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Definition: Basinger, Kim (1953- ) from Chambers Film Factfinder

American, born in Athens, Georgia. A beauty pageant winner and model, she appeared in several television roles before making her film debut in Hard Country (1981). Her acting improved with experience, and she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® for L.A. Confidential (1997). She was formerly married to actor Alec Baldwin.

Career highs

91/2 Weeks (1986), L.A. Confidential (1997)

Career lows

My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), Cool World (1992)


Summary Article: Basinger, Kim
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US film actor. She became an international celebrity and sex symbol in the 1980s as a result of her performances in such high-profile Hollywood films as Never Say Never Again (1983), in which she was a ‘Bond girl’, the sex thriller 9 1/2 weeks (1986), and the romantic comedy Blind Date (1987). During the 1990s Basinger sought out more credible film roles and was one of the few successes in Robert Altman's otherwise disappointing Prêt-à-Porter (1994), playing an exasperated reporter. She went on to give an Academy Award-winning performance as a high-society call girl in the James Ellroy adaptation LA Confidential (1997).

Among her other films are the thrillers No Mercy (1986), Final Analysis (1992), Cellular (2004), and The Sentinel (2006) and the comedies My Stepmother is an Alien (1988) and The Marrying Man/Too Hot to Handle (1991). In the latter, as in The Getaway (1994), she starred opposite her husband, Alec Baldwin. She also appeared alongside Michael Keaton (1951– ) and Jack Nicholson in Batman (1989). Later films include I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Bless the Child (2000), 8 mile (2002), and The Informers (2009).

A former model, Basinger began her screen career in television, making guest appearances in such popular shows as The Six Million Dollar Man and Charlie's Angels, before featuring in the series Dog and Cat (1977) and the television film Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978).

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