Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman was launched to superstardom after portraying the gut-wrenching character of Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002). In the film, based on the adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, her spectacular performance was highly praised with the 2003 Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards as well as a SAG nomination. Kidman's fantastic performance as beautiful courtesan Satine in the Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) also skyrocketed her career and she netted a Golden Globe and MTV Movie Award. For the same film, she also received a nomination for an Oscar. In 1995, Kidman also won a Golden Globe, a Broadcast Film Critics Association and Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for her fabulous performance as brutally ambitious weather girl Suzanne Stone Maretto in Gus Van Sant's film To Die For (1995).
On the small screen, Kidman captured the attention of Australian audiences while portraying Megan Goddard in the Kennedy-Miller miniseries "Vietnam," (1987) in which she was awarded the Australian Film Institute Award in 1988. The following year, her brilliant performance in the television series "Bangkok Hilton" (1989) gained acclaimed and she took home another Australian Film Institute Award in 1989. For her acting achievements, Kidman was named the Australian Public's Best Actress of the Year.
On stage, Kidman received recognition when she starred in the Australian production of "Steel Magnolias," (1989) in which she received a Sydney Theater Critics Award. She was also honored with the Special London Evening Standard Award for her work in London's Donmar Warehouse production of "The Blue Room" (1998). When the play transferred to New York, Kidman gained even more recognition. She debuted on Broadway in 1999 in the production of "The Blue Room," where she won a Theatre World Award.
5'11" inch tall Kidman was listed as one of People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People in 1996 and 2001, and one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 1999 and 2002. As for her romantic life, she was once married to superstar Tom Cruise, but the couple divorced on February 7, 2001. She has been romantically involved with singer Robbie Williams, producer Fabrizio Lombardo, musician Lenny Kravitz (dated 2003) and producer Stephen Bing (dated 2004). Kidman is now rumored to be romantically involved with French billionaire Francois Pinault, but she strongly denies the report.
In Honolulu, Hawaii, Nicole Mary Kidman was born on June 20, 1967, to Australian parents. Her father is Anthony Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist and her mother is Janelle Kidman, a nurse and teacher. Due to her father's occupation, Nicole spent her first three years of life living in Washington, DC. When she was four, her family returned to their native Australia, in which she and younger sister Antonia were raised in the upper-middle-class Sydney suburb of Longueville under their parents' strict rules.
Starting ballet lessons at age three, Nicole, whose nickname is Nic, made her acting debut as a sheep in the Nativity play when she was six. This performance led her to study acting in a drama school and she continued to train at St. Martin's Youth Theatre in Melbourne and the Australian Theater for Young People. By the time she was fourteen, Nicole joined the Sydney's Philip Street Theatre where she majored in Voice, Production and Theater History. Since acting was her true passion, she dropped out of North Sydney Girls' High School to pursue her acting career.
Nicole met super star Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962) while filming Days of Thunder (1990) and they subsequently fell in love even though Cruise was married to actress Mimi Rogers at that time. After Cruise's divorce, the couple married on December 24, 1990, in Telluride, Colorado. They adopted daughter Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise (born January 1993) in 1993 and son Connor Anthony Cruise (born February 1995) in 1995. In December 2000, however, they became estranged. After filing for divorce on February 7, 2001, the couple eventually divorced on August 8, 2001. Commenting about the split, Nicole said, "Now I can wear heels."
Since childhood, Nicole Kidman was interested in dance and the performing arts. First appearing as a sheep in the Nativity play, Kidman then became involved in a number of theatrical productions while she was in Sydney's Philip Street Theater.
At about the same time, Kidman got her first taste in front of the camera when she was featured in the Pat Wilson music video for the song "Bop Girl" (1983). She subsequently made her acting debut in the television movie Skin Deep (1983) before playing a role in another television movie titled Chase Through the Night (1983). By the end of the year, Kidman landed the supporting role of Annie in the series "Five Mile Creek" (1983). The same year, Kidman also made her move to the silver screen with her debut in the Australian teen movie BMX Bandits (1983). BMX Bandits was followed by roles in the adventure film Bush Christmas (1983), Windrider (1986, also starring Tom Burlinson), Watch the Shadows Dance (1987) and The Bit Part (1987). She also worked in several television projects like Matthew and Son (1984), Winners (1985), Room to Move (1987) and Australiana a Roma, Un' (1987).
Kidman's first breakthrough TV performance arrived after she won the role of Megan Goddard in the Kennedy-Miller miniseries Vietnam (1987). With John Duigan and Chris Noonan at the helm, she was garnered with an Australian Film Institute award for Best Television Actress in 1988. Kidman then signed with an American agent.
After Emerald City (1988), Kidman broke into the Hollywood scene when she starred as Rae Ingram in Phillip Noyce's psychological thriller Dead Calm (1989). The story is about a duo (Kidman and Sam Neill) who are threaten by a young man they rescue from a sinking ship (Billy Zane). The success of the film helped lunch her career.
Kidman's next big break came when she was cast as Katrina Stanton in the television series "Bangkok Hilton" (1989). Her turn as an arrested young woman who was deceived into carrying drugs was so impressive that she was awarded with an Australian Film Institute Best Actress Award in 1989. Additionally, she received the Australian Public's Best Actress of the Year award.
