Kim Basinger: Kim Confidential

Kim Basinger’s Oscar win for L.A. Confidential is easily the high point of her career.  But the years leading up to that victory were extremely difficult.  Basinger was involved in a costly law suit after backing out of the box office bomb, Boxing Helena.  She was also caught up in a whirlwind of bad press after declaing bankruptcy when her investment in the town of Braselton, GA didn’t work out.  Following those set-backs, Basinger took some time off to have a baby.  At the time of this interview from the April 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Basinger was just coming back into the spotlight to promote L.A. Confidential.

We haven’t heard from Kim Basinger for some time because she’s avoided the media while: fighting a lawsuit regarding her not appearing in the film Boxing Helena that wound up costing her over $3 million; giving up on the town called Braselton in Georgia, which she had hoped to make into a creative arts center; having a baby; making Robert Altman’s Ready to Wear, which left her in tears each night because she had no idea what she was doing (and yet played a TV fashion industry reporter hilariously); and making Curtis Hanson’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, in which she plays a mysterious party girl in ’50s noir Los Angeles.

Now that she’s agreed to come up for some public air, we can reassure ourselves that she still retains her sense of humor, her belief in the vegetable as the only proper food to ingest, her ability to turn a phrase and speak her mind, her wackiness, her beauty, and her determination not to let the bastards get her down.

LAWRENCE GROBEL: You’ve had an addition to your family since we last talked. She’s now a year-and-a-half old. How did your pregnancy go?

KIM BASINGER: The first six months of my pregnancy I was really, really seasick–everybody calls it morning sickness, I call it 24-hours-a-day sickness!

Q: Was Alec much help during the seasickness?

A: Alec was in New York making The Juror. I have a wonderful supportive group of women who work in my house with me, but while rocking and rolling in bed late at night, you just say to God, “Help me, this is horrible!”

Q: Did you know it was a girl?

A: No, we didn’t want to know. Subliminally Alec and I both thought it was a boy. When the baby came, my doctor said, “Well, this one ain’t got any balls.”  I thought our child might be missing part of his anatomy. Alec was totally ashen. Then he realized and said, “It’s a girl!” I was basically in shock.

Q: Was it a natural birth?

A: No, I had to have a C-section. My baby had been in the vaginal canal with her head down for four months. But three weeks before my due date, she had completely turned. My doctor suggested a procedure where they try to turn the baby [the right way]. Without being dramatic, it was the most painful procedure I’ve ever dealt with in my life. Alec was holding my feet, two nurses were holding my hands. They moved the baby three-quarters down, but they had to stop to give me a rest. Before they got out the door the baby turned all the way back. I just burst into tears. I said, “I am not going home without this baby today! So schedule whatever you have to and get it out!” Two hours later I was in the operating room.

Q: Did you breast-feed?

A: Yes, but I didn’t have milk like these Elsie the Cow women who walk around–I’m sorry! I don’t know what that is about. To me it’s like a fairy tale, these women who talk about having so much milk that they pump it out into bottles. I never had that. I breast-fed for four months and always had to supplement the baby.

Q: Who does she look like, you or Alec?

A: Let me put it this way: how many times a week does Alec come to me and say, “Are you sure she’s mine?”?[Laughs] Does that answer your question? I said to one of my ladies in the house, “How do you think it would feel to be able to kiss yourself on the mouth at the age of 14 months? What is it like to watch you bring up you?”

Q: Whose temperament does she have?

A: I have a temper, but I do not have a temper like Alec. I don’t think two people [like that] could live in the same house, OK? But with these two temperaments, Ireland has started something that every mother has told me happens: tantrums.

Q: Will she ever taste meat?

A: Ah, no. She’s so healthy, and she eats every kind of vegetable on the planet. She eats rutabaga and lentils and black-eyed peas and turnip greens and beets.

Q: So her teenage rebellion will be eating a Big Mac?

A: You know what? I can’t say what my reaction will be at the time, but I hope I will remember myself when I went through these things, when I wanted to wear short skirts up to my you-know-what. Children need to grow up and make their own decisions–how they want to pierce their bodies or do whatever they need to do.

Q: Are you working on another child?

A: I’d love to have another baby. We’ve also thought about adopting.

Q: Any doubt if you adopted it would be a boy?

A: [Laughs] Most of our dogs are females and Alec is always saying he’s surrounded by bitches.

Q: Have you allowed pictures of Ireland to appear in the press?

A: It’s not really about allowing them. They’ve been everywhere. I kept her in the house for the first three months, away from people. Then I took her to New York and I remember a barrage of paparazzi everywhere we went. It was really frightening for her, very upsetting. And I said, “That’s it.”

Q: Alec got into trouble with a photographer–how crazy did that make him?

A: That was in our neighborhood. It’s all in litigation now so I can’t really talk about it. It was right after her birth. I was very vulnerable. I’ve been stalked before. The last thing I heard was Alec saying, “Stay in the car.”

Q: When were you stalked? Before Alec?

A: Yeah. I don’t like to go back there. It lasted a while, and then creepy things would happen when I’d go on location.

Q: Given the problems you’ve had with Disney, does Ireland have any Disney animals?

A: If she’s drawn to Mickey, so be it. But her favorite is Tweety.

Q: Has Alec changed since her birth?

A: I don’t think the reality hits men as quickly as women. Men have to grow into this maturity. They see their wives slipping away from them and they resent it. And they have a harder time with giving up what they were so accustomed to. I’ve been in awe of Alec’s verbal ability–he’s a very articulate, intellectual guy. I’ve never seen him have any adversarial situations he could not deal with. But there’s one little creature he just can’t seem to master. She has him completely intimidated, baffled. He calls from New York and says, “What’s she doing? Let me talk to her.” So I put him on the speakerphone and she hears, “Is that my little so-and-so?” And she’s on top of the washing machine taking her ride, watching the lights go on. And he says, “She’s just having less and less to do with me.” I know the way he feels, but I say, “Alec, she loves the washing machine this morning, get over it. I can’t get a kiss out of her either.”

Q: You told me your first marriage [to makeup artist Ron Britton] was about protection and your marriage to Alec was about clarity. That still hold?

A: I do believe that.

Q: Is Alec still your life’s focus?

A: Did I say that? [Laughs] My family is the most important thing to me, hands down. It’s a whole new ball game for me now.

Q: Is the passion between you as intense–or have you settled into a more married-life routine?

A: Alec truly thinks the focus is always with the baby. He went on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and said, “My wife and I are separating; she’s fallen in love with another woman–a 14-month-old, bald-headed girl.” The audience was so dumbstruck by his statement that we were splitting they didn’t get the joke. The passion goes through different stages after you have a child. You have some great moments, you have some disagreements. We’ve been together seven years now and have gone through a great deal of ups and downs, which have made me a stronger and better person. We have the real foundation a partnership needs. We’re very different in a lot of ways, but very much alike in the key ways. We’re just normal people like everybody else.

Q: This is what Alec said about you: “There’s a naivete about her. She just doesn’t get it. And that’s what I love about her.” Are you as naive as Alec thinks?

A: I feel the same way about him. Our personalities manifest themselves so differently. Alec is gregarious, vocal, outspoken, and he sees my quiet shyness … maybe I am very naive.

