Kim Basinger Net Worth and How She Became Famous

Kim Basinger is best known for her appearance in L.A. Confidential. Here’s a look at her career and how she became famous.

Kim Basinger’s movies and TV shows

Kim Basinger |  Michael Tran/FilmMagic
Kim Basinger | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Kim Basinger made her television acting debut in a 1976 episode of Gemini Man titled “Night Train to Dallas.” That same year she appeared in an episode of Charlie’s Angels titled “Angels in Chains.” In 1977, Basinger landed a recurring role in Dog and Cat. She played the role of Officer Kane for seven episodes. Basinger made her film debut in the 1981 movie Hard Country. The following year she appeared in the film Mother Lode.

Basinger got a big break in 1983 when she appeared in Never Say Never Again alongside actor Sean Connery. She played the role of Domino. Basinger’s other acting roles include appearances in 9 ½ Weeks, Batman, Wayne’s World 2, and 8 Mile.

Kim Basinger’s highest-grossing films

As of this writing, Basinger’s highest-grossing film is Batman, with more than $411 million in worldwide box office earnings. This includes more than $251 million at the domestic box office and more than $160 million internationally.

Her other high-grossing films include Never Say Never Again, with $160 million in worldwide box office earnings; 8 Mile, with $245.7 million in worldwide box office earnings; and Fifty Shades Darker, with more than $381 million in worldwide box office earnings.

Kim Basinger’s awards

Basinger’s acting talent was recognized in a big way back in 1998. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role for her work in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential. That year she also won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Southeastern Film Critics Association Award.

Financial trouble

In 1993, Basinger was involved in a legal dispute with Main Line Pictures about the film Boxing Helena. The jury concluded Basinger breached an oral contract when she said she would star in the film and then changed her mind. Main Line Pictures estimated it lost about $6.4 million in potential domestic and foreign sales, reports Los Angeles Times. Basinger was ordered to pay $7.4 million. She later filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Kim Basinger took a break from acting

Although Basinger spent most of her career as an actor, she decided to step back and take a break from acting in 1995. The last movie she made before her break was the 1994 film Ready to Wear, in which she played the role of Kitty Porter.

Basinger later decided to end her break when she appeared in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential. She played the role of Lynn Bracken. A year after L.A. Confidential, Basinger lent her voice to an episode of The Simpsons. Two years after that, she appeared in the film I Dreamed of Africa.

Kim Basinger’s net worth

Despite past financial woes, Basinger managed to bounce back. As of this writing, she has a net worth of $40 million according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates.

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