recently in the news for giving birth to her first baby with husband
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
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
Aussie TV to Hollywood
a series of other TV movie roles throughout the 80's, the 19-year
old Kidman later gained international recognition inthe
movie thriller, Dead
Calm in a critically acclaimed performance alongside Sam
Neil and Billy Zane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 asThe
Interpreter(2005) opposite Sean Penn.
Wedding, and a Baby
Kidman was dating Australian singer Keith
Urban for a year when it was announced that she was officially
engaged to the country crooner. A
2006 wedding soon followed with a ceremony in a north Sydney
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.
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:
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