Nicole Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an American-born Australian actress, fashion model, singer and philanthropist. Kidman has been the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Australia since 1994. In 2006, Kidman was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honour. In 2006, she became the highest paid actress in the motion film industry.
Kidman’s breakthrough came with the 1989 thriller Dead Work. She has her films Days of Thunder (1990), To Die For (1995) and Moulin Roush! (2001) received critical acclaim for her performance, and her performance in The Hours (2002) won her several notable film awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2003, Kidman received her star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.
She is best known for her current marriage to Tom Cruise and folk-music artist Keith Urban.
Being born in Hawaii to Australian parents, Kidman holds dual citizenship of Australia and the United States.
Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father is Dr. Antoine David Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, with an office in Lane Cove, Sydney. [His mother, Janelle Ann (aka Glennie), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband’s books. and has been a member of the women’s electoral lobby. At the time of Kidman’s birth, his father was a visiting fellow (guest teacher) at the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States. When Kidman was four years old, her family returned to Australia and her parents now live in Sydney’s North Shore. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, who is a journalist. She has known actress Naomi Watts since her teen years and today they are good friends.
Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls High School. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and with Naomi Watts at the Phillip Street Theater in Sydney. After this she joined the Australian Theater for Young People.
Early career in Australia (1983–89)
Kidman first appeared in film in 1983 at the age of 15, in Pat Wilson’s music video for the song “Bop Girl”. By the end of the year he had secured a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek and four film roles, including BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas. In the 1980s, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the serial opera A Country Practice, the mini-series Vietnam (1986), Emerald City (1988) and Bangkok Hilton (1989).
Successful Origins (1989-95)
In 1989, Nicole Kidman played the wife of Navy officer John Ingram (Sam Neill) in Rai Ingram’s Dead work, who is held captive on a Pacific Ocean yacht trip by psychopath Hugh Wariner (Billy Zane). The film received rave reviews, with Variety commenting, “Kidman’s performance throughout the film is excellent. She gives Rae’s character real solidity and energy. Meanwhile, critic Roger Ebert noted the excellent chemistry between the main cast.” But noted, “…Kidman and Zayn create real, obvious hatred in their scenes together. In 1990, she worked with Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder and then in Ron Howard’s Far and Away (1992). In 1995, Kidman was in the cast of Batman Forever.
TV. Guide reported that Kidman will play Einar Wegener, the world’s first post-surgical sex convert, in the film adaptation of The Danish Girl, the novel of the same name, in which she will appear on screen opposite Gyneth Paltrow. Will produce and star in the film adaptation of Cleave’s novel, Little Bee. Filming is scheduled for late 2010 or early 2011.
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Recently he has lent the voice for a promotional video which Australia will use in support of their bid to host the 2018 World Cup. The five-minute video will be broadcast during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Moulin Roush! Before this, the vocal performance of Kidman in the film, which was not a singer, was well received by the people. The Ewan McGregor collaboration “Come What May” peaked at #27 in the UK Singles Chart. He then collaborated with Robbie Williams on the cover of “Something Stupid”, Williams’ swing covers album Swing When You’re Winning. It peaked at #8 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart and at number one in the UK for three weeks. It became UK Christmas #1 for 2001.
In 2006, he voiced the animated film Happy Feet, with vocals for Norma Jean’s “Heart Song”, a slightly altered adaptation of Prince’s “Kiss”. Kidman also sang in the Rob Marshall musical film Nine, with Daniel Day-Louis Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Sophia Lauren and Marion Cotillard.
Kidman married twice. She became embroiled in a romantic bond with actor Tom Cruise on the set of his 1990 film, Days of Thunder. Kidman and Cruise married on Christmas Eve in 1990 in Telluride, Colorado. The pair adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992) and a son, Conor Anthony (born 1995). They parted ways just after their 10th wedding anniversary. She was three months pregnant and had a miscarriage.
Cruz filed for divorce in February 2001. At Marie Claire, Kidman said that she went through an ectopic pregnancy early in the marriage. In the June 2006 Ladies Home Journal, she said that she still loves Cruise: “He was a giant, still is. To me he was just Tom, but to everyone else, he’s a giant. But he’s with me. They were very nice. And I loved them. I still love them.” Apart from this, he called his divorce a shock.
The 2003 film Cold Mountain sparked rumors that a love affair between Nicole Kidman and fellow star Jude Law was responsible for the breakdown of their marriage. Both denied the allegations, and Kidman won an undisclosed amount from the British newspapers that published the sensational story. Robbie Williams confirmed that they had a brief romance on Kidman’s boat in the summer of 2004. Soon after her Oscars, there were rumors about a love affair between her and Adrienne Brody. She met musician Lenny Kravitz in 2003 and dated him during 2004.
Nicole Kidman met her second husband, folklore singer Keith Urban, in January 2005 at an honor ceremony in G’Day LA, Australia. They married on 25 June 2006 at the Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, grounds of the St Patrick’s Estate in Sydney. His homes are in Sydney, Sutton Forest, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee. In March 2008, he bought buildings in Los Angeles and Nashville within the span of a few days.