Q: What made you decide to do L.A. Confidential as your reentry to movies after taking time off to have your baby?

A: When I first read the script I said, “No, I don’t want to do this.” I just didn’t see it. I wanted something like Jane Eyre. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes when I pick projects. God knows I’ve made some horrible choices in my life, and I’ve passed up really good offers that other people have become huge stars from. [Laughs] I read L.A. Confidential again at my then-agent’s advice, and I saw what he was talking about. I was nervous meeting with the director, Curtis Hanson, because I had some questions about stuff in The River Wild and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. But he had it in his mind who he wanted as the Veronica Lake character. It’s a wonderful part for me because until now, dramatic, serious pieces have eluded me.

Q: Body Heat-type films?

A: Oh no, I did my 9 1/2 Weeks. I’m talking about what I call “Yea, My Lord” pieces that a lot of women are doing–which are very beautiful. All women want to dress up and do what Nicole Kidman did in The Portrait of a Lady.

Q: So in L.A. Confidential you get to play a serious party girl in a cast that includes Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito.

A: It’s an amazing cast–those two, plus Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, David Strathairn, James Cromwell. Russell Crowe’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. James Cromwell plays the bad guy–and I just loved him so much as the farmer in Babe that I hated to see him be bad.

Q: You had a major catastrophe when it came to making you into a Veronica Lake look-alike, didn’t you?

A: Today you put highlights in your hair, but women in the ’40s used to dye their hair solid. Veronica Lake, Grace Kelly, all those girls had really beautiful blonde silk angel-looking hair, but oh, what you had to do to get that! I’ve never dyed my hair, just put highlights in it, but I volunteered to let it be dyed. My hair rebelled. I was there in the sink with this wet hair and my head was burning. I asked if that was normal and they said yes, it’s supposed to tingle. So I lay there for another four minutes and then asked them to rinse it out because it was burning so badly. It continued to burn. By the next morning I had blisters on my head and down my neck. I had to have wigs because my hair started falling off. Not out, thank God. There was no damage to the root. My hair was just breaking off in big pieces. In the last two scenes of the movie we cut my hair short. And at the end of the movie, I told the hair stylist to just cut my hair all off. I was kind of happy with the idea of just getting rid of that hair for a while. And oh boy, did I get my wish. I was almost bald.

Q: You said playing TV reporter Kitty Potter in Altman’s Ready to Wear was the most terrifying thing you’d ever done. Why?

A: No script, no nothing. Fool for Love, which I did with Altman, had a script, and it was a wonderful part for me–it made a difference. [But on Ready to Wear] Altman took us all together and said, “We’re going to go into these fashion shows in Paris and you are going to be in character and not come out of character even if you see somebody you know.” I came from the fashion world and had people coming up to me and I had to be rude to them because the camera was on me the whole time. I felt so horrible. I was doing everything but slapping these people in the face. Plus it was on-the-spot acting. Altman would see someone and tell me to go interview her, and it would turn into these catty conversations as he would stand behind us roaring with laughter. Now we know how it all turned out–the film was just mashed into the wall.

Q: Did you ever know what the film was about?

A: No, I never knew what he was doing.

Q: How disappointed were you with The Getaway?

A: Truly disappointed, but what could we do when God chose to snow the whole nation in the weekend it opened–and it was the same weekend Ace Ventura, Pet Detective opened. We’ve been offered The Getaway 2. The Getaway where? God knows.

Q: For Alec it might be to get away into politics, though hasn’t his liberal bent irritated an East Hampton newspaper, which wrote that he should get out of town?

A: He’s so into politics, with his TCC [The Creative Coalition] organization, which he’s president of in New York. The relationship he has with that paper puzzles me a little bit. They banter back and forth. I think Alec has just worn out his welcome with the column he keeps writing.

Q: Would Alec make a better congressman, governor or senator?

A: I don’t really know, because he changes so quickly. As a kid he wanted to be president. He loves to write columns and sometimes I think he would be best doing that. Or maybe a radio talk show. He would love that, and he’d be great. I don’t know where he might end up, but I wouldn’t be surprised wherever it is.

Q: How might you feel about being a politician’s wife?

A: I knew you weren’t going to let me end it there. Oh God, I just plead the Fifth on that. Alec is always saying, “I can’t do it alone.” I go in my bathroom and lock the door and turn on my stereo real high. [Laughs]

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  1. The first thing that really takes me aback so to speak about this interview the part where Kim says “I don’t have a temper like Alec.” Knowing what we all know about Alec Baldwin today and his quite frankly, long history of bullying, jerkish, a-hole behavior, this is extremely chilling and alarming. Heck, Baldwin was already displaying frightening temper tantrums when he and Kim first hooked up on the set of “The Marrying Man”.

    I don’t know how this exactly reflects on Kim herself as a person. Maybe Alec did have a point when he pointed out how naive Kim could sometimes be. I remember hearing about an incident in which Alec got into a fight w/ the paparazzi when he and Kim were taking their newborn daughter home. It seems like the way that Kim was phrasing it, it sounded as if she was trying to say that Alec was protecting her. Kim more recently said that she when she was younger, had a thing for bad boys so maybe her relationship w/ Alec Baldwin was a weird case of “opposites attract”.

    At least Kim seems to be somewhat self-reflective in that regard. Kim also saying that she’s sometimes her own worst enemy in regards to her choice of projects is another very telling sign. In the case of “LA Confidential” it appears like Kim was too worried about the possibility of being type-cast as a femme fatale w/o looking at things outside of sheer face value.

    I really think that’s part of the reason why her career has in essence, been so erratic (especially coming off of the heels of her two big high points, “Batman” and “LA Confidential”). Kim sometimes wants to tackle projects that theoretically, aren’t really appropriate or suitable for her. So her saying that she wanted to do something like “Jane Erye” is really “pie in the sky” type of imagining.

    I’m also kind of taken aback by Kim’s comments about her daughter going through a teenage rebellion. Knowing what I’ve heard and read about Ireland today (with her tattoos, stints in rehab, lesbian trysts, and sleazy, naked photo spreads), I’m not entirely comfortable w/ Kim’s remarks about children needing to grow up and make their own decisions. Just because Kim herself wanted to do things that her parents didn’t want her to do like wear short-skirts, doesn’t necessarily mean that now that she’s a parent, it’s perfectly fine for her own child to do that. Not to use Kim’s own words, but when you become a parent yourself, you have to “grow up” and not try to create an idealized version of your own childhood through them.

    I said in the comment section previously for Kim’s WTHHT article, that I doubt that Kim Basigner is all that good at ab-libbing (hence why she’s a difficult if not down right lousy interview subject). This suspicion has pretty much been confirmed w/ her comments about. Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear”. Kim Basinger in this regard, doesn’t strike me as an ideal method actress because she’s too self-conscientious.

    Kim on the subject of “The Getaway” quite frankly, appears to be making petty excuses for why that particular movie w/ herself and Alec Baldwin tanked. I think that Kim’s ego couldn’t reconcile the notion that audiences in general weren’t interested in seeing her and her then-real life husband have sex on screen and what not. I read that Kim before she accepted the role at Alec Baldwin’s behest, had her views being incorporated into rewrites of the script by Amy Jones.

