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nicole-kidmanMost recently in the news for giving birth to her first baby with husband Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967, and later moved with her parents to their native Australia several years later, where she grew up in Longueville, a Sydney suburb.

Interested in play-acting as a child, the future movie star was in drama school by age 10, and by 14 appeared in her first professional role in the TV movie Bush Christmas, now a perennial holiday favorite on Australian TV.

From Aussie TV to Hollywood

In a series of other TV movie roles throughout the 80's, the 19-year old Kidman later gained international recognition in the movie thriller, Dead Calm in a critically acclaimed performance alongside Sam Neil and Billy Zane.

Future husband Tom Cruise also took notice and helped to cast her in his next star vehicle, Days of Thunder in 1989. The couple were married in December 1990 and would go on to appear together in Far and Away in 1992 and later in Eyes Wide Shut.

Meanwhile, it wasn't until Kidman's tour-de-force performance in To Die For in 1995 - as an ambitious, homicidal housewife - before she came into her own as a dramatic actress.

Her star continued to rise the following year with roles in Jane Champion's adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady, and opposite George Clooney in The Peacemaker. Then she created an international sensation with a stage performance in The Blue Room with a nude scene that was described as "theatrical Viagra" and the talk of both London and in New York when the actress moved with the show to Broadway.

Award Winner

In 1999, Kidman reteamed with Cruise to mixed reviews in the controversial Eyes Wide Shut directed by Stanley Kubrick. The following year, she was praised by critics for her lead role in Moulin Rouge, which cast her as a 19th century Parisian courtesan.

She followed that role with a chilling performance in the ghostly The Others, quickly followed by her Oscar win for The Hours in which she appeared almost unrecognizable playing author Virginia Woolfe.

Kidman later starred in the film remake of The Stepford Wives and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her starring role in Birth.

Other movie roles have included appearances as Samantha Stephens opposite Will Farrell in the remake of the 60's TV hit, Bewitched (2005) and in the title role as The Interpreter (2005) opposite Sean Penn.

A Wedding, and a Baby

Keith UrbanOff-screen, Kidman was dating Australian singer Keith Urban for a year when it was announced that she was officially engaged to the country crooner. A late June 2006 wedding soon followed with a ceremony in a north Sydney suburb.

It was the second marriage for Kidman, who has two adopted children, Isabella and Connor, with ex-husband Tom Cruise. The marriage marked Keith Urban's first trip down the aisle.

Keith Urban's popularity in his own homeland is eclipsed by the huge fan base he enjoys in the U.S., where he has collected a lion's share of country music accolades. However, his marriage to Kidman appeared to hit the rocks when he was admitted into a drug and alcohol abuse program shortly after their honeymoon. However, the marriage has endured to include happy news of their first baby, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban born on July 7, 2008. A second daughter, Faith, was born via surrogacy in 2010.

More recent movie roles

Other notable movies the actress has starred in include The Golden Compass (2007); the epic Australia co-starring fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman; Rabbit Hole (2010); Trespass (2011); and The Paperboy (2012).

Kidman has also starred in the mystery thriller Stoker and biographical Grace of Monaco, released in in 2014. The following year she appeared in the British thriller film Before I Go To Sleep and The Railway Man both opposite actor Colin Firth.

More about Nicole Kidman around the Web:

Nicole Kidman Official Website - Check out updates, galleries of photos plus a filmography, biography, and links to official Facebook and YouTube pages.


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