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The actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin marry in East Hampton, New York on August 19, 1993. The Hollywood power couple reportedly became involved on the set of the romantic comedy The Marrying Man (1991), in which they played lovers. The film was a box-office flop, as was a second film the pair made together, The Getaway (1994). Individually, both Basinger and Baldwin’s careers continued to thrive, but their marriage did not. The couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. Their angry parting, and particularly their bitter, protracted custody battle over their daughter Ireland, who was born in 1995, continued to make headlines for years.

Kimila Ann Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, and began her career as a model. After working as a magazine cover girl and appearing in numerous ads, including a stint as the Breck Shampoo girl, she appeared in such movies as Never Say Never Again (1983), The Natural (1984) and Batman (1989). In 1998, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a high-class call girl styled to look like the movie star Veronica Lake, in L.A. Confidential. Other film credits include I Dreamed of Africa (2000), The Door in the Floor (2002), 8 Mile (2002), in which she played the rapper Eminem’s mother, and The Sentinel (2006). In 1993, Basinger made headlines off-screen when the producers of the film Boxing Helena sued her for breach of contract and won an $8 million judgment. The actress also garnered media attention in 1989 when she bought the small town of Braselton, Georgia, which she sold in 1993.

Alexander Baldwin was born April 3, 1958, in Massapequa, New York. His three younger brothers, Daniel, Billy and Stephen, have also had acting careers in film and television. Alec Baldwin broke into acting with roles on the daytime drama The Doctors (1980-1982) and the prime-time soap opera Knots Landing (1984-1986). His early film credits include Beetlejuice (1988), Married to the Mob (1988), Working Girl (1988) and The Hunt for Red October (1990), which made him a movie star. After a well-reviewed turn in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Baldwin’s career faltered in the late 1990s with a series of film flops. He later emerged as a successful character actor, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a casino boss in The Cooler (2003). He also worked steadily in theater and television, including numerous appearances as the host of Saturday Night Live. In 2006, he emerged as the breakout star of the critically acclaimed sitcom 30 Rock, which ran until 2013. He's continued to appear regularly in TV shows and movies since then.

Kim Basinger Speaks Out About Alec Baldwin

Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin are no strangers to the headlines. For a quick refresher, the former couple met in 1990 on set, married in 1993, welcomed daughter Ireland in 1995, and split in 2001 (via InStyle). In between that, was a significant amount of intensity and eccentricity — not necessarily strange for a couple of Hollywood actors. Describing reasons for the breakup, Kim's father Don Basinger said at the time, "I love Alec. He's the most kind and generous man I've ever known in my life, and he's overcome some very difficult things . All but one: his anger" (via People).

In fairness, things may also have been difficult for Baldwin, as Basinger has been known at times to be eccentric and suffers from a panic disorder. Sharing in a 1999 HBO documentary via People, the actress said, "It's very difficult for spouses or a family member to understand, to have patience with this."

So with all things considered, many fans were taken by surprise by Basinger's simply sweet and funny Instagram comment this week.

Baldwin and Kim Basinger were together for over a decade

Throughout the 1980s, Baldwin was in an on-again, off-again relationship with fellow actress, Holly Gagnier, and had a relationship with Janine Turner. Around this time, Baldwin was linked to actresses like Ally Sheedy, Cheri Oteri, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Lori Loughlin, to name a few (via Who's Dated Who). It seemed like the playboy wasn't settling down anytime soon. That is, until he met Kim Basinger.

The pair got together at the beginning of the 1990s, and they seemed like a match made in heaven. They wed in 1993 and two years later had a daughter, named Ireland. But as time went on, Basinger admitted that his anger was a bit much at times (via Closer Weekly).

In an interview with Ladies Home Journal in 1998 (via Her Moments), she talked about the real Alec Baldwin saying, "I live with a very passionate, verbal, vocal man, who doesn't keep any thought to himself." She continued, saying, "He has the biggest heart of anybody I've ever met. But at the same time, he's a black Irish Catholic with a temper." The couple split in December of 2000, and, once again, Baldwin was back in the dating game, starting with dating "Sex and the City" actress Kristin Davis and an attorney (via Ranker).

Alec Baldwin: A History of the Actor's Arrests and Other Brushes with the Law

Alec Baldwin‘s arrest last week was far from his first scrape with authorities.

The actor, 60, has a long history of fiery behavior, largely stemming from his contentious relationship with reporters and photographers. Here’s a look back at his history.

