After making various appearances in film and television, Kidman received her breakthrough role in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Her performances in several films, such as To Die For (1995), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and The Hours (2002), have won her much critical acclaim. In 2003, Kidman received her Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Kidman is also a UNIFEM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and a singer. She is also well-known for her former marriage to the actor Tom Cruise and her current marriage to the noted country musician Keith Urban. Because she was born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship of Australia and the United States.
In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civilian honour.
Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School in her primary school years, and then she attended the North Sydney Girls' High School. She then studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney, along with her friend Naomi Watts. This was followed by studies at the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Also in 1998, Kidman starred in the stage play The Blue Room, which opened in London. The play included Kidman's character briefly exposing her flesh to the audience.
In 2002 Kidman received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 2001 musical film Moulin Rouge!, in which she played the courtesan Satine opposite Ewan McGregor. Consequently, Kidman received her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The same year she also had a well-received starring role in the horror film The Others. While in Australia filming Moulin Rouge!, Kidman injured her ribs; as a result, Jodie Foster replaced her as leading actress in the film Panic Room. In that film, Kidman's voice appears on the phone as the mistress of the husband of the lead character.
The following year, Kidman won critical praise for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours, in which the prosthetics applied to her made her almost unrecognisable. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this role, along with a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, and numerous critics awards. Kidman became the first Australian actress to win an Academy Award. During her Academy Award acceptance speech, Kidman made a teary statement about the importance of art, even during times of war: "Why do you come to the Academy Awards when the world is in such turmoil? Because art is important. And because you believe in what you do and you want to honour that, and it is a tradition that needs to be upheld.
In the same year, Kidman starred in three very different films. The first film, Dogville, by Danish director Lars von Trier, was an experimental film set on a bare soundstage. In the second film, she co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain. The third film, Cold Mountain, a love story of two Southerners separated by the Civil War, garnered her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In 2004, Kidman appeared in the critically panned remake of The Stepford Wives alongside Glenn Close, Faith Hill and Bette Midler. In September of the same year, Birth, in which the 37-year-old actress' character has an encounter with a 10-year-old boy (played by Cameron Bright) who attempts to convince her that he is a reincarnation of her dead husband, was met with a mixed reception primarily due to a scene where the boy strips and joins Kidman in the bathtub. Despite this, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, and Kidman was nominated for another Golden Globe Award. Kidman's two movies in 2005 were The Interpreter and Bewitched. The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack, received mixed reviews, while Bewitched, co-starring Will Ferrell and based on the 1960s TV sitcom of the same name, was generally panned by critics. Neither film fared well domestically, their box office sales falling well short of the production costs, but both films fared well internationally.
In conjunction with her success in the film industry, Kidman became the face of the Chanel No. 5 perfume brand. She starred in a campaign of television and print ads with Rodrigo Santoro, directed by Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann to promote the fragrance during the holiday season in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The three-minute commercial produced for Chanel No. 5 perfume made Kidman the record holder for the most money paid per minute to an actor after she reportedly earned US$3.71 million. During this time, Kidman was also listed as the 45th Most Powerful Celebrity on the 2005 Forbes Celebrity 100 List. She made a reported US$14.5 million in 2004-2005. On People magazine's list of 2005's highest paid actresses, Kidman was second behind Julia Roberts with a US$16 million to US$17 million per-film price tag. She has since passed Roberts as the highest paid actress.
Recently, Kidman appeared in the Diane Arbus bio-pic Fur, she also lent her voice to the animated film Happy Feet, which quickly garnered critical and commercial success, the film grossed over US$384 million dollars worldwide. In 2007, she starred in the science fiction movie The Invasion, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and played opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black in Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding. She also starred in the film adaptation of the first part of the planned His Dark Materials trilogy of films, playing the villainous Marisa Coulter. However, The Golden Compass''s failure to meet expectations at the North American box office has reduced the likelihood of a sequel.
She is also set to star in director Wong Kar-wai's next film, The Lady from Shanghai and Baz Luhrmann's Australian period film titled Australia, which is set in the remote Northern Territory during the Japanese attack on Darwin during World War II. Kidman will play opposite Hugh Jackman as an English woman feeling overwhelmed by the continent.
Kidman was featured in a series of advertisements for Sky in Italy, speaking Italian during the spots.
Kidman was originally set to star in The Reader (film) a post-war Germany drama, but due to her pregnancy she had to back out of the film. Shortly after the news of Kidman's departure, it was announced that Kate Winslet would take over the role.
In 2006, she provided her voice for the animated movie Happy Feet, along with vocals for the character Norma Jean's 'heartsong', which was a slightly altered version of "Kiss" by Prince. Kidman is set to sing in Rob Marshall's next movie, musical Nine, along with co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard.
