Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress, singer and film producer.
Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. Kidman can therefore claim citizenship in Australia and the United States. Her father, Antony David Kidman, is a biochemist, clinical psychologist, and author. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby. Kidman's ancestry includes Scottish and Irish. At the time of Kidman's birth, her father was a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He soon became a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, which was causing social unrest in both Australia and the United States, Kidman's parents participated in anti-war protests while they were living in Washington, D.C. The family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her parents now live on Sydney's North Shore. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist and TV presenter.
Beginning with ballet lessons at age four, Kidman went on to study at the Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney (of which she is now a patron). Here she took up drama and mime and, in her teens, found acting to be a refuge.
She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Victoria, and at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney, with actress and friend Naomi Watts. This was followed by attending the Australian Theatre for Young People. Here she took up drama, mime and performing in her teens, finding acting to be a refuge. Due 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 1983, aged 16, Kidman dropped out of high school and made her film debut in the Australian holiday season favourite, 'Bush Christmas' (1983). This led to a number of both television and film offers in Australia, throughout the rest of the 1980s. Determined to break into the US market, and with the help of an American agent, Kidman made her US debut, opposite Sam Neil and Billy Zane, in the at-sea thriller 'Dead Calm' (1989).
Following several films over the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), and Batman Forever (1995). She followed these with other successful films in the late 1990s. Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) earned her second Golden Globe Award and first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim and earned Kidman the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Kidman's other notable films include To Die For (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), The Interpreter (2005) and Australia (2008). Her performance in 2010's Rabbit Hole (which she also produced) earned Kidman further accolades, including a third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in Hemingway & Gellhorn.
Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006.
In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, and was also the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry.
Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films.
Kidman is a devout Catholic despite a brief escapade into the Church of Scientology.
Kidman is a Democrat in the U.S. and a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to the rest of the world.
"Catholicism guides me. I certainly have a strong belief. I try to go to church regularly, and I try to go to confession."
“The thing you hate about yourself tends to be the thing that everyone likes about you.”
“It's a very brave thing to fall in love. You have to be willing to trust somebody else with your whole being, and that's very difficult, really difficult and very brave.”
Nicole Kidman appears strong and powerful. She has an impressive personality and can influence and even intimidate through sheer force. She has natural authority. Nicole's competence and enthusiasm attract people with resources.
Kidman radiates confidence. People defer to her because they sense her sureness and effectiveness. Nicole Kidman also exudes a kind of controlled benevolence.
Quotes from others about the person
“People sense that she is generous, once she is convinced of the worthiness of the cause.
Nicole Kidman can be spontaneous and excited. She is essentially warm and jovial. In her heart of hearts, Nicole wants everyone to be as excited and as happy as her. Those who are around Kidman often sense this, and her coworkers and employees usually like her.”