Jun. 20th, 1967
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born June 20, 1967) is an Australian actress, singer and film producer.
Kidman was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Australian parents Anthony (a biochemist and clinical psychologist) and Janelle (a nursing instructor) Kidman. The family moved almost immediately to Washington, DC, where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, and then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney.
Young Kidman'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) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award). With the assistance 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' 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 (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' 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).
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. Kidman appeared opposite 'Sandra Bullock' in the fantasy Practical Magic as a modern-day witch.
Kidman and Cruise then disappeared into a notoriously long, secretive shoot for 'Stanley Kubrick's sexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
She also lent her voice to the animated film Happy Feet (2006). In 2007, she starred in the science-fiction movie The Invasion. Kidman then starred in the commercially successful fantasy-adventure, The Golden Compass (2007).
Kidman and Cruise adopted two children: Isabella Jane (b. in 1993) and Connor Antony (b. 1995). Despite their rock-solid image, the couple announced in early 2001 that they were separating due to career conflicts. Her marriage to Cruise ended mid-summer of 2001.
Kidman met her second husband, Australian country singer 'Keith Urban', at G'Day LA, an event honouring Australians, in January 2005. They married (June 25, 2006), at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney. They maintain homes in Sydney, Sutton Forest (New South Wales, Australia), Los Angeles, and Nashville (Tennessee, USA). The couple's first daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban (b. in 2008), in Nashville. Kidman's father said the daughter's middle name was after Urban's late grandmother, Rose. In 2010, Kidman and Urban had their second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, via surrogacy at Nashville's Centennial Women's Hospital. Faith's middle name is after Kidman's late grandmother.
- 4/13/07: She was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, which is Australia's top civil honor, at a ceremony in Canberra. She was honored for her contribution to cinema as well as her charity work with women, children and cancer research.
- 2005: Premiere Magazine ranked her as #48 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature.
- Author 'Philip Pullman' (qv) requested her specifically to play the role of Marisa Coulter in the movie adaptation of his book "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass".
- She decided not to imitate 'Virginia Woolf' (qv)'s actual tone and voice because she feared people thought it would be comic.
- Dropped out of the role of 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) in _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv) due to scheduling conflicts.
- Replaced 'Rene Russo' (qv) as Dr. Chase Meridian in _Batman Forever (1995)_ (qv) when 'Val Kilmer' (qv) replaced 'Michael Keaton' (qv).
- Has one niece: Lucia (b. 1999) and two nephews: Hamish (b. 2001), James (b. 2003).
- 10/99: Crusader against child abuse. "Children should be allowed to grow up without fear of cruelty.".