Kim Basinger stars in “Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold,” 1978 Made for TV Movie

In one of Basinger’s earlier acting endeavors, and her first leading role, this made-for-TV movie has her playing the part of Katie McEvera, a naively wholesome local winning beauty queen, leaving the drabness of rural Texas for Hollywood ambitions. Additional info below:

Given the time-capsule aspect when this movie was aired on local TV, in the Fall of 1990, the commercials were retained in this video post. Dispersed in this two hours are TV spots with NFL 49ers players Bubba Paris and Joe Montana. Singer Linda Ronstadt displays her talent for a Mexico tourism commercial.

This made-for-TV movie follows the tried-and-true formula, of its time, with the supporting cast combining veteran talents with up-and-coming actors/actresses consisting of:
Don Johnson
Tab Hunter
Dorothy Malone
Terri Nunn
Virginia Kaiser
Nan Martin
Fabian
Don Stroud
Glynn Turman
Beau Gordon
Janet Wood
James Crittenden
Executive Producer: Frank Von Zerneck
Producers: Robert Greenwalk & Henry Kline
Written by Nancy Audley

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