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Biography for Nicole KidmanNicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 Jun. 1967 (46 years ago)) is an American-born Australian actress, model, singer and humanitarian. In 2006 (7 years ago), Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civilian honour. In 2006 (7 years ago), she was also the highest-paid actress in the motion picture (wallpaper) industry.
Kidman's breakthrough was in the 1989 (24 years ago) thriller Dead Calm. Her performances in movies such as Days Of Thunder (1990, 23 years ago), To Die For (1995, 18 years ago) and Moulin Rouge! (2001, 12 years ago) won her critical acclaim, and her performance in The Hours (2002, 11 years ago) was acknowledged with several notable movie awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2003 (10 years ago), Kidman received her star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. She is also known for her marriage to Tom Cruise (12 walls) and her current marriage to country musician Keith Urban. As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship of Australia and the United States.
Early yearsKidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Dr Antony David Kidman, is a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, with an office in Lane Cove, Sydney, Australia. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby. At the time of Kidman's birth, her father was a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. The family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her parents now live on Sydney's North Shore. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist. She has known actress Naomi Watts (6 walls) since they were in their teens and the two remain best friends today.
Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls' High School. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney, with Naomi Watts. This was followed by attending the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Early career in Australia (1983–1989)Kidman's first appearance in movie came in 1983 (30 years ago) at 15, in the Pat Wilson music video for the song "Bop Girl". By the end of the year she had a supporting role in the TV series Five Mile Creek and four movie roles, including BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas. During the 1980s, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice, the mini-series Vietnam (1986, 27 years ago), Emerald City (1988, 25 years ago), and Bangkok Hilton (1989, 24 years ago).
Breakthrough (1989–1995)In 1989 (24 years ago), Kidman starred in Dead Calm as Rae Ingram, the wife of naval officer John Ingram (Sam Neill), held captive on a Pacific yacht trip by the psychotic Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane). The thriller garnered strong reviews; Variety commented: "Throughout the film, Kidman is excellent. She gives the character of Rae real tenacity and energy." Meanwhile, critic Roger Ebert noted the excellent chemistry between the leads, stating, "...Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together." In 1990 (23 years ago), she appeared opposite Tom Cruise (12 walls) in Days of Thunder, and again in Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992, 21 years ago). In 1995 (18 years ago), Kidman featured in the ensemble cast of Batman Forever.
International success (1995–present)Kidman's second movie in 1995 (18 years ago), To Die For, was a satirical comedy that earned her critical praise. For her portrayal of the murderous newscaster Suzanne Stone Maretto, she won a Golden Globe Award and five other best actress awards. In 1998 (15 years ago), she appeared in the movie Practical Magic alongside Sandra Bullock (13 walls), and starred in the stage play The Blue Room, which opened in London. In 1999 (14 years ago) Kidman and Cruise portrayed a married couple in Eyes Wide Shut, the final movie of Stanley Kubrick. The movie opened to generally positive reviews but was subject to censorship controversies due to the explicit nature of its sex scenes.
In 2002 (11 years ago) Kidman received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 2001 (12 years ago) musical movie Moulin Rouge!, in which she played the courtesan Satine opposite Ewan McGregor. Consequently, Kidman received her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion picture (wallpaper) Musical or Comedy. The same year she also had a well-received starring role in the horror movie The Others. While in Australia filming Moulin Rouge!, Kidman injured her ribs; as a result, Jodie Foster (6 walls) replaced her as leading actress in the movie Panic Room. In that film, Kidman's voice appears on the phone as the mistress of the husband of the lead character.
The following year, Kidman won critical praise for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours, in which the prosthetics applied to her made her almost unrecognisable. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this role, along with a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, and numerous critics awards. Kidman became the first Australian actress to win an Academy Award. During her Academy Award acceptance speech, Kidman made a teary statement about the importance of art, even during times of war: "Why do you come to the Academy Awards when the world is in such turmoil? Because art is important. And because you believe in what you do and you want to honour that, and it is a tradition that needs to be upheld."
