of the worlds most talented actresses.
Mary Kidman (born June 20, 1967) is an Academy
Award-winning actress. In 2006, she became the
highest paid actress in the film industry. In
the same year, Kidman was made a Companion of
the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest
making various appearances in film and television,
Kidman received her breakthrough role in the 1989
thriller Dead Calm. Since then, Kidman's acting
career has developed greatly. Her performances
in several films, such as To Die For (1995), Moulin
Rouge! (2001), and The Hours (2002), have won
her not only critical acclaim but also many film
awards. In 2003, Kidman received her Star on the
Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Kidman
is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a singer
and a successful recording artist.
is also well-known for her former marriage to
Tom Cruise, as well as her later marriage to singer
Keith Urban. Because she was born to Australian
parents in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship
of Australia and the United States.
Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 20,
1967. At the time of her birth, her father was
a visiting fellow at the National Institute of
Mental Health in Washington, D.C. The family returned
to Australia when Kidman was four years old, when
her father took on a lectureship at the University
of Technology, Sydney. Kidman's parents now reside
in Greenwich, a suburb on Sydney's North Shore.
started taking ballet lessons when she was four.
She attended Lane Cove Public School in her primary
years and later attended North Sydney Girls' High
School. While living in Longueville, she attended
St Mary's Cathedral College,
but dropped out when her mother was diagnosed
with breast cancer; Kidman concentrated on her
family responsibilities until her mother's recovery.
She then trained at the Phillip Street Theatre,
where she majored in voice production and theatre
history. This led to studies at Sydney's Australian
Theatre for Young People (she is now a patron).
is the daughter of Janelle Ann MacNeille Kidman
and Dr. Anthony David Kidman. Her father is a
biochemist, clinical psychologist and author,
with an office in Lane Cove, Sydney. He is also
involved with the labour movement. Janelle Kidman
is a nursing instructor and edits her husband's
has a younger sister, Antonia, born in 1970, who
is a journalist and lives near her parents in
Early career in Australia (1983–1989)
first appearance in film came in 1983 when, as
a fifteen year-old, she appeared in the Pat Wilson
music video for the song Bop Girl. By the end
of the year she had secured a supporting role
in the television series Five Mile Creek and four
film roles, including BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas.
During the 1980s, she appeared in several Australian
movies and TV series, notably including the soap
opera A Country Practice, the mini-series Vietnam
(1986), Emerald City (1988), and Bangkok Hilton
1982, she might have appeared in the video for
Roxy Music's song "True To Life".
1989, Kidman starred in the thriller film Dead
Calm as Rae Ingram, the wife of naval officer
John Ingram (Sam Neill), held captive on a Pacific
Ocean yacht trip by the psychotic Hughie Warriner
(Billy Zane). The thriller film received generally
positive reviews; the staff of Variety.com commented:
"Throughout the film, Kidman is excellent.
She gives the character of Rae real tenacity and
energy." Meanwhile, critic Roger Ebert noted
the excellent chemistry between the leads, stating,
"...Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable
hatred in their scenes together." In 1990,
she appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder,
a stock car racing movie. After this, Kidman starred
with Cruise in Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992).
In 1995, Kidman featured in the ensemble cast
of Batman Forever. On November 20, 1993 she hosted
Saturday Night Live.
second film in 1995, To Die For was a satirical
comedy that earned her praise from critics. She
won a Golden Globe Award, and five other best
actress awards for her portrayal of the murderous
newscaster Suzanne Stone Maretto. Kidman and Cruise
portrayed a married couple in Eyes Wide Shut in
1999, Stanley Kubrick's final film.
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 had a well-received starring role in
the horror film The Others. While in Australia
filming Moulin Rouge!,
Kidman injured her knee; as a result, Jodie Foster
had to replace her in the film Panic Room. Instead
she was the voice on the phone of the mistress
of Jodie Foster's character's husband.
