Nicole Kidman Biography

Birthday: 1967-06-20
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: 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). 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 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Super Bowl Gillian Owens 1967 Documentary
Bangkok Hilton Katrina Stanton 1989 Drama
PeaceMaker Dr. Julia Kelly 1997 Action
The Others Grace Stewart 2001 Drama
Peacemakers Dr. Julia Kelly 2003 - 2003 Action
Invasion Carol Bennell 2005 - 2006 Sci Fi
The Peacemaker Dr. Julia Kelly 2010 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Moulin Rouge Satine 1952 0
The Other Grace 1972
BMX Bandits Judy 1983 Adventure, Crime, Drama
Wills & Burke Julia Matthews 1985 Comedy
Windrider Jade 1986 0
Emerald City Mike McCord's Girlfriend 1988
Dead Calm Rae Ingram 1989 Comedy, Game Show, Reality Tv
Days of Thunder Dr. Claire Lewicki 1990 Action, Drama, Romance
Billy Bathgate Drew Preston 1991 Comedy, 0, 0
Bangkok Hilton Katrina Stanton 1991 Drama
Far and Away Shannon Christie 1992 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Malice Tracy Safian 1993 Comedy, 0
Batman Forever Dr. Chase Meridian 1995 0
To Die For Suzanne Stone Maretto 1995 0, Game Show, 0, 0
The Portrait of a Lady Isabel Archer 1997 Drama, Romance
The Peacemaker Dr. Julia Kelly 1997 Action, Thriller
Practical Magic Gillian Owens 1998 Biography, 0, 0
Eyes Wide Shut Alice Harford 1999 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Others Grace Stewart 2001 Game Show, Reality Tv
Moulin Rouge! Satine 2001 Drama, Musical, Romance
Birthday Girl 2002 Comedy, Crime, Romance
Cold Mountain Ada Monroe 2003 0, 0, 0
The Human Stain Faunia Farley 2003 0, Game Show
The Hours Virginia Woolf 2003 Drama
Dogville Grace Margaret Mulligan 2003 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Stepford Wives Joanna Eberhart 2004 0, Sport, 0
Birth Anna 2004 Drama, Mystery, Romance
The Interpreter Silvia Broome 2005 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Bewitched Isabel Bigelow / Samantha 2005 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Diane Arbus 2006 0, Game Show
Happy Feet Norma Jean 2006 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Margot at the Wedding Margot 2007 0
The Invasion Carol Bennell 2007 Sport, Game Show, 0, Reality Tv
Invasion Carol Bennell 2007 Sci Fi, Thriller
The Golden Compass Marisa Coulter 2007 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Nine Claudia 2009 Drama, Musical, Romance
Rabbit Hole Becca 2010
Trespass Sarah Miller 2012 Game Show, Comedy, 0
The Paperboy Charlotte Bless 2012 Thriller
The Railway Man Patricia Wallace 2013 0, 0, 0, Romance
Stoker Evelyn Stoker 2013 0, Reality Tv
Grace of Monaco Grace Kelly 2013 Biography, Drama
The Secret in Their Eyes Irene 2015 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Family Fang Annie Fang 2016 0, 0