Nicole Kidman Biography
Birth name - Nicole Mary Kidman
Date of birth - June 20, 1967
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Nickname - Nic
Height - 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Anthony (a biochemist and clinical psychologist) and Janelle (a nursing instructor) Kidman. The family moved almost immediately to Washington, D.C., where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney. Young Nicole's first love was ballet, but she eventually took up mime and drama as well (her first stage role was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant). In her adolescent years, acting edged out the other arts and became a kind of refuge--as her classmates sought out fun in the sun, the fair-skinned Kidman retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft. She worked regularly at the Philip Street Theater, where she once received a personal letter of praise and encouragement from audience member Jane Campion (then a film student). Kidman eventually dropped out of high school to pursue acting full-time. She broke into movies at age 16, landing a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas (1983). That appearance touched off a flurry of film and TV offers, including a lead in BMX Bandits (1983) and a turn as a schoolgirl-turned- protester in the miniseries "Vietnam" (1987) (mini) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award). With the help of an American agent, she eventually made her US debut opposite Sam Neill in the at-sea thriller Dead Calm (1989). Kidman's next casting coup scored her more than exposure. While starring as Tom Cruise's doctor/love interest in the racetrack romance Days of Thunder (1990), she won over the Hollywood hunk hook, line, and sinker. After a whirlwind courtship (and decent box office returns), the couple wed on December 24, 1990. Determined not to let her new marital status overshadow her fledgling career, the actress pressed on. She appeared as a catty high school senior in the Australian film Flirting (1991), then as Dustin Hoffman's moll in the gangster flick Billy Bathgate (1991). She reunited with Cruise for Far and Away (1992), the story of young Irish lovers who flee to America in the late 1800s, and starred opposite Michael Keaton in the tear-tugger My Life (1993/I). Despite her steady employment, critics and moviegoers still hadn't quite warmed to Kidman as a leading lady. She tried to spice up her image by seducing Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), but achieved her real breakthrough with Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995). As a fame-crazed housewife determined to eliminate any obstacle in her path, Kidman proved that she had an impressive range and deadly comic timing. She took home a Golden Globe and several critics' awards for the performance. In 1996, Kidman stepped into a corset to work with her countrywoman and onetime admirer, Jane Campion, on the adaptation of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady (1996). A few months later, she tore across the screen as a nuclear weapons expert in The Peacemaker (1997), adding "action star" to her professional repertoire. She and Cruise then disappeared into a notoriously long, secretive shoot for Stanley Kubrick's sexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The couple's on-screen shenanigans prompted an increase in public speculation about their sex life (rumors had long been circulating that their marriage was a cover-up for Cruise's homosexuality); tired of denying tabloid attacks, they successfully sued The Star for a story alleging that they needed a sex therapist to coach them through love scenes. Family life has always been a priority for Kidman. Born to social activists (mom was a feminist, dad a labor advocate), Nicole and her little sister, Antonia, discussed current events around the dinner table and participated in their parents' campaigns by passing out pamphlets on street corners. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, 17-year-old Nicole stopped working and took a massage course so that she could provide physical therapy (her mom eventually beat the cancer). She and Cruise adopted two children: Isabella Jane (born in 1993) and Connor Antony (born 1995). Despite their rock-solid image, the couple announced in early 2001 that they were separating due to career conflicts.
Tom Cruise (24 December 1990 - 8 August 2001) (divorced) 2 children
More Interesting Information for Nicole Kidman
Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25 1995/January 1 1996 issue)
She and her husband Tom Cruise donated to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate representing New York state. 
Suffered a broken rib while rehearsing a dance routine for the movie Moulin Rouge! (2001). Production was halted while she recovered.
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world 
Wore a corset while filming The Portrait of a Lady (1996) to take her waist down to 19"
Spent two weeks in bed after filming of The Portrait of a Lady (1996) - diagnosed as suffering from "emotional stress".
Adopted a son and daughter.
Her father is renowned Sydney psychologist Anthony Kidman, famous in his own right for work done with breast cancer patients, among other things.
Family: sister, Antonia Kidman, brother-in-law, Angus Hawley, mother, Janelle Kidman, son, Connor Antony, daughter, Isabella Jane.
