Nicole Mary Kidman (Eng. Nicole Mary Kidman) - Australian and American actress, producer, one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Winner of the 2003 Academy Award for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (the first actress from Australia to receive this award in the Best Actress nomination).
The most famous films and television series with the participation of Nicole Kidman: "Billy Bathgate" (1991), "To Die For" (1995), "Batman Forever" (1995), "Moulin Rouge!" (2001), The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Birth (2004), Rabbit Hole (2010), The Paperboy (2012), Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) and "Princess of Monaco" (2014) and "Lion" (2016).
Place of Birth. Education. She was born on June 20, 1967 in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii. Her parents are of Scottish and Irish descent, both born in Australia. For some time, Nicole's father worked as a cancer research specialist in Washington, USA. When the future actress was 4 years old, her family returned to Australia: her dad got a place at the Technical University of Sydney. There is a younger sister - Anthony Kidman (1970) - journalist and TV presenter.
From the age of four, Nicole began to study ballet. Passion for dancing led to the Australian Theater for Youth, and then to the Philip Street Theater, where the future actress also improved in vocal art and studied the history of the theater.
Film career. For the first time on the screen, Nicole appeared in the music video of the singer Pat Wilso Bop Girl in 1983; the future star then turned 15 years old. In the same year, Nicole Kidman began acting on television and in films, among her first works were the films "Bike Bandits" (BMX Bandits) and "Bush Christmas" (Bush Christmas).
In the 1980s, she starred in several Australian films and television shows - among them the mini-series "Bangkok Hilton" (Bangkok Hilton) - the story of an Australian tourist who was sentenced to death in Thailand on a false charge of drug possession. The game of the young actress impressed not only the audience, but also the critics, the series was purchased for viewing in many countries. In 1989, she starred in the thriller "Dead Calm" (Dead Calm), which was a success at the worldwide box office.
After the success of "Dead Calm" Nicole Kidman was invited to Hollywood, where she got a role in the film "Days of Thunder", in which she starred with her future husband, actor Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starred together in two more projects: the costumed saga Far Far Away by Ron Howard (1992) and Stanley Kubrick's film Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Shortly after finishing work on the film, the couple broke up. It is believed that the career of the actress did not develop in the best way for the Kubrick film. Even participation in the blockbuster "Batman Forever" (in which she appeared on the screen along with such movie stars as Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, Val Kilmer, Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell) did not make her a real Hollywood star. She was mostly remembered as the wife of Tom Cruise. Criticism drew attention to Kidman in 1996, after she starred in Gus Van Sant's satirical tragicomedy "To Die For" as TV presenter Suzanne Stone-Maret, a career-obsessed woman who is capable of committing any crime on her way to fame and public recognition. even to kill. For this role, she was nominated for an Oscar, the actress was nominated for America's highest film awards, and she even won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, but the Oscar committee preferred other candidates.
In the late 90s, Nicole Kidman played in several films that were quite successful at the global box office (you can remember the action movie "Peacemaker" with George Clooney and the comedy-thriller "Practical Magic" with Sandra Bullock). Her participation in the film adaptation of the gloomy novel by Henry James "Portrait of a Lady" was also well received, but the tape did not have any noticeable success with the audience.
The real breakthrough came in 2001, when Australian director Baz Luhrmann's long-awaited film Moulin Rouge was released. In this musical, which delicately intertwines decadent kitsch with elements of ancient Greek tragedy, Kidman played a courtesan named Satin. The tragic love story unfolds in Luhrmann's film in the rhythm of a cancan against the backdrop of luxurious Parisian scenery and is accompanied by rehashings of songs by Elton John, The Beatles, Madonna, Queen and other popular performers. The actress was nominated for an Oscar for this film.
The next important stage in the career of the actress was the role of Grace Stewart in the mystical thriller Alejandro Amenabar "The Others". This role cemented her fame as a movie star, capable of collecting full halls in cinemas. With a budget of $17 million, the film grossed over $200 million worldwide and received favorable reviews from critics. The game of Kidman, who reincarnated for this film as Hitchcock's blonde a-la Grace Kelly, was also rated with the best epithets, for her role in "The Others" the actress was nominated for the Golden Globe Award.
