Birth Name: Kimila Ann Basinger
Place of Birth: Athens, Georgia, U.S.
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, fashion model, and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for L.A. Confidential (1997). She has a daughter, model and actress Ireland Baldwin, with her former husband, actor Alec 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.
At the 1990 Academy Awards, Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced Kim as being “part Cherokee Indian and part Swedish. Talk about a smorgasbord!” 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 verified/documented. 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, no Swedish ancestry has been documented among Kim’s genealogy.
Kim’s paternal grandfather was Michael Herman Basinger, Sr. (the son of Richard Basinger and Elizabeth Pheby “Lizze” Pence). Michael was born in North Carolina. 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/Jessiebelle Ashley (the daughter of Clarence Allen Ashley and Carrie May Ellis). Jessie was born in South Carolina. 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 grandfather James was born in Georgia. 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 Mary/Mamie Elizabeth Howard (the daughter of John James Howard and Hannah Webb). Mary/Mamie Elizabeth was born in South Carolina. John was the son of George Howard and Sarah Ann Heron. Hannah was the daughter of Samuel M. Webb and Caroline Branyon.
Sources: Genealogies and obituaries of Kim’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Kim Basinger (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.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, Mary/Mamie Elizabeth Howard, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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