Crusader against child abuse. "Children should be allowed to grow up without fear of cruelty." [October 1999]
Separated from husband Tom Cruise. [5 February 2001]
In Moulin Rouge! (2001) Kidman sang alongside Ewan McGregor.
Conor Antony (adopted son) born January 17, 1995.
Isabella Jane (adopted daughter) born December 22, 1992.
Sang alongside Robbie Williams in a remake of the duet "Something Stupid", originally sang by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra.
Scared of butterflies
Named one of People Magazine's '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
Named E!'s Celebrity of the Year 2001.
Named Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of The Year for 2001.
Played a young girl named Grace on a sketch on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) with Mike Myers, the next time she played a character named Grace was her 2001 movie, The Others (2001). She played a character named Grace for the third time in Dogville (2003).
She was supposed to be the star of Panic Room (2002), but she hurt herself in a stunt for Moulin Rouge! (2001). So, she played the voice of Jodie Foster's divorced husband's wife.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
Sister of Australian television personality Antonia Kidman.
Although naturally left-handed, she taught herself to write right- handed for her role in The Hours (2002), where she played the right-handed author Virginia Woolf.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (13 January 2003)
Found out about her first Academy Award nomination, for Moulin Rouge! (2001), while shooting Dogville (2003) in Sweden.
Ranked #31 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #83 in 2002.
First Australian actress to win the Best Actress Academy Award.
Voted the 5th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine - September 2002.
Measurements: 34B-23-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
In recent polls, she was elected alongside fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman as one of the favorite upcoming romantic couples on screen.
Originally cast as Mrs. Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
Has appeared in My Life (1993/I) with Michael Keaton, Batman Forever (1995) with Val Kilmer, The Peacemaker (1997) with George Clooney and The Portrait of a Lady (1996) with Christian Bale. All four actors have played Batman in a movie.
She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for her performance in The Blue Room.
Best friends with Naomi Watts.
She was awarded the 1998 Special Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her special and significant contributions to London Theatre for her performance in The Blue Room.
A very tall woman at nearly 5' 11", she actually stood about 3 inches taller than husband Tom Cruise and rarely wore heels when seen publicly with him so they could appear similar in height. Since their divorce, she is rarely seen on the red carpet without high heels, and she often meets 6' 4" actors in the eye.
Scored an IQ of 132+
While she usually commands $10 million+ for a movie, she is willing to receive only $500,000 for her role in Eucalyptus (2006). Produced by Fox Searchlight, its financing guideline shows that each actor signed on to its project can receive no more than $500,000 to keep the cost low. This movie will be produced in Australia which is another reason why Kidman decided to accept it.
Frequently does her own nude scenes, declining to use body doubles.
Replaced Rene Russo as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995) when Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton.
Likes the poetry of Anne Carson and the writing of Phillip Larkin.
Writes short stories in her free time and hopes to publish them one day.
Is in the 50th anniversary edition of the Guinness Book Of Records as the highest paid actress in a commercial. She netted $3.71 million for her part in a 4-minute Baz Luhrmann-directed Chanel No.5 movie ad. The ad,costing $11 million a minute, is a short-film titled "No 5: The Film". Guinness book editors noted the actress earned $928,800-per-minute. Costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld and score by Debussy.
Good friends with Russell Crowe.
Was considered for the role of Catwoman (2004).
Had played a witch twice. Once in Practical Magic (1998) and again in Bewitched (2005).
She was voted the 48th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
One People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for most wanted skin (2004)
Friends with Renée Zellweger
Is a pianist, and did her own piano-playing in Cold Mountain (2003).
Is highly conscious of avoiding excessive sun exposure, and is rarely seen during her downtime without a hat, sunglasses and wearing sunscreen. In fact, best friend Naomi Watts has said that "Nicole won't cross the street without a hat."
In addition to having worked with all four of the most recent Batmans, she has also worked with both of the most recent actors to play Alfred Pennyworth. In Batman Forever (1995), she appears with Michael Gough. In Bewitched (2005), her father is played by Michael Caine.
Shares her birthday with Brian Wilson, Josh Lucas, Tina Sinatra, Lionel Richie, Olympia Dukakis, Martin Landauand Errol Flynn.
