Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Born: June 20, 1967
Birthplace: Honolulu
Has homes in: New York, Colorado, Australia and Los Angeles
Height: 5'10"
Hobbies: Rock climbing, sky diving and scuba diving
Family: Divorced from Tom Cruise.

Had it not been for her true acting talent, Nicole Kidman may have simply been brushed off as "Tom Cruise's wife." But Kidman has proven that she's more than a would-be actress or trophy spouse by snagging rave reviews from critics and film heavyweights such as Dustin Hoffman and famed director Stanley Kubrick.

Kidman was born in Hawaii and lived in the United States until age 4, when her family moved to Sydney, Australia. As a child, she took classes in dance, mime and drama, and was encouraged by instructors to continue her interest in theater. "She just stood out as having incredible facility for making things seem immediate and real," one of Kidman's early drama teachers told Premiere magazine.

In 1983, Kidman made her television debut in "Bush Christmas," an Australian holiday favorite. She reached American screens six years later in "Dead Calm."

"Dead Calm" best described the film's box-office reception, but Kidman's performance wowed many in the film business, and she soon co-starred in "Days of Thunder" with future husband Tom Cruise.

Kidman continued to beef up her acting profile with roles in "Billy Bathgate" and "Far and Away," but there was speculation that her career would be overshadowed by her already immensely famous husband.

"I had a strong sense of who I was," the actress told Premiere magazine, "but in an industry where it's all based on how much your latest movie made, you'd be at a party and the whole conversation would be directed at him; even though you're both sitting there, nobody makes eye contact with you."


... that Kidman was 5'9" by the time she was 13?

... that she's a high-school dropout?

... that she has a nasty allergic reaction to bees?


"The Others," 2001; (at right) with Fionnula Flanagan and Christopher Eccleston

"Moulin Rouge," 2001; with Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo and Jim Broadbent

"Eyes Wide Shut," 1999; (at right) with Tom Cruise

"Practical Magic," 1998; with Sandra Bullock and Stockard Channing

" The Peacemaker," 1997; with George Clooney
" The Portrait of a Lady," 1996; with John Malkovich and Shelley Duvall
"Batman Forever," 1995; with Val Kilmer and Jim Carrey
"To Die For," 1995; with Matt Dillon and Joaquin Phoenix
"Malice," 1993; with Alec Baldwin and Bill Pullman
"My Life," 1993; with Michael Keaton
"Far and Away," 1992
"Flirting," 1991
"Billy Bathgate," 1991; with Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and Bruce Willis
"Emerald City," 1991; with Dennis Miller
"Days of Thunder," 1990; with Robert Duvall and Randy Quaid
"Dead Calm," 1989; with Billy Zane
"The Bit Part,"1987
"Windrider," 1986
"Wills & Burke," 1985
"Archer's Adventure," 1985
"BMX Bandits," 1983
"Bush Christmas," 1983

"Bangkok Hilton," 1989
"Room to Move," 1987
"Vietnam," 1986
"Five Mile Creek," 1984
"Matthew and Son," 1984
"Chase Through the Night," 1983

Sunday, December 21, 2003

One of the hottest and most stylish and classic stars around - Nicole Kidman!

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