Date of Birth: June 20, 1967
The daughter of a biochemist/lecturer and a nurse/educator, Nicole Kidman was born in
Honolulu, Hawaii, but raised in Sydney, Australia from the age of four.
The elder of two children, her childhood was profoundly marked by the social activism of her
parents. Kidman and her younger sister were frequently charged with passing out political
leaflets and were expected to discuss and debate at least one current event with mom and
dad at dinner every night.
A youthful obsession with ballet firmly rooted her interest in the performing arts, and she
trained extensively in dance, drama, and mime. Her pale skin and unruly red curls made her a
bit of an outcast amongst her tanned and fair-haired schoolmates, so she attempted to escape by
withdrawing into the world of acting. By 1983, she had made a striking television debut in the
Australian film Bush Christmas, which became a national favorite.
With a movie career beckoning and her mother having been diagnosed with breast cancer, Kidman dropped out of school at 17 to devote herself entirely to film and family. Her mother eventually recovered, and Kidman had become a film and TV veteran by 1989, when she made her U.S. debut the thriller Dead Calm
. Though the film was only a modest financial success, it sparked a mad scramble among producers and directors to spearhead the ravishing redhead's next project.
She decided on the car-racing action Days of Thunder out of a desire to work with Tom Cruise.
Following a whirlwind courtship, Cruise divorced his wife and the two actors were wed at a top-secret Christmas Eve ceremony. Warned that her career identity would be swallowed up in the swirl of publicity surrounding the charismatic Cruise's every move, Kidman began laying such doubts to rest just months after the wedding, when she snagged a high-profile lead role opposite Dustin Hoffman and Bruce Willis in Billy Bathgate (1991). The movie opened to mixed reviews, but Kidman drew raves and took another step forward when she teamed with Cruise for Ron Howard's sweeping historical epic Far and Away (1992). The film earned mediocre box office success
and modest critical praise, which was exactly what her next two projects, My Life and
That changed in 1995 with the summer smash Batman Forever, and she then proved herself more than capable of carrying a film all on her own with the breakthrough success of Gus Van Sant's To Die For, and went on to win her first Golden Globe. Kidman followed it up with the lead role Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady. Her performance of heroine Isabel Archer confirmed the promise Kidman had shown in
her last effort, and the following year, she and TV hottie George Clooney were handpicked by
producer Steven Spielberg to star in the rogue-nuke thriller The Peacemaker.
She paired up with her husband again and the two spent much of 1997 shooting legendary
filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's erotic psychological thriller Eyes Wide Shut, which was
released in summer 1999. Simultaneously, Kidman also starred in 1998's Practical Magic
with Sandra Bullock.
Although her career started to look bleak with numerous flops, the turn of the century breathed new air into Kidman. Her starring role in The Others was the sleeper hit of the summer, and her performance opposite Ewan McGregor in the musical Moulin Rouge earned her her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as well as a Golden Globe.
In August 2001, she and Cruise were divorced after he developed a relationship with Vanilla Sky co-star Penélope Cruz. Kidman's career continued to blossom, however, winning a third Golden Globe, a BAFTA award and an Oscar for her performance in The Hours (2001). In 2003, she received another Golden Globe nomination for her work in Cold Mountain (2003).
In June 2006, she married fellow Australian, country superstar Keith Urban. Their first child, a daughter named Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, was born on July 7, 2008 in Nashville. More recently she appears in The Paper Boy (2012) and in Room 237 (2013) alongside Tom Cruise.
* 2002 Actress in a Leading Role Oscar winner for The Hours.
Just Go With It
The Golden Compass
Happy Feet (2006) (voice)
The Stepford Wives
The Human Stain
Eyes Wide Shut
The Peacemaker (1997)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
The Leading Man (1996)
To Die for (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
My Life (1993)
Far and Away (1992)
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Days of Thunder
Dead Calm (1989)
Emerald City (1988)
The Bit Part (1987)
Une Australienne à Rome (1987)
Watch the Shadows Dance (1986)
Wills & Burke (1985)
Archer's Adventure (1985)
BMX Bandits (1983)
Bush Christmas (1983)