry
Turned down the title role in Boxing Helena (1993) that later went to Sherilyn Fenn.
Almost didn't appear in L.A. Confidential (1997) because she was tired of playing prostitutes.
Personal quotes from Kim Basinger
"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."
Kim Basinger Filmography
Actress - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s)
The Mermaid Chair (2006) (TV) .... Jessie Sullivan
The Sentinel (2006) .... 1st Lady Sarah Ballentine
Even Money (2006/I) .... Carol Carver
Cellular (2004) .... Jessica
... aka Final Call - Wenn er auflegt, muss sie sterben (Germany: DVD title)
Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) .... Harmony Jones
The Door in the Floor (2004) .... Marion Cole
People I Know (2002) .... Victoria Gray
... aka Im inneren Kreis (Germany)
... aka Innere Kreis, Der (Germany: video title)
8 Mile (2002) .... Stephanie Smith
... aka 8 Mile (Germany)
Bless the Child (2000) .... Maggie O'Connor
... aka Prophezeiung, Die (Germany)
I Dreamed of Africa (2000) .... Kuki Gallmann
L.A. Confidential (1997) .... Lynn Bracken
Prêt-à-Porter (1994) .... Kitty Potter
... aka Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear (Canada: English title)
... aka Ready to Wear
The Getaway (1994) .... Carol McCoy
Wayne's World 2 (1993) .... Honey Horneé
The Real McCoy (1993) .... Karen McCoy
Cool World (1992) .... Holli Would
Final Analysis (1992) .... Heather Evans
The Marrying Man (1991) .... Vicki Anderson
... aka Too Hot to Handle
Batman (1989) .... Vicki Vale
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) .... Celeste Martin
Nadine (1987) .... Nadine Hightower
Blind Date (1987) .... Nadia Gates
... aka Blake Edwards' Blind Date (USA: complete title)
No Mercy (1986) .... Michel Duval
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986) .... Elizabeth
Fool for Love (1985) .... May
The Natural (1984) .... Memo Paris
The Man Who Loved Women (1983) .... Louise Carr
Never Say Never Again (1983) .... Domino Petachi
... aka James Bond 007 - Sag niemals nie (West Germany)
Mother Lode (1982) .... Andrea Spalding
... aka Search for the Mother Lode: The Last Great Treasure
Killjoy (1981) (TV) .... Laury Medford
... aka Who Murdered Joy Morgan?
Hard Country (1981) .... Jodie
"From Here to Eternity" (1980) TV Series .... Lorene Rogers
"From Here to Eternity" (1979) (mini) TV Series .... Lorene Rogers
- Lady Ice (1978) TV Episode .... Allison Jorden
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) (TV) .... Katie McEvera
The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978) (TV) .... Prissy Frasier
"Dog and Cat" (1977) TV Series .... Officer J.Z. Kane (1977)
Dog and Cat (1977) (TV) .... Officer J.Z. Kane
"McMillan & Wife"
... aka McMillan (USA: sixth season title)
- Dark Sunrise (1977) TV Episode .... Janet Carney
"The Six Million Dollar Man"
- The Ultimate Imposter (1977) TV Episode .... Lorraine Stenger
- Angels in Chains (1976) TV Episode .... Linda Oliver
- Night Train to Dallas (1976) TV Episode .... Sheila
Filmography as: Actress, Soundtrack, Self, Archive Footage
Soundtrack - filmography
Cool World (1992) (performer: "LET'S MAKE LOVE")
The Marrying Man (1991) (performer: "LET'S DO IT", "'MURDER', HE SAYS", "WHY CAN'T YOU BEHAVE", "HONEYSUCKLE ROSE", "SATISFY MY SOUL", "LOVE IS THE THING")
... aka Too Hot to Handle
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) (performer: "Hot Wives")
Filmography as: Actress, Soundtrack, Self, Archive Footage
Self - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
- Episode #4.5 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 8 September 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
Playboy's Celebrity Centerfolds (2006) (TV) .... Herself
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Gathering Storm (2005) (V) .... Herself
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn (2005) (V) .... Herself
Frame on the Wall: The Making of 'The Door in the Floor' (2004) (V) .... Herself
"Días de cine"
- Episode dated 21 October 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
... aka This Morning with Richard and Judy (UK: informal title)
- Episode dated 22 September 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 September 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
Dialing Up 'Cellular' (2004) (V) .... Herself
Rita (2003) (TV) (voice) .... Narrator
Hollywood's Hottest (2003) (V)
- 25 Sexiest Movie Moments (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
- Panic: A Film About Coping (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
- Episode dated 4 May 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 18 September 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
"HBO First Look"
- I Dreamed of Africa (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
"Inside the Actors Studio"
- Episode #5.12 (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999) (TV)
- When You Dish Upon a Star (1998) TV Episode (voice) .... Herself
L.A. Confidential... Off the Record (1998) (V) .... Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Best Supporting Actress Winner
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself/Winner
- Show nº80 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
Sean Connery, an Intimate Portrait (1997) .... Herself
Sean Connery Close Up (1997) (V) .... Herself
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
... aka SNL 25 (USA)
- Episode #19.13 (1994) TV Episode .... Herself - Co-Host
A Century of Cinema (1994) .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 8 September 1993 (1993) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode dated 18 April 2006 (????) TV Episode .... Herself
"Dame Edna's Hollywood"
- Episode #1.2 (1992) TV Episode .... Herself
1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: 'Dead Poets Society' Film Clip
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 (1990) (TV) .... Host
"Étoiles et toiles"
- Kim Basinger (????) TV Episode .... Herself