Kim Basinger is an Academy Award-winning actress who has been on the screen since the 70s. She was the Greek goddess of the 80s and 90s, who has given many unforgettable performances. Though she started as a model, the diva is still one of the finest actresses.
Along with her extraordinary career, Basinger is also famous for being the ex-wife of the actor Alec Baldwin. They were married for nine years before parting their ways. After the divorce, they were on the news for seven years while fighting for the custody of their daughter. Things were calm after the legal battle. However, Alec again had to go through hard times after accidentally shooting the cinematographer and director of his movie Rust.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Popular Name||Kim Basinger|
|Real Name||Kimila Ann Basinger|
|Date of birth||Dec 8, 1953|
|Age||69 years old|
|Place of birth||Athens, Georgia, USA|
|Father||Donald Wade Basinger|
|Sisters||Barbara Basinger |
|Status||In a relationship|
|Ex-Spouses||Ron Snyder-Britton |
|Daughter||Ireland Basinger Baldwin|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, and former model|
|Net worth||25 Million USD|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
Kim Net Worth
Kim Basinger has been conquering Hollywood ever since the 70s. She is still active as an actor, which has allowed her to earn a good deal of money even to this day.
And even before she became an actress, she was already a diva in the modeling industry, where she earned more than 1000 USD per day.
All these successes have helped Basinger have a massive amount of 25 million USD as her net worth.
Interesting Read: “Rust” Director Joel Souza’s Biography and Rust Shooting Incident
Basinger has always been famous for her undeniable beauty and physique. She has a great height of 5 feet and 7 inches.
Her height is also perfectly balanced by her near to perfection body, which weighs only 56 kgs.
Kim Personal Life And Family
The 69 year-old actress was born in Athens in Georgia as the third daughter of her father, Donald, and mother, Ann Lee.
Her father was in a musical band, who even worked as a loan manager. Her father was also in the Army, who took part in the D-Day.
While her father, Donald, was into music, her mother, Ann, was into acting. Ann was a proclaimed actress and model. She was also a great swimmer of her time.
Basinger grew up with her two elder brothers and two younger sisters in an estranged family.
Though her parents never got a divorce, they lived separately for thirty-six years of their marriage.
Basinger also did not have a good relationship with her mother or siblings except for her youngest sister. Because of this, she only invited her father and her youngest sister on her second marriage.
Growing up, the talented actress was shy and introverted. She would even faint if ever called out to speak in school.
However, she overcame it during her mid-teens, and that was when she started viewing the world in a new light.
She then took part in different pageants and started her journey in the world of glamour. Though she was initially a model, she soon made her way to become a natural actress.
Now, after all these years, Basinger is one of the divas of Hollywood whom millions of people cherish.
Kim Boyfriend and Relationships
The veteran actress has had a long history of relationships since her days as a model.
While still a model, Basinger dated Tim Saunders, a fellow model. The relationship did not last long as she moved on with photographer Dale Robinette.
After Robinette, footballer Joe Namath came into the picture. But even this time, things did not last long.
However, things changed after Basinger met the makeup artist Ron Snyder-Britton on the sets of Hard Country she decided to settle.
She got married to him in 1980. After marriage, she requested Ron to change his last name to something that starts with B to keep her initials as it is. Her husband of that time accepted her request and added Britton to his name.
Despite this, the relationship came to an end after nine years of marriage. The couple got divorced, and Basinger had to pay alimony of 900 USD for eight years.
Before the divorce, Ron also wrote a book titled Longer than Forever, where he talked about his time with his wife and her affair with Richard Gere.
After the divorce, Basinger returned to casual dating. She then dated many famous men of Hollywood, including the producer and hairdresser, Jon Peters, singer Prince, fashion designer Alexio Gandara. She even had a fling with Phil Walsh, a fitness trainer.
However, her casual date came to a halt when she met Alec Baldwin on the set of Marrying Man in 1990.
They dated for three years before turning into husband and wife in 1993. During their marriage, they even had their daughter Ireland.
