American theater and film actress born on June 20, 1967 in Honolulu (Hawaii, United States).
He was born in a wealthy Australian family descendant of magnate Sidney Kidman cattle and his father, the psychologist Anthony Kidman, is famous for his work with patients affected by breast cancer. Nicole studied ballet and dramatic arts from an early age; He left the Institute to devote himself entirely to her acting career. His first works came him in Australian such as Viet Nam, Bankok Hilton and several minor films television series.
He obtained a great international success with total calm (1988), Phillip Noyce, Australian production of George Miller. Based on a novel by Charles Williams, total calm tells the story of a couple, played by Kidman and Sam Neill, who embarks on a yacht to overcome the consequences that a car accident has left in the woman. On the high seas are a rough boat and rescued the sole survivor, which is actually a dangerous killer. This bloody thriller opens to its director and its protagonists of American cinema.
Days of Thunder (1990), Tony Scott, is the next film of Kidman and his first film in the United States. During filming he met Tom Cruise, whom he married on December 24 of that same year. Days of Thunder is a project set up by Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to repeat the success that both had obtained with Top Gun (1986), the film that launched to fame to Cruise. Therefore commissioned the project management of the director, the British Tony Scott, and the screenplay to the renowned Robert Towne. Set in the world of car speed races, it failed to overcome economic Top Gun success, although for many it exceeds it in quality. The love story which starring with Nicole Kidman in the screen was extended in real life and became one of the strongest couples in Hollywood.
No doubt, his performance in days of Thunder and, above all, her marriage to Tom Cruise opened the doors of the American industry. Billy Bathgate (1991), RobertBenton, was his next film. Adaptation written by the director and British playwright Tom Stoppard from the novel by E. L. Doctorow, features the ascension of the young Bathgate within the band of the legendary gangster Dutch Schultz, played by Dustin Hoffman. Kidman played in it Drew Preston, the mistress of gangster that leads to his downfall.
In his next film he returned to meet with her husband Tom Cruise. A very distant horizon (1992), directed by Ron Howard, is a vehicle produced to the greater glory of the couple to commercially exploit his popularity. The characters that interpret seem inspired by their respective trajectories: a girl from a good family that breaks with the past and a young fighter who gets his love. In this melodrama set at the end of the last century Cruise plays Joe Donnelly, an Irish fleeing to the United States after the death of his father to threats from the local landowner. Along with the escape Shannon, the daughter of the landowner, Kidman, who pretends to be her sister and that leaves no fighting throughout the film. After a long series of adventures, love just up triumphing when Joe gets his long-awaited piece of land in the great race to Oklahoma in 1893.
One of the best performances of Kidman on the big screen is that of Suzanne Stone, the ambitious protagonist of Todo por un Sueño (1995), Gus Van Sant, a cruel satire on the American obsession with fame and television. Suzanne, the girl in the time of a small television station, plans to assassinate her husband, played by Matt Dillon, so it stands not in his career to television stardom. A splendid screenplay by Buck Henry, who moves in the limits of black comedy and the grotesque, provides independent Van Sant their first openly commercial work which is confirmed as a great director of actors. Kidman plays the great role of his career and deserves the Golden Globe for best actress of the year.
Dedicated to her husband Cruise, two sons adopted and the worship to the Church of Scientology, to which both belong, reduced the number of his appearances on the screen and turned in some plays that represent you a dream career success. He participated in the third installment of the saga of Batman, Batman Forever (1995), Joel Schumacher, in which she plays bella psychologist Chase Meridian. Subsequently rolled Eyes wide shut (1998), Stanley Kubrick'sposthumous movie, which returned to coincide with her husband and which can be considered by far his most controversial film, for its erotic content.
On 5 February 2001 the enviable couple that Cruise and Kidman announced their separation after 11 years of marriage. The emotional vicissitudes of actress coincided, however, with one of the highlights of his film career. That same year starred in another film by the Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar, who swept into the U.S. market, and the musical Moulin Rouge, a great success of critics and box office that earned him the Oscar nomination and Golden Globe. In 2002, and under the orders of Stephen Daldry, played the British writer Virginia Woolf in the hours, feature film chosen as best film of the year by the American critics. His work was also recognized with the award of the Golden Globe for best actress, the silver bear of the Berlin Film Festival (ex aequo with her fellow cast Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore), the BAFTA Award from the British Academy Award and the Hollywood Oscar for best actor of the year performance.
It gave continuity to its good relations with the European film as the protagonist of new cinematographic commitment of the Nordic Director Lars von Trier, Dogville, while in 2004 he premiered a film by Sydney Pollack, the interpreter, which gives life to an interpreter of UN listening a dangerous conversation about a tragic international conflict. In 2005, for his part, he released haunted, a film directed by Nora Ephron, revising the television series was so successful in the 1960s.
In January 2006 she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Fund for women (UNIFEM), institution that pledged to promote women's rights and gender equality around the world. Soon after, in June of that same year, her marriage to Keith Urban (with whom he maintained an intense relationship after divorce from Tom Cruise) caused a great commotion in Sydney.
1983: Busch Christmas; The bicivoladores.1985: Wills and Burke.1986: Windrider.1987: Watch the shadows dance; The bit part.1988: Emerald City; Calm total.1990: trueno.1991 day: Billy Bathgate; Flirting.1992: A very lejano.1993 horizon: my life; Malicia.1995: Todo por un Sueño; Batman forever.1996: Portrait of a dama.1997: the pacificador.1998: Eyes wide shut.2001: other; Moulin Rouge.2002: The horas.2003: Dogville; The human stain; Cold mountain; Women perfectas.2004: Birth; Alejandro the large; The interprete.2005: the war of Emma; Haunted. 2006: Happy Feet; Portrait of an obsession. 2007: Invasion; Margot and wedding; The Golden Compass. 2008: Australia. 2009: Nine. 2010: Rabbit Hole. 2011: Follow me roll (Just Go With It); Trespass; Hemingway and Gellhorn (television movie). 2012: The Paperboy; The Danish Girl; Stoker.