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Also Known As: Nicole Mary Kidman Died:
Born: June 20, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Profession: actor, singer

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Australian actress Nicole Kidman consistently defied expectations throughout her career. Initially cast as the next big thing, she later enjoyed the double-edged honor of being known as Mrs. Tom Cruise, only to eventually be recognized as one of cinema's most powerful dramatic actresses. After garnering international acclaim for her role in the Australian thriller "Dead Calm" (1989), Kidman made her American debut in the Tom Cruise actioner "Days of Thunder" (1990). Although Kidman impressed with her performances in such films as "To Die For" (1995) and "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), she could not quite escape the considerable shadow cast by her megastar husband. Kidman took a brief hiatus after her work in Stanley Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) and her much publicized divorce from Cruise, only to return triumphant in director Baz Luhrmann's musical extravaganza "Moulin Rouge" (2001). From there it was on to a string of universally acclaimed performances in films that included "The Others" (2001), "The Hours" (2002) - for which she won a Best Actress Oscar - "Dogville" (2003), and "Cold Mountain" (2003). Following a period of inconsistent project choices, Kidman proved that she was...

Australian actress Nicole Kidman consistently defied expectations throughout her career. Initially cast as the next big thing, she later enjoyed the double-edged honor of being known as Mrs. Tom Cruise, only to eventually be recognized as one of cinema's most powerful dramatic actresses. After garnering international acclaim for her role in the Australian thriller "Dead Calm" (1989), Kidman made her American debut in the Tom Cruise actioner "Days of Thunder" (1990). Although Kidman impressed with her performances in such films as "To Die For" (1995) and "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), she could not quite escape the considerable shadow cast by her megastar husband. Kidman took a brief hiatus after her work in Stanley Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) and her much publicized divorce from Cruise, only to return triumphant in director Baz Luhrmann's musical extravaganza "Moulin Rouge" (2001). From there it was on to a string of universally acclaimed performances in films that included "The Others" (2001), "The Hours" (2002) - for which she won a Best Actress Oscar - "Dogville" (2003), and "Cold Mountain" (2003). Following a period of inconsistent project choices, Kidman proved that she was still at the top of her game with her portrayal of a grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole" (2010). Ultimately, Kidman succeeded in reinventing herself like few actresses had, starting out as a fashionable wife to the world's biggest movie star, only to wind up a respected actress in her own right, who continued to fascinate the public year after year.

