NICOLE KIDMAN (Satine) 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 most sought-after actresses in film.
In 1995, Kidman starred as Suzanne Stone in director Gus Van Sant's widely acclaimed black comedy TO DIE FOR. For her pitch-perfect, wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with the dream of becoming a TV personality, Kidman 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 in the fall of 1998, starring with lain Glenn in THE BLUE ROOM, David Hare's modem adaptation of Schnitzler's LA RONDE, for director Sam Mendes and the Donmar Warehouse. This production, in which Kidman and Glenn each took on five different roles, was the hit of the London theatre season, and for her performance Kidman won London's Evening Standard Award "for special and significant contribution to the London Theatre." She also was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. THE BLUE ROOM moved to Broadway for a sold-out, limited run from November of 1998 through March of 1999.
Kidman will next be seen in the feature film BIRTHDAY GIRL, co-starring Ben Chaplin, for writer/director Jez Butterworth, as well as THE OTHERS, which she recently completed filming in Spain for director Alejandro Amenabar.
Kidman was seen on screen opposite Tom Cruise in Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT. She co-starred with Sandra Bullock in Griffin Dunne's romantic comedy PRACTICAL MAGIC; with George Clooney in Mimi Leder's international thriller THE PEACEMAKER, and in 1996 opposite John Malkovich in Jane Campion's screen adaptation of Henry James's
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 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 the Australian film BUSH CHRISTMAS, at 14, and began to mix her schoolwork while working in film. Kidman appeared 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, and the Philip Street Theater where she learned voice, production and studied theater history.
The much-lauded 1985 Kennedy-Miller mini-series VIETNAM made Kidman 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. In addition to public and critical acclaim, Kidman's performance in the series also attracted the attention of filmmakers throughout Australia.
Her subsequent portrayal of the terrorized wife in DEAD CALM, a film directed by Phillip Noyce and co-starring Sam Neill, was praised by critics both in Australia and abroad. Following the success of DEAD CALM, Kidman reunited with the production team of Kennedy- Miller for a second acclaimed mini-series, BANGKOK HILTON. Once again, Kidman received rave reviews for her performance (opposite Denhoim Elliot), and was voted Best Actress of 1989 by the Variety Awards and by the Australian public.
Her other notable Australian films include EMERALD CITY (for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Australian Film Institute) and FLIRTING (the sequel to THE YEAR MY
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