Has one niece: Lucia (b. 1999) and two nephews: Hamish (b. 2001), James (b. 2003).
In August 2004, Australian business magazine Business Review Weekly listed Kidman as the richest Australian woman under age 40, estimated at a worth of 155 million Australian dollars.
Is a childhood friend of Peter Overton, a reporter for the Australian "60 Minutes" (1979) program. Both lived in the same suburb of Sydney when they were children.
Has Irish ancestry.
She and ex-husband Tom Cruise made 3 movies together: Days of Thunder (1990), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Far and Away (1992). They met on the set of Days of Thunder (1990).
Attended the same high school attended by Catherine Martin (two time Oscar winner for costume design and direction on Moulin Rouge! (2001) and wife of Baz Luhrmann) and legendary Australian actress Ruth Cracknell.
Godmother of Harry (b. 19 September 2001), the son of Simon Baker and Rebecca Riggs. Riggs and Kidman are close friends.
Goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund (UNIFEM). [2006-]
Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). [1994-]
Named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994. Recipient of her native country's highest civilian honor -- a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia -- for her services to the performing arts and contributions to health care [January 26, 2006].
Named goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Bewitched (2005), however, she failed to receive a nomination.
Her performance as Suzanne Stone Maretto in To Die For (1995) is ranked #40 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Accompanied her boyfriend Keith Urban to the Grammy Awards in 2006. It was their first public appearance together.
Ranked as #69 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Engaged to country musician Keith Urban (17 May 2006).
Is allergic to strawberries.
Personal quotes from Nicole Kidman
"Every day there is a compromise. Living with somebody requires a lot of understanding. But I love being married. I really love it. Sometimes I try to downplay it a bit because people are like, 'God you guys.' I just feel so fortunate that I have found someone who will put up with me and stay with me." - on her marriage to Tom Cruise - August 2000
[On husband Tom Cruise] "I wouldn't want to be married to me, but luckily he does."
"Now I can wear heels." [commenting on her break-up with Tom Cruise - August 2001]
"It's so bizarre, I'm not scared of snakes or spiders. But I'm scared of butterflies. There is something eerie about them. Something weird!"
And I am standing in front of my mother, And my whole life I have wanted to make my mother proud. And now I'm going to make my daughter proud. (On winning the Academy Award for The Hours (2002))
"When I heard about the Suzanne role in To Die For (1995), I thought, I'll never get it - it'll be offered to someone else. So I called Gus [Gus Van Sant] at home, and he took my call, thank God. I told him I'd seen Drugstore Cowboy (1989), and I really wanted to work with him. I said I was destined to work with him".
"I think it's important that we don't all have to hold our heads high all the time saying everything's fine."
"These different people that I play become the loves of my life."
The split from Tom Cruise left me very fragile but I'd love to marry again.
"I would love to have boobs and a butt like Jennifer Lopez but I'm not having surgery so there it is."
I've never been so excited to have people walk all over me for the rest of my life. (On receiving her star on the Walk of Fame)
"You want to take some responsibility in your choices so that it sets the groundwork for that next generation of actresses - so for me working with Lars von Trier, I would hope that says to another generation: 'go and seek out those directors, it's ok'."
On Dogville (2003): "One day it would be a fairytale, the next it was a nightmare. Lars (Lars von Trier) was gentle with me - he was gentle and soft, then he would beat me up emotionally when he felt he needed that. I did not always register what was happening until afterwards but you shouldn't have too much awareness as an actor, I don't think."
"I have a boy's body. I would prefer to have more curves because I think that's more beautiful. I would much rather have J. Lo's body than mine."
As a backdrop for a thriller, it's fantastic, but also since I'm Australian and I've always worked internationally and this is an international place in New York, I really like the kind of communication it represents. I know I sound very much like my character now, but I do believe in this place. [on filming The Interpreter (2005) at the UN Headquarter in New York]
It's weird because they're all coming out at once. But I made them over two-and-a-half years. [on Cold Mountain (2003) , The Human Stain (2003) and Dogville (2003) being released within months of each other.]
You look at somebody's work as an actor and you can see their emotional life being fed into it and you can kind of feel them through it. That's far more interesting than anything I could say about where I'm at or who I'm with. It's good to have a little distance. If you discuss your love too much, it just damages it.
