Kim Basinger (born December 8, 1953) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress of German, Irish, Swedish and 1/8th Cherokee descent. She was born in Athens, Georgia. Her last name is pronounced "BAY-sing-er"
Entering the acting profession after great success as a model, her most prominent appearances include 9┬Ż Weeks (1986), Batman (1989), and L.A. Confidential (1997) for which she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
From 1993 to 2002, she was married to actor Alec Baldwin, with whom she later engaged in a long legal custody battle (still ongoing) regarding their daughter, Ireland. He says that the case is classic parental alienation syndrome and has spent more than $1m trying to maintain contact. She says he should amend his acting shedule to fit in with hers.
The small town of Braselton, Georgia, was bought by Basinger in 1989 for $20 million, with the hopes of establishing the town as a tourist attraction with movie studios and a film festival, but she met financial difficulties and sold it in 1993. The town is now owned by developer Wayne Mason.