Kim Basinger Biography
With a gorgeous face and figure, Basinger became a regular face on almost all kinds of magazines during the early '70s. At a young age of 20, her modeling rate was a whopping $1,000/day. She took acting classes at the Neighbohood Playhouse, while performing in several Greenwich Village bars under the stage name Chelsea Kim.
In 1976, Basinger moved from New York to Los Angeles and pursued an acting career. Her first roles were in "McMillan & wife" and "Charlies Angels", as well as the TV movie "Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold" in 1978. She became a Bond Girl in Never Say Never Again opposite Sean Connery in 1983, and afterwards she did a pictorial for Playboy magazine, which led her to starring roles such as The Natural (1984) with Robert Redford, and the title role for the movie Nadine (1984). Basinger's most notable roles during the late '80s include 9 1/2 Weeks and Batman (1989). In 1997, she earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in L.A. Confidential. She also bagged a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild Award for the said film. In 2002, she was cast as Eminem's mother in the movie 8 Mile.
Aside from her modeling and acting career, Basinger headed an investment group in her native Georgia, where she invested a whopping $20 million to purchase the entire town of Braselton.
Basinger was once married to Ron Snyder in 1980, but the marriage ended after eight years. She was rumored to have had an affair with actor Richard Gere at the time of her marriage. She married actor Alec Baldwin in 1993 and with him, she has a daughter named Ireland Eliesse Baldwin, born in 1995. She and Baldwin divorced in 2002.