Athens, Georgia, United States
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Nine 1/2 Weeks
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
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Athens High School, Athens, Georgia, USA (1971)
Full Name at Birth
Kimila Ann Basinger
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Actress, Singer, Former model, Producer
My Fair Lady (1964)
Blue, Green, Red
Donald Wade Basinger
Mick Basinger, Skip Basinger
Ashley Basinger, Barbara Basinger
Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger (often mispronounced born December 8, 1953) is an American actress and former fashion model. Following a successful modeling career in New York during the early to mid-1970s, Basinger moved to Los Angeles where she began her acting career on television in 1976. She starred in two canceled series as well as several made-for-TV films, including a remake of From Here to Eternity (1979), before making her feature debut in the 1981 drama Hard Country. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lynn Bracken in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.
1969–1975 (model) 1976–present (actress)
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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 (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 biggest success was in the role of photojournalist Vicki Vale in the blockbuster hit Batman (1989). 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.
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Paradigm Talent Agency
(1971) TV commercial: National Airlines, (1997) TV commercial: Peugeot autos, (1972) TV commercial: Bright Side shampoo, (2003) TV commercial: Diet Pepsi, TV commercial (voiceover): Nestle's Drumsticks ice cream, TV commercial (voiceover): Merrill Lynch stockbrokers, (1978) TV commercial: Body on Tap shampoo, (1969) Print ads: Breck shampoo, (1993) TV commercial (Spain only): "Freixenet" cava, (2007) Print and online ads: Baume & Mercier watches, (1992) TV commercial: Golden Lady pantyhose, (2009) TV commercial: DirecTV, Anti-fur advertisements by PETA
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Kim Basinger is currently single.
She was married to Alec Baldwin from 1993 to 2002 and Ron Snyder from 1980 to 1989.
She also dated Prince in 1989, Jon Peters from 1988 to 1989, Joe Namath and Dale Robinette.
Kim Basinger is rumored to have hooked up with Richard Gere in 1986.
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