Biographic by Steve McGarry for February 16, 2014
Biographic Steve McGarry Nicole Kidman Born to Australian parents in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 20, 1967, Nicole Mary Kidman studied drama at Sydney's Australian Theatre for Young People. A starring role in the music video for Pat Wilson's hit Australian single "Bop Girl" led to Australian TV and move roles, including 1983's "BMX Bandits." Her work in the acclaimed TV miniseries "Vietnam" brought her to the attention of an international audiences and earned her first Australian Film Institute Award. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Sam Neill in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm, " and her next movie cast her opposite Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder." The two became romantically involved and married in 1990 on Christmas eve. They starred together in two more movies - 1992's "Far and Away" and 1999's "Eyes Wide Shut." The marriage which ended in 2001, produced two adopted children. Throughout the 1990s, Nicole's star continued to rise. She earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a murderous newscaster in the dark comedy "To Die For," and starred opposite George Clooney in "Batman Forever" and "The Peacemaker." The 2001 Bas Luhrmann musical "Moulin Rouge" earned her a seconds Golden Globe Award and her first Oscar nomination, and even spawned a singing career. "Come What May," her duet with co-star Ewan McGregor, hit the top 30 on the U.K. pop charts. She went on to top the U.K. charts when she teamed up with Robbie Williams on a remake of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra classic duet "Somethin' Stupid." 2002's "The Hours" earned her a Golden Globe and saw her become the first Australian to win the Academy Award for best actress. She went on to star in the likes of "Cold Mountain" and "The Interpreter." in 2006, the same year that she married fellow Aussie, country star Keith Urban, she was made a companion of the order of Australia, her country's highest civilian honor. Her marriage to Urban has produced two daughters. The 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole" earned her additional awards recognition, including her third Academy Award nomination. 2012's "Hemingway & Gellhorn" and "The Paperboy" brought further acclaim. She portrays a screen goddess on an earlier age, Grace Kelly, in the upcoming movie "Grace of Monoco."