Nicole Kidman

      
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Birthday: June 20, 1967
Place of Birth: Hawaii

 

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An inspiring movie actress in her native Australia lead Nicole Kidman to Hollywood in the early 1990's, where she quickly established herself as a star in many major films. Her reputation was largely due to her marriage to Tom Cruise, which put her in the middle a paparazzi fury that hid her own talents. After their divorce in 2001, Kidman impressed fans with a run of remarkable performances in every area of the industry – from her Oscar winning work in "The Hours" (2002), to classics like "Cold Mountain," (2003) – to musicals, where she impressed audiences with her singing in "Moulin Rouge" (2001). She even worked in comedy roles, like Samantha in "Bewitched" (2005), and as the weather girl in the comedy, "To Die For" (1995). 

A citizen of both Australia and the United States, Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967 to Australian parents in Hawaii – she spent her early years in Washington, D.C. before returning to Australia, where her father had a career as a biochemist and her mother was a nurse. Her performing career got an early start in 1983 when she starred in the kids’ comedy, “BMX Bandits”, then “Bush Christmas” (1983), and the family series “Five Mile Creek” (1983-85). 


By the mid-1980s, Kidman was a regular face on Australian television, with appearances in several series and television movies, including the girlfriend of a conscientious objector in the 1987 miniseries “Vietnam”, and a pretty girl in the comedy “Emerald City” (1988), which won her a nomination from the Australian Film Institute. Kidman next starred as a young Englishwoman sentenced to death for smuggling drugs in “Bangkok Hilton” (1989), and gained attention in the thriller “Dead Calm,” about a couple who innocently rescue a shipwrecked psychopath (Billy Zane) who then torments them. 

At the front of the line to bring her to the United States was Hollywood’s then biggest star – Tom Cruise – who had first seen her in “Dead Calm” and insisted she be his next film star. Cruise got what he wanted.

The United States movie business proved to be an uncomfortable one for the actress. Her first American feature, “Days of Thunder” (1990), was an over-hyped NASCAR drama that gave her little to do than trade emotional stares with her new supporter. She returned to Australia for “Flirting” (1991), the sequel to “The Year My Voice Broke” (1987) where she co-starred as a self-conscious student at an all girls’ boarding school.  

Fans loved her role as a seductive sidekick to gangster Dutch Schultz in “Billy Bathgate” with Bruce Willis, winning a Golden Globe nomination for her performance which included her first nude scene. Her next few years were highlighted by a string of below average projects and occasional hits, including Ron Howard’s epic “Far and Away” (1992), the medical thriller “Malice” (1993) with Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow, the melodrama “My Life” (1993) with Michael Keaton, and Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever” (1995), with Val Kilmer as Batman, Jim Carrey as The Riddler and Drew Barrymore as Sugar. 

The most talked about aspect of Nicole Kidman's Hollywood life at that time was her relationship with Tom, which grew on the set of “Days of Thunder.” By the time of the movie’s release in 1990, the couple had married; by 1992, they had adopted a daughter, Isabella, and in 1995, a son, Connor. Because of his high profile in the industry, Nicole was a regular feature in magazines and tabloids, which regularly questioned her position on his relationship with the Church of Scientology, as well as his sexual orientation because there was speculation he was gay. Regardless, the couple enjoyed a long and happy relationship well into the early 2000's. 

For the meantime, Kidman found more work in independent features, starting with the comedy “To Die For,” which won her a Golden Globe nomination as a weather girl who gains the national attention she desired by talking a high school girl (Joaquin Phoenix) into murdering her husband (Matt Dillon). Her performance was so wild and dramatic, that she was breathtaking in a way she had never been before on screen. 

Kidman then worked with Jane Campion in Henry James’ “Portrait of a Lady” (1996), which saw her make major changes to her look, including the wearing of a corset to bring her waistline down to smaller proportions. “The Peacemaker” (1997), with George Clooney, and the supernatural comedy “Practical Magic” (1998) with Sandra Bullock, were hits, but Nicole ended the year by co-starring in “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), about a New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, and pushes himself on a dangerous night-long adventure of sexual discovery after his wife admits that she  almost cheated on him.

The movie created more controversy for the couple with hard to watch and uncomfortable love scenes, following a tabloid assertion that the couple needed a “sex coach” to show them how to be believable while having sex. 

The media frenzy surrounding the couple grew out of control when the couple separated in 2000 before their tenth anniversary. The reason was stated as irreconcilable differences, and the press reported that she was pregnant at the time and suffered a miscarriage. Other reports said the miscarriage came before the divorce announcement, with Cruise filing in 2001, with his only public comment being, “Nic knows what she did.” The marriage was over, leaving the young actress overwhelmed – particularly when the actor took up with yet another unknown star in his current film “Vanilla Sky” (2001) – Penelope Cruz. 