They were one of the power couples of Hollywood, but it lasted only for nine years. After nine years of marriage, they called it quits and started their seven-year-long legal battle for the custody of their daughter.
Basinger spent millions of dollars on attorneys to deprive Alec of his parental rights as a father.
Though she did her best to keep her former husband away from their daughter, Alec did his best to be in the life of his daughter.
He even brought a house in California to be near his daughter, but his daughter did not reciprocate his feelings.
Feeling frustrated, Alec left an angry voicemail calling his daughter a rude, thoughtless little pig for not answering his calls.
Later, Basinger sold the voice message to TMZ, which then released it publicly. Alec faced backlash for this incident, due to which he even had thoughts of suicide. But he got help at the right time and realized that he was at fault.
Now, Ireland is all grown up and is a successful model and actress. She has come to terms with her father. She not only has a healthy relationship with her father but also with her stepmother, Hilaria.
Both Alec and Ireland are doing great in their life, and so is Basinger. After divorcing Alec, there was a rumor that she was seeing her co-star of 8 miles, Eminem. The rapper bluntly denied.
After this rumor, there was no information about her dating life until 2014, when she met her present partner Mitchell Stone.
The couple has been together ever since then and even wears matching gold bands. They seem to be madly in love even to this day.
The model turned actress went to Clarke Central High school, located in her hometown.
After completing high school, she joined the University of Georgia before quitting to move to New York for her modeling career.
Once she was in New York, she joined the William Esper Studio, an acting school, while still pursuing modeling. She even earned a degree in acting and then left modeling to pursue a career in acting.
Though shy and conserved, Kim Basinger started curating her interest in arts even since she was just a three-year-old kid.
From the age of three, she began ballet and continued it till her mid-teens. When she was seventeen, she tried out for the cheerleading team and got a spot.
It boosted her confidence so, she took part in America’s Junior Miss Scholarship program and won at the city level. She received the crown of Athens Junior Miss but missed out at the state level.
After this, she again competed in the Breck Scholarship pageant. She did not win any title but got part in the Breck commercial along with her mother.
By this time, she already had some experience in modeling. So, when she got an offer from the Ford Modelling agency, she accepted it and moved to New York.
Though she was famous and used to earn as much as 1000 USD per day, she did not enjoy it.
Despite being in plenty of magazines and ads, she never felt comfortable standing in front of a mirror because of her insecurities.
Because of this, she started taking acting classes and even started singing in Greenwich village.
Once she graduated from acting school, she moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. Initially, she got roles on shows like the McMillan Wife. She came into the mainstream after getting the lead role in Dog and Cat telecasted on ABC.
After getting popular on a smaller screen, she got roles in movies too. Hollywood highly appreciated her in movies like Here to Eternity, Never Say Never Again.
Basinger even received the Academy Award in the best supporting category for the movie L.A. Confidential.
She started her career as an actress in 1976 and is active even to this day. Her recent project was Fifty Shades Darker, where she portrayed Elena Lincoln.
As much as Basinger is known for her acting, she is equally known for the losses in finance.
Her first financial loss was her investment in the bulk of private land in the Braselton area in Georgia.
She bought the land for 20 million USD at the suggestion of one of her family members.
The plan was to change it into a tourist attraction with its movie studio and film festivals, but things did not work out. She then had to sell the land to developer Wayne Mason at just 1 million USD. She suffered a loss of 19 million USD.
It was not the only time Basinger even had to declare bankruptcy while paying compensation for dropping out of the movie Boxing Helena.
These financial losses were just the beginning as she again spent more in the coming years.
While fighting against her former husband for the custody of her daughter, she spent a hefty sum of 1.5 million USD.
The financial crisis did not end just here as she lost her home in Malibu after being a victim of the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff. It was the biggest Ponzi scheme of all time.
Basinger also lost a lot of cash flow when she got a panic attack in a food-health store after suffering from agoraphobia.
After the panic attack, she stayed homebound for six months without working on any projects.