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Nicole Kidman



Once relegated to decorative parts for years and long acknowledged as the wife of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman spent the latter half of the 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium earning much-deserved critical respect. Standing a willowy 5'11" and sporting one of Hollywood's most distinctive heads of frizzy red hair, the Australian actress first entered the American mindset with her role opposite Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990), but it wasn't until she starred as a homicidal weather girl in Gus Van Sant's 1995 To Die For that she achieved recognition as a thespian of considerable range and talent.



Though many assume that the heavily-accented Kidman hails from down under, she was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967, to Australian parents. Her family, who lived on the island because of a research project that employed Kidman's biochemist father, then moved to Washington, D.C. for the next three years. After her father's project reached completion, Nicole and her family returned to Australia.



Raised in the upper-middle-class Sydney suburb of Longueville for the remainder of the 1970s and well into the eighties, Kidman grew up infused with a love of the arts, particularly dance and theatre. Kidman took refuge in the theater, and landed her first professional role at the age of 14, when she starred in Bush Christmas (1983), a TV movie about a group of kids who band together with an Aborigine to find their stolen horse. Brian Trenchard-Smith's BMX Bandits (1983) -- an adventure film/teen movie -- followed , with Kidman as the lead character, Judy; it opened to solid reviews. Kidman then worked for the gifted John Duigan (The Winter of Our Dreams, Romero) twice, first as one of the two adolescent leads of the Duigan-directed "Room to Move" episode of the Australian TV series Winners (1985) and, more prestigiously, as the star of Duigan's acclaimed miniseries Vietnam (1987)

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In 1988, Kidman got another major break when she was tapped to star in Phillip Noyce's Dead Calm (1989). A psychological thriller about a couple (Kidman and Sam Neill) who are terrorized by a young man they rescue from a sinking ship (Billy Zane), the film helped to establish the then-21-year-old Kidman as an actress of considerable mettle. That same year, her starring performance in the made-for-TV Bangkok Hilton further bolstered her reputation.



By now a rising star in Australia, Kidman began to earn recognition across the Pacific. In 1989, Tom Cruise picked her for a starring role in her first American feature, Tony Scott's Days of Thunder (1990). The film, a testosterone-saturated drama about a racecar driver (Cruise), cast Kidman as the neurologist who falls in love with him. A sizable hit, it had the added advantage of introducing Kidman to Cruise, whom she married in December of 1990.



Following a role as Dustin Hoffman's moll in Robert Benton's Billy Bathgate (1991), and a supporting turn as a snotty boarding school senior in the masterful Flirting (1991), which teamed her with Duigan a third time, Kidman collaborated with Cruise on their second film together, Far and Away (1992). Despite their joint star quality, gorgeous cinematography, and adequate direction by Ron Howard, critics panned the lackluster film.



Kidman's subsequent projects, My Life and Malice ( both 1993), were similarly disappointing, despite scattered favorable reviews. Batman Forever (1995), in which she played the hero's love interest, Dr. Chase Meridian, fared somewhat better, but did little in the way of establishing Kidman as a serious actress even as it raked in mile-high returns at the summer box office.



Kidman finally broke out of her window-dressing typecasting when Gus Van Sant enlisted her to portray the ruthless protagonist of To Die For (1995). Directed from a Buck Henry script, this uber-dark comedy casts Kidman as Suzanne Stone, a television broadcaster r

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Beguiled
  • Martha Farnsworth
2017
88% Lion
  • Sue
2016
51% Genius
  • Aline Bernstein
2016
80% The Family Fang
  • Annie Fang
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet Silent Wife
  • Producer
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet How to Talk to Girls at Parties
  • Actor
2016
38% Secret in Their Eyes
  • Claire
2015
40% Strangerland
  • Catherine Parker
2015
98% Paddington
  • Millicent
2015
10% Queen of the Desert
  • Gertrude Bell
2015
36% Before I Go to Sleep
  • Christine Lucas
2014
67% The Railway Man
  • Patti Lomax
2014
11% Grace Of Monaco
  • Grace Kelly
2014
69% Stoker
  • Evelyn Stoker
2013
43% The Paperboy
  • Charlotte Bless
2012
No Score Yet In Vogue: The Editor's Eye
  • Actor
2012
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Martha Gellhorn
2012
10% Trespass
  • Sarah Miller
2011
38% Monte Carlo
  • Producer
2011
18% Just Go with It
  • Devlin Adams
2011
86% Rabbit Hole
  • Becca Corbett
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2010
38% Nine
  • Claudia
2009
55% Australia
  • Lady Sarah Ashley
2008
42% The Golden Compass
  • Mrs. Coulter
2007
52% Margot at the Wedding
  • Margot
2007
43% Lagerfeld Confidential
  • Actor
2007
19% The Invasion
  • Carol Bennell
2007
80% I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life And Legacy Of Simon Wiesenthal
  • Narrator
2007
91% God Grew Tired Of Us
  • Narrator
2007
75% Happy Feet
  • Norma Jean
2006
32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  • Diane Arbus
2006
No Score Yet Eucalyptus
  • Actor
2006
25% Bewitched
  • Isabel Bigelow/Samantha
2005
56% The Interpreter
  • Silvia Broome
2005
No Score Yet Room to Move
  • Actor
2005
38% Birth
  • Anna
2004
26% The Stepford Wives
  • Joanna Eberhard
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Ada Monroe
2003
34% In the Cut
  • Producer
2003
43% The Human Stain
  • Faunia Farely
2003
70% Dogville
  • Grace
2003
No Score Yet Rita
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Rita
  • Actor
2003
81% The Hours
  • Virginia Woolf
2002
58% Birthday Girl
  • Nadia
2002
83% The Others
  • Grace
2001
76% Moulin Rouge!
  • Satine
2001
85% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Robbie Williams: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Actor
2001
74% Eyes Wide Shut
  • Alice Harford
1999
20% Practical Magic
  • Gillian Owens
1998
63% The Leading Man
  • Academy Awards Presenter
1998
41% The Peacemaker
  • Julia Kelly
1997
No Score Yet Filmmaker's Journey, A: The Making of Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady
  • Actor
1997
43% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Isabel Archer
1996
87% To Die For
  • Suzanne Stone Maretto
1995
40% Batman Forever
  • Dr. Chase Meridian
1995
44% My Life
  • Gail Jones
1993
59% Malice
  • Tracy
1993
50% Far and Away
  • Shannon Christie
1992
96% Flirting
  • Nicola Radcliffe
1992
47% Billy Bathgate
  • Drew Preston
1991
39% Days of Thunder
  • Dr. Claire Lewicki
1990
82% Dead Calm
  • Rae Ingram
1989
No Score Yet Nightmaster
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Emerald City
  • Helen Davey
1989
No Score Yet Nightmaster
  • Amy
1986
No Score Yet Windrider
  • Jade
1986
No Score Yet Archer's Adventure
  • Catherine
1985
No Score Yet Room to Move
  • Carol Trig
1985
67% BMX Bandits
  • Judy
1983
No Score Yet Prince and the Great Race
  • Actor
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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