Nicole Kidman’s BiographyNicole Mary Kidman is an Australian and Hollywood actress, and Companion of Order of Australia. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Academy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA, Emmy, and Saturn. She received the worldwide recognition for her roles in television miniseries “Bangkok Hilton”, and such well-known films as «To Die For», “Eyes Wide Shut”, “Moulin Rouge!”, “Dogville”, “The Hours” and many others. Net worth: $34 million.
Childhood and FamilyNicole Kidman was born on 20 June, 1967 in the capital of American island state Hawaii – a resort town Honolulu. Her parents Antony Kidman (1938 – 2014) and Janelle Ann Kidman (née Glenny) were Australian and resided there on student visas.
At the time of Nicole’s birth, her father was a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Later the family transferred to Washington, where Antony started working at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States, while Janelle Ann became a nursing instructor. Both parents had an active political stand and were highly opposed to the war in Vietnam, which led to them often participating in anti-war protests. In 1970 the family moved back to Australia, where they soon had another daughter, Antonia, who became a famous journalist and TV presenter.
Despite her striking appearance and various talents, Nicole was a timid and very shy child:
I am very shy – really shy – I even had a stutter as a kid, which I slowly got over, but I still regress into that shyness. So I do not like walking into a crowded restaurant by myself; I do not like going to a party by myself.When Nicole was at high school she took up acting classes at the Phillip Street Theatre, which she attended together with her classmate and friend Naomi Watts. She also attended the Australian Theatre for Young People. There she received praise for her acting talent and was encouraged to pursue acting full-time.
Beginning of the acting careerIn 1982, when Nicole was only 14 years old, she made her film debut in a family movie “Bush Christmas”, which is up to this day shown on the holiday season in Australia.
Hollywood recognitionIn 1992 Kidman worked on the set of the epic romantic adventure drama “Far and Away”, partnering with Tom Cruise again. Although the critics’ reviews were unfavorable, stating that the plot was “plain and too worn down, as if written for teenagers”, it was a great box office success, grossing $137 million. The audience immediately noticed the chemistry between the actors, which could be sensed even through the screen.
Her next movie “My Life” (1993, opposite Michael Keaton), wasn’t as successful, yet the next one was a real breakthrough. Nicole was cast in a smashing hit – superhero film “Batman Forever” (1995), where she got to work with Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, and others.
Ms. Kidman`s teasingly beautiful Suzanne is the most alluring of media-mad monsters Kidman brings to the role layers of meaning, intention, and impulse.She then proceeded to star in “The Portrait of a Lady” (1996, opposite John Malkovich), an action-thriller “The Peacemaker” (1998, with George Clooney), a romantic comedy “Practical Magic” (1998, where her co-star was Sandra Bullock) and Stanley Kubrick’s erotic drama “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999, with her then-husband, Tom Cruise).
Kidman’s next breakthrough happened in 2001 when she was cast in a musical drama film “Moulin Rouge!”, where she played the cabaret actress and courtesan. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received the Golden Globe Award as well as the Satellite Award for her performance.
Kidman portrayed a completely different character in her next big film – a supernatural gothic horror “The Others” (2001), which grossed $210 million worldwide. The actress received the Saturn Award and another Golden Globe Award nomination.
The new spin of Kidman’s careerKidman reached a new heyday in her career when a biopic entitled “Hemingway & Gellhorn” about the relationship of an acknowledged American writer (portrayed by Clive Owen) and his wife, came out in 2012. The drama brought in another nomination for the Golden Globe Award, as well as an Emmy Award nomination.
Renouncing the goddess image she has so frequently assumed, her Charlotte is a ripe, feral creature, working all her sexual wiles just for exercise.In that period of time, Nicole Kidman appeared in numerous films, among which are a psychological drama “Stoker” (2013, starring Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, Kidman received a Saturn Award nomination for her performance), a biographical drama “Grace of Monaco” (2014, where she portrayed Grace Kelly), a historical drama “The Railway Man” (2014, opposite Colin Firth), a thriller “Before I Go to Sleep” (2014, where she had a chance to work with Colin Firth again), an animated family film “Paddington” (2015) and its sequel “Paddington 2”, and many others.
In 2017 Nicole was one of the leading actresses and a producer of television miniseries “Big Little Lies”, starring Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård, and many others. The first season received critical acclaim and was hugely popular with the audience.
In 2018, the fantastic action movie Aquaman also appeared, in which Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Dolph Lundgren starred with Nicole. In parallel, she participated in the filming of the drama "The Vanished Boy" with the participation of Russell Crowe and the crime thriller "Destroyer", in which she played the main roles.
Philanthropy and HonorsIt’s a well-known fact that Nicole never received higher education, but few know that it was not due to her rapidly growing career, but tragic family circumstances. In 1984, when Nicole was only 17, her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The young actress decided to halt her work and studies temporarily and took up massage, so she could help her mother with physical therapy.
The daughter’s help and support as well as progressive therapy aided in Janelle’s recovery and rehabilitation, and Kidman subsequently participated in various campaigns and community projects aimed at breast cancer awareness. The actress also raised money for disadvantaged children all over the world and for the foundations, that fight against domestic violence.
Nicole Kidman’s Personal LifeIn the 1980s Nicole was involved with an Australian actor Marcus Graham, but the couple broke up in December 1989, when she met Tom Cruise while filming “Days of Thunder”. After seeing this short, but handsome man, a 23-years-old starlet was self-conscious: she realized that she’d never be cast as his love interest because of their height difference. But Cruise was captivated by this red-haired beauty from the first glance and insisted that the director pick her.
The one thing that cast a shadow over their marriage was the absence of kids, which the couple dreamt of. After several failed attempts to conceive a child, Tom and Nicole decided to adopt. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane on December 22, 1992, and a son, Connor Anthony on January 18, 1995. Later Nicole confessed that she had no idea why she’d decided to start a family at such an early age: “I had two kids and was married for four years by the time I was 27. Although, that’s exactly what I wanted”.
The couple didn`t know that Nicole at this point was at an early stage of pregnancy, however due to constant stress from the divorce she had a miscarriage.The whole country kept track of the couple’s divorce. Tom and Nicole received a joined custody of Isabella Jane and Connor Anthony, although the kids spent the majority of their time with father and later joined the Church of Scientology. Right after the divorce was finalized, Tom Cruise began dating his “Vanilla Sky” co-star, Penélope Cruz.