Cynthia Basinet

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Cynthia Basinet
Background information
Born (1972-05-19) May 19, 1972 (age 47)
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, United States
Occupation(s)Singer, actress

Cynthia Basinet is an American actress and singer, born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. She is also noted for being a friend and lover of Jack Nicholson[1]


She started as a model for I Magnan and later became a model for Bob Mackie. After that, she worked in a San Francisco modeling agency. She spent the next five years in Europe modeling, including campaigns for Benetton with photographer, Oliviero Toscani.[2] In the 1990s, she starred in the movies Last Dance, The Making of a Hollywood Madam, A Hard Death, and has also appeared in the "Last Man on Earth" segment of the Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction TV series.

Basinet released her first album, For You With Love in 2001 under the name "C. Basinet".[3] It included "Santa Baby", which was originally recorded as a gift to actor Jack Nicholson in 1997[citation needed]. In 2006, she released her first full-length album, The Collection, which contains a decade of songs that she had recorded as singles for Dreamsville, including "Santa Baby," "Haunted Heart", "Water's Edge", and "God." In 2007, she released a tenth anniversary version of "Santa Baby".[4]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Basinet has worked to draw attention to the plight of some 200,000 Sahrawi refugees living in the Western Sahara desert. In May 2001, she travelled to the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria to perform for the people there (who are more than 80 percent women and children). In a meeting of the United Nations Fourth Committee (also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee), Basinet said that long before there was an Arab Spring, there had been a "Saharan Fall", where Saharans "lived bravely and were attacked and died in violence at the hands of the Moroccan policies and perpetrated by their army."[5]

In a later meeting of the same committee, she read the following quote. "As a single mother, I understand only too well what lack of security can do in undermining what the Saharawi believe in and wish for as a society. Their ability to withstand all for 30 years in the pursuit of self-determination is truly a role model for us all, as we enter the new millennium. For they had displayed faith, honour, compassion and resourcefulness in the face of such opposition."[6]

In a later meeting of the same committee, she said that the Sahawari people lived in a futile faith over their future because they had agreed to a United Nations peace accord more than 16 years ago and, for more than 30 years, the majority had lived in the most uninhabitable outpost of the Algerian Sahara desert. She challenged the Committee to undertake a new mission of positive change there, mentioning specific change which should occur.[7]


Year Title Episode Role
2014 Blue Gold: American Jeans Herself
2011 Onion SportsDome (TV series) Episode #1.4 (2011) Cheryl
1999 The Big Tease Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV series)

Last Man on Earth (1997)
The Prophecy
Couch Potato
Love over the Counter
Imaginary Friend

1996 A Hard Death (video) Leslie Miller
1996 The Making of a Hollywood Madam (TV movie) Caroline
1992 Last Dance Jamie (as Cynthia Stanton)
1991 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV series) Episode #1.1161 (1991)


Year Album
2011 "The Christmas Song" (single)
2010 Remixed
2007 "Santa Baby" (10th Anniversary Edition) (single)
2007 Uncovered
2006 The Collection
2001 For You with Love


  1. ^ Douglas, Edward (2004). Jack: The Great Seducer — The Life and Many Loves of Jack Nicholson New York City: HarperCollins. ISBN 0060520477. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  2. ^ Ability magazine
  3. ^ C. Basinet. Allmusic 2001. Last accessed 19 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Sultry "Santa Baby" Singer, Actress and Humanitarian Cynthia Basinet Returns to Petition the United Nations". Jazz Corner. October 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Spotlight on Western Sahara in Fourth Committee as more than 30 petitioners express mounting frustration over still outstanding resolution. United Nations. Last accessed 19 December 2011.
  6. ^ Petitioners in Fourth Committee commend United Nations actions on Western Sahara, but say it has failed to deliver on referendum. United Nations. Last accessed 19 December 2011.
  7. ^ Fourth Committee continues decolonization debate, hearing petitioners from Guam, Western Sahara. United Nations. Last accessed 19 December 2011.

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