Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Jun. 20th, 1967
Born in
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
5' 10 1/2"

Nicole Kidman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Five Mile Creek (AU) TV Show
Five Mile Creek (AU)
Today Tonight (AU) TV Show
Today Tonight (AU)
Love Chain TV Show
Love Chain
Young Talent Time (AU) TV Show
Young Talent Time (AU)
The Ray Martin Show (AU) TV Show
The Ray Martin Show (AU)
Vietnam (AU) TV Show
Vietnam (AU)

Main Movie Roles

2009 - Nine
2008 - August
2008 - Australia
2007 - I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
2007 - The Golden Compass
2007 - The Invasion
2006 - The Queen
2006 - Happy Feet
2005 - Bewitched
2005 - The Interpreter
2004 - Birth
2004 - The Stepford Wives
2003 - The Human Stain
2003 - Dogville
2003 - Cold Mountain
2002 - Panic Room
2002 - The Hours
2001 - Birthday Girl
2001 - Moulin Rouge!
2001 - The Others
1999 - Eyes Wide Shut
1998 - Practical Magic
1997 - The Peacemaker
1996 - The Portrait of a Lady
1996 - The Leading Man
1995 - To Die For
1995 - Batman Forever
1993 - Malice
1992 - Far and Away
1991 - Flirting
1991 - Billy Bathgate
1990 - Days of Thunder
1989 - Dead Calm
1983 - BMX Bandits

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Herself - Actress
Simone Jenkins
Carol Trig
Herself - Guest
Herself - Host
[Complete List]


Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, 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 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) (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 (I)'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 Kidman, 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. Her marriage to Cruise ended mid-summer of 2001.

  • 8/04: Australian business magazine Business Review Weekly listed Kidman as the richest Australian woman under age 40, estimated at a worth of $155 million (Australian).
  • Likes the poetry of Anne Carson and the writing of 'Phillip Larkin' (qv).
  • She was supposed to be the star of _Panic Room (2002)_ (qv), but she hurt herself in a stunt for _Moulin Rouge! (2001)_ (qv). So, she played the voice of 'Jodie Foster' (qv)'s divorced husband's wife.
  • In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year to be $28 million.
  • 'Jim Carrey' (qv) is her best male friend.
  • Best friends with 'Naomi Watts' (qv).
  • Found out about her first Academy Award nomination, for _Moulin Rouge! (2001)_ (qv), while shooting _Dogville (2003)_ (qv) in Sweden.
  • 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' (qv) has said that "Nicole won't cross the street without a hat."

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