October 1995

Baldwin infamously tussled with a photographer outside of his Woodland Hills, California, home, when he and then-wife Kim Basinger were bringing home their newborn baby girl Ireland from the hospital.

Baldwin approached the car where freelance photographer Alan Zanger was camped out and sprayed shaving cream over all the windows. A scuffle ensued Zanger said Baldwin punched him and broke his nose, while the actor said he merely slapped the camera out of his hands.

Baldwin was later acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges in the case and won an invasion of privacy suit against Zanger, though Zanger won a civil case against Baldwin for damages that cost the actor $4,500.

In a statement released through his publicist at the time, Baldwin disputed the claim that he had seriously injured Zanger.

𠇊nyone with a shred of human decency would understand that there are times in your life when you want your privacy respected, whether you are a public figure or not,” he said. “I do believe that bringing your wife and 3-day-old baby home from the hospital is one of those occasions. That Mr. Zanger felt it was appropriate to videotape my home and my family for his own profit is unacceptable to me. I asked him repeatedly to stop filming us and he refused each request.”

December 2011

Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight for refusing to turn off his cell phone after the plane’s doors were closed for departure.

“The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language,” the company said in a statement posted on its Facebook page at the time.

Baldwin tweeted about the incident, revealing he was playing Words with Friends, a popular word-building game, on his phone.

𠇏light attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” he wrote. “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”

He later apologized for delaying his fellow passengers in a column published by the Huffington Post, blaming a flight attendant who “singled me out to put my phone away” while other passengers continued to use theirs.

June 2012

Daily News photographer Marcus Santos alleged that Baldwin got physical with him outside Manhattan’s Marriage License Bureau on June 19.

“He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me, one time right in the chin,” he told the newspaper.

A rep for Baldwin refuted the photographer’s account, telling PEOPLE, 𠇊s Alec and his fiancພ [Hilaria Baldwin] were leaving City Hall, a 𠆌ivilian’ walking in front of Alec positioned himself to obstruct the view of a photographer aggressively trying to shoot the couple. The photographer was clearly frustrated, pushed past the bystander and assaulted Alec with his camera. There were no punches thrown, and any subsequent physical contact was simply Alec protecting himself.”

Baldwin later suggested in a tweet that paparazzi should be “waterboarded.”

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Ten days later, Baldwin got into another confrontation with a different photographer outside of his Manhattan apartment, this time captured in video obtained by TMZ.

“I want you to s— the f— up,” he said, grabbing onto the photographer’s arm. “Leave my neighbor alone. Did you hear what I said? You little girl.”

At the time, Baldwin tweeted that reporters were “stalking” him outside of his home and following him in their car “only to harass and disturb.”

“If only a meteor would hit that car…” he added.

August 2013

Baldwin confronted a photographer who was trailing him and his wife Hilaria in Manhattan, allegedly pinning the man against a car for a short time in front of numerous witnesses.

Police responded to the scene, but both parties ultimately decided to walk away from the situation without pursuing charges, TMZ reported.

November 2013

Baldwin found himself in hot water for using a homophobic slur during a confrontation with a photographer caught on video by TMZ. He initially denied it, but later conceded on Twitter that he had used an offensive word: “I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary,” he wrote.

Less than two weeks later, his short-lived interview show on MSNBC, Up Late, was canceled.

May 2014

On May 13, Baldwin was arrested around 10:15 a.m. in Manhattan for riding his bike the wrong way down Fifth Avenue. An NYPD spokesperson said Baldwin was informed that he was going the wrong way and was asked to produce ID, but refused, according to Time. He was given two summonses, one for biking the wrong way and one for disorderly conduct.

“He got belligerent and began arguing with the officers,” the spokesperson said. “He was taken into custody at the 13th precinct [for identification].”

Baldwin tweeted his side of the story, denouncing the NYPD and the press.

“Officer Moreno, badge number 23388, arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave,” he wrote. “Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera. The police did nothing. New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”

The actor was granted a conditional pardon, and the charges were eventually dropped.

Kim Basinger Opens Up About 'Nasty' Divorce From Alec Baldwin

Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin have come a long way since their notoriously messy divorce.

After splitting up in 2001, the exes became embroiled in a four-year custody battle over their only daughter, Ireland.

The court battle turned particularly ugly in 2007, when Baldwin called Ireland, then 11, and left an angry voicemail that was leaked to the press. As part of an agreement with Basinger, the "30 Rock" actor agreed to attend an anger management course.

