Nicole (Mary) Kidman is an Australian actress and singer.
Kidman is the daughter of Dr Antony David Kidman, and his wife Janelle Ann (nee Glenny). Her father was a cancer research specialist in Washington, D.C; because of which Nicole was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. The family returned to Australia when Nicole was four years old, when Tony Kidman took on a lectureship at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Nicole’s studied first at the North Sydney High School. She had started taking ballet lessons when she was three, and this led to studies at St. Martin's Youth Theatre in Melbourne, the Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney, and then to the Philip Street Theatre, where she majored in voice production and theatre history. She had dropped out of North Sydney Girls' High School at the time her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Kidman concentrated on her family responsibilities until her mother's recovery.
Her American debut was in Days of Thunder (1990), a stock-car racing movie opposite Tom Cruise. Although Cruise was married to actress Mimi Rogers at the time, he and Kidman became “an item“. Cruise divorced Rogers and the couple married on Christmas Eve of 1990 in Telluride, Colorado. The couple adopted two children, Isabella and Connor, and lived in Los Angeles, California, Australia, Colorado, and New York.
After Days of Thunder, she starred with Cruise 1992 in Ron Howard's Far and Away. Later, in 1999, she was in Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Stanley Kubrick's final film, when she co-starred with her husband as a married couple for the second time.
1995 was to bring much success. She was featured in the all-star cast of Batman Forever and later that same year she starred in To Die For, earning high praise from critics. Although media speculation thought that she would earn an Academy Award nomination for her performance, it was not to be. She did however win a Golden Globe award.
Kidman's most professionally successful year was 2001, with her Oscar-nominated performance in Moulin Rouge! and well-received star turn in a horror film, The Others. While in Australia filming Moulin Rouge!, Kidman injured her knee, so Jodie Foster had to replace her in Panic Room. In the same year, she took a hand at production for the film In the Cut.
After ten years, her marriage to Tom Cruise was dissolved in 2001: there was much media speculation about the reasons for this, but both celebrities maintained their privacy and were guarded in their public comments.
In 2004, Kidman appeared in the remake of The Stepford Wives alongside Glenn Close, Faith Hill and Bette Midler. In September of the same year, Kidman's film Birth in which the 37-year-old actress' character falls in love with a 10-year-old boy (played by Cameron Bright), who she believed to be a reincarnation of her dead husband, was badly received. Despite the poor reception, the film was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion Award. The film had received a much better reception when shown previous to release at Cannes.
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