    It’s really sad that Kim’s falling out w/ her brother Mick involved something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Kim should’ve known right from the jump that purchasing a town wasn’t exactly the best idea. It also quite frankly, reflected poorly on her. And if you read between the lines, Kim doesn’t seem want to accept any sort of responsibility or accountability in regards to that particular failure. It sounds like Kim is saying that she had a perfectly fine plan and idea but it’s all the fault of the people who were suppose to do most of the legwork. I wonder if Kim blamed Mick for why the Braselton purchase didn’t work out. Maybe Kim didn’t want to go further out of fear that it would alienate the rest of her immediate family.

    Kim’s comments on the Paula Jones matter just reeks of slut shaming. It’s as if because personally admires Bill Clinton not just as a president, but as a person, it’s perfectly fine to glance over any sort of possibly misdirections in his personal life. This is especially hilarious in hindsight after reading a recent interview w/ Kim in which she proclaims that in contrast to Donald Trump, she’s among other things, a champion of women’s rights. Kim pretty much took the “well, Bill Clinton was personally alright with me, so why should Paula Jones have a right to complain or question his character!?”.


    • Also while reading this, I get the feeling that Kim Basinger is a woman who can be very insecure and downright with all do respect, a bit infantile. She’s insecure in the sense that she would bother to try to tolerate a loud-mouth, narcissistic, often ill-tempered douchebag like Alec Baldwin in the first place. It kind of makes sense because Jon Peters said that when Kim was in England working on “Batman”, he saw her first husband being abusive towards her. And Kim started to gravitate towards Peters because he “defended her honor”. Maybe Kim felt that when Baldwin fought with the paparazzi in their neighborhood shortly after their daughter was born, in her mind, he was defending her honor too.

      Kim is infantile with how she equates raising a human child to raising animals. I’m not saying that it’s easy to take care of a pet and to a degree, you have to learn how to be responsible for somebody else’s livelihood. But with a human, it’s way more complex since a human being develops much differently than say a dog or cat. While I think that Kim and her animal activism shows that her heart is in the right place, she none the less reminds me of what Catherine Denueve said about Brigitte Bardot:

      [on Brigitte Bardot] I saw extracts of her book: they were the most horrible things you can possibly read. Imagine writing that you wanted to get rid of your baby son, as she did. Not being a good mother is her problem, but making it public like that… It could have been a very human piece of writing, but in her case it was just harsh and inhuman. I know her a little and she’s a strange human being. She’s very childish. She loves animals, because loving animals is very easy, but emotionally, I think she has a big problem. She’s like someone who never grew up. I don’t consider myself to be a grown-up person but I’m more interested in people than in animals. And I think that if you are involved as much as she is with animals, then there is something strange about your dealings with the human race. She’s like a sauce which has curdled. There is nothing you can do. There is no hope.’

      Kim also based on reading this, appears to have a lax, “live and let live” perspective towards parenting. I honestly don’t think that Kim was too interested in being much of a disciplinarian or setting strict boundaries or rules. In effect, she seemingly wanted to provide her daughter some sort of false reality (especially after she and Alec Baldwin split up).

      And no, I don’t agree with the notion that Kim Basigner could’ve been a good producer. Kim herself in this same interview admitted that she’s sometimes her own worst enemy in regards to selecting projects. The fact that she had to be talked into/convinced to do “LA Confidential” tells you all that you need to now. And lets not get into some of the movies that she’s done in which she had considerable sway in the script like “Cool World” (which she convinced the producers to tone things down so that she could have the sick kids that she visited in hospitals something with her in to watch). Kim Basinger is the same woman whom on the set of “The Marrying Man” unbeknownst to herself, told Neil Simon, that “who ever wrote this doesn’t understand comedy”.


      • I’m not trying to be funny here, but it really seems like you know Kim Basinger better than she knows herself. What really stacks the deck is that I’ve always gotten the impression that Kim Basinger doesn’t know herself all that well, unlike, say, Rebecca De Mornay, who from what I’ve read seems to know who she is. A sweeping lack of self-awareness, I know a few people like that.


        • I believe that I’ve said on this site that when reading/researching about Kim Basinger I get to notion that she to a fault, doesn’t seem to have much of a natural sense of humor about anything much less herself. In some respects she takes herself way too seriously (or comes across as overly earnest) and goes about certain things without seemingly the slightest hint of irony. It’s like Kim half of the time has a “the whole world is against me” sort of complex.

          For example on here, when Kim said that she wanted something like “Jane Erye”, it’s easy to believe that she was being deadly serious and sincere. Or when Kim talks about how disappointed she was that “The Getaway” had the “misfortune” if you will of going against snow and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, I truly think that Kim was seriously upset and not trying to be sardonic.


        • I also find it intriguing that Kim seemingly blames everybody else (including her brother) but herself over the Georgia town buyout debacle when supposedly, at the time she had to file for bankruptcy, her personal expenses were at $43,100 per month! I don’t think that most average people make that kind of month for an entire year let alone a month.


        • I’m of course not an expert by any means, but I want to believe that Kim Basinger besides having avoidant personality disorder may also like Alec Baldwin (for whom in his case, always seems to have to use his anger and temper as a means controlling those around him), some form of narcissistic personality disorder.

          I’m guessing that Kim in her case, would be a compensatory narcissist since being avoidant is described as one of the features. And in regards to her and Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland (and the nasty custody battle over her), you can argue that shut-ins and narcissists are absolutely ruthless about roping their children into their disease, using them as caretakers and whipping boys/girls, and never ever paying any attention to the child’s needs.


        • I can’t argue with shut-ins & narcissists transferring onto their child or children, as I’ve seen that firsthand; it’s pretty sad and unfortunate.


        • Kim Basinger (and I’m trying to say this in the kindest way that I can possibly think of) sometimes comes across as a person who really suffers from a case of “arrested development”. I’m not necessarily saying point blank, that she acts or thinks like a child inside of a grown woman’s body. It’s just that the way that the way that she talks (or from what I’ve read or heard from and about her) she appears to have a severely limited perspective (or proper media schooling) or world-view.

          I somewhat feel that Kim often times means well and her heart is in the right place, it’s just that she goes about certain things the wrong way (or does a poor job “picking her battles”). Like with the case regarding buying out the town, maybe it could’ve worked had Kim actually had a clear cut plan on what to do with it right from the start. Instead, it at the end of the day, made Kim appear to be impulsive (Kim at the end of the day, should’ve just focused on being an actress first and a would be business mogul way down the totem pole) and viewing the whole thing as just a toy.


        • I’ll give you one example of how Kim Basinger seems to have little self-awareness (and perhaps borderline hypocrisy in the sense that some of her family members don’t exactly “practice what she preaches”). Last year, Kim did an interview with NET-A-PORTER magazine. In it, Kim makes no bones about her disdain for social media. saying “Social media has changed everything. There was more mystery before, but now, people just show their butts all over the place. I’ve never been one to share much of my life. It’s a shame how out of hand this industry has become, and where the value system has gone.”

