Date: 14th November 2000
ALEC BALDWIN had to cut off his wife KIM BASINGER on the latest run of CELEBRITY WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE - because he took too long to ask her a question.
The actor, who was first in the hot seat as part of the week-long American TV special, also featuring TYRA BANKS, CHARLIE SHEEN and SEAN 'PUFFY' COMBS, won $250,000 (£167,000) and would have gone further if his phone home option had gone smoothly.
Baldwin, who admits he plays the game at home with his wife, was stumped on a question about the remains of Egyptian queen CLEOPATRA's palace and knew his wife would know the answer. He says, "She's like this famous Egyptologist, but I forgot that you should ask the question to your 'Phone a friend' choice as quickly as possible and we ran out of time. They hung up on Kim. "She's in my house in Long Island screaming, 'It's Alexandria, it's Alexandria' and the lady on the show was saying, 'You're not on the air anymore.'"
Baldwin chose Alexandria after taking the 50/50 option - the guess won him $250,000. (KL/WNV/CPT)