NAME: Kim Basinger
BORN: December 8, 1953 in Athens, Georgia.
DISCOVERED: Kim was just sixteen when she entered the 'Athens Junior Miss' contest and won. From there, she went on to win the 'Junior Miss Georgia' title, and traveled to New York to compete in the national 'Junior Miss' pageant.
While there, she met fashion modeling magnate Eileen Ford, who on the spot offered Kim a contract with her renowned Ford Modeling Agency. Though she initially declined Ford's offer, hoping to pursue a career either in singing or acting, the young beauty queen had a change of heart when she got back home to Georgia, and promptly returned to New York.
By her twentieth birthday, Basinger was a top model raking in $1,000 a day (a phenomenal sum at the time) doing everything from magazine covers to shampoo ads. Basinger moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to pursue an acting career. After spending her first six months in the city living at a motel overlooking the Hollywood Freeway, Basinger broke into television doing episodes of such hit series as Charlie's Angels.
RÉSUMÉ: Throughout the early '70s, Basinger appeared on dozens of magazine covers and in hundreds of ads. Her first acting jobs were guesting on Charlie's Angels and The Six Million Dollar Man. Then she got the sex flick 9 1/2 Weeks. Kim reached real stardom with her 1997 Golden Globe and Oscar wins for her role in L.A. Confidential.
KNOWN FOR: Being a blonde bombshell sexpot in 9 1/2 Weeks.
HOME: Los Angeles.
SWEETIE: Kim had a fling with eighties pop icon Prince. She was married to Ron Britton and, more notably, actor Alec Baldwin. She has a daughter, Ireland.
OTHER: Kim suffered through a very public bankruptcy filing following a breach-of-contract suit. Kim is a middle child with two older brothers and two younger sisters. Her mom was a model who performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Basinger was extremely shy as a child - so much so that her parents once had her tested to see if she was autistic.
Images of Kim Basinger are copyright © left to right: LA Confidential movie still, Elle magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Playboy magazine