          So naturally, Kim’s own daughter Ireland recently photographed herself “showing off her but” on social media:

          Ironically, Kim a couple of years prior to that in an interview with Flaunt magazine said had witnessed first-hand how ‘dangerous’ and ‘troubling’ social media can be for teenagers like her then 18-year-old daughter Ireland. To go further, Kim said “The way [teens] communicate now and not having to go face-to-face. I just think there are quite a few negative things about it. It’s just troubling. It’s troubling, especially since I do have a teenager — I know what I’m talking about. But we’ll see where it goes.”

          She added that she worried about the future of young people because they appear to have become so self-absorbed, vain and unmotivated. According to Kim “If you look at this generation of selfies and selfies and selfies, it seems a little bit scary. I like to see a driven kid, somebody who wants to come from the ground up… you just don’t know what’s going to happen to this generation.”


        • Even Daryl Hannah, who like Kim Basinger, is looked at to be very shy and private has shown more self-awareness. I’ve said this before, but Daryl Hannah has admitted that she may have hurt her career by not setting forth to be more outgoing (i.e. promoting her work on talk shows, talking to producers/directors on the phone, or going to public functions like film premieres or the Academy Awards).

          With Kim Basinger, it isn’t just that she is also a closed off, shut-in it’s that Kim has if you ask me, a certain level of arrogance and self-aggrandizement about it. With Kim, she gives off the impression that she shouldn’t have to do certain things if she doesn’t want to (and in return, she knows more than anybody else in the room).


        • Of course I was too young to fully be aware at the time, but I seriously wonder how damning stuff like the Braeselton buyout had on Kim’s overall image (and possibly in part, why virtually all of her post-“Batman”/pre-“LA Confidential” movies flopped at the box office). I thought about this why reading through Meg Ryan and Winona Ryder’s WTHHT articles again. I wonder if Kim Basinger up until all of her ’90s controversies also had somewhat of a wholesome image?

          What made Kim Basinger so compelling was that despite being incredibly beautiful, glamorous, and sexy she was also pathologically shy, insecure, gentle and sensitive. Kim you can argue, was a forerunner (at least in regards to her acting style and general demeanor) of sorts to Liv Tyler (another “innocent beauty”). But when the public started hearing about stories of Kim being a pushy, untrustworthy diva it completely sullied her refined, elegant and most importantly, innocent image.


        • Kim Basinger at the end of the day, doesn’t quite frankly, strike me as a woman who is either particularly book smart or street smart.


      • Ireland Baldwin: ‘I wish I hadn’t quit school’

        Model Ireland Baldwin regrets quitting school to focus on modelling full time.

        The gorgeous daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger signed a contract with IMG Models in March, 2013, when she was just 17, and in hindsight, she wishes she had continued her education.

        “(I wish) I would have been more patient and took the time to finish school (sic),” the 21-year-old tells Marie Claire Mexico. “I wouldn’t have rushed into modelling like I did. I would have studied acting much harder than I did.”

        The cover girl reveals she would most likely be working with animals if she hadn’t landed in the fashion industry.

        “All I ever dreamed of being as a young girl was a marine biologist or a veterinarian,” she says of her childhood goals.

        Ireland was thrust into the spotlight at an early age thanks to her celebrity parents, but the blonde beauty insists she is still confused by fame.

        “I knew since I was a young girl that my parents were famous but I still don’t entirely understand fame,” she admits. “I don’t understand how people perceive fame. In my opinion, fame is an achievement. I don’t even consider myself famous because I haven’t reached all of my goals.”

        Ireland is swiftly making a name for herself outside of her parents’ shadow thanks to her blossoming modelling career. Last year (16) the star posed for her first-ever nude shoot for treats! magazine and she continues to land other high-profile photo shoot gigs through her current agency DT Model Management.


        • ‘I still don’t entirely understand fame’: Ireland Baldwin rocks dizzying outfit for Marie Claire Mexico… but admits to struggling with life in limelight


        • Kim Basinger quite frankly if you ask me, is one of the scariest celebrity parents of recent memory. People justifiable jump on Alec Baldwin over the voice-mail incident but hardly anybody pays much attention to Kim’s role.

          Kim Basinger seems to be the type of person who has a weird obsession with her daughter. It’s almost as if she sometimes wants to live vicariously through her. And I was extremely disturbed by Kim’s comments about last year about “awarding Ireland freedom” as a way of apologizing for the agony that she put her through during her divorce from Alec.

          Kim doesn’t seem to rationalize that this is really code for “enabling”. Personally, I don’t have children yet, but I do have a seven year old nephew and a three year old niece. But either way, the way that I see things, if you allow a child to grew up without any set of rules and regulations, then they might as well have little to no moral compass.

          Kim Basinger just comes across the type of person who rather be her daughters friend or playmate then her parent/guardian and authority figure to respect. And I’m equally sickened by Kim using her daughter as a weapon/pawn against her war with Alec Baldwin. There’s little doubt in my mind that Kim was behind the release of that voice-mail. To Kim, it didn’t matter if her daughter was going to be humiliated to the world (again, that doesn’t divert the fact that Alec was absolutely in the wrong with what he said and the harshness behind it), because to her, the ends justified the means. She got the world to she her ex at his very worst even at the expense of their daughter becoming collateral damage.


    • I don’t know for sure if Kim ultimately got blackballed (a blind item on the Crazy Days and Nights blog last summer insinuated that) for being too difficult to work with because we’re mostly dealing with hear-say. I am however, confident in saying that Kim made the same mistake that somebody like Michelle Pfeiffer made. Kim seemed to be more interested in being a stay at home mommy than a movie star (or coming back with dead on arrival vanity projects like “I Dreamed of Africa” or supernatural slop like “Bless the Child”). Kim like Michelle, seemed to think that she could leave Hollywood for another three years and just pick back up from where she left off. Unfortunately, what those two ladies didn’t seem to count on is that the longer that you stay away from the limelight, the harder that it is to keep that momentum and relevancy to the public consciousness going.


    • What really killed (if you want to got to that extreme) Kim Basinger’s image or status as a sex symbol/femme fatale/blonde bombshell for better or worse besides simply aging out of those type of roles was Kim being so boastful or outwardly with her marriage to Alec Baldwin and the notion that she’s a dotting mother.

      I know that this seems strange, but I really believe that men want to hold on to this idea that an incredibly beautiful and sexy woman like Kim Basinger is somehow relatively attainable. Therefore, they don’t want to see said actress blending their personal life with their professional one by doing a bunch of stuff w/ her real life husband like “The Getaway”, “The Marrying Man” (Kim and Alec Baldwin weren’t married yet but still), that episode of “The Simpsons”, and hosting “SNL” together. This was especially compounded by Alec Baldwin’s boorish a**hole reputation (you legitimately wondered what the hell did a seemingly nice if otherwise bashful lady like Kim Basinger see in him).

      Also, Kim frequently mentioning her life as a mother and how important it was to her (ahead of being a movie star), just made her out to be boring and no longer “cool”.


      • She never aged out of being a sex symbol (her last movie was 50 Shades Darker!) and probably never will. I think she’s going to ride it out like Madonna. Except Madonna can’t do it on the big screen anymore unless she decides to finance the production all by herself.

        8 Mile was on TV a few nights ago, even in this movie she was coasting on sex appeal. Her only good acting moment is the scene after her boyfriend has left her where she’s yelling and cursing at Eminem.