These days, Basinger said she and Baldwin have moved on from the drama of the past.

"[Alec and I are] cool now," Basinger, 62, said in a new interview with Net-A-Porter's The Edit magazine. "Life goes on.'"

The "L.A. Confidential" actress also opened up about how the divorce impacted Ireland, who's now 20 years old and an aspiring model.

"Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it," she said. "And ours was very public and nasty. So I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way. I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write over the walls with pen, that was fine. I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends."

Baldwin and Basinger met in 1990 on the set of the movie "The Marrying Man" and wed three years later. In the Net-A-Porter interview, Basinger joked about their fateful meeting.

"I did this film, 'The Marrying Man,' where I met my eventual [ex] husband, Alec Baldwin, but I was teeter-tottering because I had also been offered 'Sleeping with the Enemy' [a role which eventually went to Julia Roberts]," she said. "Isn't it funny that I turned down 'Sleeping with the Enemy' and then I went on to sleep with the enemy!"

Baldwin, who's been married to second wife Hilaria Thomas Baldwin since 2012, has also opened up about the difficult divorce in recent years, likening it to a Vietnam battle.

"That point of my life is a blur. I know exactly what projects I was doing from 1986 to 2000," Baldwin, 58, said in a 2013 interview with The Guardian. "And then from 2000 to 2006, during the Dien Bien Phu of my divorce litigation . I can barely tell you what I did for those six years. It was a period that was so painful, I was staring off a cliff for six years.”

Alec Baldwin says the key to a happy marriage is to keep her 'off balance'

There's a sizable age gap between Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, but they don't seem too concerned with their age difference, but maybe that's because Hilaria doesn't realize she's married to an older man. The actor swore he had a secret tactic to keep Hilaria off-kilter during an interview with The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The It's Complicated star said, "When you're 26 years older than your wife, you've got to keep them faked out a lot."

He went on to explain that their five-year vow renewal ceremony and the suggestion that they purchase a new apartment are just two of the ways he keeps Hilaria "off balance so she doesn't really think about what's going on." Hmm, that seems like a sneaky tactic to employ on someone you love. Alec did add that he's "totally in love" with Hilaria, so maybe his tricky motives are pure or just an attempt at being funny.

History Romance: Prince and Kim Basinger's love story

Actress Kim Basinger fell in love with the late Prince, just before she met her future ex-husband Alec Baldwin. According to Page Six, Basinger gave up Hollywood and moved to Minneapolis to be with Prince. The at the time, in-love actress made a never-released album with Prince, Hollywood Affair, including the single Color of Sex, on which she raps "I'll be your slave" and "I like the way you make me feel".

Basinger's family were so unhappy about the two being together that they arrived unannounced at Prince's house, where they knew he wasn't there, and flew Basinger away.

Page Six attempted to speak to a representative of Basinger who said, "Thank you for thinking of Kim, but she is working and unreachable. We must kindly pass on this request."

The Oscar winner has kept her romantic life private ever since her bitter divorce with Baldwin. The 63-year-old is now dating her hairstylist Mitch Stone. Basinger's mother Ann Lee, previously told Radar Online: " She may get married sometime soon, she has a great guy that she really loves."

But the 90-year-old former actress said: "I sometimes don't think Kim is the marrying type."

If Basinger did marry Stone, it would have been her third marriage following divorces from Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin and make-up artist Ron Snyder-Britton.

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger met in 1990 when they played lovers in The Marrying Man. REUTERS

Basinger will be appearing in 2017's Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, as an ex-lover of sadist Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

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Today, Alec Baldwin is happily married to his longtime love, Hilaria Baldwin, and they have six beautiful kids together — Carmen, Rafael, Leonardo, Romeo, Eduardo and Lucia. But before his current wife walked into his life, the Hollywood star’s dating history was filled with familiar faces.

In the past, Alec was romantically linked to actresses like Janine Turner, Holly Gagnier, Kristin Davis and Lori Singer. He also previously walked down the aisle with his first spouse, Kim Basinger, in 1993.

After the 30 Rock alum and the 9 1/2 Weeks star said “I do,” they welcomed the actor’s first child, Ireland, in October 1995. However, their marriage ended after nearly eight years in January 2001 when Kim filed for divorce, which was finalized the following year in 2002.

