Date of Birth : Dec 8th 1953
In 1976, after a five-year stint as a cover girl, Basinger decided to put her modeling career on hold and move to Los Angeles to begin a career in acting. After appearing in small parts on a few TV shows such as McMillan & Wife and Charlie’s Angels, 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. She played a prostitute in the acclaimed 1979 miniseries film From Here to Eternity. Her breakout role was as a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again (1983), in which she starred opposite Sean Connery.
She did a famous nude pictorial for Playboy to promote her role in the Bond film in 1983. Basinger said the Playboy appearance led to good opportunities, such as Barry Levinson’s The Natural (1984), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Academy Award winning writer-director Robert Benton cast her in the title role for the film Nadine (1987). Other directors repeated her in their films, such as 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). Her most prominent appearances include 9½ Weeks (1986), Batman (1989) and Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (1997), for which she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award. Hanson would cast her once more as Eminem’s mother in the hit film 8 Mile (2002).