        The Getaway was an abomination. Ali MacGraw was mad they were remaking it, there wasn’t a long enough gap since the original. I have no idea what made Kim so excited about Baldwin to make her court all that press with him. They weren’t Brangelina where they were so big they couldn’t stay out of the media. Her private life was totally private for at least 10 years after the divorce, until she got with her current boyfriend who is a hairdresser. She seems to have a thing for hairdressers and makeup men! (Remember Jon Peters? And the 1st hubby?)


        • The ironic thing about “50 Shades Darker” is that from what I read and posted on here, Kim was reluctant to do it. Not because she realized that EL James was a pathetic, horrible hack of a writer, who makes Stephanie Meyer look like JK Rowling, because she was simply reluctant to do in her words (and I’m paraphrasing), “All of that dominatrix stuff”. She finally decided to go ahead and do it because her daughter thought that it would be a fun role to take on (or according to her daughter, it was a role that “empowered women” or something along those lines).

          The weird thing is that, do we really want to see a 60+ year old, heavily botoxed Ms. Basinger in that particular scenario (it isn’t like the “50 Shades” movies are enjoyable on an unironic level if you’re outside the target demographic, which is horny middle aged women), when you can just watch a similar movie from her prime in “9 & a Half Weeks”? Plus, from what I hear, Kim gets utterly humiliated by the end of that movie by having a drink thrown at her by Dakota Johnson, getting slapped by Marcia Gay Harden, and finally, Jamie Dornan telling her that she may have taught him how to f*** but Dakota Johnson’s character TAUGHT HIM HOW TO LOVE. I get the feeling that Kim at this point in her career will just about stoop to anything for a quick paycheck at the expense of her own dignity and self-respect.

          As for Alec Baldwin, I think that I said elsewhere on here, that I figured that maybe Kim thought that hooking up w/ him would push her career further (even though Kim was already at the “top” of her game so to speak post-“Batman”) a la Demi Moore aligning herself with Bruce Willis. Baldwin had just done “The Hunt for Red October”, which really cemented himself as a leading man on the rise and not just “that guy from “Beetlejuice” not named Michael Keaton”. To go a lot further, this is what I wrote in her WTHHT article’s comment section:

          This is particularly weird in a way, I assume (of course I was too young at the time and there was no such thing as the internet just what we read in trade papers and saw on “Entertainment Tonight”) Kim didn’t talk too much about her first husband while they were married. I’m willing to bet that most people didn’t even no or remember that Kim Basinger was married once prior to Alec Baldwin. And the funny thing was that even though according to Jon Peters, Kim’s first husband was abusive to her too, her career none the less was better off than when it was when she was married to Alec Baldwin.

          I’m not going necessarily to hold it against Kim that she has a taste in men who work as hair-dressers and/or as make-up men. What I will tell you is that back in 1986, Kim’s “Never Say Never Again” director Irvin Kershner told “Rolling Stone” that she had the problem that most ex-models turned actresses had, in that she’s more concerned about her looks. This is perhaps confounded by the rumor that one big reason why Kim didn’t immediately follow-up her Oscar winning performance in “LA Confidential” (i.e. waiting another three years to come out with another movie) is that she was upset that she had to cut her hair (due to all of the peroxide/hair bleach that she had to put in her hair in order to achieve the perfect “Veronica Lake look” that she had in that movie making it gradually fall out) and was therefore, waiting while it was growing back to a more preferable length.

          Meanwhile, Mac McDonald, who played one of the Joker’s goons in “Batman” said that Kim on set, always had a retinue around her, which was made up of her hair stylist and her own costume designer.


        • I could be wrong, but one reason why I feel that Kim had little options or choice but to continue to play the sex symbol card as longer as maybe she should’ve is that she really had little else to go for herself. I don’t believe that Kim Basinger was ever the most versatile or charismatic actress in the world. I’m not going to necessarily fault an actor or actress if they decidedly have a limited acting range or really can only play a “certain type” of person.

          But if you’re going to be that type of performer, then you at the very least should have a presence about yourself. This is likely why most of Kim’s movies, where she’s a reasonably predominate focus (outside of “9 & a Half Weeks”, “Batman”, and “LA Confidential”) if not the out and out “star” aren’t really talked about that much anymore or can’t be enjoyed unironically (a la junk like “My Stepmother is an Alien”, the two movies that she did w/ Alec Baldwin, or the two movies that she immediately followed up her Oscar win with from the year 2000).

          With some few exceptions like “LA Confidential”, I don’t know if Kim Basinger was really not at risk of being a charisma vacuum (Kim has a decidedly mousy, fidgety acting style and demeanor when she isn’t playing up the sensual card) or the clear “weak link” of movie. It can be argued that with “LA Confidential” (and this isn’t to completely discredit Kim), she was perfectly cast in an otherwise great movie and took Curtis Hanson’s direction/instruction well.


        • Kim in hindsight probably would still be working more frequently today had she followed her own path instead of aligning herself with Alec Baldwin. Kim didn’t seem to have a plan or a chance to really “reinvent” herself once she and Baldwin split and Kim decided that she rather go in hiding. I think that Kim is still (and rightfully so) bitter and shell-shocked over how things turned out during her marriage and maybe decided that it wasn’t really “worth it” anymore.


        • I agree with you that her continuing to be sexual at this point seems weird. When Kim was announced to play Elena I was reading a discussion about it on IMDB’s message board and one poster said this was ‘granny grabbing’. She’s paving for sure. Not to the extent Madonna is, but she’s always been a trailblazer of sorts. Nine 1/2 Weeks broke ground for how much sex you could show in a mainstream film. Then with The Door in the Floor she REALLY broke ground by doing a graphic sex scene at 50 years old. The guy doing her in the movie was only 19!

          It’s hard to fathom that Kim and Madonna are now the same age Elizabeth Taylor was in the 90s. Taylor was seen as a past-her-prime woman since the mid 1960s. Maybe even earlier.

          I’ve read comments saying Kim reeks of sexuality and wouldn’t be able to play any other scenario convincingly. Not true. Case in point:

          She’s being herself in this interview, conducted by a woman, and TALKING about sex but it’s not part of her demeanor at all.

          When she hooked up with Baldwin, Kim didn’t need anyone’s help by that time. Perhaps she was planning ahead, thought she could maintain her stardom longer if she was part of a high profile couple. Baldwin wasn’t a big star, never became one, but he was “on the rise” and she probably thought one day he’d be bigger than her and she could benefit. By 1999 Baldwin was doing straight-to-video fare already and Kim was hot again with an Oscar.

          As for her first marriage, it was good for her career not to talk about it. Raquel Welch and Susan Sarandon have both said in interviews that as up and coming actresses, they were advised not to go telling the world they were married. Welch was already a mother of two when she did One Million Years BC but didn’t want anyone to know.


        • Forgot to add, it’s funny as hell the interviewer in linked video is like ‘Were you worried about playing a kinky lady?’ ..Little did she know Kim’s next movie would make The Man Who Loved Women look like Sesame Street!