Prior to their split, Kim opened up about her relationship with the It’s Complicated star. The L.A. Confidential actress credited Alec for having “the biggest heart,” but she struggled to deal with his anger.

“I live with a very passionate, verbal, vocal man, who doesn’t keep any thought to himself,” she told Ladies’ Home Journal in 1998. “He has the biggest heart of anybody I’ve ever met. But at the same time, he’s a black Irish Catholic with a temper.”

After going their separate ways, the Golden Globe winner entered the Hollywood dating scene and was linked to several women. That all changed, though, when he crossed paths with Hilaria at a restaurant in New York City in 2011. Alec told The New York Times he approached the Living Clearly Method author and said “I must know you” while simultaneously handing her his business card.

Alec pulled off the most romantic introduction, so it’s no surprise the former yoga instructor gave the handsome hunk a call. Their romance quickly kicked off, and by April 2012, they were engaged. Alec and Hilaria walked down the aisle two months later in June.

Though the Saturday Night Live star has experienced all types of love throughout his life, he couldn’t be more grateful that his journey led to Hilaria. Not only is Alec the best husband to the mom of six, but Hilaria credited her beau for being her biggest supporter.

“He’s my No. 1 fan in all things that I do, whether it’s becoming a mom and letting me have as many kids as I want! I mean he’s definitely a part of it, but he’s just like, ‘Yeah, let’s do this.’” she exclusively gushed to Closer Weekly in March 2020. “Can both of us be pains? 100 percent. But there’s always support for each other, and I think that’s one of the things that hold us together.”

Keep scrolling to see the actor’s dating history before falling in love with Hilaria!

Kim Basinger Won’t Marry Boyfriend Because Alec Baldwin ‘Scarred Her For Life’?

Kim Basinger is not refusing to marry her boyfriend, hairstylist Mitch Stone, because she is “scarred for life” by her marriage to Alec Baldwin. That’s the false story in one of the tabloid’s this week. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we can debunk it.

According to the Globe, Basinger’s nine-year marriage and very public and contentious divorce from Baldwin took such a toll on her that she’s refusing to walk down the aisle with her boyfriend. Basinger and Stone have been dating for around five years, but the magazine says the actress’s previous relationship has “soured her on marriage,” so they won’t be getting married.

The tabloid even calls Basinger a “commitment-phobe,” which is an odd thing to call someone who has been in a committed relationship for five years. A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “Mitch is her boyfriend… a wedding just isn’t in the cards. She’s scarred for life over her traumatic divorce from Alec and the custody war between them. Alec was always losing his temper and friends say he verbally abused her and made her feel like nothing.”

The magazine even brings up the infamous 12-year-old voicemail Baldwin left for his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, calling her a “thoughtless little pig.” It’s worth noting that Baldwin and his daughter, now 24, are on good terms. Ireland event recently appeared as part of the Roast of Alec Baldwin on Comedy Central.

Despite the tabloid using all this as evidence for Basinger’s reluctance to get married, the magazine actually quotes Stone himself in the piece. The hairstylist told the magazine, “Kim and I have never been engaged… or plan to be. We don’t like lawyers much, and a piece of paper… doesn’t do much for love or a relationship. We just love each other and we likely be together forever.”

Rather than acknowledge the perfectly reasonable and believable explanation from Stone, the publication rehashes decades-old gossip involving Baldwin in an attempt to sell papers. Basinger has moved on from her previous marriage , telling Porter magazine in 2016, “Alec and I are cool now, though. Life goes on.” Gossip Cop also checked in with an individual in Basinger’s camp, who confirms the tabloid’s article isn’t true.

The tabloids have been wrong about Baldwin and Basinger in the past. In 2016, the Globe’s sister publication, the National Enquirer, wrote a piece alleging Baldwin’s role as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Life was “revenge” for Basinger supposedly having a crush on the president back in the 󈨞s. There was no evidence to back up the phony article, which was seemingly written to capitalize on the popularity of Baldwin’s Trump impression.


