Nicole Kidman biography
Nicole Kidman was born June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, but grew up in Sydney, Australia, where director Jane Campion encouraged her to pursue acting. Kidman's first indie hit, Flirting, was followed by bigger films like Dead Calm (1989) and Billy Bathgate (1991). She was married to screen heartthrob Tom Cruise from 1991-2001. Kidman received the Academy Award for her lead role in 2002's The Hours. She married Keith Urban in 2006. Her latest films include 2012's The Paperboy.
Born Nicole Mary Kidman on June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nicole Kidman is one of Hollywood's most beautiful and well-regarded leading female stars. At age 4 she moved with her parents to Sydney, Australia. As a schoolgirl she attended a local theater group and, encouraged by director Jane Campion, made a notable film debut in Bush Christmas (1983). Kidman also met one of her best friends, actress Naomi Watts, around this time. The two were at an open call for a bathing-suit ad and later worked together on the 1991 film Flirting.
Her U.S. breakthrough came with Dead Calm (1989), and success followed with Billy Bathgate (1991), To Die For (1995), Practical Magic (1998), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999), in which she co-starred with husband Tom Cruise. She and Cruise divorced in 2001 after 10 years of marriage. They had adopted two children, Isabella and Connor, during their relationship.
While her marriage was ending, Kidman's career reached new heights. She won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a Parisian singer and courtesan in Baz Luhrmann's musical extravaganza Moulin Rouge! (2001). The following year, Kidman wowed critics and audiences alike with her performance in The Hours (2002), playing famed writer Virginia Woolf. She received several major honors for her work, including her first Academy Award as Best Actress.
Working with acclaimed director Anthony Minghella, Kidman starred in the Civil War epic Cold Mountain (2003) with Jude Law. She has taken on some less mainstream projects as well, such as working with director Lars von Trier on the stark drama Dogville (2004). Best known for her dramatic work, Kidman has also tried her hand at comedy, starring in The Stepford Wives (2004) with Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler and Bewitched (2005) with Will Ferrell. She also lent her voice to the lighthearted animated film Happy Feet (2006).
Taking on a more serious role, Kidman starred as legendary photographer Diane Arbus in Fur (2006). The film failed to attract much interest from moviegoers. Kidman's personal life, however, drew a lot of attention that year. She had been dating country singer Keith Urban for some time when she announced that the pair had gotten engaged in May 2006. They got married in Sydney, Australia, on June 25. Guests included other Australian stars, such as Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts.
A few months after their marriage, Kidman supported her husband as he decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his problems with alcohol. The couple appeared to be devoted to each other throughout this crisis and seemed to emerge from it as strong as ever. They welcomed their first child, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, in July 2008.
Kidman became pregnant while filming her next major film role. Reuniting with director Baz Luhrmann, she starred in the epic drama Australia (2008) with Hugh Jackman. Kidman also appeared in the 2009 movie musical Nine—based on the Broadway smash hit—with Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench.
Kidman has continued to tackle an interesting mix of film projects. She co-starred with Aaron Eckhart in the 2010 independent drama Rabbit Hole, which brought her glowing reviews and an Academy Award nomination. That same year, Kidman and her husband welcomed a second daughter, Faith Margaret.
In 2012, Kidman raised eyebrows for her unusual scenes in The Paperboy with Zac Efron and John Cusack. She co-starred with Clive Owen in the television film Hemingway & Gellhorn that same year. Kidman played journalist Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of Ernest Hemingway, in the movie. Portraying another famous real-life personality, she is set to star in an upcoming film about the life of actress Grace Kelly.