        • I mean to add, that Kim during her marriage/relationship with Alec Baldwin was really when you get right down to it, a celebrity and not really a respected actress/movie star anymore. Kim and Alec for that matter, simply got overexposed (I don’t know when compared to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, but still) and I don’t know if either of them truly fathomed how toxic their respective reputations were at the time.

          Alec Baldwin already had a target on his back if you will even without Kim Basinger factoring in. He for all intents and purposes, got booted off of the Jack Ryan franchise after just one movie (Alec as the story goes, was playing “hardball” with Paramount and Paramount in return told him to hit the bricks) in favor of Harrison Ford. And then of course, he and Kim terrorized the set of “The Marrying Man” and proceeded to piss Disney off.

          I feel that I don’t need to go through Kim’s individual issues once again, but Kim in her case, didn’t seem to grasp that while she may still get work, you none the less can’t afford to act like an a**hole (not that it’s okay on its own) if you can’t deliver at the box office. Had Kim’s post “Batman”, pre-“LA Confidential” movies actually been successful then maybe the powers that be would’ve been somewhat more tolerant of her alleged diva-like behavior on sets.

          I think this is partially why despite Kim being an Oscar winner, it really isn’t worth the trouble dealing with her anymore. Why should producers/studios go through the trouble of hiring an aging sex symbol w/ can’t conduct herself like a “proper” movie star when they could get somebody who will comply and doesn’t have as much baggage?


    • ‘I am not going to be body shamed for being pale or not stick thin!’: Ireland Baldwin fires back at haters after sharing lingerie photos


    • Ireland Baldwin on why she opened up about body shaming

      A.B.13 hours ago

      AS usual, an uninteresting, self- centered arrogant pampered child. As if her opinion matters one bit. Instead of a decent example to those of her age group she talks down to those who do not share her views. AS if wearing lingerie is supposed to be indicative of something special in this day and age. This egotistical brat has nothing worthy of listening to, let alone looking a


    • Q: So her teenage rebellion will be eating a Big Mac?

      A: You know what? I can’t say what my reaction will be at the time, but I hope I will remember myself when I went through these things, when I wanted to wear short skirts up to my you-know-what. Children need to grow up and make their own decisions–how they want to pierce their bodies or do whatever they need to do.

      tmoney77, New York , United States, 2 hours ago
      In the wake of all that is transpiring in Hollywood right now with the sexual harassment and assault claims. The phenomenon of the exploitation and sexualization of women is finally being brought to attention, so why on earth and these young girls like Emily, Bella and this one running around practically naked, demeaning themselves and diminishing their worth to nothing more than a piece of meat? Thanks ladies, you¿re really helping the cause…

      Rev. Mother Mohiam, Sietch Tabr, United States, 2 hours ago
      But the question is will anyone ever love her? Her parents clearly didn’t or she wouldn’t be desperately craving this attention.

      RockNRoll75, STL, United States, 4 hours ago
      This makes me feel sorry for her… it¿s very obvious that she grew up in a house (with very famous parents) that apparently didn¿t give her what she needed emotionally whatsoever… hence she seems to be desperately seeking acceptance, approval, etc from anyone & everyone… Remember, this is the girl who¿s father called her a nasty little pig or something to that affect, so not only was her childhood void of emotional support, it was incredibly negative… poor girl… honestly, she could have turned out to be a hellofa lot worse… hopefully this video is as ¿bad¿ as it gets for her and she keeps her world together…

      NYC Jo, New York, United States, 5 hours ago
      She seems very immature for 22 and very insecure and like she’s seeking approval and trying too hard.

      Druscilla, NYC, United States, 5 hours ago
      All these women shouting about harassment and #me too and you get some 22 year with no talent but has famous parents totally contradicting what women are fighting for.

      phan59, destin, United States, 6 hours ago
      Ireland what are u doing? Please stop, and learn some marketable skills rather than these stupid rump thrusting pictorials. The only people who want to look at this are not people with a good opinion of you. Kim! make her stop it.

      Atlas, Los Gatos, United States, 4 hours ago
      He failed. Poor, -SELFISH PIG-, daughter never had a shot at a normal life. This guy is full of false sass and the all get out, huh? Wasn’t Alec going to move when Bush got elected? Then said, he would be gone if EVER Trump got elected? Can’t you take a hint Alec? we want you to leave hombre. Leave soon.


      • Kim lets her love flow

        Credible parts for tough, sexy middle-aged women are rare in Hollywood, so Ally Carnwath has to forgive Kim Basinger gushing a bit about her latest role

        It’s tempting to reflect on how Basinger’s own relationship difficulties have prepared her for the role. In recent years her personal life, in particular an acrimonious custody dispute with former husband Alec Baldwin over teenage daughter Ireland, has threatened to upstage her acting fame. In 2007 a voicemail message was leaked to the media in which Baldwin issued a furious dressing-down to his then 11-year-old daughter, calling her a “rude, thoughtless pig”. Questions about anything bar the film are supposed to be off-limits today but Basinger does issue a fleeting dig at Baldwin, apparently in response to his insinuation that she was responsible for the leak.

        “I think my private life was made into this public display of God knows what. I chose to keep it as private as I could, especially so my daughter could have some privacy. Unfortunately that was not the case from the other half.”


        • Kim Basinger Gives Rare Interview About Daughter Ireland Baldwin and Overcoming Her Anxieties

          Of her acting career, which has spanned three decades, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, Basinger says, “I’ve been so blessed because I’ve had such longevity.” Acknowledging her preference for privacy, she adds, “I’m not a big red-carpet girl. But I love the work.” She says that her lower profile was intended, in part, to help Ireland grow up with some normalcy. “She grew up in the limelight but I tried to provide stability and a quieter world.”


  2. Q: For Alec it might be to get away into politics, though hasn’t his liberal bent irritated an East Hampton newspaper, which wrote that he should get out of town?

    A: He’s so into politics, with his TCC [The Creative Coalition] organization, which he’s president of in New York. The relationship he has with that paper puzzles me a little bit. They banter back and forth. I think Alec has just worn out his welcome with the column he keeps writing.

    Q: Would Alec make a better congressman, governor or senator?

    A: I don’t really know, because he changes so quickly. As a kid he wanted to be president. He loves to write columns and sometimes I think he would be best doing that. Or maybe a radio talk show. He would love that, and he’d be great. I don’t know where he might end up, but I wouldn’t be surprised wherever it is.

    Q: How might you feel about being a politician’s wife?

    A: I knew you weren’t going to let me end it there. Oh God, I just plead the Fifth on that. Alec is always saying, “I can’t do it alone.” I go in my bathroom and lock the door and turn on my stereo real high. [Laughs]

    One former Paramount employee (in regards to the nature of which Alec Baldwin lost the Jack Ryan role to Harrison Ford after “The Hunt for Red October) said of Baldwin “He’s very impatient. “It’s his big foible, and it’s gonna dog him. I always wonder how someone so political couldn’t see the damage he does.”


  3. Douglas Thmopson – Author and International Journalist

    Kim Basinger Interview –

    As a pastime between movies she used to sashay the catwalks for Armani and fly from California into Milan and Paris to check the fashions but for the past couple of years Kim Basinger has been found in Mothercare.

