Kim Basinger was born on December 8, 1953 in the small college town of Athens, Georgia. As a child, she was immersed in both music and the arts because of her creative parents. Her father was musician, and her mother was a dancer, something Basinger would also become at a young age. Moving beyond dancing, Basinger started entering beauty pageants, even winning the “Junior Miss Georgia” title. It was a pageant tryout that led Basinger to New York City, and while there, a modeling agent spotted the young beauty, landing Basinger her first modeling contract. This was her first step to fame, and she quickly became a top talent in the industry. She moved to Los Angeles and began her career in acting. She started with small television roles, including guest appearances in Charlie’s Angels, the made-for-TV movie Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, and the 1979 mini-series From Here to Eternity. Basinger made her film debut in the 1981 film Hard Country, and her movie roles continued in Never Say Never Again as the sultry love interest of iconic spy, James Bond. Other major films have included 9 ½ Weeks, Batman, and her 1997 Academy-Award winning performance in L.A. Confidential, where she played a high-end prostitute with an intended resemblance to the 40s actress, Veronica Lake. Although a bitter divorce from actor Alec Baldwin made headlines, Basinger continued to take on new roles, including the rap drama 8 Mile, The Door in the Floor, and the 2004 crime thriller, Cellular. More recently, Basinger acted alongside her daughter in the movie Grudge Match.