Saturday, March 1, 2008
Nicole Kidman - Best Actress in Hollywood
Nicole Kidman Biography
Name : Nicole Kidman
Date Of Birth : June 20,1967
Place of Birth : Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Sign : Gemini
Education : High school dropout
Occupation : Actress
Ex-Husband : Tom Cruise
Kids : Connor, Isabella
Father : Antony (biochemist)
Mother : Janelle (nursing instructor)
Sister : Antonia (TV reporter)
Fan Mail : C/O Creative Artists Agency
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Nicole Kidman Trivia
Nicole Kidman will be honored by the United Nations as its Citizen of the World, an award given to her for her humanitarian efforts. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will present her with the award.
Nicole Kidman Detailed Biography
An actress who was relegated to playing decorative parts for years and was known primarily for her real-life role as the wife of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman spent the latter half of the 1990s finally earning the critical respect she deserved. Standing a willowy 5'11'' and sporting one of Hollywood's most distinctive heads of red hair, the Australian actress first came to the attention of a wide American audience with her role opposite Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990), but it was not until she starred as a homicidal weather girl in Gus Van Sant's 1995 To Die For that she began to be regarded as a performer of considerable range and talent. Although many assume that Kidman is a native of Australia, she was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967. Her family, who lived on the island because of a research project Kidman's father, a biochemist, was involved with, subsequently moved to Washington, D.C. for the next three years. After her father's project reached completion, Kidman and her family -- which also included her mother, a nurse/educator, and a younger sister -- moved to her parents' native Australia. Raised in the upper-middle-class Sydney suburb of Longueville, she grew up with a love of the arts, particularly dance and theatre. Trained in ballet from the age of three, Kidman made her acting debut in a nativity play when she was six. By the age of ten, she was studying acting in drama school, and she went on to train at the St. Martin's Youth Theatre in Melbourne and at Sydney's Phillip Street Theatre. An awkward, gawky teenager who was teased relentlessly because of her height, Kidman took refuge in the theatre, and she 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. This was followed by a role in another adventure film, BMX Bandits (1983), and a number of TV movies. Kidman's first breakthrough came when she was asked to star in Vietnam, a miniseries directed by John Duigan; the actress won positive notices for her portrayal of an awkward 1960s schoolgirl who matures into an idealistic 24-year-old Vietnam war protester. She also won an American agent, something that opened quite a few doors of opportunity. In 1989, Kidman got another major break when she was tapped to star in Phillip Noyce's Dead Calm. 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-19-year-old Kidman as an actress of considerable mettle. That same year her reputation was further boosted by her starring performance in the made-for-TV Bangkok Hilton, which cast her as a young woman incarcerated in a Thai prison on false drug smuggling charges. By now a rising star in Australia, Kidman began earning recognition across the Pacific. In 1989, she was picked by Tom Cruise 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 Billy Bathgate (1991), and a supporting turn as a snotty boarding school senior in Flirting (also 1991), John Duigan's wonderful and criminally little-seen coming-of-age drama, Kidman collaborated with Cruise on their second film together, Far and Away (1992). Despite their onscreen pairing and some gorgeous cinematography, the film got only a lukewarm reception, and Kidman's subsequent projects, My Life and Malice ( both 1993), were similarly disappointing. Batman Forever (1995), in which she played the hero's love interest, fared somewhat better, but it did little in the way of establishing Kidman as a serious actress.
Mum-to-be Nicole Kidman gently cradles her tummy and beams in sheer delight on a trip to Tokyo yesterday.
The star - in a see through Prada dress - is five-months pregnant with husband Keith Urban's baby and was in Japan promoting The Golden Compass movie.
She said her adopted children Bella, 13, and Connor, 15, loved the children's fantasy film.
Nicole, 40, added: "It's the first time I've been to Tokyo pregnant. I'm very glad to be here this way."
A photographer accused of planting a listening device outside the Sydney home of Nicole Kidman has had all charges against him dropped.
Police discovered the device in 2005 and suspected Jamie Fawcett of trying to listen in on conversations between Kidman’s security guards.
Mr Fawcett said he felt that as a paparazzi photographer he had been unfairly targeted.
He had once been subject to a restraining order brought by Kidman.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Mr. Fawcett said: “It was a very narrow investigation that once again targeted the photographers at a scene and I felt that was perhaps unfair.”
He added: “I am often asked about the feud between Miss Kidman and myself. In fact, I don’t have any opinion whatsoever about Miss Kidman, other than to wish her all the best.”
The New South Wales state Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) gave no reasons in court for withdrawing the charges.
Kidman’s Australian agent, Wendy Day, said the actress had no comment to make on the case because she had not been involved with it.
“It has nothing to do with Nicole,” she said.
“That was something to do between the DPP and Jamie Fawcett.”
In 2005, Kidman won a temporary restraining order against Mr Fawcett and another paparazzi photographer, Ben McDonald, who she said made her feel like a prisoner in her own home.
The parties eventually came to an out-of-court agreement that the photographers would stay 500 meters away from her property, but could take pictures of her elsewhere.
Nicole Kidman has a jump start on the upcoming awards season.
The Oscar-winner and star of the new dramas "The Human Stain," "Cold Mountain" and "Dogville" collected the 18th annual American Cinematheque award Friday night for career achievement.
Acting "was what I wanted to do since I was a very strange little girl in Sydney, Australia," Kidman told a star-studded gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that included actors James Caan, Adrien Brody, Lauren Bacall and Kidman's childhood friend Naomi Watts.
"I even had my first kiss on stage," she added.
The 36-year-old actress, who won an Oscar last year for playing novelist Virginia Woolf in "The Hours," may seem a little young to receive a career achievement honor, but previous winners were also on the youthful side.
Eddie Murphy was the first winner -- in 1986, when he was just 25. Other recipients include directors Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, and actors Mel Gibson, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, and last year's honoree, Denzel Washington.
Friday night's program, taped for broadcast December 1 on the AMC cable channel, featured clips of Kidman's various films, including two sexually charged clips with ex-husband Tom Cruise in the films "Far and Away" and "Eyes Wide Shut."
Cruise did not attend the ceremony. Kidman's current boyfriend, singer Lenny Kravitz, was also not in evidence.