Basinger was born in Athens, Georgia, on December 8, 1953. [2] Her mother, Ann Lee (née Cordell 1925–2017), was a model, actress and swimmer who appeared in several Esther Williams films. [2] [3] Her father, Donald Wade Basinger (1923–2016), was a big band musician and loan manager as a U.S. Army soldier, he landed in Normandy on D-Day. [4] The middle of five children, [2] she has two older brothers, Skip (b. 1950) and Mick (b. 1951), and two younger sisters, Barbara (b. 1956) and Ashley (b. 1959). Basinger's ancestry includes English, German, Swedish, and Ulster Scots. [5] [6] She was raised a Methodist. [7] Basinger has described herself as extremely shy, which had a major effect on her during her childhood and young adulthood. [6] She has said that her shyness was so extreme that she would faint if asked to speak in class. [2] [6]

Basinger studied ballet from about age three to her mid-teens. By her mid-teens, she grew in confidence and successfully auditioned for the school cheerleading team. [2] At 17, she entered America's Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant, won at the city level and was crowned Athens Junior Miss. While she didn't win at the state level, her beauty was profiled in the national program. [8] She had competed at the state level for the Breck Scholarship and was featured in an ad for Breck in a joint portrait with her mother.

Basinger was offered a modeling contract with the Ford Modeling Agency, [2] but turned it down in favor of singing and acting, and enrolled at the University of Georgia. She soon reconsidered and went to New York to become a Ford model. [2] Despite earning US$1,000 a day, Basinger never enjoyed modeling, saying: "It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to deal with the way I looked. I couldn't stand it. I felt myself choking." [2] Basinger has said that even as a model, when others relished looking in the mirror before appearing, she abhorred it and would avoid mirrors out of insecurity. [9] Not long after her Ford deal, Basinger appeared on the cover of magazines. She appeared in hundreds of advertisements throughout the early 1970s, most notably as the Breck Shampoo girl. [10] She alternated between modeling and attending acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as performing in Greenwich Village clubs as a singer. [11]

Basinger is an alumna of the William Esper Studio for the performing arts in Manhattan, New York City. [12]

Early roles (1976–1982) Edit

In 1976, after five years as a cover girl, Basinger quit modeling and moved to Los Angeles to act. She made guest appearances on a few television shows such as McMillan & Wife and Charlie's Angels, [13] turning down a regular role in the latter series that eventually went to Cheryl Ladd. [14] Her first starring role was 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. [15] In 1979, she co-starred with Natalie Wood, William Devane and Steve Railsback in the miniseries remake of From Here to Eternity, reprising her role as prostitute Lorene Rogers in a 13-episode spinoff that aired in 1980. [15] In 1981, Basinger posed for a famous nude pictorial for Playboy, [14] and made her feature debut in the critically well-received but little-seen rural drama Hard Country, [6] which she followed with the Charlton Heston-directed outdoorsy adventure Mother Lode (1982).

Worldwide exposure (1983–1989) Edit

Her 1981 Playboy shoot was not published until 1983, when Basinger used it to promote her breakthrough role as the Bond girl Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983), where she starred opposite Sean Connery. In his review of the film, Gary Arnold of The Washington Post said Basinger "looks like a voluptuous sibling of Liv Ullmann and has a certain something." [16] Worldwide, Never Say Never Again grossed US$160 million. [17] Basinger said her subsequent Playboy appearance led to further opportunities, such as the role of the romantic interest of a baseball team star in Barry Levinson's The Natural (1984), alongside Robert Redford, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Blake Edwards cast her twice in his films as a beautiful woman married to a Texas millionaire in The Man Who Loved Women (1983), and as an apparently shy woman who goes on a date with a workaholic man in Blind Date (1987). Robert Altman cast Basinger in the role of a woman hiding from her former lover at an old motel in Fool for Love (1985). In 1986, Basinger starred as a New York City art gallery employee who has a brief yet intense affair with a mysterious Wall Street broker, opposite Mickey Rourke, in Adrian Lyne's controversial erotic romantic drama 9½ Weeks. [18] Though the film failed at the North American box office, it performed very well in Europe, especially France, and acquired a large American fanbase on home video and cable. Roger Ebert praised the film, comparing it to Last Tango in Paris, and said Basinger helped "develop an erotic tension [. ] that is convincing, complicated and sensual." [19]

Academy Award-winning writer-director Robert Benton also cast her in the title role of a slightly pregnant woman in trouble for Nadine (1987). While most of the films Basinger starred in during this period were released to varying degrees of success, they helped to establish her as an actress. With over US$400 million in box office totals, [20] the highest-grossing film of her career thus far is Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, [21] in which Basinger took on role of photojournalist Vicki Vale, opposite Michael Keaton (Batman) and Jack Nicholson (Joker). The Hollywood Reporter, in its original review, remarked that "the uniqueness and very soul of the film [. ] is achieved through the beautifully defined and probing performances of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne and Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale". [22]

1990s Edit

Following the success of Batman, Basinger played a glamorous singer, alongside Alec Baldwin, in the comedy The Marrying Man (1991), and starred with Richard Gere, as a woman romantically involved with her sister's psychiatrist, in the neo-noir Final Analysis (1992). Both films were released to moderate box office returns. [23] In 1992, Basinger was also a guest vocalist on a re-recorded version of Was (Not Was)'s "Shake Your Head", which featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, and reached the UK Top 5, [24] and starred in what marked her only voice-acting project to date, the film Cool World, directed by Ralph Bakshi, as a cartoon bombshell who longs to become a real human woman.

