biography and filmography
Added on September 12, 2014
The father of Nicole Kidman,
Antony Kidman, a clinical psychologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and a
director of health psychology at a Sydney university, has died today from a
heart attack after collapsing in a Singapore restaurant when visiting his daughter Antonia Kidman.
Article added on
January 30, 2002, last update June 23, 2006
News: on Sunday June
25, 2006 Nicole Kidman married country singer and Grammy winner Keith
Biography of Nicole
The left handed, blue eyed and 180 cm tall Nicole Kidman was born in
Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967. Her father was studying on the island.
He had a scholarship at the University of Hawaii. Then the family moved to
Washington, D.C. where they stayed until Nicole was three years old.
Therefore, Nicole has both Australian and American citizenship.
Her father, Anthony Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist, author
and her mother, Janelle Kidman, a nurse and nursery-school teacher, were
both activists who had Nicole and her three years younger sister Antonia
hand out political leaflets and debate current events at dinner. [Correction
added on March 23, 2006: Nicole's grandfather is not Sir Sydney Kidman, a
wealthy landowner and one of Australia's most important stockbreeders.
Nicole Kidman and Sir Sydney Kidman have no relation whatsoever].
Nicole dropped out of high school when her mother was diagnosed with
breast cancer in order to help her. At the same time, Kidman pursued her
acting classes. Her mother finally recovered, but Nicole never returned to
finish high school.
Nicole Kidman took ballet lessons at the age of three, later also classes
in dance, drama and mime at the St. Martin's Youth Theatre, the Australian
Theatre for Young People and the Philip Street Theatre in Australia. She
majored in voice, production and theatre history.
Nicole Kidman made her stage debut at six in a school play. She had her
first professional role in Bush Christmas, a holiday movie released
in 1983. The same year, she also had parts in the teenager movie BMX
Bandits and in the ABC TV series Winners.
She worked five days a week for seven months for the Disney Channel
mini-series Five Mile Creek. The experience made her work with ease
in front of the camera. After a series of other jobs, her breakthrough
came in 1986 with the lead role in the TV mini-series Vietnam. The
character of Megan Goddard was the first serious part she was offered and
it made her a star in Australia. She was awarded Australia's Best Actress.
Nicole Kidman's American film debut followed with Dead Calm in
1988. As Rae Ingram, she starred as Sam Neill's wife in Philip Noyce's
thriller. 1988 was also a year in which she successfully appeared on
stage, e.g. in Steel Magnolias at the Sydney Seymour Center. She
also appeared in the TV-series Bangkok Hilton.
When Nicole Kidman was at a film festival in Japan, Tom Cruise called her
because he wanted her to audition in Los Angeles for his next film Days
of Thunder. She got the part of a young Australian neurologist at the
Daytona Beach Hospital who treats injured race-car driver Tom Cruise and
falls in love with him.
Director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) screened Days of
Thunder and, after a successful audition, gave Kidman the role as
co-star in Billy Bathgate, beside Dustin Hoffman.
During the five-month shooting of Days of Thunder, the Kidman and
Cruise fell in love. Tom, married to actress Mimi Rogers since 1987,
divorced in April 1990. They moved in together after the film. On December
24, 1990, Nicole Kidman married Tom Cruise. They have an adopted daughter,
Isabella Jane, born in 1992 and an adopted son, Connor Antony, born in
1995. Kidman and Cruise divorced in August 2001.
Kidman and Cruise starred together in Distant Shores aka Far and
Away in 1992. A year later, Nicole shot Malice, where she shone
as a femme fatale beside Alec Baldwin and Bill Pullman. The same year, My
Life was released where she plays the pregnant wife of Michael Keaton.
Nicole Kidman decided to take classes at the Actors Studio in New York
where she learned the famous Method technique of acting (pioneered by
Stanislavsky). In 1995, she had the part of Dr Chase Meridian, a criminal
psychiatrist, in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever.
Next came Gus Van Sant's dark-comedy about a woman who tries to make a
career in television by any means available, To Die For (1995),
which earned her a Golden Globe as Best Actress. Nicole played together
John Malkovich in Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, based on
the novel by Henry James.
The Peacemaker with George Clooney and Practical Magic with
Sandra Bullock were her next films, released 1997 and 1998. In September
1998, Nicole Kidman made a return to the theatre. In London, she had the
female lead aside Ian Glen in The Blue Room, David Hare's modern
adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's Reigen. Both actors had to play five
roles each. It was critically and publicly acclaimed in London as well as
on Broadway, where it was staged afterwards and sold out for its two
months of running time. In London, Nicole Kidman was nominated for a Laurence
In July 1999, Stanley Kubrick's last film, shot between November 1996 and
January 1998 - with a few re-takes shot a few months later, was released. Eyes
Wide Shut shows Nicole Kidman and her then husband Tom Cruise
in a modern and free adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's Traumnovelle.
Later, the two actor's divorced.
After her glamorous part in the Baz Luhrman musical
Rouge, which opened up the Cannes Festival 2001, and her
elegant look in Alejandro
Others, Nicole Kidman played a totally unglamorous part as a
Russian mail-bride in Birthday
Girl, a black comedy-romance, proving once more that she can be
physically transformed and transform herself in almost any character. Her
Oscar nominated performance in The
Hours in the role of Virginia Woolf, acting opposite Meryl Streep
and Juliane Moore, is a further testimony to the fact that Nicole Kidman
has become the world's most versatile actress. Her performance in The
Hours has already won her the 2003 Golden Globe for Best Actress.
Let's hope the Academy members are not insane. An Oscar is overdue. [added
26, 2003: Last Sunday, Nicole Kidman got her first Academy Award: Best Actress in The
Besides her recordings for Moulin Rouge, with Ewan McGregor and
other singers, Nicole Kidman has also recorded Sinatra's Somethin' Stupid
with Robbie Williams.
Nicole Kidman's latest projects include Lars Von Trier's Dogville,
where she plays opposite Stellan Skarsgård, Robert Benton's The Human Stain, where she plays for the second time opposite Anthony
Hopkins (as well as opposite Ed Harris), and Anthony
Filmography of Nicole
Check our reviews of Eyes
Wide Shut, Moulin
The Human Stain, 2003.
The Hours, 2002.
Birthday Girl, 2002. Get Birthday Girl on DVD from Amazon.com.
The Others, 2001. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Moulin Rouge, 2001. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Eyes Wide Shut, 1999. Get it on DVD from
Practical Magic, 1998. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
The Peacemaker, 1997. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
The Portrait of a Lady, 1996. Get it on DVD from
on VHS from Amazon.com.
To Die For, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Batman Forever, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
My Life, 1993.
Malice, 1993. Buy the DVD Malice on DVD from
Far and Away, 1992. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Billy Bathgate, 1991.
Days of Thunder, 1990. Get it on DVD from Amazon.co.uk.
Dead Calm, 1988. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Emerald City aka The Trendsetters, 1988.
Watch the Shadows Dance, 1988.
The Bit Part, 1987.
Vietnam, 1986, TV mini-series.
Archer's Adventure aka Winners, 1986.
Wills and Burke: The Untold Story, 1985.
Winners, 1983, ABC TV series.
BMX Bandits, 1983.
Bush Christmas, 1983.
Check our reviews of Eyes
Wide Shut, Moulin