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Kidman began her acting career in Australia with the film Bush Christmas. Her breakthrough came in with the thriller Dead Calm and the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton. She went on to achieve wide recognition with leading roles in the romantic drama Far and Away , the superhero film Batman Forever , the crime comedy-drama To Die For , for which she won a Golden Globe Award , and the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut She received two consecutive Academy Award for Best Actress nominations for playing a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge!
Kidman continued to star in commercially successful films, including the horror-thriller The Others and the epic war drama film Cold Mountain , as she achieved critical acclaim for roles in independent films, including the dramas Dogville , Birth , Rabbit Hole , for which she received a third Best Actress Oscar nomination, and the thriller The Paperboy Following a period of critical and commercial failures, Kidman earned a fourth Oscar nomination for playing a troubled mother in the biopic Lion Kidman was born 20 June in Honolulu , Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas.
Her father was Antony Kidman — , a biochemist , clinical psychologist and author, who died of a heart attack in Singapore aged Kidman's ancestry includes Irish, Scottish and English heritage. The inspiration for the name came from a baby elephant born around the same time at the Honolulu Zoo  but the name is also a commonly used Hawaiian name for girls, Hokulani meaning 'Heavenly Star'.
Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidman's parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, D. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman , a journalist and TV presenter. She was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years. So I don't like walking into a crowded restaurant by myself; I don't like going to a party by myself. She initially studied at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney.
Owing to her fair skin and naturally red hair, the Australian sun forced the young Kidman to rehearse in halls of the theatre. A regular at the Phillip Street Theatre, she received both encouragement and praise to pursue acting full-time. In , aged 16, Kidman made her film debut in a remake of the Australian holiday season favourite Bush Christmas. In , her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which caused Kidman to halt her acting to work temporarily while she studied massage so she could help her mother with physical therapy.
Also during the decade, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice  and the miniseries Vietnam In , Kidman appeared in Emerald City , based on the play of the same name.
The thriller brought Kidman to international recognition; Variety commented: She gives the character of Rae real tenacity and energy. She next moved on to star alongside her then-boyfriend and future husband, Tom Cruise , in the auto racing film Days of Thunder , as a young doctor who falls in love with a NASCAR driver.
It is Kidman's American debut and was among the highest-grossing films of the year. In , she co-starred with former classmate and friend Naomi Watts and Thandie Newton in the Australian independent film Flirting.
Kidman and Watts portrayed two high school girls in this coming of age story, which won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film. The New York Times , in its film review, called her "a beauty with, it seems, a sense of humor".
In , Kidman appeared in her highest-grossing live-action film as of ,  playing Dr. Chase Meridian , the damsel in distress , in the superhero film Batman Forever , opposite Val Kilmer as the film's title character.
Of Kidman's Golden Globe award-winning performance, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said "[she] brings to the role layers of meaning, intention and impulse. Telling her story in close-up — as she does throughout the film — Kidman lets you see the calculation, the wheels turning, the transparent efforts to charm that succeed in charming all the same.
The following year, she starred in the action-thriller The Peacemaker as White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly, opposite George Clooney. The film was subject to censorship controversies due to the explicit nature of its sex scenes. After brief hiatus and a highly publicized divorce from Cruise,  Kidman returned to the screen to play a mail-order bride in the British-American drama Birthday Girl.
She moves with total confidence throughout the film [ She also received her first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actress. Kidman famously wore prosthetics that were applied to her nose making her almost unrecognisable playing the author during her time in s England, and her bouts with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel, Mrs. The film earned positive notices and several nominations, including for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The New York Times wrote that, "Ms. Kidman, in a performance of astounding bravery, evokes the savage inner war waged by a brilliant mind against a system of faulty wiring that transmits a searing, crazy static into her brain". As the first Australian actress to win an Academy Award, Kidman made a teary acceptance speech about the importance of art, even during times of war , saying, "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. Following her Oscar win, Kidman appeared in three very different films in The first, a leading role in Dogville , by Danish director Lars von Trier , was an experimental film set on a bare soundstage. Though the film divided critics in the United States, Kidman still earned praise for her performance. Peter Travers of Rolling Stones magazine stated "Kidman gives the most emotionally bruising performance of her career in Dogville, a movie that never met a cliche it didn't stomp on.