Returning to her theatrical roots, Kidman made a name for herself when she starred in the Australian stage production of "Steel Magnolias" (1989). She was honored with a Sydney Theater Critics Award for Best Newcomer. Kidman was also seen starring in the stage production of "Spring Awakening" in Australia.
Kidman came to the attention of a wide America audience when she landed a starring role opposite Tom Cruise in the racecar flick Days of Thunder (1990), portraying Dr. Claire Lewicki, the neurologist who falls in love with Cruise's character. She rejoined John Duigan in Flirting (1991), playing the supporting role of a snobby boarding school senior named Nicola and continued to play roles in such Hollywood films as Billy Bathgate (1991, also starring Dustin Hoffman), Far and Away (1992, worked again with Cruise), Malice (1993) and My Life (1993, also starring Michael Keaton).
"When I heard about the Suzanne role in To Die For, I thought, 'I'll never get it--it'll be offered to someone else.' So I called Gus [Van Sant] at home, and he took my call, thank God. I told him I'd seen Drugstore Cowboy and I really wanted to work with him. I said I was destined to work with him." Nicole Kidman on To Die For
In the year 1995, Kidman cemented her position as a star for her portrayal of brutally ambitious weather girl named Suzanne Stone Maretto in Gus Van Sant's film To Die For (1995). Because of her brilliant performance, she was honored with a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), a Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Actress as well as a Boston Society of Film Critics Award in 1995.
The following years saw Kidman playing Bruce Wayne's sexy girlfriend in the blockbuster film Batman Return (1995, also starring Val Kimer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jim Carrey ), starring as Isabel Archer in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady (1996, along side Christian Bale), costarring opposite George Clooney in the action thriller The Peacemaker (1997), teaming up with Sandra Bullock in Practical Magic (1998) and portraying a jaded, sexually adventurous Manhattan housewife in the Stanley-Kubrick directed Eyes Wide Shut (1999, along side Tom Cruise).
While filming Eyes Wide Shut, Kidman could also be seen in London's Donmar Warehouse production of "The Blue Room," (1998) in which she earned a Special London Evening Standard Award for her significant contribution to London Theater in 1998. In 1999 she starred in the Broadway production of "The Blue Room," where she was honored with a Theatre World Award.
After a year of disappearing from the scene due to her marriage problems, Kidman was cast as beautiful courtesan Satine in the Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge! (2001, also starring Ewan McGregor). Her outstanding performance won the heart of both audiences and film critics. As a result, she took home her second Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and a MTV Movie award. Additionally, she received a nomination at the Oscars.
The red-hired beauty then drew praise for her memorable performance as high-strung mother Grace Stewart in Alejandro Amenabar's spooky throwback The Others (2001), where she gained a Golden Globe nomination. Kidman was then cast as a Russian mail-order bride in Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl (2001). The film was screened at the film festivals in Venice, Toronto and London. The following year, it was published at the Sundance Film Festival.
Because of a recurring knee injury, Kidman only provided her voice for Stephen's Girlfriend in Panic Room (2002) before she became a household name for her spectacular performance as Virginia Woolf in the adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel The Hours (2002, opposite Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep). Through her gut-wrenching character, Kidman won the 2003's Oscar for Best Actress. She also netted her third Golden Globe for Best Actress, BAFTA awards and received a SAG nomination for her leading role performance. Following her huge success, Kidman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 13, 2003.
Portraying Grace Margaret Mulligan in the film Dogville was Kidman first film in 2003 before playing the starring role of Faunia Farley, opposite Anthony Hopkins, in the adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain (2003, directed by Robert Benton). She next joined the ensemble cast in 2003's Cold Mountain, also starring Renee Zellweger and Jude Law. In the film, she played Ada Monroe, a character that brought her a nomination at the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a dramatic role.
The following year saw Kidman costarring with Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Faith Hill and Bette Midler in the remake of The Stepford Wives (2004). In Birth (2004), she played Anna, a mature woman who falls in love with ten-year-old boy Sean (played by Cameron Bright), who tries to convince her that he is the reincarnation of her dead husband. Aside from the mixed reviews, the film was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. Kidman recently played Silvia Broome in The Interpreter (2005) and was cast as Isabel Bigelow/Samantha in the silver screen adaptation of Bewitched (2005). Moviegoers will also see her in the Diane Arbus biopic Fur (2006), the animated musical Happy Feet (2006), Emma's War (2005), American Darlings (2005) and Wedding Season (2006).
- Oscar: Best Actress, The Hours, 2003
- BAFTA: Best Actress, The Hours, 2003
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Drama, The Hours, 2003
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, Moulin Rouge!, 2002
- MTV Film: Moulin Rouge!, 2002
- Theatre World: The Blue Room, 1999
- Special London Evening Standard: Special and significant contribution to London Theater, 1998
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), To Die For, 1995
- Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Actress, To Die For, 1995
- Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actress, To Die For, 1995
- Sho West: Female Star of Tomorrow, 1992
- Sydney Theater Critics: Best Newcomer, Steel Magnolias, 1989
- Australian Film Institute: Best Television Actress, Bangkok Hilton, 1989
- Australian Film Institute: Best Television Actress, Vietnam, 1988