Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nicole Mary Kidman

Born on June 20, 1967
Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Academy Award-winning Hawaiian-born Australian actress. She has also been a model, singer, and is currently also a UN Citizen of the World award-winning humanitarian and a UNIFEM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civilian honor. In 2006, she was also the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry

Though she was initially known as the wholesome star of family friendly films and television shows, Nicole Kidman has certainly cultivated quite a sultry image for herself over the years. Her sexy role in Dead Calm (1989) surely changed the way viewers thought about her, and it goes without saying that her willingness to participate in nude scenes has won her male fans the world over. In addition to being a fixture on AM’s annual Top 99 Women list, Nicole Kidman’s subtle beauty has earned her a place on People’s Most Beautiful People list and Premiere Magazine’s Greatest Movie Stars of All Time ranking.
Nicole was listed in 'People's Weekly's' "Most Intriguing People" list. (Dec 25 1995/ Jan 1 1996)
Nicole is ranked #76 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM"
Nicole was ranked #5 in Glamour's The 50 most glamorous women of '08.

The three-minute commercial produced for Chanel No. 5 perfume made Kidman the record holder for the most money paid per minute to an actor after she reportedly earned US$12million for the 3 minute advert. During this time, Kidman was also listed as the 45th Most Powerful Celebrity on the 2005 Forbes Celebrity 100 List. She made a reported US$14.5 million in 2004-2005. On People magazine's list of 2005's highest paid actresses, Kidman was second behind Julia Roberts with a US$16 million to US$17 million per-film price tag. She has since passed Roberts as the highest paid actress.

Kidman's first appearance in film came in 1983 at 15, in the Pat Wilson music video for the song "Bop Girl". By the end of the year she had a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek and four film roles, including BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas. During the 1980s, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice, the mini-series Vietnam (1986), Emerald City (1988), and Bangkok Hilton (1989).

In 1989, Kidman starred in Dead Calm as Rae Ingram, the wife of naval officer John Ingram (Sam Neill), held captive on a Pacific yacht trip by the psychotic Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane). The thriller garnered strong reviews; commented: "Throughout the film, Kidman is excellent. She gives the character of Rae real tenacity and energy." Meanwhile, critic Roger Ebert noted the excellent chemistry between the leads, stating, "...Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together." In 1990, she appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder, a stock car racing movie. Kidman starred with Cruise in Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992). In 1995, Kidman featured in the ensemble cast of Batman Forever. On November 20 1993 she hosted Saturday Night Live .

Kidman's second film in 1995, To Die For was a satirical comedy that earned her praise from critics. She won a Golden Globe Award, and five other best actress awards for her portrayal of the murderous newscaster Suzanne Stone Maretto. In 1998, she appeared in the film Practical Magic along side Sandra Bullock. In 1999 Kidman and Cruise portrayed a married couple in Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick's final film. The film is memorable for featuring extensive nudity from Kidman, including dream sequences in which she appears topless, nude and having sex, and the opening montage of the film where the audience can watch Kidman slip out of her dress at the end of the night as well as watch her put on her bra in the morning. All of these scenes are notable because of Kidman's high profile and the arousing nature of her nudity.

Also in 1998, Kidman starred in the stage play The Blue Room, which opened in London. The play included Kidman's character briefly exposing her flesh to the audience.

In 2002 Kidman received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 2001 musical film Moulin Rouge!, in which she played the courtesan Satine opposite Ewan McGregor. Consequently, Kidman received her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The same year she also had a well-received starring role in the horror film The Others. While in Australia filming Moulin Rouge!, Kidman injured her ribs; as a result, Jodie Foster replaced her as leading actress in the film Panic Room. In that film, Kidman's voice appears on the phone as the mistress of the husband of the lead character.

The following year, Kidman won critical praise for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours, in which the prosthetics applied to her made her almost unrecognisable. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this role, along with a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, and numerous critics awards. Kidman became the first Australian actress to win an Academy Award. During her Academy Award acceptance speech, Kidman made a teary statement about the importance of art, even during times of war: "Why do you come to the Academy Awards when the world is in such turmoil? Because art is important. And because you believe in what you do and you want to honour that, and it is a tradition that needs to be upheld."

In the same year, Kidman starred in three very different films. The first film, Dogville, by Danish director Lars von Trier, was an experimental film set on a bare soundstage. In the second film, she co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain. The third film, Cold Mountain, a love story of two Southerners separated by the Civil War, garnered her a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Kidman's 2004 film Birth was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, and Kidman was nominated for another Golden Globe Award.

On November 10, 2008, TV Guide reported that Kidman will star in the film adaptation of The Danish Girl alongside Charlize Theron. Kidman will play Elinar Wegener, the world's first post-op transsexual

Charitable work

Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Australia since 1994. She has raised money for and drawn attention to the disadvantaged children around the world. In 2004, she was honored as a "Citizen of the World" by the United Nations.

Kidman joined the 'Little Tee Campaign' for breast cancer care to design T-shirts or vests to raise money for breast cancer. Kidman's mother had breast cancer in 1984.

In June 2004 Nicole gave $25,000 to the New York Parks Department for the development of afterschool programs for children.

