Nicole Kidman Biography |
  • Nicole Kidman Biography

    Born: June 20, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

    First attracting an American audience for her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 psychological thriller DEAD CALM, Nicole Kidman has become an internationally recognized, award winning actress known for her range and versatility.

    In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s THE HOURS.   A year earlier, she received her first Oscar® nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical MOULIN ROUGE!   For that role, and her performance in writer/Director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, THE OTHERS, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.   She was awarded her first Golden Globe for a pitch-perfect, wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with becoming a television personality at all costs, in Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR, and has been nominated three additional times—for her performance in Jonathan Glazer’s BIRTH, Anthony Minghella’s COLD MOUNTAIN, and Robert Benton’s BILLY BATHGATE.

    In 2007 Kidman teamed with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black in writer/Director Noah Baumbach’s MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, and with Daniel Craig in Chris Weitz’s screen adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel, THE GOLDEN COMPASS.   She voiced the role of “Norma Jean” in the Academy Award® winning animated musical HAPPY FEET, reuniting her with the Australian Director most responsible for launching her career, George Miller.  She narrated the documentary GOD GREW TIRED OF US (Sundance Grand Jury Award and Audience Award winner), and the film biography of Simon Wiesenthal, I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU.

    Kidman’s additional film credits include Steven Shainberg’s FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS with Robert Downey Jr; Sydney Pollack’s THE INTERPRETER with Sean Penn; Nora Ephron’s  BEWITCHED  with  Will  Ferrell;  Robert  Benton’s  THE  HUMAN  STAIN  with  Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris; Lars von Trier’s DOGVILLE with Paul Bettany and Lauren Bacall; Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT with Tom Cruise;   Mimi Leder’s THE PEACEMAKER with George Clooney; Jane Campion’s THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY with John Malkovich; Joel Schumacher’s BATMAN FOREVER with Val Kilmer and Jim Carrey; Harold Becker’s MALICE with Michael Keaton and Alec Baldwin; and Ron Howard’s FAR AND AWAY with Tom Cruise.

    Kidman’s appearance on the London stage in 1998 in “The Blue Room” at the Donmar Warehouse opposite Iain Glen, was a sell-out season that had jaded critics hyper-ventilating about “theatrical Viagra”.

    Before starting work on NINE Kidman was reunited with MOULIN ROUGE! director Baz Luhrmann, and fellow Australian actor, Hugh Jackman, on Luhrmann’s epic WWII love story, AUSTRALIA. She also gave birth in summer 2008 to her first child, daughter Sunday Rose.

    Born in Hawaii, the daughter of Australians, Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia, who is a journalist. In  January  2006,  Kidman  was  awarded  Australia’s  highest  honor,  the  companion  in  the  Order  of Australia.    She  is  a  goodwill  ambassador  of  the  United  Nations  Development  Fund  for  Women, UNIFEM, and for a decade has been the UNICEF Ambassador for Australia.   In 2005 she became the first chair of the Women’s Health Fund at UCLA, at the David Geffen School of Medicine.

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