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NICOLE KIDMAN (Alice Harford) first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in the riveting 1989 psychological thriller "Dead Calm

NICOLE KIDMAN (Alice Harford) first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in the riveting 1989 psychological thriller "Dead Calm." Since then, she has become one of the entertainment world's most sought-after performers.

In 1995, she staffed as Suzanne Stone in director Gus Van Sant's widely acclaimed black comedy, "To Die For." For her wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with becoming a TV personality, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, along with Best Actress Awards from the Boston Film Critics, National Broadcast Film Critics, London Film Critics, and the Seattle Film Festival. She was also nominated by BAFTA in the Best Actress category.

Kidman made a highly lauded London stage debut last Fall, starring with lain Glenn in "The Blue Room," David Hare's modem adaptation of Schnitzler's La Ronde, for director Sam Mendes. This production, in which Kidman and Glenn each took on five different roles, was the hit of the London theater season, and subsequently moved to Broadway for a sold-out run. For her work in "The Blue Room," Kidman won the Evening Standard Special Award "for her special and significant contribution to London Theatre" and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.

In 1998, Kidman starred with Sandra Bullock in "Practical Magic." In 1997, she starred with George Clooney in Mimi Leder's international thriller, "The Peacemaker." In 1996 she starred in the title role, opposite John Malkovich, for Jane Campion's screen adaptation of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady.

Other film credits include "Days of Thunder," "Billy Bathgate" (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), "Malice," "My Life," "Far and Away" and "Batman Forever."

Born in Hawaii, Kidman spent her childhood in Australia with parents who instilled in her a love of culture and education. Her father is a senior lecturer in biochemistry and her mother is a nurse/educator. Kidman studied ballet as a young child and enrolled in drama school at age 10. She made her debut in an Australian film, "Bush Christmas," at 14 and began to combine schoolwork with working in film, appearing in projects such as "Winners" and the Disney Channel mini-series, "Five-Mile Creek."

Between films, Kidman honed her craft at the Australian Theater for Young People in Sydney, where she studied voice, production, improvisation and theater history.

The much-lauded 1985 Kennedy-Miller miniseries "Vietnam" made her a virtual overnight star in Australia. Only 17 at the time, she was voted Best Actress of the Year by the Australian public and the Australian Film Institute for her performance. Her subsequent portrayal of the terrorized but resourceful wife in "Dead Calm," a psychological thriller directed by Philip Noyce, was praised by critics both in Australia and abroad.

Kidman then reunited with Kennedy-Miller for a second acclaimed miniseries, "Bangkok Hilton." Once again, Kidman received rave reviews for her performance and was voted Best Actress of 1989 by the Australian public.

Her other notable Australian films include "Emerald City" (for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nominatio

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