Nicole Kidman is the proud actress of Australia, who has reigned the world of entertainment for the past few years. Nicole Kidman started acting at the age of 16 and has till now done more than thirty Hollywood films. She has won the Golden Globe Award three times in the Best Actress category. In 2006, Nicole Kidman has not only become the highest paid actress in Hollywood, but also received Australia’s highest civilian honor, Companion of the Order of Australia.
Nicole Kidman was born on 20 June, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father was Dr. Anthony David Kidman and her mother was Janelle Ann, who were both born in Australia. Her father was a cancer research specialist and working in Washington D.C. The family shifted back to Australia when Nicole was four years old. She studied at the Lane Cove public School in her young age and later on attended North Sydney Girls’ High School. Nicole Kidman started learning ballet when she was four years old and this led to studies at sydney’s Australian Theatre for Young People.
The first screen appearance of Nicole Kidman appeared in the year 1983, at the age of fifteen, when she appeared in a music video for the song “Bop Girl”. At the end of the year, she bagged a supporting role in the television series, “Five Mile Creek” and in four films including “Bush Christmas” and “BMX Bandits”. In the 1980’s, Nicole Kidman appeared in many Australian movies and TV serials, like Emerald City, Bangkok Hilton, A Country Practice and the short-series Vietnam. In 1989, she did a breakthrough performance in the successful thriller, “Dead Calm”. Nicole Kidman enacted the role of Rae Ingram and gained tremendous popularity for her performance. In 1990, she was cast opposite to Tom Cruise in “Days of Thunder”, a movie about car racing. After this she appeared in Ron Howard’s “Far and Away” in 1992.
In 1995, she appeared in the all-star cat of “Batman Forever”. Nicole Kidman’s film, “To Die For” which released in the later part of 1995 received tremendous critical acclaim. She won the Golden Globe Award and several other awards for this film. In 2001, Nicole Kidman was nominated for the Academy Award for her performance in the film “Moulin Rouge”. That same year she played a brilliant role in the horror film “The Others”. In 2002, she received critical appreciation for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in the movie “The Hours”. She won the Academy Award, BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for this role. In the same year, Nicole Kidman tried her hand in production with the movie “In The Cut”. In 2003, Nicole Kidman did three different kinds of roles, namely in “Dogville”, “The Human Stain” and “Cold Mountain”. The last movie helped her secure a nomination for Golden Globe Award in the Best Actress category.
In 2004, Nicole Kidman appeared in a remake of “The Stepford Wives”. “Birth” which released in the same year in the month of September earned criticism on grounds of morality. However, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and Nicole Kidman was nominated for the Golden Globe Award. In 2005, she appeared in “The Interpreter” and “Bewitched”, and the former was one of the most popular films of the year. Nicole Kidman is also a renowned singer and has sung in her film “Moulin Rouge”.
On the personal front, Nicole Kidman is very popular for her marriage with Tom Cruise on Christmas Eve in 1990. They has adopted two children and lived in Los Angeles. However, Cruise divorce Kidman after 10 years of marriage, when she was pregnant. Nicole Kidman then dated musician Lenny Kravitz and is now married to singer Keith Urban.