NICOLE KIDMAN (Ada Monroe) won the 2003 Academy AwardÂ® for Best
Actress and a Golden Globe for her performance as the great 20th century writer
Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's "The Hours." In 2001, she starred
in two of the year's biggest box-office smashes, "The Others" and
"Moulin Rouge," receiving an OscarÂ® nomination for her performance in
the latter. Most recently, Kidman starred in Lars Von Trier's "Dogville"
and in Robert Benton's "The Human Stain" based on the novel by Philip
Roth and also starring Anthony Hopkins.
Born in Honolulu, Kidman was raised in Sydney, Australia and made her debut in
an Australian film, "Bush Christmas." At fourteen, she began appearing
in projects such as "Winners" and the Disney Channel mini-series
"Five-Mile Creek." Between films, Kidman studied at the Australian
Theater for Young People in Sydney and the Philip Street Theater. The
much-lauded 1985 Kennedy-Miller mini-series "Vietnam," made her a
virtual overnight star in Australia. Only seventeen at the time, she was voted
Best Actress of the Year by the Australian public and the Australian Film
Institute. In addition to public and critical acclaim, her performance in the
series also attracted the attention of filmmakers throughout Australia. Her
other notable Australian films since then include "Emerald City" (for
which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Australian Film
Institute), "Flirting" and the mini-series "Bangkok Hilton."
For the latter, Kidman was voted Best Actress of 1989 by the Variety Awards and
the Australian public. She also appeared on stage, playing lead roles in
"Steel Magnolias" at the Sydney Seymour Center, for which she was
nominated Best Newcomer by the Sydney Theater Critics, and "Spring
Awakening" at the Australian Theater for Young People.
Kidman first came to the attention of international audiences with her
critically-acclaimed performance in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm,"
directed by Philip Noyce. Since then, she has become one of the most
sought-after actresses in film, and has been the choice of such directors as
Robert Benton ("Billy Bathgate"), Ron Howard ("Far and
Away"), Harold Becker ("Malice"), Bruce Joel Rubin ("My
Life"), Joel Schumacher ("Batman Forever"), Jane Campion
("The Portrait of a Lady"), Mimi Leder ("The Peacemaker"),
Griffin Dunne ("Practical Magic"), and Stanley Kubrick ("Eyes
Wide Shut"). Her 1995 appearance in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For"
brought her a Golden Globe, and Best Actress Awards from the Boston Film
Critics, the National Broadcast Film Critics, London Film Critics, and the
Seattle Film Festival. She also received a BAFTA nomination.
Kidman made a highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring
with Iain Glen in the "The Blue Room," David Hare's modern adaptation
of Schnitzler's "La Ronde" for director Sam Mendes and the Donmar
Warehouse. For her performance Kidman won London's Evening Standard Award
"for special and significant contribution to the London Theatre" and
was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. The
Blue Room moved to Broadway for a smash limited run from November of 1998
through March of 1999.
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