Nicole Mary Kidman born 20 June 1967 is an Australian actress, singer, and producer. Kidman next starred with Sam Neill in Dead Calm (1989) as Rae Ingram, playing the wife of a naval officer. Kidman met Cruise in November 1989, while filming Days of Thunder, they were married on Christmas Eve 1990 in Telluride, Colorado. The inspiration came from a baby elephant born around the same time at the Honolulu Zoo.
At the time of Kidman’s birth, her father was a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Here she took up drama, mime and performing in her teens, finding acting to be a refuge. Owing to her fair skin and naturally red hair, the Australian sun forced the young Kidman to rehearse in halls of the theatre.
In 2010, Kidman and Urban had their second daughter Faith Margaret via gestational surrogacy at Nashville’s Centennial Women’s Hospital. In 1993, she starred in the thriller Malice opposite Alec Baldwin and the drama My Life opposite Michael Keaton.
Kidman has been married twice: to actor Tom Cruise, and later to country singer Keith Urban. By the end of 1983, she had a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek. In 2006, Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia and was the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry for that year. Both denied the allegations, and Kidman won an undisclosed sum from the British tabloids that published the story.
She met musician Lenny Kravitz in 2003, and dated him into 2004.Robbie Williams confirmed he had a short romance with Kidman on her yacht in summer 2004Kidman has also said she twice tried to attract the attention of talk-show host Jimmy Fallon, that she had “liked” him and had even found a pretext to be introduced to him at his apartment, but Fallon hadn’t understood her intentions.
In a 2007 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 2005. He became a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. In an interview in 2015, Kidman said, “We didn’t really know each other – we got to know each other during our marriage.” They maintain homes in Sydney, Sutton Forest (New South Wales, Australia), Los Angeles, and Nashville The couple’s first daughter Sunday Rose was born in 2008, in Nashville. Kidman married Urban on 25 June 2006, at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick’s Estate, Manly in Sydney. On 5 February 2001, the couple’s spokesperson announced their separation. They portrayed high school girls in this coming of age story, which won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film.
She began gaining popularity in the mid-1980s after appearing in several film roles, including BMX Bandits (1983), Watch the Shadows Dance (1987 aka Nightmaster), and the romantic comedy Windrider (1986), which earned Kidman attention due to her racy scenes. Cruise filed for divorce two days later, and the marriage was dissolved in August of that year, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences.
In a 2007 interview with Marie Claire, Kidman noted the incorrect reporting of the ectopic pregnancy early in her marriage. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist and TV presenter.
Kidman grew up in Sydney and attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls’ High School. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edited her husband’s books and was a member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby. At Philip Street, Kidman studied alongside Naomi Watts who had attended the same high school. In 1984, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which caused Kidman to halt her acting work temporarily while she studied massage so she could help her mother with physical therapy. She began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 films Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits. 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.” She followed that up with the Australian miniseries Bangkok Hilton. In an interview by Tina Brown at the 2015 Women in the World conference, she stated that her attention turned to her career after her divorce from Cruise: “Out of my divorce came work that was applauded so that was an interesting thing for me”, leading to her Academy Award in 2003. The New York Times, in its film review, called her “a beauty with, it seems, a sense of humor”. She has also received two additional nominations for an Academy Award for; Rabbit Hole (2010), and Lion (2016). Kidman has revealed that she was timid as a child, saying, “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. “It was wrongly reported as miscarriage, by everyone who picked up the story.” “So it’s huge news, and it didn’t happen.
In the June 2006 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, she said she still loved Cruise: “He was huge; still is. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992), and a son, Connor Anthony (born 1995). Cruise’s auditor further claimed Kidman had been wiretapped on Cruise’s suggestion.
Prior to marrying Cruise, Kidman had been involved in relationships with Australian actor Marcus Graham and Windrider (1986) co-star Tom Burlinson. The Australian film earned her an Australian Film Institute award for Best Supporting Actress. She next moved on to star alongside her then-boyfriend and future husband, Tom Cruise, in the 1990 auto racing film Days of Thunder, as a young doctor who falls in love with a NASCAR driver. Following her divorce from actor Tom Cruise, Kidman has been married to singer Keith Urban since 2006.
Kidman was born 20 June 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on student visas. She received two consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) and the writer Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002); she won the award for the latter and received Golden Globes for both films.
Kidman has since starred in such films as The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Dogville (2003), Birth (2004), Australia (2008), The Paperboy (2012), Stoker (2013), Paddington (2014), The Beguiled (2017), Boy Erased, and Destroyer (both 2018). The family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her mother now lives on Sydney’s North Shore. The following year, she and Cruise re-teamed for Ron Howard’s Irish epic Far and Away (1992), which was a modest critical and commercial success. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidman’s parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, D.C. She also attended the Australian Theatre for Young People. But he was lovely to me and I loved him. A regular at the Phillip Street Theatre, she received both encouragement and praise to pursue acting full-time.
In 1983, aged 16, Kidman made her film debut in a remake of the Australian holiday season favourite Bush Christmas. 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. Her father was Antony Kidman (1938–2014), a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, who died of a heart attack in Singapore aged 75. To me, he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is huge. She was also said to be involved with Adrien Brody.
The film Cold Mountain brought rumours that an affair between Kidman and co-star Jude Law was responsible for the break-up of his marriage. The thriller brought Kidman to international recognition; Variety commented: “Throughout the film, Kidman is excellent. She says that she was first inspired to become an actress upon seeing Margaret Hamilton’s performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm and the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton. Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films. In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film Days of Thunder, opposite Tom Cruise. Also during the decade, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice and the 1987 miniseries Vietnam. She has been a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. She went on to achieve wider recognition with leading roles in Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), To Die For (1995), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). It is Kidman’s American debut and was among the highest-grossing films of the year.
In 1991, she co-starred with Thandie Newton and former classmate Naomi Watts in the Australian independent film Flirting. She has four children: an adopted son and daughter with Cruise as well as two biological daughters with Urban. She was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years. In 2018, she played Queen Atlanna in the superhero film Aquaman.
Kidman is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress. In 2012, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn and returned to television in 2017, co-producing and starring in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress as well as Outstanding Limited Series. She also made guest appearances on Australian television programs and TV movies.
In 1988, Kidman appeared in Emerald City, based on the play of the same name. Kidman’s ancestry includes Irish and Scottish heritage.
Being born in Hawaii, she was given the Hawaiian name “Hōkūlani”, meaning “Heavenly Star”. As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship of Australia and the United States. I still love him.” In addition, she has expressed shock about their divorce.
In 2015, former Church of Scientology executive Mark Rathbun claimed in a documentary film that he was instructed to “facilitate [Cruise’s] break-up with Nicole Kidman”. That same year, her work in the film Billy Bathgate earned Kidman her first Golden Globe Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress.