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Birthday: June 20, 1967
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Height: 5' 1"
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An actress who was relegated to playing decorative parts for years and was known primarily for her real-life role as the wife of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman spent the latter half of the 1990s finally earning the critical respect she deserved. Standing a willowy 5'11" and sporting one of Hollywood's most distinctive heads of red hair, the Australian actress first came to the attention of a wide American audience with her role opposite Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990), but it was not until she starred as a homicidal weather girl in Gus Van Sant's 1995 To Die For that she began to be regarded as a performer of considerable range and talent.Although many assume that Kidman is a native of Australia, she was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967. Her family, who lived on the island because of a research project Kidman's father, a biochemist, was involved with, subsequently moved to Washington, D.C. for the next three years. After her father's project reached completion, Kidman and her family — which also included her mother, a nurse/educator, and a younger sister — moved to her parents' native Australia. Raised in the upper-middle-class Sydney suburb of Longueville, she grew up with a love of the arts, particularly dance and theatre. Trained in ballet from the age of three, Kidman made her acting debut in a nativity play when she was six. By the age of ten, she was studying acting in drama school, and she went on to train at the St. Martin's Youth Theatre in Melbourne and at Sydney's Phillip Street Theatre.An awkward, gawky teenager who was teased relentlessly because of her height, Kidman took refuge in the theatre, and she landed her first professional role at the age of 14, when she starred in Bush Christmas (1983), a TV movie about a group of kids who band together with an Aborigine to find their stolen horse. This was followed by a role in another adventure film, BMX Bandits (1983), and a number of TV movies. Kidman's first breakthrough came when she was asked to star in Vietnam, a miniseries directed by John Duigan; the actress won positive notices for her portrayal of an awkward 1960s schoolgirl who matures into an idealistic 24-year-old Vietnam war protester. She also won an American agent, something that opened quite a few doors of opportunity.In 1989, Kidman got another major break when she was tapped to star in Phillip Noyce's Dead Calm. A psychological thriller about a couple (Kidman and Sam Neill) who are terrorized by a young man they rescue from a sinking ship (Billy Zane), the film helped to establish the then-19-year-old Kidman as an actress of considerable mettle. That same year her reputation was further boosted by her starring performance in the made-for-TV Bangkok Hilton, which cast her as a young woman incarcerated in a Thai prison on false drug smuggling charges.By now a rising star in Australia, Kidman began earning recognition across the Pacific. In 1989, she was picked by Tom Cruise for a starring role in her first American feature, Tony Scott's Days of Thunder (1990). The film, a testosterone-saturated drama about a racecar driver (Cruise), cast Kidman as the neurologist who falls in love with him. A sizable hit, it had the added advantage of introducing Kidman to Cruise, whom she married in December of 1990.Following a role as Dustin Hoffman's moll in Billy Bathgate (1991), and a supporting turn as a snotty boarding school senior in Flirting (also 1991), John Duigan's wonderful and criminally little-seen coming-of-age drama, Kidman collaborated with Cruise on their second film together, Far and Away (1992). Despite their onscreen pairing and some gorgeous cinematography, the film got only a lukewarm reception, and Kidman's subsequent projects, My Life and Malice ( both 1993), were similarly disappointing. Batman Forever (1995), in which she played the hero's love interest, fared somewhat better, but it did little in the way of establishing Kidman as a serious actress.Kidman finally broke out of her window-dressing typecasting when Gus Van Sant cast her as the ruthless protagonist of To Die For in 1995. Displaying a gift for very black comic timing, she earned numerous awards and the respect of a number of critics who had previously viewed her merely as the sum of her physical parts. Further critical praise greeted Kidman's performance as Isabel Archer in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady. Now regarded as one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood — as well as one half of its most high-profile couple — Kidman starred opposite George Clooney in the big-budget action extravaganza The Peacemaker (1997) and opposite Sandra Bullock in the frothy Practical Magic (1998). Both films weren't remotely as interesting or successful as Kidman's concurrent return to the stage in London's Donmar Warehouse production of The Blue Room. Cast as several characters, one of which required her to play a scene in the nude, Kidman inspired a sensation among both audiences and critics, the latter of whom were moved to write numerous lines of sweaty praise for the actress' full-bodied flirtation with nudity. The play enjoyed a sold-out run in both London and New York, and Kidman earned an Evening Standard Award and Olivier nomination for her performance.In 1999, Kidman starred in her most talked-about film to date, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. The film, which was cloaked in secrecy from the beginning of its production, also starred Cruise as Kidman's physician husband, and the couple's onscreen pairing was hyped as one of the project's major selling points. However, despite gaining an added measure of intrigue from Kubrick's death after shooting had ended, Eyes Wide Shut opened to a radically mixed reaction; for her part, Kidman came away with some of the film's best reviews for her portrayal of a bored, sexually adventurous Manhattan housewife. The following year, she kept busy with a number of projects: included amongst them were Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl, in which she played a Russian mail order bride, and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, which cast her as a courtesan in 19th century Paris. Following the success of Moulin Rouge, Kidman gained even more positive notice for her turn as an icy mother seeking the key to a dark mystery in Alejandro Amenabar's spooky throwback, The Others. By the time of the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards were set to take place, Kidman found herself nominated for her memorable performances in both films. Though her emotionally fragile performance in The Others lost out to Sissy Spacek's performace in Todd Field's In the Bedroom, Kidman's upbeat performance in the lively Moulin Rouge found versatile actress taking home a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy in addition to earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Though it couldn't have been any further from her flamboyant turn in Moulin Rouge, Kidman's virtually unrecognizable role as Virginia Woolf in the following year's The Hours kept the Oscar and Golden Globe nominations steadily flowing in for the acclaimed actress. WIth her 2003 Golden Globe win serving as a foreshadowing of things to come for the 75th annual Academy Awards, fans cheered as the fair haired beauty snagged the Best Actress Oscar that had been so elusive the year before. After winning the Oscar Kidman continued taking on challenging work for strong directors. She played the lead in Lars von Trier's Dogville, although she declined to continue in the planned trilogy of films about her character in that film. She swung for the Oscar fences again in 2003 as the female lead in Cold Mountain, but it was co-star Renee Zellweger who won the statuette that year. She did solid work for Jonathan Glazer in Birth, but stumbled in the eyes of a many with a pair of comedies, The Stepford Wives and Bewitched, that her skills could not save. She worked with Sean Penn in the political thriller The Interpreter in 2005. In 2006 Kidman's personal life took a turn for the better when she married country singer Keith Urban. Professionally she stayed busy starring in three different productions, including playing photographer Diane Arbus in the biopic Fur.
- Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25 1995/January 1 1996 issue)
- She and her husband Tom Cruise donated to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate representing New York state. 
- Suffered a broken rib while rehearsing a dance routine for the movie Moulin Rouge! (2001). Production was halted while she recovered.
- Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 
- Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world 
- Wore a corset while filming The Portrait of a Lady (1996) to take her waist down to 19"
- Spent two weeks in bed after filming of The Portrait of a Lady (1996) - diagnosed as suffering from "emotional stress".
- Her father is renowned Sydney psychologist Dr. Antony Kidman, famous in his own right for work done with breast cancer patients, among other things.
- Family: sister, Antonia Kidman, brother-in-law, Angus Hawley, mother, Janelle Kidman, son, Connor Antony, daughter, Isabella Jane.
- Crusader against child abuse. "Children should be allowed to grow up without fear of cruelty." [October 1999]
- Separated from husband Tom Cruise. [5 February 2001]
- In Moulin Rouge! (2001) Kidman sang alongside Ewan McGregor.
- Conor Antony (adopted son) born January 17, 1995.
- Isabella Jane (adopted daughter) born December 22, 1992.
- Sang alongside Robbie Williams in a remake of the duet "Something Stupid", originally sang by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra.
- Scared of butterflies
- Named one of People Magazine's '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
- Named E!'s Celebrity of the Year 2001.
- Named Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of The Year for 2001.
- Played a young girl named Grace on a sketch on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) with Mike Myers, the next time she played a character named Grace was her 2001 movie, The Others (2001). She played a character named Grace for the third time in Dogville (2003).
- She was supposed to be the star of Panic Room (2002), but she hurt herself in a stunt for Moulin Rouge! (2001). So, she played the voice of Jodie Foster's divorced husband's wife.
- Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
- Sister of Australian television personality Antonia Kidman.
- Although naturally left-handed, she taught herself to write right- handed for her role in The Hours (2002), where she played the right-handed author Virginia Woolf.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (13 January 2003)
- Found out about her first Academy Award nomination, for Moulin Rouge! (2001), while shooting Dogville (2003) in Sweden.
- Ranked #31 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #83 in 2002.
- First Australian actress to win the Best Actress Academy Award.
- Voted the 5th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine - September 2002.
- Measurements: 34B-23-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- In recent polls, she was elected alongside fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman as one of the favorite upcoming romantic couples on screen.
- Originally cast as Mrs. Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
- Has appeared in My Life (1993/I) with Michael Keaton, Batman Forever (1995) with Val Kilmer, The Peacemaker (1997) with George Clooney and The Portrait of a Lady (1996) with Christian Bale. All four actors have played Batman in a movie.
- She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for her performance in The Blue Room.
- Best friends with Naomi Watts.
- She was awarded the 1998 Special Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her special and significant contributions to London Theatre for her performance in The Blue Room.
- A very tall woman at nearly 5' 11", she actually stood about 4 inches taller than ex-husband Tom Cruise, and rarely wore heels when seen publicly with him so that they could appear similar in height. Since their divorce, she is rarely seen on the red carpet without high heels, and she often meets 6' 4" actors in the eye.
- Scored an IQ of 132+
- While she usually commands million+ for a movie, she is willing to receive only 0,000 for her role in Eucalyptus (2006). Produced by Fox Searchlight, its financing guideline shows that each actor signed on to its project can receive no more than 0,000 to keep the cost low. This movie will be produced in Australia which is another reason why Kidman decided to accept it.
- Frequently does her own nude scenes, declining to use body doubles.
- Replaced Rene Russo as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995) when Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton.
- Likes the poetry of Anne Carson and the writing of Phillip Larkin.
- Writes short stories in her free time and hopes to publish them one day.
- Is in the 50th anniversary edition of the Guinness Book Of Records as the highest paid actress in a commercial. She netted .71 million for her part in a 4-minute Baz Luhrmann-directed Chanel No.5 movie ad. The ad,costing million a minute, is a short-film titled "No 5: The Film". Guinness book editors noted the actress earned 8,800-per-minute. Costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld and score by Debussy.
- Good friends with Russell Crowe.
- Was considered for the role of Catwoman (2004).
- Had played a witch twice. Once in Practical Magic (1998) and again in Bewitched (2005).
- Premiere Magazine ranked her as #48 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
- One People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for most wanted skin (2004)
- Friends with Renée Zellweger
- Is a pianist, and did her own piano-playing in Cold Mountain (2003).
- Is highly conscious of avoiding excessive sun exposure, and is rarely seen during her downtime without a hat, sunglasses and wearing sunscreen. In fact, best friend Naomi Watts has said that "Nicole won't cross the street without a hat."
- In addition to having worked with all four of the most recent Batmans, she has also worked with both of the most recent actors to play Alfred Pennyworth. In Batman Forever (1995), she appears with Michael Gough. In Bewitched (2005), her father is played by Michael Caine.
- Shares her birthday with Brian Wilson, Josh Lucas, Tina Sinatra, Lionel Richie, Olympia Dukakis, Martin Landauand Errol Flynn.
- Has one niece: Lucia (b. 1999) and two nephews: Hamish (b. 2001), James (b. 2003).
- In August 2004, Australian business magazine Business Review Weekly listed Kidman as the richest Australian woman under age 40, estimated at a worth of 155 million Australian dollars.
- Is a childhood friend of Peter Overton, a reporter for the Australian "60 Minutes" (1979) program. Both lived in the same suburb of Sydney when they were children.
- Has Irish ancestry.
- She and ex-husband Tom Cruise made 3 movies together: Days of Thunder (1990), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Far and Away (1992). They met on the set of Days of Thunder (1990).
- Attended the same high school attended by Catherine Martin (two time Oscar winner for costume design and direction on Moulin Rouge! (2001) and wife of Baz Luhrmann) and legendary Australian actress Ruth Cracknell.
- Godmother of Harry (b. 19 September 2001), the son of Simon Baker and Rebecca Riggs. Riggs and Kidman are close friends.
- Named goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
- Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Bewitched (2005), however, she failed to receive a nomination.
- Her performance as Suzanne Stone Maretto in To Die For (1995) is ranked #40 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Accompanied her boyfriend Keith Urban to the Grammy Awards in 2006. It was their first public appearance together.
- Ranked as #69 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- Engaged to country musician Keith Urban (17 May 2006).
- Is allergic to strawberries.
- Wore a wedding gown at her wedding to Keith Urban by the label Balenciaga
- Married Keith Urban in the St. Patrick's church in Manly, a suburb of Sydney
- 230 guests attended her wedding to Keith Urban. Among them were her best friend Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and Nicole's two children Isabella and Conor.
- She asked her wedding guests not to buy any presents for her and Keith Urban but to donate the money instead to some humanitarian organization.
- Her sister Antonia was a bridesmaid at her wedding to Keith Urban
- She and Keith Urban honeymooned in Taihiti
- Her second wedding ceremony lasted 35 minutes
- Four Oscar winners were at her wedding to Keith Urban: Russell Crowe, Jane Campion, Catherine Martin and Kidman, herself.
- Baz Luhrmann read a love Psalm by New Zealand writer Joy Cowley (a nod to Urban's birth place) at her wedding to Keith Urban.
- Three star performers sang at her wedding reception to Keith Urban. Hugh Jackman sang "Tenterfield Saddler", a favorite of Urbans's. Keith Urban sang his hit song "Making Memories of Us" to her. Neil Finn sang "Fall At Your Feet".
- Dropped out of the role of Katharine Hepburn in _The Aviator (2004)_ due to scheduling conflicts.