Her third film was Anthony Minghella 's war drama Cold Mountain. TIME magazine wrote, "Kidman takes strength from Ada's plight and grows steadily, literally luminous. Her sculptural pallor gives way to warm radiance in the firelight". In she appeared in the film Birth , which received controversy over a scene in which Kidman shares a bath with her co-star, year-old Cameron Bright.
At a press conference at the Venice Film Festival , Kidman addressed the controversy saying, "It wasn't that I wanted to make a film where I kiss a year-old boy. I wanted to make a film where you understand love". That same year she appeared in the black comedy -science-fiction film The Stepford Wives , a remake of the film of the same name. Kidman appeared in the lead role as Joanna Eberhart, a successful producer.
The film, directed by Frank Oz , was critically panned and a commercial failure. Also that year, she starred in Bewitched , based on the s TV sitcom of the same name , opposite Will Ferrell. Neither film fared well in the United States, with box office sales falling well short of the production costs, but both films performed well internationally. In conjunction with her success in the film industry, Kidman became the face of the Chanel No.
She starred in a campaign of television and print ads with Rodrigo Santoro , directed by Moulin Rouge! The three-minute commercial produced for Chanel No.
Both Kidman and Downey Jr. In , she starred in the science-fiction movie The Invasion directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel , a remake of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers that proved a critical and commercial failure. She then starred in the fantasy-adventure, The Golden Compass , playing the villainous Marisa Coulter. In , she reunited with Moulin Rouge! Kidman played opposite Hugh Jackman as an Englishwoman feeling overwhelmed by the continent.
The acting was praised and the movie was a box office success worldwide. Kidman, whose screen time was brief compared to the other actresses, performed the musical number "Unusual Way" alongside Day-Lewis. The film, directed by Philip Kaufman ,  began shooting in March , with an air date scheduled for In the film, she portrayed death row groupie Charlotte Bless, and performed sex scenes that she claims not to have remembered until seeing the finished film.
In April she was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival. In , Kidman starred in the biopic, Grace of Monaco in the title role that chronicles the crisis, in which Charles de Gaulle blockaded the tiny principality, angered by Monaco's status as a tax haven for wealthy French subjects and Kelly's contemplating a Hollywood return to star in Alfred Hitchcock 's Marnie.
Opening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival , the film received largely negative reviews. For the first time since her eyebrows turned into solid marble arches, the Australian Oscar winner is truly terrific". On 23 January, she starred in the Australian-Irish drama-thriller Strangerland , which opened at the Sundance Film Festival to a "rapturous" audience response to Kidman's performance. Other projects include the biographical drama Queen of the Desert , with Kidman portraying the lead role of traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer Gertrude Bell and Genius alongside Colin Firth and Guy Pearce.
She starred as British scientist Rosalind Franklin in the production from 5 September to 21 November , directed by Michael Grandage. Kidman and the play earned "glowing reviews. Kidman portrayed Sue Brierly, the adoptive mother of Saroo, an Indian boy who was separated from his birth family, a role she felt connected to as she herself is the mother of adopted children.
Kidman has garnered critical acclaim for her performance, with Matthew Jacobs of The Huffington Post stating that she "delivered a career-defining performance. She then played Martha Farnsworth, the headmistress of an all-girls school during the Civil War , in Sofia Coppola 's drama The Beguiled , an adaptation of the novel written by Thomas P.
She is controlled and in control, unflappable. Her genteel manners and femininity coexist easily with her toughness. Kidman is set to portray Queen Atlanna, the mother of the title character, in the Warner Bros. Kidman has been married twice: She has an adopted son and daughter with Cruise as well as two biological daughters with Urban. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane born ,  and a son, Connor Anthony born 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. Both denied the allegations, and Kidman won an undisclosed sum from the British tabloids that published the story. In a Vanity Fair interview, Kidman revealed that she had been secretly engaged to someone prior to her present relationship to New Zealand-Australian country singer Keith Urban ,  whom she met at G'Day LA , an event honouring Australians, in January Kidman is a Roman Catholic.
Following criticism of The Golden Compass by Catholic leaders  as anti-Catholic ,  Kidman told Entertainment Weekly that the Catholic Church is part of her "essence," and that her religious beliefs would prevent her from taking a role in a film she perceived was anti-Catholic.
Kidman has donated to U. In , Kidman said she had been practicing Transcendental Meditation since her early twenties. In the Australia Day Honours , Kidman was made a Companion of Order of Australia AC 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.