In 1993, Basinger took on the roles of a woman recently released from prison in the crime film The Real McCoy, and that of a woman named Honey Hornée in the comedy Wayne's World 2. In 1994, she reunited professionally with Baldwin for the thriller The Getaway, in which she portrayed the wife of a former con, and with director Robert Altman for the comedy Prêt-à-Porter, playing a breathlessly dim-witted cable reporter. [25] Amid financial issues, Basinger went into hiatus from the screen by the mid-1990s.

She made a comeback as the high-class hooker in Curtis Hanson's neo-noir L.A. Confidential (1997), alongside Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe. She initially turned down the film twice, feeling an insecurity at returning to the screen and enjoying motherhood. [6] [9] The Washington Post felt that Basinger "exudes a sort of chaste sultriness", [26] in what Roger Ebert described as "one of the best films of the year". [27] 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 film, I Dreamed of Africa (2000), were the most pleasurable of her career. [9]

2000s Edit

In I Dreamed of Africa, Basinger portrayed writer and environmentalist Kuki Gallmann, with Vincent Pérez, who she called the "most incredible actor she had ever worked with". [9] The film was described as a "passion project" for her, and she told UrbanCinefile that she "cried for hours" when she had to leave Kenya, where filming took place. Budgeted at US$50 million, I Dreamed of Africa got a 10 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and only managed to pull in US$14 million at the worldwide box office. [28]

Curtis Hanson cast her again, this time as the alcoholic mother of an aspiring rapper, in 8 Mile (2002), opposite Eminem and Brittany Murphy. The film appeared on many top ten lists of the year, and in his review, Roger Ebert asserted: "There has been criticism of Kim Basinger, who is said to be too attractive and even glamorous to play [Eminem]'s mother, but [. ] Her performance finds the right note somewhere between love and exasperation it cannot be easy to live with this sullen malcontent, whose face lights up only when he sees his baby sister". 8 Mile was a commercial success, grossing US242.9 million worldwide. [29]

Basinger starred as the wife of a children's book author, with Jeff Bridges and Jon Foster, in The Door in the Floor (2004), a drama with heavy sexual themes adapted from the novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving. The film found a limited audience in theaters, but in his review, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, felt that "Basinger's haunted beauty burns in the memory" and called it "her finest work". [30]

Basinger next appeared in two crime thrillers—Cellular (2004) and The Sentinel (2006). In Cellular, opposite Chris Evans and Jason Statham, she played a wealthy high school biology teacher taken hostage in her home. [31] Entertainment Weekly considered that "Basinger makes a vividly frightened yet resourceful woman in peril", [32] and the film was a moderate commercial success. [33] In The Sentinel, Basinger portrayed the First Lady of the United States, opposite Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria. Despite mixed reviews, the film made US$78.1 million globally. [34] In 2006, Basinger also starred in the Lifetime film The Mermaid Chair, as a married woman who falls in love with a Benedictine monk and experiences a self-awakening.

Basinger then played a mother having extramarital affairs in director Guillermo Arriaga's feature film debut The Burning Plain (2008), a drama narrated in a hyperlink format, opposite Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. While the film found a limited release in theaters, The Telegraph, in its review, wrote: "Arriaga pulls together the strands of his narrative with great expertise [and] his job is made easier by great performances from three actresses: Theron and Basinger, who both look like racing certs for next year's awards season, and Jennifer Lawrence as Basinger's teenage daughter". [35]

In 2008, Basinger produced and starred in the independent thriller While She Was Out, as a suburban housewife who is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. [36] Despite a very limited release in theaters, L.A. Weekly described that film as a "surprisingly enjoyable female revenge tale" and called Basinger's performance "first-rate". [37] Her next film, The Informers (2009), which was written by Bret Easton Ellis, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In it, Basinger starred as the chronically depressed wife of a jaded film executive (played by Billy Bob Thornton). [38]