In the same year, Kidman starred in three very different films. The first film, Dogville, by Danish director Lars von Trier, was an experimental movie set on a bare soundstage. In the second film, she co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in the movie adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain. The third film, Cold Mountain, a love story of two Southerners separated by the Civil War, garnered her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Kidman's 2004 (9 years ago) movie Birth was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice movie Festival, and Kidman was nominated for another Golden Globe Award.
Kidman's two movies in 2005 (8 years ago) were The Interpreter and Bewitched. The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack, received mixed reviews, while Bewitched, co-starring Will Ferrell and based on the 1960 (53 years ago) TV sitcom of the same name, was generally panned by critics. Neither movie fared well in the United States, their box office sales falling well short of the production costs, but both movies fared well internationally.
In conjunction with her success in the movie industry, Kidman became the face of the Chanel No. 5 perfume brand. She starred in a campaign of TV and print ads with Rodrigo Santoro, directed by Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann to promote the fragrance during the holiday season in 2004 (9 years ago), 2005 (8 years ago), 2006 (7 years ago), and 2008 (5 years ago). The three-minute commercial produced for Chanel No. 5 perfume made Kidman the record holder for the most money paid per minute to an actor after she reportedly earned US$12million for the 3 minute advert. During this time, Kidman was also listed as the 45th Most Powerful Celebrity on the 2005 (8 years ago) Forbes Celebrity 100 List. She made a reported US$14.5 million in 2004-2005. On People magazine's list of 2005's highest paid actresses, Kidman was second behind Julia Roberts with a US$16 million to US$17 million per-film price tag. She has since passed Roberts as the highest paid actress.
Kidman appeared in the Diane Arbus bio-pic Fur. She also lent her voice to the animated movie Happy Feet, which quickly garnered critical and commercial success; the movie grossed over US$384 million dollars worldwide. In 2007 (6 years ago), she starred in the science fiction movie The Invasion directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel where it was reported that she received $26 million dollars for her performance; although it was a critical and commercial failure Kidman said that she has no control over the success of her films. She also played opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black in Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding. She also starred in the movie adaptation of the first part of the planned His Dark Materials trilogy of films, playing the villainous Marisa Coulter. However, The Golden Compass''s failure to meet expectations at the North American box office has reduced the likelihood of a sequel.
On 25 Jun. 2007 (6 years ago), Nintendo announced that Kidman would be the new face of Nintendo's advertising campaign for the Nintendo DS game More Brain Training in its European market.
In 2008 (5 years ago), she starred Baz Luhrmann's Australian period movie titled Australia, which is set in the remote Northern Territory during the Japanese attack on Darwin during World War II. Kidman played opposite Hugh Jackman as an English woman feeling overwhelmed by the continent. The movie was a box office success worldwide.
Kidman was originally set to star in The Reader, a post-war Germany drama, but due to her pregnancy she had to back out of the film. Shortly after the news of Kidman's departure, it was announced that Kate Winslet (8 walls) would take over the role. Winslet went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress for the role - at the ceremony, Kidman was one of the five previous winners who presented her with the award.
On 10 Nov. 2008 (5 years ago), TV Guide reported that Kidman will star in the movie adaptation of The Danish Girl alongside Charlize Theron. Kidman will play Elinar Wegener, the world's first post-op transsexual.
SingingNot a singer before Moulin Rouge!, Kidman had well-received vocal performances in the film. Her collaboration with Ewan McGregor on "Come What May" peaked at #27 in the UK Singles Chart. Later she collaborated with Robbie Williams on "Somethin' Stupid", a cover of Williams' swing covers album Swing When You're Winning. It peaked at #8 in the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart, and at 1 for three weeks in the UK. It was UK Christmas #1 for 2001 (12 years ago).