Nicole Kidman bounced back from the public nightmare with her next film “Moulin Rouge” (2001), director Baz Luhrmann’s musical about the lost romance between a writer (Ewan McGregor) and a dance hall singer. Critics were awed by her’s vocal talent in her duet with McGregor – “Come What May” – was a smash hit in Australia, leading to a further duet with British pop star Robbie Williams on a cover of “Somethin’ Stupid,” from his 2001 album "Swing When You’re Winning". For her performance, she won her first Oscar nomination and took home a Golden Globe.

“Moulin Rouge” truly marked the beginning of her career as a star. Kidman followed with a role as a horrified mother trapped in her own home by mysterious figures in Alejandro Amenabar’s story, “The Others” (2001), before returning to independent movies with the thriller “Birthday Girl” (2002), in which she played a Russian mail order bride who makes trouble for her new husband (Ben Chaplin). 

That same year, Kidman played the distressed author Virginia Woolf, whose life and work offered hope for women in the 1950's in Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours” (2002). Nicole won an Oscar for her work – something her ex-husband had yet to do – as well as a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. The following year, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kidman was then hired and cast, and also produced “In the Cut” (2003) starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jane Campion’s thriller with Meg Ryan as a boxing manager. She then starred in the drama “Dogville” (2003), as a gangster’s who deals with cruelty at the hands of a small town. Next was the role of a concerned cleaning woman who starts an affair with a married teacher (Anthony Hopkins) in Robert Benton’s “The Human Stain” (2003). That same year, Kidman finally hit big with the epic Civil War romance “Cold Mountain” with Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Renee Zellweger, which brought her another Golden Globe nomination.

Nicole Kidman was now a true Hollywood star and everybody wanted her in their movies!

She then appeared in “The Stepford Wives” (2004) with Glenn Close, and “Birth” (2004), which raised eyebrows for a scene in which 10-year-old actor Cameron Bright slips naked into a bath with the star. Next was “The Interpreter” (2005), a thriller by Sydney Pollack about a United Nations interpreter who becomes mixed up in a worldwide assassination plot, while “Bewitched” (2005) with Steve Carell was an adaptation of the classic television series that ran from 1964-1972. It did  not do well at the box office despite a cast that included Will Ferrell, Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine and Steve Carell.

In 2005, Kidman met Australian country singer Keith Urban and they began dating six months later, getting married in 2006. Urban, who had battled with drug addiction in the past, later checked himself into rehab. 

Kidman returned to making moves in 2006 with “Fur” (2006) with Robert Downey Jr., a biography of troubled photographer Diane Arbus. She then lent her voice talents to the Marilyn Monroe sounding mother of Mumbles, the penguin of the animated feature “Happy Feet” (2006) with Robin Williams, which also featured her singing a version of the Prince hit “Kiss” with Hugh Jackman on its soundtrack. She then worked with Daniel Craig for “The Invasion” (2007), a  remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. 

Nicole was then seen in the comedy-drama “Margot at the Wedding” (2007), as a fixated writer who clashes with her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) over her choice of men (Jack Black). Nicole then shifted gears to play a villain in “The Golden Compass” (2007), an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s "The Northern Lights", the first novel in the popular "His Dark Materials" trilogy.

In January 2008,  Kidman and Keith Urban announced that she was pregnant and dropped out of work on the War drama "The Reader". The press reported that she was "so concerned about the welfare of her unborn child" that she quit the film. She currently has two adopted children - Connor, 12, and Isabella, 14 - with ex-husband Cruise. This would be her first child with Urban.


But Nicole Kidman came roaring back to movies and films in 2008, first with the adventure "Australia" (2008), set in northern Australia before World War II, about an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch and reluctantly makes a deal with a man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. Next was the dramatic "Need" (2009) about a prosperous New York therapist (Naomi Watts) who discovers that one of her patients, a suicidal woman is having an affair with her husband. 

Kidman wrapped her year with the dramatic "Nine" (2009) with Penelope Cruz, where famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

In 2012 Kidman teamed with heart throb Zac Efron and John Cusack for “The PaperBoy”, about a reporter who returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Also in 2012 she took a starring role alongside movie hunk Dermot Mulroney in horror thriller “Stoker” about a teenage girl mourning the death of her father and deals with an uncle who mysteriously shows up to meet the family.

 

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