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Born: June 20, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Profession: Cast ...


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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