Her first job was the Agnes B.
Actress Teri Polo was born in Dover, Delaware, to Jane Gentry and Vincent Polo, a stereo systems designer.
The daughter of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker, Melissa initially expressed interest in various forms of dance rather than acting.
Her father Abdul Ali, is of East Indian and Middle Eastern Arab descent, and her mother Ava Thomas is an American of African American and Native American descent.
Basinger first exploded onto the big screen in 2003's Never Say Never Again as Domino Petachi.