Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress and film producer.
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1. Nicole Mary Kidman was born 20 June 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas.
2. Her father was Antony Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, who died of a heart attack in Singapore aged 75.
3. Her mother, Janelle Ann, is a nursing instructor who edited her husband’s books and was a member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby.
4. Kidman’s ancestry includes Irish, Scottish, and English heritage.
5. Being born in Hawaii, she was given the Hawaiian name Hōkūlani. 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, meaning ‘Heavenly Star’.
6. At the time of Kidman’s birth, her father was a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
7. He became a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States.
8. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidman’s parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, D.C.
9. The family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her mother now lives on Sydney’s North Shore.
10. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist and TV presenter.
11. Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls’ High School.
12. She was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years.
13. 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.
14. 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. So I don’t like walking into a crowded restaurant by myself; I don’t like going to a party by myself.”
15. She initially studied at the Philip Street Theatre in Sydney.
16. At Philip Street, Kidman studied alongside Naomi Watts who had attended the same high school. She also attended the Australian Theatre for Young People.
17. Here she took up drama, mime and performing in her teens, finding acting to be a refuge.
18. 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.
19. Kidman’s breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm and television thriller miniseries Bangkok Hilton.
20. Appearing in several films in the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in the stock-car racing film Days of Thunder (1990), the romance-drama Far and Away (1992), and the hero film Batman Forever (1995).
21. Other successful films followed in the late 1990s. Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) earned her a second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
22. Kidman’s performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.
23. Kidman’s other notable films include the crime comedy-drama To Die For (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999), the horror-thriller The Others (2001), the epic war drama film Cold Mountain (2003), the drama Dogville (2003), the political thriller The Interpreter (2005), and the epic historical romantic drama Australia (2008).
24. Her performances in the drama Birth (2004) and the thriller The Paperboy (2012) earned her Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and Supporting Actress respectively.
25. Her performance in the 2010 drama Rabbit Hole, which she also produced, earned Kidman further accolades, including a third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
26. In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn.
27. Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006.
28. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion in the Order of Australia, and was the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry in that year.
29. As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States.
30. Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films.
31. Kidman has been married twice: previously to actor Tom Cruise, and currently to country singer Keith Urban.
32. She has an adopted son and daughter with Cruise as well as two biological daughters with Urban.
33. Kidman met Cruise in November 1989, while filming Days of Thunder, they were married on Christmas Eve 1990 in Telluride, Colorado.
34. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992), and a son, Connor Anthony (born 1995).
35. On 5 February 2001, the couple’s spokesperson announced their separation.
36. Cruise filed for divorce two days later, and the marriage was dissolved in August of that year, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences.
37. In her 2007 interview with Marie Claire, Kidman noted the incorrect reporting of the ectopic pregnancy early in her marriage. “It was wrongly reported as miscarriage, by everyone who picked up the story.” “So it’s huge news, and it didn’t happen.”
38. In the June 2006 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, she said she still loved Cruise: “He was huge; still is. 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.” In addition, she has expressed shock about their divorce.
39. In 2015, former Church of Scientology executive Mark Rathbun claimed in a documentary film that he was instructed to “facilitate [Cruise’s] breakup with Nicole Kidman”. Cruise’s auditor further claimed Kidman had been wiretapped on Cruise’s suggestion.
40. Prior to marrying Cruise, Kidman had been involved in relationships with Australian actor Marcus Graham and Windrider (1986) co-star Tom Burlinson.
41. In August 2003, rapper Q-Tip claimed to have had an intimate relationship with Kidman earlier that year. She was also said to be involved with Adrien Brody.
42. 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. Both denied the allegations, and Kidman won an undisclosed sum from the British tabloids that published the story.
43. She met musician Lenny Kravitz in 2003 and dated him into 2004.
44. Robbie Williams confirmed he had a short romance with Kidman on her yacht in summer 2004.
45. In a 2007 Vanity Fair interview, Kidman revealed that she was secretly engaged to someone prior to her present marriage to New Zealand-Australian country singer Keith Urban, whom she met at G’Day LA, an event honouring Australians, in January 2005.
46. They married on 25 June 2006, at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick’s Estate, Manly in Sydney.
47. In an interview in 2015, Kidman said, “We didn’t really know each other – we got to know each other during our marriage.”
48. They maintain homes in Sydney, Sutton Forest (New South Wales, Australia), Los Angeles, and Nashville (Tennessee, USA).
49. The couple’s first daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, was born in 2008, in Nashville.
50. Kidman’s father Antony said the daughter’s first name was after the Melbourne art patroness Sunday Reed, and that the daughter’s middle name was after Urban’s late grandmother, Rose.
51. In 2010, Kidman and Urban had their second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, via surrogacy at Nashville’s Centennial Women’s Hospital. Faith’s middle name is after Kidman’s late grandmother.
52. In an on-stage interview by Tina Brown at the 2015 Women in the World (WITW) conference, Kidman stated that she turned her attention to her career after her divorce from Tom Cruise: “Out of my divorce came work that was applauded so that was an interesting thing for me”, and led to her Academy Award in 2002.
53. Kidman is a Roman Catholic.
54. She attended Mary Mackillop Chapel in North Sydney. 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.
55. During her divorce from Tom Cruise, she stated that she did not want their children raised as Scientologists.
56. She has been reluctant to discuss Scientology since her divorce.
57. Kidman has donated to U.S. Democratic party candidates.
58. In 2014, Kidman said she had been practicing Transcendental Meditation since her early twenties.
59. She suffers from Lepidopterophobia, an acute fear of butterflies.
60. She stood about 4 inches taller than ex-husband Tom Cruise, therefore she rarely wore heels when seen publicly with him.
61. She visited women’s shelters to talk to former victims of abuse when she was preparing for her role in The Human Stain.
62. Never used a body double for her nude scenes.
63. Auditioned for the role of Molly Jensen in the movie Ghost, but ended up not getting it.
64. Received an Oscar for the movie The Hours.
65. In The Hours Kidman had a prosthetic nose that she also used to disguise herself and evade paparazzi and the press.