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 unrecognizable. 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, after tearing, Kidman made
a 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 honor that, and
it is a tradition that needs to be upheld."
the same year, Kidman took a hand at film production
in the film In the Cut. In 2003, Kidman starred
in three very different films. Dogville, by Danish
director Lars von Trier, an experimental film
set on a bare soundstage. Secondly, she co-starred
alongside Anthony Hopkins in the film adaptation
of Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain. Many critics
felt that both Kidman and Hopkins were miscast.
Cold Mountain, a love story of two Southerners
separated by the Civil War, was her final release
that year, and garnered her a Golden Globe Award
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,
directed by Sydney Pollack, and Bewitched, co-starring
Will Ferrell, based on the 1960s TV sitcom of
the same name; the latter fared abysmally with
critics and at the box office.
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 $US3.71 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.
Kidman appeared in the Diane Arbus bio-pic Fur,
director Oliver Hirschbiegel's science fiction
movie The Invasion. In Fall 2007, Nicole plays
opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black in
Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding.
She has also provided her voice for the animated
movie Happy Feet. She is currently working on
the film adaptation of the first part of the His
Dark Materials trilogy in which she plays the
villainous Mrs. Coulter. 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
an English woman feeling overwhelmed by the continent,
opposite Hugh Jackman.
25 June 2007, Nintendo announced that Kidman is
to be the new face of Nintendo's advertising campaign
for the Nintendo DS game More Brain Training in
its European market.
is reported that Kidman will star and produce
in an upcoming romantic comedy film called Monte
Carlo. She plays one member of a trio of school
teachers on holiday who cut short their no-frills
sojourn in Paris and head to Monte Carlo, where
they pose as wealthy vacationers.
known as a singer prior to Moulin Rouge!, Kidman
had several well-received vocal performances in
the film. Her collaboration with Ewan McGregor
on the song "Come What May" from the
film's soundtrack debuted and peaked at 27 in
the UK Singles Chart. Later she collaborated with
Robbie Williams on the song "Somethin' Stupid",
a cover of the old swing song on Williams' swing
covers album Swing When You're Winning. It debuted
and peaked at 8 in the Australian ARIAnet Singles
Chart, and at number 1 for three weeks in the
UK. It was the UK Christmas number 1 Single for
2006, she provided her voice for the animated
movie Happy Feet, along with her vocals for her
character Norma Jean's 'heartsong', which was
a slightly altered version of "Kiss"
met Tom Cruise on the set of their 1990 movie,
Days of Thunder. Cruise was married to actress
Mimi Rogers at the time, and later divorced her.
Kidman and Cruise were married on Christmas Eve
1990 in Telluride, Colorado. The couple adopted
two children, daughter Isabella Jane Cruise (b.
December 22, 1992) and son Connor Anthony Cruise
(b. January 17, 1995), and lived in Los Angeles,
Australia, Colorado, and New York City. They separated
just before their 10th wedding anniversary. At
the time she was 3 months pregnant and subsequently
had a miscarriage. Tom Cruise filed for divorce
in February 2001. The marriage was dissolved in
2001, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences
as the cause of the divorce. The reasons for the
dissolution have never been made public. Also,
in an interview for Marie Claire magazine, Kidman
mentions that she had an ectopic pregnancy early
in their marriage. In an interview in the June
2006 issue of Ladies' Home Journal, Kidman reported
that she still loved Tom Cruise. Kidman told the
magazine: "He was huge; still is. To me,
he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is
huge. But he was lovely to me. And I loved him.
I still love him." In addition, she has expressed
shock about their divorce.
2003 film Cold Mountain was plagued by rumours
that an on-set affair between Kidman and co-star
Jude Law was responsible for the breakup 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. There
were also rumours that she and Jim Carrey were
going out after the two were spotted at restaurants
together, but they both denied it explaining they
are just the best of friends. 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. Nicole has recently
revealed in an interview she was secretly engaged
when her divorce from Tom Cruise was legalised
and before she met Keith Urban. She will not reveal
who her fiance was.
