Kimila Ann “Kim” Basinger is an American actress and former fashion model.
She is known for her portrayals of Domino Petachi, the Bond girl in Never Say Never Again, and Vicki Vale, the female lead in Batman. Basinger received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture nomination for her work in The Natural. She won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in L.A. Confidential. She also appeared in 9½ Weeks, and 8 Mile. Basinger was born in Athens, Georgia. Her father, Don Basinger, was a big band musician and loan manager who landed in Normandy on D-Day. Her mother, Ann, was a model, actress, and swimmer who appeared in Esther Williams films. The third of five children, she has two brothers, Mick and Skip, and two sisters, Ashley and Barbara. Basinger’s ancestry includes German, Swedish and Cherokee, and she was raised a Methodist.
When Basinger was 16, she started modeling by winning the Athens Junior Miss contest. She then won the title ?Junior Miss Georgia?. She competed in the national Junior Miss pageant and was offered a modeling contract with Ford Modeling Agency. She turned it down in favor of singing and acting, but reconsidered and went to New York to become a Ford model.