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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
(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
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
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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