    She’s still in that stage where her baby daughter isn’t going to eat meat or play with anything but environmental friendly toys but Big Macs and polyester Mickey Mouses loom beyond kindergarten. And even the woman who was said to wash all that gossip and fuss our of her hair in Evian water admits that there are tolls to be paid on the parental turnpike:

    ‘I went through these things when I wanted to wear short skirts up to my you-know-what. Children need to grow up and make their own decisions — how they want to pierce their bodies or do whatever they need to.’

    On such parameters, Basinger, 44, has been child-like in her career. You last heard about her four years ago when she was starring in a not very good remake of the classic Steve McQueen/ Sam Peckinpah partnership ‘The Getaway’. McQueen worked with wife Ali MacGraw. Basinger shot her way in and out of trouble with husband Alec Baldwin.

    They married five years ago and their daughter Ireland Eliesse Baldwin — she quickly became the more rockaby Addie– was born in October,1995. They’ve been a couple since 1991’s ‘The Marrying Man’ when they were also called lots of other things on the infamous production. They are the pair who wondered if the author of the movie, the legendary Neil ‘Odd Couple’ Simon understood comedy. That, at least, got a laugh.

    Baldwin,41, and Basinger were badmouthed from Malibu to Manhattan but she is quick to point out that the waters have broken since then. And bridges have been built for it to run under. And she is back at work. In the genre of the moment.

    Film noir has returned with a string of projects which recall the movie 1940s of John Garfield and Lana Turner, a trenchcoated Alan Ladd or Mitchum chasing Veronica Lake or Jane Russell, Bogart and Bacall, and stories revolving around scruples and irredeemable characters who haven’t got any.

    ‘L. A. Confidential’ based on the novel by tough guy author James Ellroy delivered its big box office expectations, Oscar recognition and awards. Basinger found herself an applauded millennium moll.

    ‘After Addie was born I wanted something like “Jane Eyre”. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes when I pick projects. I read “L.A. Confidential” against advice. But it was a wonderful part for me because until now dramatic, serious pieces have eluded me. But the director Curtis Hanson had in his mind who he wanted as the Veronica Lake character.

    ‘It had to be a special project for me to come back to work. My priorities had been changing before I had Addie but after she was born they changed completely. I don’t count — my daughter sort of owns me. I feel very spoiled having done this film for these sort of roles are thin on the ground.’

    She played the 1950s Hollywood mysterious good time girl mixed up with all shades of characters; in the land dreams she’s a platinum shadow. Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey and tomorrow stars like Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce made up the ensemble.She providd the ssexual frisson.

    Talking in the corner of a Beverly Hills hotel restaurant the star who graduated from model to sex spots on ‘Charlie’s Angels’ to Sean Connery Bond girl in ‘Never Say Never’ before bursting onto and then out of the stapled pages of ‘Playboy’ as a movie superstar plays down the glamour. There’s a dash of lipstick but the grey-black shift dress and hurried manner are of a working mother. Her daughter and home are over the freeway in Woodland Hills in the suburban San Fernando Valley which although it doesn’t sound it is a world away from Beverly Hills.

    Her hair is styled short — easy for a quick exit from the shower. But with much of Kim Basinger there is a back story:’ Today you put highlights in your hair but women in the 1940s used to dye their hair solid. Veronica Lake, Grace Kelly, had really beautiful blonde silk angel-looking hair but what they had to do to get that! I ‘ve never dyed my hair — just put highlights in it.

    ‘But for “L.A. Confidential” I volunteered to let it be dyed. My hair rebelled. I was there in the sink with this wet hair and my head was burning. I asked if that was normal and they said yes, it’s supposed to tingle. So I lay there for another four minutes and then asked them to rinse it out because it was burning badly.It continued to burn.

    ‘By the next morning I had blisters on my head and down my neck.I had to have wigs because my hair started falling off. Not out — off. There was no damage to the root. My hair was just dropping off in big pieces. In the last two scenes of the movie we cut my hair short. And at the end of the movie I told the hair stylist to just cut my hair all off. I was kind of happy with the idea of just getting rid of that hair for awhile. And did I get my wish. I was almost bald. Alec called Mrs Bald One.’

    It says much for the mellowing effect of marriage and motherhood on Kim Basinger the way she tells this tale. She certainly appears more adjusted following her legal hassles with Hollywood and becoming a parent:’I’m stronger, clearer and happier because of it. I let go of a lot of faults and ambitions.

    ‘It was all about my will, my agenda — and I learned to take my hands off that control panel.

    ‘I consider everything I’ve been though just a gift, I really do. I wouldn’t trade anything no matter how good or bad or difficult. I’m the luckiest girl in the world as far as I’m concerned.’

    Her attitude resounds with California-positive speak but it spools on the tape machine:’ I’ve conquered major fears this past year through things I care about.’

    The major one is her family which includes nine dogs and seven cats. Her daughter goes everywhere with her and her husband who in spent months in the Canadian outback with Sir Anthony Hopkins making ‘The Edge’ — the actors play ‘plane crash survivors stranded in Alaska in the 1998 film — is her cheerleader in chief. His message is that his wife has been misunderstood:
    ‘Kim is very reclusive, very private — people don’t know her really. She doesn’t do a lot of self-promotion. When she does people fall madly in love with her for she’s very adorable.

    ‘I think one of the reasons we’ve had some unusually tough times is that we have tried to live a normal life. We’ve never retreated behind the velvet curtain where it’s all limousines and bodyguards. We’ve tried to walk down the streets and live like normal people and drive our own cars and live in places where people told us we shouldn’t — like our tract house in the Valley which is constantly described as our “mansion”. We go to restaurants where ordinary people go.

    ‘Some celebrities try to do what we’ve done, realise they can’t and give up. And they live only in 90210 among their own kind.

    ‘We’ve stayed together and we’ve had a baby. I hope people look at us and say: ” well, they’re not just two crazy Hollywood people!”. But when I read and hear some of the things about us I stand amazed.’

    His wife is as adamant:’ We’ve been together for more than seven years and have gone through a great deal of ups and downs which have made me a stronger and better person. We have the real foundation a partnership needs. We’re very different in a lot of ways but we’re very much alike in key ways. We’re just normal people like everybody else’.

    Well, maybe.

    However, she insists she’s changed:

    ‘I’m very happy with where I am in my life right now.I’ve traded in being Miss Ambition — and I truly admit I was very ambitious a long time ago for many right some wrong reasons.

    ‘I love being an actress.I have many things I love to do. I have a lot of irons in the fire but now they’re not all burning at once.

    ‘The bad publicity I’ve had has helped in my acting. It helped me find emotions I didn’t know I had. Before it was all about my looks — in Hollywood it doesn’t matter how brilliant you might be for all they know is how you look. People don’t want to give you a chance to prove yourself in other ways. I’ve learned and matured.’

    She began as the pouting starlet, graduated to luscious leading lady and then when she got up there on the silver screen pedestal Hollywood began talking about Kim Basinger as a mixed-up personality.There were stories of psychics and demands that her hair only be washed in Evian water, that she was power mad, a sex-pot, a control freak, she was this and she was that. One tale gossiped into another around her classic 36-24-36 siren of a figure.

