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Basinger made a living dabbling in modeling and TV gigs, but playing Domino Petachi opposite Sean Connery's Bond in "Never Say Never Again" made her a star. In the 1983 movie, Bond woos Domino away from her lover by posing as her masseuse at a Monte Carlo spa. (Connery as a masseuse? We'd be wooed too.)
Hollywood came calling after Basinger's Bond girl debut. She earned her first Golden Globe nomination the following year and began working on the legendarily steamy "9 1/2 Weeks" soon after that. Basinger may best be remembered for "L.A. Confidential" now, the movie that scored her an Oscar, but Bond buffs can say they knew her way back when.