It's a comedy. We hope. (on the troubled The Stepford Wives (2004))
"Even from a very early age I knew I didn't want to miss out on anything life had to offer just because it might be considered dangerous."
"...cinema is a director's medium, so you're saying, "What do you want?" Being an actor is about adapting - physically and emotionally. If that means you have to look great for it and they can make you look great, then thank you. And if you have to have everything washed away, then I'm willing to do that too."
"This is a film about love. What is a great love? Is there a love of our life? Do you ever recover from the loss of somebody that was so important to you?" [on 'Birth']
"Stanley Kubrick taught me to believe in myself artistically. I spent my twenties raising my children, and wanting to, and being married. That was my driving force. And then he said to me, "No, you have to respect your talent, and give it some space, and give it some time." Which was a lovely thing to be given. And my children were a little older then."
"It was by chance that The Hours (2002) came along. Was I in a place where I could say, I'm going to go to England and make this? Yes. Could I do that earlier, when I was married? No, I couldn't travel like that. We had a thing where we couldn't be separated for more than two weeks. So that made a lot of work just not possible. Which was fine by me."
"I have moments where I've said, don't tread on that crack in the pavement, don't have a black cat walk in front of you. Deep down am I superstitious? No. Do I believe in trying to be as kind as possible and as compassionate as possible because ultimately you're alone with yourself and your own conscience, and you want that to be as clear as possible? That's not superstition. You have to just try and stay pure and know what you value."
Usually, a young actress can't deliver because she doesn't have the emotional baggage, really, to play those things. That's something that's very beautiful about becoming a woman, and becoming a woman in your 30s. If you've lived your life, and lived it where you've said I want to be a participator and not a voyeur, then you have an enormous amount to pull on.
I'm still just finding my way through. I don't actually see a path in front of me. I can see not ever doing it again, and I can also see other things pulling me away from this. It's strange, because I know it's in my blood in terms of having to somehow act or express myself creatively, but I'm willing to do it different ways if need be. And I think that's partly because when I went through my divorce I dealt with the idea of never ever working again, and never being here and never able to be an actress, and went through an enormous amount of soul searching, and at that time, I was very ready to give it all up, and dealt with that emotionally. I was going, "Well, I'm never be able to do this again." And that was O.K. And, strangely, as life is so strange, that was when everything exploded.
I never feel like I'm in control. There's a certain type of actor that relinquishes control when they act, and then there's another type who ends up being a producer and director and they're more someone that likes to take control. I fall in the first category, where I like to relinquish control, and fit into somebody else's world. And that's just lately, but you never feel like you are making choices. You feel like they're finding you in a strange way. That's why when people say, What role do you want to play next, I say I don't know. I never know. It's about responding to things rather than planning.
I think someone said my career defies all logic (laughs). Because I choose the sort of strange little films, and somehow they're the things that make my career.
So if you talk about a box-office career, then I'm a disaster. But somehow, you know, I still manage to find my way to work
I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I'm not ... I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character.
I'm at a time of my life now where ... for me to want to go back and work, it'd have to be something that I really feel passionately about.
Regrets are ridiculous, so I don't regret, no.
[Talking about her character from Batman Forever (1995)]: "Chase is attracted to the darker side of life. Batman is very appealing to her".
To be an Actor you have to have a certain amount of madness in you. That's why, when people meet you and you seem very together, they are quite surprised -they don't see you behind closed doors.
He's a great father, I can call him at three in the morning and he's there for me. (Speaking of her father Antony Kidman)
Nicole Kidman Filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
Plot Outline: Four New Jersey women hit the Monte Carlo scene, pretending to be heiresses in
hopes of landing wealthy husbands. They find their compliments in a group of down-on-their-
luck gigolos, who also are pretending to be something they're not.
Untitled Baz Luhrmann Project (2008)
Plot Outline: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat (Kidman)
who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a cattle driver (Jackman) in order to
protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over
unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces
The Lady from Shanghai (2008)
Plot Outline: Set in the 1930's, a mysterious woman who claims that she came from Shanghai
has a dangerous affair with a spy.