2010s Edit

Basinger played the mother of a young man who made a promise to his deceased brother, with Zac Efron, in the supernatural drama Charlie St. Cloud (2010), based on the 2004 best-selling novel The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. [39] [40]

Basinger returned to Africa in her next film, the 2012 Nigerian drama Black November, about a Niger Delta community's struggle to save their environment, which was being destroyed by excessive oil drilling. As part of an ensemble cast (which included her 9½ Weeks co-star Mickey Rourke), she played the role of a kidnapped reporter. While the film had a significant impact upon its release, [41] The Hollywood Reporter noted: "Don't be fooled by the names of Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger on the marquee. Despite the tantalizing prospect of a reunion of the stars of a certain '80s-era hit erotic drama, their minor presence is largely extraneous to the proceedings of [this] overwrought and preachy thriller". [42]

Basinger played the role of wife in two 2013 films —the independent drama Third Person, with Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde, and the sports comedy Grudge Match, with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. Critic Odie Henderson, describing Basinger in his review for the latter film, remarked that she "looks stunning at 60 and provides the film's sole voice of reason". [43] She subsequently took on the role of mother in the independent drama 4 Minute Mile (2014) as well as the part of a woman who, after a miscarriage, sets out on a dangerous quest to obtain a child in the likewise independent production The 11th Hour (also 2014), which was released for VOD. [44] IndieWire felt that Basinger "does what she can with [The 11th Hour] material, but that's not much". [45] In 2016, she had a brief role, as a crooked high-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice, in the crime comedy The Nice Guys, alongside Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Basinger played Elena Lincoln, the business partner and former lover of Christian Grey, in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker (2017), the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. [46] Dakota Johnson, her co-star, described her as "one of the great people to work with". [47] Despite negative reviews, the film made US$381.4 million globally. [48]

Marriages and relationships Edit

Before she was famous, Basinger dated male model Tim Saunders, photographer Dale Robinette and football player Joe Namath. [49] [50]

On October 12, 1980, she married makeup artist Ron Snyder-Britton, whom she met on the film Hard Country. Basinger developed agoraphobia that same year, following a panic attack in a health-food store, and was housebound for six months. [9] [51] Snyder quit his job during the marriage and changed his surname to Britton after Basinger requested he choose "something with a B" so she could keep the same initials when using her married name. [52] The pair divorced just before Christmas 1989, [53] after which Basinger paid him $9,000 monthly alimony for eight years. [54] Britton later wrote a memoir titled Longer Than Forever, published in 1998, about their time together and about her affair with Richard Gere, with whom she starred in No Mercy (1986) and Final Analysis (1992). [52]

While her first divorce was in the works, Basinger had romantic relationships with hairdresser/producer Jon Peters as well as singer Prince, who did the album for Batman and also produced her unreleased 1989 album Hollywood Affair. [50] [55] She was then involved briefly with fitness trainer Phil Walsh and fashion designer Alexio Gandara. [49] [56]

In 1990, Basinger met her second husband, Alec Baldwin, when they played lovers in The Marrying Man. They married on August 19, 1993, and starred in the 1994 remake of The Getaway. They also played themselves in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, in which Basinger corrected Homer Simpson on the pronunciation of her last name and polished her Oscar statuette. Basinger and Baldwin have a daughter, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin (born October 23, 1995). They separated at the end of 2000 and divorced on September 3, 2002. [57] [58] In his 2008 book, A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce, Baldwin chronicled the contentious seven-year custody battle with Basinger over their daughter following their separation, contending that she had spent more than $1.5 million in her efforts to deny him parental access. [59]

After the divorce from Baldwin, Basinger was reported to be romantically linked with 8 Mile co-star Eminem, [50] [60] [61] which the rapper denied in a 2002 interview. [62] She would not have another publicized romantic attachment until 2014, when she began dating Mitch Stone. [63] Like Snyder and Peters before him, Stone met Basinger while doing her hair on a movie set. [64] The couple wear matching gold bands and have since moved in together. [65]

Financial problems Edit

Some family members recommended Basinger buy the bulk of the privately owned land in the small town of Braselton, Georgia, some 1,691 acres in 1989, for $20 million, to establish it as a tourist attraction with movie studios and a film festival. [66] However, she encountered financial difficulties and started to sell parts of it off in 1995. [67] The town is now owned by developer Wayne Mason. In a 1998 interview with Barbara Walters, Basinger stated that "nothing good came out of it," because a rift resulted within her family.

