Birth Name: Kimila Ann Basinger
Place of Birth: Athens, Georgia, United States
Date of Birth: December 8, 1953
Ethnicity: English, as well as some German, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and distant French
Kim Basinger is an Academy Award-winning American actress and fashion model. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for L.A. Confidential (1997). With her ex-husband, actor Alec Baldwin, her daughter is model and actress Ireland Baldwin.
Kim is the daugher of Ann Lee (Cordell) and Donald Wade Basinger. Much of Kim’s ancestry is English, and she also has some Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), as well as distant French, roots. Her surname, Basinger, is usually of German origin.
Kim stated on Inside the Actors Studio (1999), that her maternal grandmother had Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. Kim’s maternal grandmother is listed as “White” on U.S. Censuses, as are Kim’s maternal grandmother’s parents. Kim’s ancestry, as far as can be documented, is non-Native American. Similarly, Kim is also sometimes stated as having Swedish ancestry; this ancestral connection has also not been documented/verified.
Kim’s paternal grandfather was Michael Herman Basinger, Sr. (the son of Richard Basinger and Elizabeth “Lizze” Pheby Pence). Richard was the son of John Calvin Basinger and Marinda Augusta Cromwell. Elizabeth was the daughter of Michael S. Pence and Sara Julia Kirk.
Kim’s paternal grandmother was Jessie Belle Ashley (the daughter of Clarence Allen Ashley and Carrie May Ellis). Clarence was the son of Jesse Thomas Ashley and Milly Catharine Abel. Carrie was the daughter of Richard Archibald Ellis and Mary Matildia “Mamie” Pressy.
Kim’s maternal grandfather was James Cullen Cordell (the son of James Lindsey Cordell and Morning/Mourning Ann Shiflett/Shiflet). Kim’s great-grandfather James was the son of Thomas J. Cordell and Lindsey Jane Cunningham. Morning was the daughter of John P. Shiflett and Morning Ann Taylor.
Kim’s maternal grandmother was Mamie Elizabeth Howard (the daughter of John James Howard and Hannah Webb). John was the son of George Howard and Sarah Ann Heron. Hannah was the daughter of Samuel M. Webb and Caroline Branyon.
Sources: Genealogy of Kim Basinger (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy and obituary of Kim’s father – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Kim’s mother – http://www.findagrave.com
Kim’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Kim’s maternal grandparents, James Cullen Cordell and Mamie Elizabeth Howard, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Kim’s maternal grandfather, James Cullen Cordell, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Kim’s maternal grandmother, Mamie Elizabeth Howard, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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