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Basinger: I Dreaded Africa

Since winning an Oscar in 1998 for L.A. Confidential, Kim Basinger has starred in the back-to-back flops I Dreamed of Africa and Bless the Child. But the 46-year-old actress insists she's not trying to sabotage her career.

"Nobody knows what will be successful and what won't," Basinger tells TV Guide Online. "And me, I've been the poorest judge of that in my life. But that's why L.A. Confidential was such a wonderful surprise."

Incidentally, Basinger says her primary concern about I Dreamed of Africa, premiering on pay-per-view tonight, wasn't how much the film would gross at the box office. Instead, she worried whether she was making a mistake bringing along Ireland, her 4-year-old daughter with husband Alec Baldwin, to South Africa for the film's shoot. "If I've ever not slept over anything in my life, it was those months prior to going into the [African] bush with her," sighs Basinger. "But my husband and I really made a c read more

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