Australian actress Nicole Kidman

By | February 11, 2011

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GROWING UP

Nicole Mary Kidman, daughter of Australian aristocracy, was born on 20 June, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Dr. A. D. Kidman, is a biochemist, while her mother, Janelle Ann, is a nursing instructor, and her sister Antonia is a journalist.  When she was 4, her family moved to Australia. So, Kidman attended North Sydney Girls’ High School, but when in 1984, her mother fell ill with cancer, she had to help her family by working as a massage therapist. Nicole studied at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney, with Naomi Watts, and finally at the Australian Theatre for Young People.

ACTING CAREER

Kidman had her first acting role during 1980s, in the music video “Bop Girl“. She appeared in several Australian productions, such as the soap opera A Country Practice, and Bangkok Hilton (89).      Her American debut was, in 1990, with Days of Thunder, where she appeared opposite T. Cruise. Following a number of films where  Kidman starred with N. Watts, Flirting (91’), M. Keaton,  My Life (93’).  In 2000s she played challenging roles, as in The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), and The Interpreter (2005).

 

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Kidman’s old love was the actor Tom Cruise. They fell in love on the set of Days of Thunder,  and had an affair which led Cruise to divorce his wife at the time, Mimi Rogers. Ten years of passion between Nicole and Cruise, often consumed on the set, as in  Far and Away (1992), by R. Howards, and in the sensual, subject to censorship controversies, thriller Eyes wide shut, by Kubrick. Two adopted children Isabella and Connor, however live by the sword, die by…

Same Rogers’ fate for Nicole emerged  in 2001, when Tom fell for the younger, fertile Kelly Holmes…

Now Nicole is married with Keith Urban, by whom she had two biological daughters, Sunday Rose, in 2008, and Faith Margaret, in 2010.

SUCCESS

In 1995, Kidman received her first Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in To die for opposite as a fatal Barbie killer, and in 1995, the movie Batman Forever, which was the second-highest grossing film of the year.  In 2000, Kidman gained an Academy Award for Best Actress, and a second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy,  for her performance in the Moulin Rouge! The next year, she won a third Golden Globe, and an Oscar as Best Lead Actress, for her unrecognizable performance of Virginia Woolf, in The Hours (2002). And in 2003, she received her star on the Walk of Fame.  Kidman has always taken to heart charity and disadvantaged children causes. In fact, she has been Ambassador for UNICEF Australia. 2010,  she starred in Nine, and Rabbit Hole, by J. C. Mitchell,  Kidman is preparing to come up in spring 2011, with D. Dugan’s  Just go with it.

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