Untitled Noah Baumbach Project (2007) .... Wendy Pews
Plot Outline: A drama/comedy set over a single weekend, where a mother takes her son on a
visit to his aunt's home.
The Visiting (2007) .... Carol
Plot Outline: As a Washington psychiatrist (Kidman) unearths the origin of an alien epidemic,
she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped.
Fur (2006) .... Diane Arbus
Happy Feet (2006) (voice) .... Norma Jean
Bewitched (2005) .... Isabel Bigelow/Samantha
The Interpreter (2005) .... Silvia Broome
... aka Interprète, L' (France)
Birth (2004) .... Anna
The Stepford Wives (2004) .... Joanna Eberhart
Cold Mountain (2003) .... Ada Monroe
The Human Stain (2003) .... Faunia Farley
... aka Couleur du mensonge, La (France)
... aka Menschliche Makel, Der (Germany)
Dogville (2003) .... Grace Margaret Mulligan
... aka Dogville (France)
... aka U - Der Film 'Dogville' erzählt in neun Kapiteln und einem Prolog. (Germany)
The Hours (2002) .... Virginia Woolf
Panic Room (2002) (voice) (uncredited) .... Stephen's Girlfriend on the Phone
Birthday Girl (2001) .... Sophia, alias Nadia
The Others (2001) .... Grace Stewart
... aka Autres, Les (France)
... aka Otros, Los (Spain)
Moulin Rouge! (2001) .... Satine
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) .... Alice Harford
... aka EWS (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Practical Magic (1998) .... Gillian Owens
The Peacemaker (1997) .... Dr. Julia Kelly
The Portrait of a Lady (1996) .... Isabel Archer
The Leading Man (1996) .... Academy Awards Presenter
Batman Forever (1995) .... Dr. Chase Meridian
To Die For (1995) .... Suzanne Stone Maretto
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode #19.7 (1993) TV Episode .... Host
My Life (1993/I) .... Gail Jones
Malice (1993) .... Tracy Kennsinger
Far and Away (1992) .... Shannon Christie
Billy Bathgate (1991) .... Drew Preston
Flirting (1991) .... Nicola
Days of Thunder (1990) .... Dr. Claire Lewicki
"Bangkok Hilton" (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Katrina Stanton
Dead Calm (1989) .... Rae Ingram
... aka Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear (USA: poster title)
Emerald City (1988) .... Helen, Mike McCord's Girlfriend
"Vietnam" (1987) (mini) TV Series .... Megan Goddard
Watch the Shadows Dance (1987) .... Amy Gabriel
... aka Nightmaster (USA)
Room to Move (1987) (TV) .... Carol Trig
... aka Winners: Room to Move (Australia: syndication title)
The Bit Part (1987) .... Mary McAllister
Australiana a Roma, Un' (1987) (TV) .... Jill
Windrider (1986) .... Jade
Archer (1985) (TV) .... Catherine
... aka Archer's Adventure
Wills & Burke (1985) .... Julia Matthews
"Winners" (1985) TV Series .... Carol Trig (episode 1: Room to Move)
"A Country Practice"
- Repairing the Damage: Part 2 (1984) TV Episode .... Simone Jenkins
- Reparing the Damage: Part 1 (1984) TV Episode .... Simone Jenkins
Matthew and Son (1984) (TV) .... Bridget Elliot
Bush Christmas (1983) .... Helen
... aka Prince and the Great Race
BMX Bandits (1983) .... Judy
... aka Short Wave (USA: video title (bootleg title))
Skin Deep (1983) (TV) .... Sheena Henderson
Chase Through the Night (1983) (TV) .... Petra
Filmography as: Actress, Miscellaneous Crew, Producer, Herself, Archive Footage
Miscellaneous Crew - filmography
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe (2005) (TV) (singer: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend") (uncredited)
Cold Mountain (2003) (musician: piano)
A Journey to 'Cold Mountain' (2003) (TV) (special thanks)
Dogville Confessions (2003) (thanks)
The Others (2001) (singer: "I Only Have Eyes for You") (uncredited)
... aka Autres, Les (France)
... aka Otros, Los (Spain)
Moulin Rouge! (2001) (singer)
American Beauty (1999) (special thanks)