Nicole has supported Romanian orphans, which she met while shooting Cold Mountain there in 2002/03.

In 1999 Nicole and Prince Andrew appeared on the cover of Hello! magazine (UK) in an NSPCC campaign to end child abuse in the UK.

In 2003 Nicole successfully sued British tabloids The Sun and The Mail for printing rumours of an affair with Cold Mountain Jude Law and donated the proceeds to Fara, a charity for Romanian orphans

On March 1st 2004 Nicole was honoured by the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund for the work she has done for cancer charities.

Nicole was named 'Citizen Of The Year' by the UN in 2004.

Nicole Kidman Quotes
"I find trying to solve problems and save lives is far more important than my film career. I've been put in a position where I've been given a lot. I think it's my duty to give something back."

"It would be far easier to go, "Oh, I wish I loved women," but I don`t. I love the way a man thinks. I love the way a man smells. I love the way men look. And I`m hooked on the male physique - hooked on it. "

"I love acting, but it`s much more fun ta
king the kids to the zoo. "

"I would love to have boobs and a butt like Jennife
r Lopez but I`m not having surgery so there it is."

"I have a boy`s body. I would prefer to have more curves because I think that`s more beautiful. I would much rather have J. Lo`s [Jennifer Lopez] body than mine. "

"Since I have fair skin, I have to stay out of the sun. I can`t stand the sun. I dyed my hair red for a while during the 1990s but I`m actually a natural blonde. "

"When I was a child, I was a natural towhead. Now my hair is naturally a darke
r shade of blonde. "

"I think it`s important that we don`t all have to hold our heads high all the time saying everything`s fine. "

"I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I`m not. I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what`s been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character."

"It`s a very brave thing to fall in love. You have to be willing to trust somebody else with your whole being, and that`s very difficult, really difficult and very brave. "

"You don`t have to be naked to be sexy. "

“It's a very brave thing to fall in love. You have to be willing to trust somebody else with your whole being, and that's very difficult, really difficult and very brave.”

- Nicole Kidman

In 2003, Kidman received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to those accolades, Kidman has received Best Actress awards from the following critics' groups or award-granting organisations: the Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes), the Australian Film Institute, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Empire Awards, Golden Satellite Awards, Hollywood Film Festival, London Critics Circle, Russian Guild of Film Critics, and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. In 2003, Kidman was given the American Cinematheque Award. She also received recognition from the National Association of Theatre Owners at the ShoWest Convention in 1992 as the Female Star of Tomorrow and in 2002 for a Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film.

Government honours

In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civilian honour, for "service to the performing arts as an acclaimed motion picture performer, to health care through contributions to improve medical treatment for women and children and advocacy for cancer research, to youth as a principal supporter of young performing artists, and to humanitarian causes in Australia and internationally." However, due to film commitments and her wedding to Urban, it was 13 April 2007 that she was presented with the honor., presented by Governor-General of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery in a ceremony at Government House, Canberra.

1. Australia (2008) .... Lady Sarah Ashley
2. The Golden Compass (2007) .... Mrs. Coulter
3. Margot at the Wedding (2007) .... Margot
4. The Invasion (2007) .... Carol Bennell
5. Happy Feet (2006) (voice) .... Norma Jean
... aka Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version)
6. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) .... Diane Arbus
7. Bewitched (2005) .... Isabel Bigelow / Samantha
8. The Interpreter (2005) .... Silvia Broome
... aka L'interprète (France)
9. Birth (2004) .... Anna
10. The Stepford Wives (2004) .... Joanna Eberhart
11. Cold Mountain (2003) .... Ada Monroe
12. The Human Stain (2003) .... Faunia Farley
... aka Der menschliche Makel (Germany)
... aka La couleur du mensonge (France)
13. Dogville (2003) .... Grace Margaret Mulligan
... aka Dogville (France)
... aka The Film 'Dogville' as Told in Nine Chapters and a Prologue (USA: long title)
... aka U - Der Film 'Dogville' erzählt in neun Kapiteln und einem Prolog. (Germany)
14. The Hours (2002) .... Virginia Woolf
15. Panic Room (2002) (voice) (uncredited) .... Stephen's Girlfriend on the Phone
16. Birthday Girl (2001) .... Sophia, alias Nadia
17.Eyes Wide Shut (1999) .... Alice Harford
... aka EWS (USA: promotional abbreviation)

1. Happy Feet (2006) (performer: "Kiss")
... aka Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version)
2. Birthday Girl (2001) (performer: "Somethin' Stupid")
3. The Others (2001) ("I Only Have Eyes for You" (1934))
... aka Les autres (France)
... aka Los otros (Spain)

Name Nicole Kidman
Nickname : Nic, Nikki
Height 5' 10?" (179 cm)
Nicole measurements :34B-23-36
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Red
Star Sign Gemini
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
Category Australian Actress
Spouse(s) Tom Cruise (1990-2001)
Keith Urban (2006-present)
Nicole's favouite food and drinks are chocolate, ice cream, apple martinis, and pizza.
Nicole admits her favourite cheese is goat cheese
Nicole is allergic to bees
Nicole has two adopted children: Isabella (born in 1993) and Connor (born in 1995).
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