The 2003 film Cold Mountain was plagued by rumours that an on-set affair between Kidman and co-star Jude Law was responsible for the break-up of his marriage. Both vehemently denied the allegations, and Kidman eventually won an undisclosed sum from the British tabloids that published the story. She donated the money to a Romanian orphanage in the town where the movie was filmed. Robbie Williams confirmed that they had a short 'romance' on her yacht in summer 2004. Shortly after her Oscar win, there were unconfirmed rumours of a relationship between her and fellow Oscar winner Adrien Brody. She met musician Lenny Kravitz in 2003 and dated him into 2004.
Kidman met country singer Keith Urban at G'Day LA, an event honouring Australians in January 2005. Kidman and Urban were married on Sunday June 25, 2006, at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney. They maintain homes in Sydney, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee. In March 2008, they purchased mansions in both Los Angeles and Nashville within the span of a few days.
After constant speculation by the press, on January 8, 2008, it was confirmed that Kidman was 3 months pregnant. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, on July 7, 2008, in Nashville, Tennessee. It was then revealed the next day by Nicole's father that their daughter's unusual first name was after Sunday Reed, and that her middle name was after Urban's late grandmother Rose.
On January 26, 2006 (Australia Day), Kidman received Australia's highest civilian honour when she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, for "service to the performing arts as an acclaimed motion picture performer, to health care through contributions to improve medical treatment for women and children and advocacy for cancer research, to youth as a principal supporter of young performing artists, and to humanitarian causes in Australia and internationally. However, due to film commitments and her wedding to Urban, it wasn't until April 13, 2007 that she was presented with the honour. She was also nominated goodwill ambassador for UNIFEM.
Kidman joined the 'Little Tee Campaign' for Breast Cancer Care to design T-shirts or vests to raise money for breast cancer. Kidman's mother, Janelle, is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 1984.
|Year||Movie||Role||Notes and awards|
|Five Mile Creek||Annie||TV series|
|Skin Deep||Sheena Henderson||TV movie|
|Chase Through the Night||Petra||TV movie|
|1984||Matthew and Son||Bridget Elliot||TV movie|
|Wills & Burke||Julia Matthews|
|1985||Archer's Adventure||Catherine||TV movie|
|Winners||Carol Trig||TV series - episode 1|
|1987||Watch the Shadows Dance||Amy Gabriel|
|The Bit Part||Mary McAllister|
|Room to Move||Carol Trig||TV miniseries|
|An Australian in Rome||Jill||TV movie|
|Vietnam||Megan Goddard||TV miniseries|
|1988||Emerald City||Helen||The Australian Film Institute nomination - Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|1989||Dead Calm||Rae Ingram|
|Bangkok Hilton||Katrina Stanton||TV miniseries|
|1990||Days of Thunder||Dr. Claire Lewicki|
|Billy Bathgate||Drew Preston||Nominated - Golden Globe Awards For Best Supporting Actress|
|1992||Far and Away||Shannon Christie|
|My Life||Gail Jones|
|1995||To Die For||Suzanne Stone Maretto|| Nominated - BAFTA Awards For Best Actress |
Won - Golden Globe Awards For Best Actress
|Batman Forever||Dr. Chase Meridian|
|1996||The Portrait of a Lady||Isabel Archer|
|1997||The Peacemaker||Dr. Julia Kelly|
|1998||Practical Magic||Gillian Owens|
|1999||Eyes Wide Shut||Alice Harford||Nude scene|
|2001||Moulin Rouge!||Satine|| Nominated - Academy Awards For Best Actress |
Won - Golden Globe Awards For Best Actress
|The Others||Grace Stewart|| Nominated - BAFTA Awards For Best Actress |
Nominated - Golden Globe Awards For Best Actress
|2002||The Hours||Virginia Woolf|| Won - Academy Awards For Best Actress |
Won - BAFTA Awards For Best Actress
Won - Golden Globe Awards For Best Actress
|2003||Dogville||Grace Margaret Mulligan|
|The Human Stain||Faunia Farley|
|Cold Mountain||Ada Monroe||Nominated - Golden Globe Awards For Best Actress|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Joanna Eberhart|
|Birth||Anna||Nominated - Golden Globe Awards For Best Actress|
|2005||The Interpreter||Silvia Broome|
|Happy Feet||Norma Jean||voice|
|2007||The Invasion||Carol Bennell|
|Margot at the Wedding||Margot|
|The Golden Compass||Marisa Coulter|
|2008||Australia||Lady Sarah Ashley||Post-production|
|2009||Nine||Claudia||Begins filming September 2008|
In 2006,, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civilian honour, in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her charity work. The award was presented by Governor-General of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery in a ceremony at Government House, Canberra on April 13, 2007.
In 2003, Kidman received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to those accolades, Kidman has received Best Actress awards from the following critics' groups or award giving organisations: Australian Film Institute, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Empire Awards, Golden Satellite Awards, Hollywood Film Festival, London Critics Circle, Russian Guild of Film Critics, and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. In 2003, Kidman was given the American Cinematheque Award.