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Kim Basinger Bio
Kim Basinger (born December 8, 1953 as Kimila Ann Basinger) is an American actress and former fashion model who has appeared in 38 feature films. She began her acting career on television in 1976 and made her film 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.
Basinger came to prominence playing Bond girl Domino Petachi in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, opposite Sean Connery, and went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Memo Paris in The Natural (1984). She also starred as Elizabeth in the controversial erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986), and as Vicki Vale in Batman (1989). For her role in L.A. Confidential, she also won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Final Analysis (1992), I Dreamed of Africa (2000), 8 Mile (2002), The Door in the Floor (2004), Cellular (2004), and the upcoming The Nice Guys (2016).
In 1976, after five years as a cover girl, Basinger quit modeling and moved to Los Angeles to act. After appearing in small parts on a few TV shows such as McMillan & Wife and Charlie’s Angels, her first starring role was in a made-for-TV movie, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) in which she played a small town girl who goes to Hollywood to become an actress and winds up becoming a famous centerfold for a men’s magazine. She then appeared in the miniseries remake From Here to Eternity (1979) with Natalie Wood and William Devane. Her feature debut was the critically well-received rural drama Hard Country (1981), which she followed up with the adventure film Mother Lode (1982), which co-starred Charlton Heston.
Basinger’s breakout role was as the Bond girl Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983), where she starred opposite Sean Connery. To promote her role in the Bond film, Basinger posed for a famous nude pictorial for Playboy. Basinger stated that the Playboy appearance led to good opportunities, such as Barry Levinson‘s The Natural (1984), co-starring Robert Redford, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Her most controversial appearance was in Adrian Lyne‘s erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986) with Mickey Rourke, which failed at the box office but quickly acquired a large fanbase on home video. Academy Award winning writer-director Robert Benton cast her in the title role for the film Nadine (1987). Several directors cast her twice in their films, including Blake Edwards for The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and Blind Date (1987) and Robert Altman for Fool for Love (1985) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). The highest-grossing film of her career thus far was Tim Burton‘s 1989 blockbuster Batman, where Basinger played the role of photojournalist Vicki Vale.
In 1992, Basinger was a guest vocalist on a re-recorded version of Was (Not Was)‘s “Shake Your Head“, which also featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, and reached the UK Top 5. That same year, she starred in the live-action/animated film, “Cool World” (directed by Ralph Bakshi), where she voiced/played Holli Would, a cartoon bombshell who longs to become a real human woman. The film marks her thus far only voice-acting role to date. In 1997, after a three-year hiatus from acting, Basinger made a comeback as the femme fatale in Curtis Hanson‘s neo-noir L.A. Confidential alongside Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe. She initially turned down the film twice, feeling an insecurity at returning to the screen and enjoying motherhood. The role earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award. She holds the distinction of being the only actress who has both posed nude in Playboy and won an Academy Award. In a 2000 interview with Charlie Rose, Basinger said that L.A. Confidential and her next project, I Dreamed of Africa (2000), (where she played Kuki Gallmann) were the most pleasurable of her career and that the cast were all there for the right reasons. She says that Vincent Pérez was the “most incredible actor she had ever worked with” and had the “biggest heart of anybody she has ever worked with.”
Hanson cast her again, as Eminem‘s alcoholic mother in the hit film 8 Mile (2002). In 2004, Basinger starred opposite Jon Foster in The Door in the Floor, a drama with heavy sexual themes adapted from the novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving. She was next featured in the crime thrillers Cellular (2004) and The Sentinel (2006), and starred in the Lifetime original film The Mermaid Chair (2006) as a married woman who falls in love with a monk. Her 2009 film, The Informers, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. Her next film, The Burning Plain, was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2008.
Basinger’s more recent work in the 2010s includes Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and Grudge Match (2013). She recently finished filming 4 Minute Mile for director Charles-Olivier Michaud, where she stars alongside Richard Jenkins, Kelly Blatz and Analeigh Tipton, and a German-Danish movie directed by Anders Morgenthaler, I Am Here. The latter work has been presented at the 2014 Hamburg Film Festival, held in September. In January 2016, it was announced that Basinger would play Elena Lincoln in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.