How much is Kim Basinger worth?
|Net Worth:||$40 Million|
|Date of Birth:||December 8, 1953|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger is an actress and model who had an extremely successful modelling career in the 1970s before going on to become a movie star in the 1980s and an academy award winning actress in the 1990s. Though she had filed for bankruptcy in the midst of her career, Basinger has since become one of the highest paid actress in the industry. The actress is also well known for her extremely prolific relationships with the likes of Alec Baldwin and Richard Gere. After being in the industry for more than 40 years, she is best known for taking roles as the femme fatale. Her most popular movies include Never Say Never Again, Batman, L.A. Confidential, and 8 Mile.
How did Kim Basinger earn her net worth?
Even though $1000 per day in the 1970s would have been unreachable for most households, it wasn’t enough for Basinger, as that amount was how much she made for being a part of the Ford Modelling Agency. She went on to make hundreds of thousands of dollars for her roles in movies such as Hard Country and Never Say Never Again, but her first seven figure pay check was for No Mercy, in which she made $1,000,000 in 1986. In 1989, Basinger earned $3 million for her role in Batman, and then $4 million for her role in The Getaway.
The biggest pay checks Basinger ever received both came in 2000 for her roles of Kuki Galmann in I Dreamed Of Africa and Maggie O’Conner in Bless The Child. Though both movies were huge failures at the box office and lost the studio dozens of millions of dollars, it didn’t matter too much to Basinger as she made a total of $10 million for both movies. However, she didn’t always have millions of dollars shooting out of the ATM, as she declared bankruptcy in the mid-90s after she purchased 1500 acres of private land for $20 million dollars in Georgia, which led to her several financial difficulties.
Why is she so famous?
Basinger’s first hint at success and fame was when became a model for the renowned Ford Modelling Agency, and though she was making great money and leading a jet set life, she felt regret in turning her back on singing and acting. So with a modicum of fame from her modelling career she swiftly moved to TV with ease, as she featured on several popular shows including Charlie’s Angels, Gemini Man, and The Six Million Dollar Man. But in 1977, she scored a leading role in the television crime series, Dog and Cat, on ABC when she was just 24.
Though Dog and Cat wasn’t the most successful show as it only ran for six episodes and wasn’t renewed for a second season, it helped introduce millions more people to Basinger, including producers and studio heads. In 1983, she played the next Bond Girl, Domino Petachi, in Never Say Never Again. It is the final movie in which Sean Connery plays James Bond, and the movie title is a reference to when Connery said that he would “never again” play the character. The movie was of course a massive success, making $160 million worldwide and it certified Basinger as an A-list movie star. Basinger shot a Playboy cover shoot in 1981 but it wasn’t released until 1983, to correspond with the the opening of the bond movie, further sky-rocketing her fame and helped her earn more opportunities.
Basinger had an extremely successful decade in the 80s, as she went on to star in movies such as The Natural, alongside Robert Redford, and 9 Weeks, an erotic drama costarring Mickey Rourke, which made $100 million worldwide. But her biggest success of not just the 80s, but her whole career, came in 1989, when she starred as Vicky Vale in Tim Burton’s Batman. Batman’s success at the box office was thanks to its unprecedented nature, as no other comic book movie that he been released before hand, which was ultimately just the Superman movies, had even been so dark in tone and literally. Though the studio were worried that the movie would fail, the film actually broke records and critics and audiences applauded the risky approach of the movie.
Outside of modelling and her movie roles, Basinger is also known for her public relationships with other movie stars that have been highly publicised throughout the decades. While she was married to make-up artist Ron Snyder-Britton in the 1980s, Basinger had an affair with her No Mercy and Final Analysis costar, Richard Gere. In the late 80s, the actress had a fling with Prince, and then in the 90s, she married comedian and actor, Alec Baldwin, and the two starred in The Getaway together. In the 2000s, Basinger was even reportedly seeing her 8 mile costar and rapper, Eminem.
What makes her so successful?
Basinger was often regarded as a sex symbol in the 80s and 90s thanks to her high check bones, deep blue eyes, and her waist length blonde hair. The way she speaks quietly with her breathy southern accent but makes up for her quietness with her expressive mannerisms and pouty lips as helped her score mostly femme fatale roles, which are female characters that get involved with criminals and cops in crime dramas. This is seen best in L.A. Confidential as Basinger plays Lynn Brackner, a role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1998.
A lot of Basinger’s success is also owed to her commitment and dedication to acting and performing arts. From as early as the age of three years old, the actress was studying ballet and did so up until her mid teens. She even initially rejected $1000 per month from Ford Modelling Agency as she was holding out for something better, such as a record deal or a movie role, which eventually came to her.
With her natural beauty, dozens of cover shoots, and movie roles ranging from femme fatale love interests to dramatic award winning takes, Basinger has become one of the most notable actresses of the 80s and 90s. Thanks to her tent pole movies such as L.A. Confidential and Batman, she has built a net worth of more than $20 million. Though she hasn’t starred in a role since Fifty Shades Freed in 2017, Basinger currently keeps herself busy supporting animal rights and working with PETA.