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Full Name: Nicole Mary Kidman
Date of Birth: June 20, 1967
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Height: 5' 10½"
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Many have been fooled into thinking that Nicole was born Down Under because of her accent, but she was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967. Her parents had moved to the U.S. to allow Nicole's biochemist father to pursue his research on breast cancer. When Nicole was 4 years old, her family moved to Australia, where she and her younger sister Antonia were raised under strict rules. Anthony and Janelle Kidman were extremely politically active, and they instilled similar values into their daughters. The Kidman girls were required to discuss a political issue or current affair with their parents at the end of every day.
Difficult though it may be to believe, Nicole felt extremely awkward and out of place while growing up. Although today her statuesque figure is part of her beauty, as a child her figure was disproportionate, and she stood at a lanky height compared to her classmates. A pale complexion did not make matters any better for young Nicole.
Insecure with her awkward appearance, Nicole sought refuge in performing and drama. She became involved in the St. Martin's Youth Theater and then the Philip Street Theater in Sydney, where she impressed future director Jane Campion, a film student at the time. Nicole's love for ballet and the performing arts, combined with Jane Campion's encouraging words, were enough for Nicole to know that acting was her calling.
Nicole made her film debut in 1983, in the Australian films Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits. Her performance spawned further roles, and before long she dropped out of high school to pursue a full-time acting career and tend to her mother, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As her mother gradually recovered, Nicole began to achieve star status in Australia. She also established visibility in the United States, appearing in the 1989 thriller, Dead Calm.
Nicole's next film would mold her life in more ways than one. Starring in the racecar flick Days of Thunder, she stole co-star Tom Cruise's heart both on and off the screen (even though Tom was actually married to Mimi Rogers at the time). The couple wed in 1990 after a brief courtship.
While Nicole continued to enjoy prominent roles in such American films as Billy Bathgate (1991), Far and Away (1992) (co-starring then husband Tom Cruise), My Life (1993), and Malice (1993), they did not fare particularly well at the box office, and the actress remained low on the ladder of Hollywood's commodities.
In 1995, Nicole finally secured A-list status with a critically-acclaimed performance in Gus Van Sant's film, To Die For. Her role as a fame-hungry journalist swept aside any suggestions that Nicole was just another actress and garnered her the Best Actress award at the Golden Globes.
Bigger roles followed: the sexy love interest in the summer blockbuster Batman Forever (1995), a leading role in Jane Campion's film adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady (1996), and a co-starring role opposite George Clooney in The Peacemaker (1997). In 1999, Nicole appeared alongside Tom Cruise in the psychosexual drama Eyes Wide Shut, which was director Stanley Kubrick's final film.
Returning to her theatrical roots, Nicole then starred in the Broadway production of The Blue Room, which garnered her rave reviews and a Theatre World Award.
In 2001, Tom filed for divorce from Nicole, which was highly publicized in the media, though the reasons for the split have never been made public. Nicole and Tom were married for nearly 10 years and adopted two children, Isabella Jane (b. December 22, 1993) and Connor Antony (b. January 17, 1995). Cruise left Kidman while she was three months pregnant, but she subsequently had a miscarriage.
In the year of her divorce Nicole appeared in Birthday Girl, the supernatural thriller The Others, and Moulin Rouge!, the Baz Luhrmann musical that earned Nicole her first Academy Award nomination and another Golden Globe win. Her next film was The Hours (2002), in which she shared the screen with Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. This time she took home the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her gut-wrenching portrayal of Virginia Woolf.
Nicole was busy in 2003, with starring roles in Cold Mountain with Renee Zellweger, The Human Stain, and the experimental Lars von Trier drama, Dogville. The next entries in her filmography were Birth (2004) and The Stepford Wives (2004). In 2005, she was seen in The Interpreter with Sean Penn and Bewitched alongside Will Farrell.
In 2006, Kidman appeared in the Diane Arbus bio-pic Fur, and she lent her voice to the animated film Happy Feet, which quickly garnered critical and commercial success. In 2007, she stared in science fiction movie The Invasion directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and she starred opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black in Noah Baumbach's dramedy Margot at the Wedding. She is currently working on the film adaptation of the first part of the His Dark Materials trilogy in which she plays the villainous Mrs. Coulter. She is also set to star in director Wong Kar-wai's next film, The Lady from Shanghai and Baz Luhrmann's Australian period film titled Australia, which is set in the remote Northern Territory during the Japanese attack on Darwin during World War II. Kidman will play an English woman feeling overwhelmed by the continent, opposite Hugh Jackman.Nicole is now married to country singer Keith Urban. They were married on Sunday June 25, 2006, at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney. The couple met at a Hollywood event honoring Australians in January 2005.
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