    She’s had to be sharp for the ‘Nineties were not kind. At one point it looked as all had finally finished for this ravishing creature from America’s Deep South. She was sued for jilting the movie ‘Boxing Helena’ which was about bizarre and besotted love.

    Instead of starring as a woman with no arms or legs who is kept in a box by an obsessed admirer she was accused of reneging on an oral agreement. A jury awarded $8.9 million dollars against her and it was revealed that her net worth was $5,387, 382 dollars and 19 cents. The arithmetic of that court decision added up to her filing for bankruptcy in the case which finally cost her more than $3 million.

    Alec Baldwin said of the verdict:’The jury thought they handed down a bill that surely she could pay. I guess they felt that everyone who did “Batman” got $40 million dollars.’

    But the determination that got Basinger from Athens, Georgia, to California in the first place kicked in. She went to work. And kept things in the family by co-starring with Baldwin in the remake of 1972’s ‘The Getaway’ The reaction to her — if not the film — worldwide was remarkable. ‘She seems to have come to the role at a perfect point in her career,’ wrote one critic adding:’ Like the character she plays she’s clearly been round the block a few times, made a few bad decisions, but she’s looking better than ever.’

    She and Baldwin seemed to have come to terms with the result of the court case.

    A smile on her pale face — she strictly avoids the sun — she says the case has not made her cynical: ‘I don’t have that in me’. She does not in person live up to her ‘difficult’ reputation. She’s arguably too eager to please.

    Now at an age when most pouting starlets are normally languishing rather than lounging at the shallow end of some producer’s swimming pool and attention span she is in demand.

    ‘I came up with an idea the other day asking if the girl inside of me could get to stand beside me and go walk down the street with the girl that’s on the outside if they’d stick together or leave each other.They’re so different.

    ‘It’s very difficult to be taken seriously in a town as small as this one and in an entertainment business like this. There are so many beautiful girls and they’re this and that and the other thing. It’s very hard. There are a large percentage of people who don’t have the guts to stand up for what they believe in and they’ll go with the crowd. It’s only the very few who will say:”I’m going to judge for myself” before they make a choice. I had to learn this, I really did.’

    Her career has fanned much fantasy into fact and vice versa. It was from hometown beauty queen — it was in the Georgia cornfields that she says she first discovered oral sex — that she went to New York model to Hollywood television series walk-on and stapled naked in eight pages of ‘Playboy’. Her Bond girl in Sean Connery’s 007 return in ‘Never Say Never Again’ began a busy big screen acting career.

    Since then she’s been the disquieting sexual presence in many films. She was Mickey Rourke’s love slave in ‘9 1/2 Weeks’, tempted Robert Redford in ‘The Natural’, gave Bruce Willis a difficult time in ‘Blind Date’, Richard Gere the runaround in ‘No Mercy’ and ‘Final Analysis’ and, of course, got Batman’s wings flapping as Vicki Vale in ‘Batman’.

    As she did the gossips. She was involved with Prince who was doing that movie’s music and also dating Jon Peters the Streisand Svengali who co-produced the box office giant.

    Her marriage to make-up man Ron Britton ended after eight years and she swore she was never getting married again. It was just her and her cow Henry and the dogs and cats — she picks up strays all the time. Alec Baldwin changed her viewpoint.

    They married four times in ‘The Marrying Man’ and then finally for real. For them it may have been romantic. Many involved in the making of the 1991 film talk of it as a nightmare and Mr and Mrs B as the principle demons.

    It was said that she contractually demanded that her hair only be washed in Evian water. That she asked for filming to be stopped so she could fly to Brazil to consult a psychic. One crew member said that was ‘only the tip of the iceberg.’ It was, in fact, ‘much, much worse.’
    She shakes her head in a shrug movement:’ You hear a lot and good and bad about yourself and then you hear remarks about your hair…my father always told me to judge for myself.

    ‘I think when you change your life and you really have the guts to change your life some people take notice in a good being and others in a negative vein. After I divorced my husband everything started happening. I had been married for eight years and then after that I free and I was happy and I could make choices.

    ‘In doing that you cause more attention and then you start really saying how you feel. I am shy but I think the easiest thing in the world is to tell the truth. When I started telling the truth about the way I felt and even made it publicly known people didn’t want that.
    ‘It was never intended to cause trouble but people view saying how you feel as causing trouble sometimes.’

    One such very public time was at the Oscars when, while watched by one billion viewers, she scolded the voters for not nominating director Spike Lee’s movie ‘ Do The Right Thing.’

    ‘I would do it all over again. I felt it was a shame to leave out that film. Everybody had been talking about truth and I thought presented the biggest truth of all. I wasn’t reprimanding the Academy or anything like that. It just truly came from the heart, from inside. One billion people were watching and I said:”Well, Lord, help me get thought this because it’s the biggest audience I’m ever going to have in my life.’

    And, to explain another point, she says God is her only psychic. ‘He knows everything.’ About the Evian water? ‘You mean the gallons and gallons I wash my hair in? I drink it. But I drink all kinds of other waters as well.’

    The designer water storm in a bottle turns her on to her health habits:’ I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat dairy products or meat. I love to exercise — it’s like brushing my teeth.’ She wasn’t always so careful:

    ‘When I came to Los Angeles I said:”I want to take everything. I want to try it all.” And some friend said:”Oh, try this.” That’s always the way it gets started. I tried cocaine and I found that it made people sleep during the day. Every time I took it I said:”This is a joke.” The next day I couldn’t even… it’s a debilitating drug. I hated that it made me so physically worn out.

    ‘I thank God, I really do, with all my heart.Because I saw a lot of people use cocaine every day. So many girls got hooked into it, some because they were working in the industry and wanted to stay thing. And believe me I know exactly
    what it does to your body. Watching these girls just completely lose everything they had and then try and get themselves back in balance — it was bad.

    ‘What cocaine did for me was make me very smart in one way. It made me know that you can never use it and get buy. Because I’ve always been very physical. I work out every day. I love any physical activity. I’ll run with anybody, do whatever they want to do.

    ‘Believe me I’m no mother Teresa. I’ve done a lot of wildass things in my life. It’s just that I can be wild without drugs and alcohol. And so can anybody. Cocaine doesn’t break your inhibitions like you think it does.

    ‘I don’t think there is anybody alive who can really handle drugs.’

    If drugs is one curse of Hollywood so is ageism. Is she frightened about being in her forties?

    ‘I don’t really have time for that. Number one, I don’t know what the future is going to hold. We never know hoe long any of us is gonna be around. I think staying and looking and feeling young have a lot to do with your beliefs. It’s only society that put 24 hours in a day. Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year — from one year old to 60 or 70 or 80-years-old. The clock just rules the hell out of all of us and it’s so sad.

    ‘I don’t really live in a time zone. I don’t abide by the rules here on earth. We’re not talking about police or crime or anything. I’m talking about clocks. Boy, when it comes to clocks ticking’ away it all depends how you grow.’

    And she wants her family to grow:’ Alec and I want lots of kids. I’d love to have another baby. We’ve also thought about adopting. Our family is what matters.

    ‘How much faith do we have in each other and in life? There’s not much trust in the world on a daily basis. In business and between spouses and families — you don’t see it very often.

    ‘But I trust Alec. He trusts me. Together we will overcome all the obstacles.’


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