Nicole Mary Kidman AC (born June 20, 1967) is an Academy
Award-winning actress, and one of Hollywood's leading actresses.
She has also ventured into singing. Kidman holds dual
citizenship as both an Australian and an American.
Early life and education
Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Dr. Anthony David
Kidman, who was involved with the labor movement and progressive
causes, and Janelle Ann MacNeille, who edited her husband's
books. Her mother is of Scottish descent and her father a
descendant of an immigrant farmer. At the time she was born, her
father was a cancer research specialist in Washington, D.C. The
family returned to Australia when Kidman was four years old,
when her father took on a lectureship at the University of
Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia, born in 1970. Kidman's
parents and sister both reside in Greenwich, a suburb on
Sydney's North Shore. Kidman, a Catholic, attended Mary
Mackillop Chapel in North Sydney with her sister.
Kidman started taking ballet lessons when she was four. This led
to studies at Sydney's Australian Theatre for Young People,
where she is now Patron, then at the Philip Street Theatre,
where she majored in voice production and theatre history.
Living in Longueville, New South Wales, she studied at North
Sydney Girls High School, but dropped out when her mother was
diagnosed with breast cancer; Kidman concentrated on her family
responsibilities until her mother's recovery.
Her first appearance on film came in 1983 when, as a fifteen
year-old, she appeared in the Pat Wilson music video for the
song Bop Girl. By the end of the year she had secured a
supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek and
four film roles, including BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas.
During the 1980s she appeared in several Australian movies and
TV series, notably including the soap opera A Country Practice,
the mini-series Vietnam (1986), Emerald City (1988), and Bangkok
In 1989, she appeared in the thriller Dead Calm as Rae, the wife
of naval officer John Ingram (Sam Neill), held captive on a
Pacific Ocean yacht trip by the psychotic Hughie Warriner (Billy
Zane). In 1990 she appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Days of
Thunder, a stock car racing movie. After this, Kidman starred
with Cruise in Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992). In 1995, Kidman
featured in the ensemble cast of Batman Forever.
Kidman (with a prosthetic nose) in her Academy Award-winning
role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002).Her second film in
1995, To Die For, a satirical comedy that earned her praise from
critics. She won a Golden Globe Award, and five other best
actress awards for her portrayal of the murderous newscaster
Suzanne Stone Maretto. Kidman and Cruise portrayed a married
couple in Eyes Wide Shut in 1999, Stanley Kubrick's final film.
In 2002, Kidman received an Academy Award nomination for her
performance in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, in which she played
the courtesan Satine opposite Ewan McGregor. The same year she
had a well-received starring role in the horror film The Others.
While in Australia filming Moulin Rouge!, Kidman injured her
knee, so that Jodie Foster had to replace her in the film Panic
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 unrecognizable. She won the Academy Award
for Best Actress for this role, along with a Golden Globe Award,
a BAFTA, and numerous critics awards. In the same year she took
a hand at film production for the film In the Cut. In 2003,
Kidman starred in three very different films. Dogville, by
Danish director Lars von Trier, an experimental film set on a
bare soundstage. Secondly, she co-starred alongside Anthony
Hopkins in the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Human
Stain. Many critics felt that both Kidman and Hopkins were
miscast. Cold Mountain, a love story of two Southerners
separated by the Civil War, was her final release that year, and
garnered her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In 2004, Kidman appeared in the critically panned remake of The
Stepford Wives alongside Glenn Close, Faith Hill and Bette
Midler. In September of the same year, Birth, in which the
37-year-old actress' character has an encounter with a
10-year-old boy (played by Cameron Bright) who attempts to
convince her that he is a reincarnation of her dead husband, was
met with a mixed reception primarily due to a scene where the
boy strips and joins Kidman in the bathtub. Despite this, the
film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film
Festival, and Kidman was nominated for another Golden Globe
Award. Kidman's two movies in 2005 were The Interpreter,
directed by Sydney Pollack, and Bewitched, co-starring Will
Ferrell, based on the 1960s TV sitcom of the same name; the
latter fared abysmally with critics and at the box office.
In conjunction with her success in the film industry, Kidman
became the face of the Chanel No. 5 perfume brand. She starred
in a campaign of television and print ads with Rodrigo Santoro,
directed by Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann to promote the
fragrance during the holiday season in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The
four-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 $US3.71 million. During
this time, Kidman was also listed as the 45th Most Powerful
Celebrity on the 2005 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
Kidman has at least five movies in production over the next two
years. She has completed filming the Diane Arbus bio-pic Fur,
director Oliver Hirschbiegel's science fiction movie The
Visiting and Noah Baumbach's as-yet-untitled comedy-drama. She
has also provided her voice for the animated movie Happy Feet.
She is currently working on the film adaptation of the first
part of the His Dark Materials trilogy in which she plays the
villainous Mrs. Coulter. She is also set to star in director
Wong Kar-wai's next film, The Lady from Shanghai and Baz
Luhrmann's yet-to-be titled Australian period film, which has
been delayed due to schedule conflicts.
Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams in the "Somethin' Stupid"
music videoNot known as a singer prior to Moulin Rouge!, Kidman
had several well received vocal performances in the film. Her
collaboration with Ewan McGregor on the song "Come What May"
from the film's soundtrack debuted and peaked at 27 in the UK
Singles Chart. Later she collaborated with Robbie Williams on
the song "Somethin' Stupid", a cover of the old swing song on
Williams' swing covers album Swing When You're Winning. It
debuted and peaked at 8 in the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart,
and at number 1 for three weeks in the UK. It was the UK
Christmas number 1 Single for 2001.