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 Strangerland (2015)
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 Family Fang, The (2014)
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 Grace of Monaco (2014)
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 Railway Man, The (2014)
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 Stoker (2013)
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 Paperboy, The (2012)
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 Just Go with It (2011)
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Born in Hawaii
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Spent first three years of life living in Washington, DC where her father did research on breast cancer
1970:
Family returned to live in an affluent Sydney suburb
1970:
Studied dance at age three
1971:
Non-professional acting debut as a sheep in a Nativity play at age four
1977:
Began acting at age 10
1983:
Made Australian film debut in "Bush Christmas"
1983:
Appeared in Australian teen film "BMX Bandits"
1983:
Cast as Annie on the series "Five Mile Creek" (Disney Channel); appeared on the last 12 episodes of the series
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Starred on the Australian stage in "Steel Magnolias" and "Spring Awakening"
1986:
Cast as a rock star who falls for a windsurfer in "Windrider"
1987:
Reteamed with director Duigan on the Australian telefilm "Room to Move"
1987:
Gave breakthrough TV performance in the Kennedy-Miller miniseries "Vietnam"; reportedly underwent a six-and-a-half-hour improvisational audition to land the role; episodes directed by John Duigan and Chris Noonan
1989:
Breakthrough screen role as Sam Neill's young wife in the thriller "Dead Calm," directed by Philip Noyce
1989:
Offered terrific turn as a woman duped into carrying drugs who is caught and imprisoned in Australian miniseries "Bangkok Hilton"
1990:
Teamed again with John Duigan on "Flirting"; best pal Naomi Watts also in cast
1990:
U.S. film debut, "Days of Thunder" opposite future husband Tom Cruise
1991:
Gave a strong performance as a mobster's mistress in the underappreciated "Billy Bathgate," directed by Robert Benton
1992:
Co-starred as an Irish lass who heads to Oklahoma with her lover (Cruise) in the Ron Howard directed "Far and Away"
1993:
Starred opposite Michael Keaton in the drama "My Life"
1993:
Cast as a young wife who desperately wants a child in "Malice"
1995:
Portrayed the love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the overblown "Batman Returns"
1995:
Delivered a critically-acclaimed portrayal of a brutally ambitious weather girl in Gus Van Sant's black comedy "To Die For"
1996:
Played Isabel Archer in Jane Campion's sumptuous (but ineffectual) adaptation of Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady"; Campion had originally offered her the role then made her audition for the part
1997:
Offered a fearsomely serious approach to her role as Dr. Julia Kelly, acting head of the White House Nuclear Smugling Group, in the action thriller "The Peacemaker"
1998:
Made London stage debut in David Hare's "The Blue Room," where the actress briefly appeared nude; show transferred to NYC in November marking Kidman's Broadway debut
1998:
Co-starred with Sandra Bullock as sisters who happen to be witches in "Practical Magic"
1999:
Starred opposite Cruise as a husband and wife experiencing marital discord in the Stanley-Kubrick directed "Eyes Wide Shut"; filmed over a 14-month period from November 1996 to January 1998
2001:
Had singing and dancing role as the courtesan Satine opposite Ewan McGregor in the Baz Luhrmann directed "Moulin Rouge!"; reportedly beat out Courtney Love for the role; received first Best Actress Oscar nomination
2001:
Played a high-strung mother in the period thriller "The Others," written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar
2001:
Recorded "Somethin' Stupid" with singer Robbie Williams; had Number One hit record in Great Britain
2002:
Cast as Virginia Woolf in "The Hours," the feature adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel; received a SAG nomination for her performance
2003:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
2003:
Co-starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in "The Human Stain," an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel
2003:
Announced as the new celebrity spokeswoman for Chanel No. 5, the top selling fragrance in the world
2003:
Starred with Jude Law in Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"; received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a dramatic role
2004:
Played a woman on the run from the mob, hiding out in a small town in "Dogville" directed by Lars von Trier
2004:
Co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the remake of ''The Stepford Wives,'' Bryan Forbes' 1975 cult classic about upper-crust women being replaced by robots with sunny dispositions
2004:
Starred in "Birth" with Cameron Bright and Lauren Bacall as a woman who becomes convinced that a ten year old boy is the reincarnation of her dead husband; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actress (Drama)
2005:
Starred opposite Sean Penn in Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter"
2005:
Cast as Samantha in the big-screen adaptation of "Bewitched"
2006:
Portrayed photographer Diane Arbus in "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"
2007:
Co-starred with Daniel Craig in "The Invasion," a film based on the 1956 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
2007:
Portrayed a neurotic writer who disapproves of her sister's fiancé (Jack Black) in director Noah Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding"
2007:
Played the villainous Mrs. Coulter in "The Golden Compass," a film adaptation of the first part of <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy
2008:
Re-teamed with director Baz Luhrmann for the epic "Australia"; also co-starred with Hugh Jackman
2009:
Played Daniel Day-Lewis' muse in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play "Nine"
2010:
Co-starred with Aaron Eckhart in John Cameron Mitchell's indie drama "Rabbit Hole"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead ("Rabbit Hole")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("Rabbit Hole")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Rabbit Hole")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2011:
Turned in a comedic performance in "Just Go with It" opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston
2011:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in crime drama "Trespass"
2012:
Portrayed WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn opposite Clive Owen's Ernest Hemingway in HBO romantic drama "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
2012:
Co-starred with Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"
2013:
Co-starred with Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in drama thriller "Stoker"
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Education

North Sydney Girls' High School: -
Australian Theatre for Young People: -
Philip Street Theatre: -
St Martin's Youth Theatre: -

Notes

Kidman is reportedly descended from a famous Australian clan headed by the late cattle baron, Sir Sydney Kidman, who had vast land and livestock holdings in Australia.

Kidman was voted Best Actress of the Year for "Vietnam" in a poll of the Australian public.

She suffered a miscarriage in March 2001, about a month after husband Tom Cruise had filed for divorce.

"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."---Kidman quoted in Los Angeles Times, October 1, 1995.

"It was hard when people criticized 'Portrait of a Lady.' The film meant a lot. But as a person, it's good to go through, too, I suppose. You hope it's going to be wonderful and everyone will love it, and then that doesn't happen and ... that's OK. I still love the film, and am very proud of it."---Nicole Kidman to Vanity Fair, October 1997.

"My mom calls me tenacious. I think my determination has been there since I was a little kid."---Kidman quoted in Biography, August 1999.

"Flirting" director John Duigan advised her not to attend the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney Kidman told Talk, September 2000: "He said, 'Don't you dare go, they will destroy you. So I never went. I always think I would have loved to have gone, because I love being around actors, I love talking about acting, and I wanted to go to college, but he said don't go, so I chose the other route, which was to work, work, work."

"If her longtime friend Russell Crowe perfectly embodies the earthbound, beer-and-a-cig Aussie male, ... Kidman is her country's soaring, striving siren, cinematic superstar, cynosure, spouse."---From Talk, September 2000.

"I am very shy, really shy, I even had a bit of a stutter as a kid, which I slowly got over, but I still regress to that shyness. So I don't like walking into a crowded restaurant by myself; I don't like going to a party by myself ... "---Kidman quoted in Talk, September 2000.