In 2001, the actress got the challenging role of the English writer Virginia Woolf in the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning film The Hours directed by Stephen Daldry and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Cunningham. The film (like Cunningham's book) describes one day in the lives of three women, scattered in time, but connected to each other by Woolf's psychological novel "Mrs. Delloway", which influenced their destinies. In addition to Kidman, the film involved a first-class cast: Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ed Harris, Toni Collet and Claire Danes. This tape became one of the most high-profile premieres of 2002, and Kidman received the Berlin Film Festival award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award and, finally, the Academy Award for the role of Wolfe.
In 2003, Kidman starred in the experimental film of one of the most famous and controversial European film directors Dane Lars von Trier "Dogville". The film received a significant response. In the same 2003, the actress starred in the film adaptation of Philip Roth's famous novel "A Spotted Reputation", where she played along with Anthony Hopkins; in addition, Anthony Minghella's epic drama "Cold Mountain" (based on the novel of the same name by Charles Fraser), where she starred with Renee Zellweger and Jude Law, was released. Of the three projects, only the last film turned out to be relatively successful. It grossed more than $176 million at the worldwide box office and received 7 Oscar nominations.
In addition, for various reasons, Kidman turned down roles in the films "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (the role went to Angelina Jolie) and "The Aviator" (the role was played by Cate Blanchett).
Of the four following Nicole Kidman films, two were not widely successful with the public and critics. Kidman tried to establish herself as a comedian and took part in two big-budget comedies. The first is The Stepford Wives, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name, based on the novel by Ira Levin. The second tape - "The Sorceress", a widescreen version of the popular television series Bewitched in America, was not very successful financially. For this role, she received the Golden Raspberry anti-award. In 2005, Sydney Pollack's political thriller The Translator starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn was released.
In 2010, for Best Actress in the film "Rabbit Hole" Nicole Kidman was nominated for the "Golden Globe" and "Oscar". Nicole also acted as the producer of this tape.
In June 2010, TV Guide reported that Nicole would star alongside Clive Owen in an HBO television film about the romance between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn. The working title of the painting is Hemingway and Gellhorn. The director's place was taken by Philip Kaufman, filming began in February 2011. The premiere of the film took place in 2012, and for her performance as Martha Gellhorn, she was once again nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
In 2012, the 65th Cannes Film Festival hosted the detective drama The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Nicole Kidman as Charlotte Bless. Leading world film critics recognized this role as perhaps the best actress in her career. For the complex transformation into the image of a fatal beauty, the actress was again awarded nominations for the Golden Globe and the US Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2016, Kidman played Sue Brierley in the drama film "a lionbased on an autobiography Sarah Brierley "Long Road Home", for which she was again nominated for Oscar.
In 2017, Kidman received two awards "Emmy", as Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie and as a Producer, she received both awards for the series"Big little lies." Also, in 2017, the dramatic thriller "fatal temptation", in which, together with Kidman, they played Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst.
At the end of 2018, the superhero film "Aquaman" was released with Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, the mother of Jason Momoa's character.
On March 14, 2019, the thriller Vengeance starring Nicole Kidman was released.
Music. Nicole Kidman is also known as a singer. She sang her own parts in the film "Moulin Rouge!", and the single "Somethin' Stupid", recorded by her with British singer Robbie Williams, reached number one in the British singles chart, where it lasted three weeks in a row. Nicole also sang the vocals for a character named Norma Jean in Happy Feet, singing Prince's "Kiss" among other songs. In the film-musical "Nine", the singer herself performed the classic composition "Unusual Way".
Awards. Winner of four Golden Globe Awards (1996, 2002, 2003, 2018), the Silver Bear Prize (2003), the BAFTA Award (2003), the Emmy Award (2017) and the Saturn Award (2002).
Nicole Kidman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Personal life. The actress is married for the second time. Her first husband is actor Tom Cruise, the second is musician and singer Keith Urban.
She met her future husband Tom Cruise on the set of Days of Thunder in December 1989; an affair began between them and they got married on Christmas Eve of the same year in the city of Teluride in the state of Colorado. The couple adopted two children - daughter Isabella Jane (eng. Isabella Jane, December 22, 1990) and son Connor Anthony (eng. Connor Anthony, January 17, 1995). During the filming of the film "Eyes Wide Shut", a crisis occurred in the relationship of the stars - they divorced in February 2001, when there was very little left before the 10th anniversary of their wedding.
In January 2005, the actress met Australian singer Keith Urban; they got married on June 25, 2006 in Sydney (Australia). On July 7, 2008, the couple had a daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman-Urban, in Nashville. On December 28, 2010, the couple had a second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman-Urban; the girl was carried and born by a surrogate mother, but at the same time she is the biological daughter of Kidman and Urban.