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Kim Basinger

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Born: December 8, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Athens, Georgia, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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.

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