Basinger Seeks Divorce From Alec Baldwin
the most disturbing news to celebrity watchers on the left since
Lenin and Trotsky split, Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger and
actor Alec Baldwin have filed for divorce after seven years of marriage,
Basinger's spokeswoman said on Friday.
and Baldwin were married Aug. 19, 1993, after meeting on the set
of the romantic comedy, The Marrying Man, in 1991. They agreed
to separate on Dec. 5, on the set of The Divorcing Man, according
to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
who won an Oscar for her performance in 1997's L.A. Confidential,
is living in Los Angeles with the couple's five-year-old daughter,
Ireland, Wolf said. After the divorce Ireland will be divided and
grow up to become two bitterly hostile people.
is reportedly busy at work on a one-man stage show based on the
writings of Jacqueline Susann. Hopes are high that the show will
turbo-charge Baldwin's career much as Kelsey Grammer's Macbeth
boosted the prospects of Baldwin's fellow ex-snow-tooter.
Sex Siren to Mature Seductress
is the second divorce for the 47-year-old Basinger, who was previously
married to some other guy. Basinger has spent some three decades
in the limelight. She first gained notoriety when she got buck-naked
for Playboy at 17. The pouting blonde became the Breck shampoo girl,
a top model, and, ultimately, the star of a series of movie duds
in the nineties, such as The Real McCoy, Bless the Child
and I Dreamed of Africa.
1989 Basinger bought the small town of Braselton,
Georgia. Passing the town while stuck in a traffic jam, she
was inspired when she saw a sign that said: "Braselton: If You Lived
Here, You'd Be Home by Now." After closing on the town, Basinger
told reporters, "Finally, here are some people who will know who's
the boss." Unfortunately, the production quotas in her five-year
plan for the town were not met and the annual Basinger Film Festival
did not attract the hoped-for following. Facing increasing financial
difficulties, in 1993 Basinger had to sell the town's children to
a local coal-mining concern. Just kidding, she wouldn't do that
instead, she bankrupted many of the locals who had backed
her schemes and threw the local economy into a nosedive. At the
time of these difficulties, Basinger was spending $6,100 for clothes
and $7,000 for pet care every month, as well as maintaining three
is also famous for promoting the image of the modern, assertive
woman in 9 1/2 Weeks. In what some have called a paean to
woman's inherent dignity, Basinger, at the order of her sadistic
lover, who was played by another famous disappearing act of the
90s, Mickey Rourke, crawled across the floor scooping up dollars
bills with her mouth.
Brainy Beefcake, Battling Backward Bigots
Baldwin was born in Massapequa, New York on April 3, 1958. Baldwin
is the second of six children, several other of whom also continue
to pester the American public from the silver screen. After high
school, Baldwin enrolled as a political science major at George
Washington University. However, this turned out to involve all sorts
of papers and stuff, so Baldwin decided to revive his childhood
interest in acting.
starred in his own homemade movie of "Frankenstein" at the age of
seven. By twelve Baldwin was haunting local movie houses, where
he saw everything from Bedtime for Bonzo to I Am Curious
Yellow. Disillusioned with politics and hungry for those freaky
drama school babes, Baldwin moved to Manhattan and enrolled in New
York University's drama department. There he studied under Lee Strasberg,
during the time Baldwin lived in the apartment directly below the
famous acting coach. Baldwin subsequently studied acting in apartments
below Mira Rostova, Elaine Aiken and Milton Kastelas, among others.
landed a recurring role as "Harry the Hypochondriac" on the popular
NBC daytime soap opera The Doctors. This led to assignments
on the prime-time series Cutter to Houston and Wild Kingdom,
which Baldwin appreciated for its "opportunity to work with such
gifted actors as Bobo the Mischievous Monkey."
Baldwin has always retained his interest in politics, except during
periods, like the one mentioned above, when he didn't. In 1998,
Baldwin contemplated a run for a seat in the US
Congress, but abandoned the idea after Massachusetts Congressman
Barney Frank informed Baldwin, "I am behind you all the way." When
questioned whether possible public revelation of past misbehavior
hadn't played a role in his decision not to run, Baldwin responded:
"I've nothing to hide. My life's an open book."
political studies have extended beyond modern political forms
to encompass a deep interest in political history and more traditional
social constructs. This abiding respect for tradition was brought
to the fore a couple of years back when Baldwin recommended stoning
Congressman Henry Hyde and his family during the Clinton impeachment
1999, Baldwin achieved a lifetime goal when he was finally listed
He was subsequently threatened with removal from the site when it
was rumored he had been spotted in Spago's dining on corneille
au raisins acides after the November 2000 election. Before the
election Baldwin had created a flurry of publicity when he announced
that he was planning to flee the country if George W. Bush won the
presidential election, then reneged, then promised
to leave if Gore was elected.
disappointment in Baldwin's life is that he has yet to purchase
his own town. He reportedly has been in the market for a small village
or hamlet, waiting, perhaps, for prices to fall after the Bush-created
his solo play, Baldwin is currently waiting to see if he wins the
role of Mr.
Conductor in Thomas and the Magic Railroad 2.
and Baldwin's life together has been a dizzying Hollywood
and Baldwin were the subjects of a couple of highly-publicized court
battles, including a 1993 lawsuit against the actress by producers
of the film Boxing
Helena, over her decision to cut out of the leading role.
In another court case, Baldwin was ordered to pay $4,500 to a celebrity
photographer after he allegedly punched the man in eye.
strong supporters of President Clinton, the couple had an angry
tête-à-tête with the President several
years ago. As described by reporters at the time of the incident,
in early August, 1998:
the Hampton's this week, it was reported that Alec Baldwin and Kim
Basinger, slated to host a fund-raising dinner for Bill Clinton,
nearly canceled the event because pâté de foie gras
was on the menu. Baldwin and Basinger, PETA co-religionists, are
upset about the method by which the geese are force-fed corn meal
to fatten their livers. It's rumored that while contemplating calling
off the event, Baldwin phoned up various invitees and asked them
to visualize the galliformean torture by asking, "How would you
like to be grabbed by the neck and have a big tube, shooting out
some vile goop, slid down your throat?" Seemingly dazed by the thrust
of Baldwin's question, journalist Nina
Burleigh replied, "Sure, I'd do it just to thank him for keeping
abortion legal!" Former magazine editor Tina
Brown told Baldwin, "I'd drop my journalistic integrity for
that man faster than The New Yorker can lose money." And
Kate Capshaw apparently responded: "Well, I'm not attracted to Bill,
but then, he's just President, isn't he? After all, I'm married
to somebody rather important."
the proposed terms of the divorce, Baldwin will be able to keep
his "Thomas the Tank Engine" props, while Basinger will get the
couple's large collection of "Welcome to Braselton" signs.
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