Basinger's financial difficulties were exacerbated when she pulled out of the controversial film Boxing Helena (1993), resulting in the studio's winning an $8.9 million judgment against her. [68] Basinger filed for bankruptcy [69] and appealed the jury's decision to a higher court, which ruled in her favor. She and the studio settled for $3.8 million instead. [67]

Estrangement from family Edit

Basinger's parents were legally married from 1948 to 2016, though they separated in 1980 and had little or no contact for the last 36 years of her father's life. Contrary to erroneous reports, [70] they never divorced. [71]

Starting in the mid-1990s, Basinger was estranged from her mother, Ann, and all except one of her four siblings. Her father Don and youngest sister Ashley were the only family members invited to her second wedding in 1993, [57] and the only family members she thanked in her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards in 1998. [72] Basinger was still estranged from her mother as of 2002. [73]

Activism Edit

Basinger is a vegetarian and an animal rights supporter. She has posed for anti-fur advertisements by PETA, [74] and also filmed a public service announcement on downed farm animals for Farm Sanctuary. [75] She was involved in the gestation of a bill offering protection to diseased and crippled farm animals, which Governor of California Pete Wilson signed. [76] Basinger was interviewed by Samaritan magazine in August 2018 to raise awareness about the inhumane dog meat trade that remains rife in parts of Asia.

After transitioning from modeling to acting in the late 1970s, Basinger has had over fifty credits in film and television productions, as of 2018. She garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Natural (1984), and as part of the cast of Prêt-à-Porter (1994), she received an ensemble award from the National Board of Review. [77] She won the Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in L.A. Confidential (1997).

Basinger received a nomination for the Best Actress Award from the Boston Society of Film Critics, for her role in The Door in the Floor (2004). Basinger has received seven nominations for the Razzie Awards —six for Worst Actress and one for Worst Supporting Actress— and has been nominated at the People's Choice Awards, the Saturn Awards (three times), and the MTV Movie Awards (four times). [77] For her lifetime achievements in the cinematic arts, she has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [78]

Kim Basinger Opens Up About Her Painful Divorce from Alec Baldwin: We're 'Cool Now' and 'Life Goes On'

Kim Basinger is sharing the reality of how her divorce affected her daughter Ireland.

The actress, 62, split from Alec Baldwin in 2002 after nearly nine years of marriage when their daughter Ireland was just 7 years old. Basinger admits that going through a public divorce affected the way she raised her daughter.

𠇍ivorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it. And ours was very public and nasty,” Basinger told The Edit by Net-A-Porter. “So I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way.”

In order to combat the emotional distress the divorce may have caused, Basinger said she made the extra effort to ensure that Ireland’s childhood was full of love.

“I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write over the walls with pen, that was fine,” she said. “I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends.”

Though Basinger and Baldwin were embroiled in a bitter four-year custody battle over their daughter following the split, the actress said they have since moved on and are on better terms.

“[Alec and I are] cool now, though,” she said. “Life goes on.”

She even joked that if she had only made a slightly different career choice, the entire situation could have been avoided.

“There were times I could have chosen [my movies] better. I did this film, The Marrying Man, where I met my eventual [now-ex] husband, Alec Baldwin, but I was teeter-tottering because I had also been offered Sleeping with the Enemy [which eventually starred Julia Roberts],” she said. “Isn’t it funny that I turned down Sleeping with the Enemy and then I went on to sleep with the enemy!”

And now that her divorce is in her distant past, Basinger said she’s noticed that her taste in men has changed over the years. The actress said that while she definitely still believes in lasting love, she is no longer attracted to the � boy.”

“I think it’s possible to date someone when you’re 20 and end up with them when you’re 55. Anything is possible. But my taste in men has changed a lot over the years,” she explained. “When you’re young you’re attracted to the � boy,’ only to find out that they’re actually just bullies or insecure – you’re attracted to fantasies.”

Basinger has been linked to her longtime hairstylist Mitch Stone. She said that her opinion on what makes someone attractive has evolved to focus less on looks and more on personality.

“Now, I’m more reality-based. As a sexual creature I’ve been attracted to a lot of different types, people that others have thought were unattractive,” she said. 𠇋ut showing kindness and humor are the most important things to me now. If you have those qualities then I think that makes you attractive.”

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