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Also Known As: Kimila Ann Basinger Died:
Born: December 8, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Athens, Georgia, USA Profession: actress, singer, model

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Kim Basinger started her big screen career in a series of roles as blonde arm candy, but eventually acted her way out of that status with an Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning performance in Curtis Hanson's neo-noir crime drama, "L.A. Confidential" (1997). It was a cruel twist of fate that the leggy bombshell was born shy and panic-stricken over being the center of attention, but she managed to build a steady career out of fighting her fears; first as a model and then as an actress. While often cast for her ethereal beauty, the root of Basinger's real gift was the ever-present internal struggle, which imbued even her most extroverted characters with a gentle vulnerability. Basinger weathered a storm of unflattering publicity surrounding her marriage and acrimonious divorce from loose cannon Alec Baldwin, but settled into a respectable middle-aged film career that offered well-crafted characterizations of increasingly interesting and complex women.

Kim Basinger started her big screen career in a series of roles as blonde arm candy, but eventually acted her way out of that status with an Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning performance in Curtis Hanson's neo-noir crime drama, "L.A. Confidential" (1997). It was a cruel twist of fate that the leggy bombshell was born shy and panic-stricken over being the center of attention, but she managed to build a steady career out of fighting her fears; first as a model and then as an actress. While often cast for her ethereal beauty, the root of Basinger's real gift was the ever-present internal struggle, which imbued even her most extroverted characters with a gentle vulnerability. Basinger weathered a storm of unflattering publicity surrounding her marriage and acrimonious divorce from loose cannon Alec Baldwin, but settled into a respectable middle-aged film career that offered well-crafted characterizations of increasingly interesting and complex women.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Nice Guys, The (2016)
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 Petit (2014)
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 One Square Mile (2014)
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 Third Person (2014)
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 Over the Wall (2013)
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 Fortune (2013)
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 Grudge Match (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1971:
At age 16, won the Athens Junior Miss contest
1971:
Won the Junior Miss Georgia contest
1971:
Won the national Miss Breck competition and appeared with her mother in an advertisement for the shampoo
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Dropped out of college and moved to NYC to pursue modeling career
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Signed by Eileen Ford to a modeling contract
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Appeared in campaigns for Breck shampoo, Maybelline, Clairol and Revlon
1976:
Made TV debut in an episode of "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC)
1977:
First starring role as J Z Kane in ABC's police drama, "Dog and Cat" (a pilot TV-movie and then a short-lived series)
1978:
Played the title role in the NBC TV-movie, "Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold"
1979:
Cast as Lorene Rogers in the NBC miniseries adaptation of "From Here to Eternity"; reprised role for a short-lived spin-off the following year
1981:
Made feature acting debut in "Hard Country"
1983:
Had breakout role playing Bond girl, Domino Petachi in "Never Say Never Again" opposite Sean Connery
1983:
Posed nude for <i>Playboy</i> magazine to promote her role in the Bond film
1985:
First screen collaboration with Robert Altman, "Fool for Love"
1986:
Starred opposite Mickey Rourke in the erotic "9 1/2 Weeks"
1986:
First screen pairing with Richard Gere in "No Mercy"
1989:
Replaced the injured Sean Young in the role of Vicki Vale, love interest to "Batman"
1990:
Co-starred with future husband Alec Baldwin, playing lovers in "The Marrying Man"
1992:
Re-teamed with Gere for "Final Analysis"
1992:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1994:
Played fashion reporter Kitty Potter in Altman's "Prêt-à-Porter"
1997:
Returned to features to play a call girl made to look like Veronica Lake in Curtis Hanson's "L.A. Confidential"
2000:
Portrayed conservationist Kuki Gallmann in "I Dreamed of Africa"
2002:
Re-teamed with director Curtis Hanson to play the drug-addled mother of an aspiring rap singer (played by Eminem) in "8 Mile"
2003:
Co-starred with Al Pacino in "People I Know"
2004:
Starred opposite Jeff Bridges in "The Door in the Floor"
2004:
Starred in the thriller "Cellular"
2006:
Starred opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the thriller, "The Sentinel"
2007:
Co-starred in Mark Rydell's "Even Money," a series of intertwining stories on how gambling and drugs destroy people's lives
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for "The Informers"; based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis
2010:
Appeared opposite Zac Efron in "Charlie St. Cloud," about a young man (Efron) coming to terms with the death of his younger brother
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Education

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Athens High School: Athens , Georgia - 1971
University of Georgia: Athens , Georgia - 1972

Notes

"I became an actress in my own eyes in '9 1/2 Weeks'. 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."---Kim Basinger in "Blond Ambition", Premiere, September 1989.

"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."---Kim Basinger quoted in Interview, December 1994.

"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."---Kim Basinger quoted in Movieline, January-February 1994.

Basinger earned $3 million appearing in an Italian TV ad for Golden Lady Stockings of Italy in 1990.

Received the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Sour Apple Award in 1991.

"Kim could understand this part like few other actresses," he says. "She knows all too well that having a glamorous, erotic image can be an asset and a liability. It sometimes hides the real person behind the gorgeous facade. Before you meet her, you think, 'She's Kim Basinger! She's this goddess!' Then you realize she's very different from that Hollywood glamour-puss. She's tomboyish, she's slightly awkward, she clomps around in her heels. The reality is that the woman you see on screen isn't her."---Curtis Hanson, director of L.A. Confidential as quoted in Entertainment Weekly October 3, 1997

"People are so fickle," Basinger says wearily. "This business is so fickle. I know what it feels like to be on the absolute bottom-emotionally, spiritually, professionally-to be absolutely naked down there, and then to get up and start rising, one step at a time. I've learned a lot of things the hard way. God knows I've done things I wish I'd never done. But I've been very lucky to learn those lessons. A lot of this has strengthened me, freed me. There's always something to learn. Everyone loves a winner; it validates you to a society that gives you all those ribbons and awards. But success is like wildfire: they throw a little of it your way ..."---Basinger quoted in Vanity Fair 2003

"(In) my life, I've been so attracted to the Harold And Maude aspect of living, you know, as opposed to your norm. Normal is sooooo boring. I like to spice it up a little myself."---Kim Basinger quoted to Bruce Kirkland of the Toronto Sun, July 11, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Dale Robinette. Model. Dated in the mid-1970s; Basinger moved to L.A. with him.
husband:
Ron Britton. Makeup artist, painter. Married in 1980; separated; sued Basinger for divorce, asking $12,000 per month in alimony; divorced in 1989.
husband:
Alec Baldwin. Actor. Met while filming "The Marrying Man" in 1990; married on August 19, 1993; separated on December 5, 2000; filed for divorce in January 2001; divorce became final Sept. 3, 2002.
companion:
Prince. Musician. Dated in the 1980s.
companion:
Eminem. Musician, actor. Rumored to have dated during the filming of "8 Mile".
companion:
Jon Peters. Producer, executive. Dated in the 1980s.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Don Basinger. Musician, loan company manager. Landed at Normandy on D-Day.
brother:
Mick Basinger. Marketing director. Older.
sister:
Ashley Basinger. Younger.
daughter:
Ireland Eliesse Baldwin. Born October 23, 1995.
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