In 2006 (7 years ago), she voiced the animated movie Happy Feet, along with vocals for Norma Jean's 'heartsong', a slightly altered version of "Kiss" by Prince. Kidman is to sing in Rob Marshall's next movie, musical Nine, along with Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz (11 walls), Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard.
Personal lifeKidman has been married twice. She became romantically involved with actor Tom Cruise (12 walls) on the set of their 1990 (23 years ago) movie, Days of Thunder. Kidman and Cruise were married on Christmas Eve 1990 (23 years ago) in Telluride, Colorado. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992 (21 years ago)), and a son, Connor Anthony (born 1995 (18 years ago)). They separated just after their 10th wedding anniversary. She was three months pregnant and had a miscarriage. Cruise filed for divorce in Feb. 2001 (12 years ago). The marriage was dissolved in 2001 (12 years ago), Cruise citing irreconcilable differences. The reasons for dissolution have never been made public. In Marie Claire, Kidman said she had an ectopic pregnancy early in their marriage. In the Jun. 2006 (7 years ago) Ladies' Home Journal, she said she still loved Cruise: "He was huge; still is. To me, he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is huge. But he was lovely to me. And I loved him. I still love him." In addition, she has expressed shock about their divorce.
The 2003 (10 years ago) movie Cold Mountain brought rumours that an affair between Kidman and co-star Jude Law (4 walls) was responsible for the break-up of his marriage. Both denied the allegations, and Kidman won an undisclosed sum from the British tabloids that published the story. She gave the money to a Romanian orphanage in the town where the movie was filmed. Robbie Williams confirmed they had a short romance on her yacht in summer 2004 (9 years ago). Shortly after her Oscar, there were rumours of a relationship between her and Adrien Brody. She met musician Lenny Kravitz in 2003 (10 years ago) and dated him into 2004 (9 years ago).
Kidman met her second husband, country singer Keith Urban at G'Day LA, an event honouring Australians in Jan. 2005 (8 years ago). They married on 25 Jun. 2006 (7 years ago), at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney. They maintain homes in Sydney, Sutton Forest, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee. In Mar. 2008 (5 years ago), they bought mansions in Los Angeles and Nashville within days.
After speculation by the press, it was confirmed on 8 Jan. 2008 (5 years ago) that Kidman was three months pregnant. The couple had their first child, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, on 7 Jul. 2008 (5 years ago), in Nashville, Tennessee. Kidman's father said the daughter's middle name was after Urban's late grandmother, Rose.
Kidman mentioned in an interview with Ellen Degeneres in 2005 (8 years ago) that she is banned from doing one of her favourite hobbies - sky diving - whilst shooting a movie. In Jan. 2005 (8 years ago), Kidman won interim restraining orders against two Sydney paparazzi who were stalking her.
In the beginning of 2009 (4 years ago), Kidman appeared in a series of special edition postage stamps featuring some of Australia's great actors. She, Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett each appear twice in the series: once as themselves and once as their Academy Award-winning character.
Religious and political viewsKidman is a practising Roman Catholic. She attended Mary Mackillop Chapel in North Sydney. During her marriage to Cruise, she had been an occasional practitioner of Scientology.
Kidman's name was in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times (17 Aug. 2006 (7 years ago)) that condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and supported Israel in the 2006 (7 years ago) Israel-Lebanon conflict. Kidman has donated to U.S. Democratic party candidates and endorsed John Kerry in the 2004 (9 years ago) presidential election.
Charitable workKidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Australia since 1994 (19 years ago). She has raised money for and drawn attention to the disadvantaged children around the world. In 2004 (9 years ago), she was honored as a "Citizen of the World" by the United Nations.
On Australia Day 2006 (7 years ago), Kidman received Australia's highest civilian honor when she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. She was also nominated goodwill ambassador for UNIFEM.
Kidman joined the 'Little Tee Campaign' for breast cancer care to design T-shirts or vests to raise money for breast cancer. Kidman's mother had breast cancer in 1984 (29 years ago).
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