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Nicole Kidman
biography and filmography

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 Urban.
  

Biography of Nicole Kidman

 
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 Olivier Award.
 
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 Moulin Rouge, which opened up the Cannes Festival 2001, and her elegant look in Alejandro Amenábar's The 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 on March 26, 2003: Last Sunday, Nicole Kidman got her first Academy Award: Best Actress in The Hours].
 
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 Minghella's Cold Mountain.





Filmography of Nicole Kidman
Check our reviews of Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge, The Others, Birthday Girl, The Hours.
 

Dogville, 2003.
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, Amazon.ca
Moulin Rouge, 2001. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr.

Eyes Wide Shut, 1999. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de.
Practical Magic, 1998. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de.
The Peacemaker, 1997. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de.

The Portrait of a Lady, 1996. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, on VHS from Amazon.com.

To Die For, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
Batman Forever, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.fr.
My Life, 1993.

Malice, 1993. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com.
Far and Away, 1992. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk.
Billy Bathgate, 1991.

Flirting, 1990.
Days of Thunder, 1990. Get it on DVD from Amazon.co.uk.
Dead Calm, 1988. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de.
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.
Windrider, 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 Rouge, The Others, Birthday Girl, The Hours.

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