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 and Nashville, Tennessee.
was raised a Catholic and currently is a practicing
Catholic. She attended Mary Mackillop Chapel in
North Sydney. However, during her marriage to
Tom Cruise, she was a follower of Scientology.
name was included in an advertisement in the Los
Angeles Times (August 17, 2006) that condemned
organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, and supported
Israel's efforts in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.
has made numerous donations to U.S. Democratic
party candidates and endorsed John Kerry in the
2004 presidential election.
publicly supports a variety of charities and causes.
She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF
Australia since 1994. She has worked to help raise
money for and draw attention to the plight of
the most disadvantaged children in Australia and
around the world. In 2004, she was honoured as
a "Citizen of the World" by the United
January 26, 2006, 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 13 April 2007 that she
was presented with the honour. She was also nominated
goodwill ambassador for UNIFEM.
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.
January 2005, Kidman won interim restraining orders
against two Sydney-based paparazzi
Movie Database: Nicole Kidman
claims media ruined her holiday - 2nd January 2007
Nicole Kidman called police and said her NSW South
Coast holiday was ruined after media followed her.
and her husband Keith Urban were angered by celebrity
photographer Jamie Fawcett after he photographed them
during a holiday at Rosedale near Bateman's Bay on
the NSW South Coast, the Daily Telegraph reports.
lawyers are due to appear at Sydney's Downing Centre
Local Court on January 11 over allegations he was
linked to bugging Kidman's home.
application by police on behalf of Kidman for an apprehended
violence order against Fawcett was revoked after the
case was dismissed in February 2005.
told the Telegraph Kidman rolled down her car window
on Sunday and angrily said "F-k off Jamie,"
the Telegraph reports.
Bay Police Inspector Gary Megay said Urban and Kidman
had been offered police protection.
roads around Rosedale are very narrow and with paparazzi
around we were just making sure everyone was safe,"
said there were "no issues" with regard
to harassment allegations.
and Urban drove back to Sydney on Monday, spent New
Year's Eve at Kidman's sister's home in Greenwich
and flew to Los Angeles on Kidman's private jet early
turns a penthouse profit, by Jonathan Chancellor
Property Editor - December 15, 2007
The Sydney Morning Herald)
KIDMAN has sold her Walsh Bay penthouse for about
$4.65 million as Sydney real estate agents wrap
up their pre-Christmas property offerings.
sale of the two-storey apartment will yield a
handy profit, after $220,000 stamp duty, as it
cost $4 million in March last year, just weeks
before her marriage to the singer Keith Urban.
who maintains her residence in Darling Point,
has said she will spend more time on their Nashville
farm, taking a break from Hollywood to focus on
many December property sales conclude previously
unsuccessful auction campaigns, agents have about
200 Sydney auctions this weekend, according to
Australian Property Monitors.
include a four-bedroom, two-storey house on Christmas
Place, Green Valley. Its co-owner was bankrupted
in June. The agent has been quoting more than
$480,000, well below the top price of $596,000
for a comparable property nearby in 2004.
Mosman the former Reserve Bank governor Ian Macfarlane
has sold his 1940s house. He had hoped to get
$1.9 million, but by late last month it was marketed
at $1.7 million. Last traded at $99,500 in 1979,
its sale price has yet to be disclosed. Mr Macfarlane
and his wife, Heather, have spent $3.55 million
upgrading to a 1905 Federation house in Mosman.
year there were 13 house sales in Sydney on Christmas
Eve, according to RP Data, down on 50 in 2005.
Nicole Kidman has accepted substantial damages
in Britain over a claim that she snubbed the Chanel
No.5 perfume she advertises by promoting a competitor.
The Daily Telegraph falsely alleged Kidman had
attended press events with a bottle of Jo Malone,
her "favourite perfume", close at hand.
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