Describing herself, Kidman told Talk (September 2000): "I'm pretty emotional, highly strung. If something upsets me, then it really upsets me; if it makes me angry, then I really get angry. But it is all very up-front. I can't hide it. And it's worse when I've got PMS ... But I'm also incredibly loyal, and I hope I'm fun."

" ... in the end, I hope that I've done some unusual films and tried to keep my very public life private, quiet, and dignified. That's what I attempt to do."---Kidman quoted in Marie Claire, May 2001.

In a conversation with "Moulin Rouge!" director Baz Luhrmann in Interview (May 2001), Kidman and he discussed success.

BL: Where are you now, and where, really, is the next level for you?

NK: That's something that plagues me. I'm constantly saying to myself, "All right, so this is my life now, but where is it going to lead me that's going to make me a more fully realized person?" Because you can settle into complacency and that terrifies me.

BL: Yeah, and I think you can settle more easily in our environment that in others.

NK: Yes. When you've reached a certain level you go, "I don't need to push myself, don't need to challenge myself." Success, I think is something so corrupting to us all.

BL: Is it that it brings power?

NK: It brings power, it brings complacency. I think as an actor, as a director, as a writer, as an artist, there is no formula. It's about saying, "OK, I'm willing to take a risk and I don't care if I lose everything, because what is all this worth if I don't have my integrity and free spirit?" I suppose it comes back to being free-spirited.

BL: What do you mean by that, Nicole?

NK: Well, it means not being controlled, not being confined by expectations of others. Or even your expectations of yourself. And it's hard, it's very easy to say and it's much harder to do.

Kidman spoke to journalist Garry Maddox about the coverage of her personal life following Tom Cruise's decision to file for divorce: "It's very upsetting and it's invasive. I understand that people are interested, but it's my life, my personal life. It's my job as a mother to protect my children and their privacy. It's very difficult seeing your life being dragged through the newspapers and the tabloids and your children being dragged through it."---quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, April 5, 2001.

"She's has definitely entered the league where she can carry a movie and have box office. Two things that Hollywood is interested in."---Miramax co-chair Bob Weinstein quoted in People, December 3, 2001.

Kidman was Entertainment Weekly's choice as Entertainer of the Year 2001.

"Tom has a much stronger protective shield around him than I do. I'm much more open to emotion. I've been in a more fragile, vulnerable state, while he can move on. With an enormous amount of force and willpower."---Kidman quoted to Premiere, November 2002.

October 2003, Kidman won a five figure sum and an apology from Sun Newspaper (British newspaper) which said she had had an affair with actor Jude Law and was to blame for the break-up of his marriage

Kidman was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"She's this really Aussie girl who's full of life and has this loud, honking laugh," Luhrmann told People. As for her physical appearance, he said: "You can do a lot with makeup, but you can't create that luminosity."---Baz Luhrmann quoted in People April 3, 2004

"In terms of your life, if you start to exploit it, then what's real, and what's not? What's yours, and what isn't?"---Kidman to Vanity Fair, July, 2005.

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companion:
Marcus Graham. Actor. Australian; had relationship in the late 1980s.
husband:
Tom Cruise. Actor. Born on July 3, 1962; married on December 24, 1990 in Telluride, Colorado; co-starred in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999); announced separation in February 2001; Cruise filed for divorce on February 7, 2001; divorce finalized on August 8, 2001.
companion:
Tobey Maguire. Actor. 8 years younger than Kidman; reportedly dated March 2002.
companion:
Russell Crowe. Actor. Rumored to be dating as of October 2002; was later reported that the source who claim to have witnessed Kidman and Crowe kissing, dancing, etc admitted that he lied; Crowe later became engaged to girlfriend Danielle Spencer in December 2002.
companion:
Q-tip. Rapper. Rumored to have dated January 2003; introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
companion:
Flavio Briatore. Rumored to have dated breifly.
companion:
Eric Watson. Businessman. Owner of the "Warriors" rugby league club in New Zealand; rumored to be dating September 2004.
companion:
Steve Bing. Producer. Rumored to be dating December 2004;.
companion:
Lenny Kravitz. Musician, singer. Began dating early 2003; rumored to be announcing engagement in December 2003; split December 2003.
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father:
Antony Kidman. Biochemist, clinical psychologist, author. Australian; involved with labor movement and progressive causes.
mother:
Janelle Kidman. Nurse, educator. Australian; edits her husband's books; involved with feminist causes; was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984.
sister:
Antonia Kidman Hawley. TV reporter. Born c. 1971.
daughter:
Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise. Born on December 22, 1992 in Florida; adopted by Kidman and Cruise in January 1993.
son:
Connor Anthony Cruise. African-American; born on January 17, 1995 in Florida; adopted with Cruise on February 5, 2001.
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