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Kim Basinger



Kim Basinger was hardly the first successful model to head to Hollywood in hopes of a career on the big screen, but few have managed to achieve the same degree of public acclaim and professional recognition that she has earned. Born in Athens, GA, on December 8, 1953, Kim Basinger was raised in a family of entertainers; her father had been a jazz musician and her mother a dancer who was part of the "water ballet" chorus in a handful of Esther Williams musicals. Basinger's parents enrolled her in dance classes at an early age to help her overcome a strong case of shyness; in time, she discovered she enjoyed both dancing and singing, and began contemplating a career in show business. She began competing in beauty contests as a teenager, and won the Junior Miss Georgia pageant, which took her to the national competition in New York City. By this time a striking and statuesque blonde beauty, Basinger was spotted by a representative of the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency and offered a contract; while she had hoped to make her mark as a cabaret singer, she wisely decided moving to the Big Apple was a step in the right direction. Before long, Basinger was earning 1,000 dollars per day through modeling jobs, and had signed on as the Breck Shampoo girl; in her spare time, she studied acting and picked up occasional singing gigs.



In 1976, Basinger decided to take a more serious stab at acting, and moved to Los Angeles. Within a year, she made her television debut as a female police detective in the pilot for a short-lived crime drama entitled Dog and Cat; in 1978, she landed the starring role in the made-for-TV movie Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, appropriately playing a beautiful Southern girl who comes to Los Angeles in search of stardom. After being cast as Lorene Rogers in a TV remake of From Here to Eternity (a role she reprised in a subsequent series based upon the film), Basinger finally made her way to the big screen in the low-budget drama Hard Country. But while it (and Basinger) received good reviews, her screen career didn't take off in a big way until 1983, when she was cast opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again. She also posed for a well-publicized layout in Playboy which, coinciding with the film's release, certainly didn't hurt her growing popularity.



While Basinger's career took off after Never Say Never Again, and she appeared in several major hits (including The Natural, 9 1/2 Weeks, and Batman, the latter of which led to a brief romance with pop star Prince), quality roles tended to elude her. But she generally fared well with the material given to her, and shined in several smaller films, including Fool for Love and Nadine. In 1991, Basinger was cast opposite Alec Baldwin in the comedy The Marrying Man, and the two hit it off -- so much so that some accused their romance of interfering with the production. The couple rode out the negative publicity, however, and married in 1993. (It was Basinger's second marriage after divorcing Ron Britton in 1989.)



The next several years were difficult for Basinger. Her decision to not appear in the film Boxing Helena after verbally committing to the project led to her being sued by the film's producers, who won an eight-million-dollar judgment against her. Although the ruling was eventually overturned on appeal, legal bills forced Basinger to declare bankruptcy. And after several undistinguished projects, the actress went three years without working, during which she and Baldwin had a child. However, Basinger's 1997 comeback in L.A. Confidential suggested her time away had been well spent; playing a high-priced call girl with a close resemblance to Veronica Lake, Basinger's assured performance won her an Oscar as best supporting actress. This triumph was followed by another three-year sabbatical, which was followed by her divorce from Baldwin and a pair of box-office flops, I Dreamed of Africa and Bles

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fifty Shades Darker
  • Elena Lincoln
2017
92% The Nice Guys
  • Judith Kuttner
2016
0% The 11th Hour
  • Maria
2015
25% Black November
  • Kristy Maine
2015
29% 4 Minute Mile
  • Claire Jacobs
2014
24% Third Person
  • Elaine
2014
29% Grudge Match
  • Sally
2013
27% Charlie St. Cloud
  • Claire St. Cloud
2010
No Score Yet Mystery of the Hope Diamond
  • Narrator
2010
36% The Burning Plain
  • Gina
2009
13% The Informers
  • Laura Sloan
2009
31% While She Was Out
  • Executive Producer
  • Della
2008
No Score Yet The Mermaid Chair
  • Jesse Sullivan
2006
24% Even Money
  • Carolyn Carver
2006
33% The Sentinel
  • Sarah Ballentine
2006
No Score Yet Evening of Mystery and Suspense
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn
  • Actor
2005
55% Cellular
  • Jessica Martin
2004
67% The Door in the Floor
  • Marion Cole
2004
No Score Yet Elvis Has Left the Building
  • Harmony Jones
2004
42% People I Know
  • Victoria Gray
2003
No Score Yet Rita
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Rita
  • Narrator
2003
76% 8 Mile
  • Stephanie
2002
No Score Yet HBO America Undercover - Panic
  • Actor
2001
3% Bless the Child
  • Maggie O'Connor
2000
10% I Dreamed of Africa
  • Kuki Gallmann
2000
No Score Yet Hollywood vs. The Paparazzi
  • Actor
2000
99% L.A. Confidential
  • Lynn Bracken
1997
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Kitty Potter
1994
33% The Getaway
  • Carol McCoy
1994
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Honey Hornee
1993
20% The Real McCoy
  • Karen McCoy
1993
4% Cool World
  • Holli Would
1992
54% Final Analysis
  • Heather Evans
1992
10% The Marrying Man
  • Vicki Anderson
1991
72% Batman
  • Vicki Vale
1989
19% My Stepmother Is an Alien
  • Celeste Martin
1988
45% Nadine
  • Nadine Hightower
1987
21% Blind Date
  • Nadia Gates
1987
21% No Mercy
  • Michel Duval
1986
64% 9 1/2 Weeks
  • Elizabeth
1986
75% Fool for Love
  • May
1985
81% The Natural
  • Memo Paris
1984
36% The Man Who Loved Women
  • Louise Carr
1983
63% Never Say Never Again
  • Domino Petachi
1983
No Score Yet Mother Lode (Search for the Mother Lode: The Last Great Treasure)
  • Andrea Spalding
1982
No Score Yet Hard Country
  • Jodie Lynn Palmer
1981
No Score Yet Who Murdered Joy Morgan?
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Who Murdered Joy Morgan?
  • Laury Medford
1981
No Score Yet From Here to Eternity
  • Actor
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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