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NICOLE KIDMAN (Virginia Woolf) starred in two of 2001‘s box-office smashes, "The Others" and "Moulin Rouge," and received an Oscar®, nomination and a London Film Critics Circle "Best Actress" Award for her performance in the latter, as well as dual Golden Globe nominations for both films. "The Other" also earned her a BAFTA nomination. Following "The Hours," Kidman starred in Lars Von Trier's "Dogville" and Robert Benton's "The Human Stain." She is currently filming Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain."

Born in Honolulu, Kidman was raised in Sydney, Australia, where both her parents were born. She began acting during her teens and made her cinematic debut in an Australian film, "Bush Christmas," at fourteen. She then began to mix her schoolwork with her acting, appearing in projects such as "Winners" and the miniseries "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 miniseries "Vietnam" made her a virtual overnight star in Australia. Only 17 at the time, she was voted 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. Kidman's 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 miniseries "Bangkok Hilton." For the latter, Kidman once again received rave reviews, and 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. Her 1995 appearance in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For" brought her a Golden Globe as well as 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 her highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with lain Glen in "The Blue Room," David Hare's modern adaptation of Schnitzler's "La Ronde," for director Sam Mendes and the Donmar Warehouse. The production, in which Kidman and Glen each took on five different roles, was the hit of the London theater season, and for her performance, Kidman won London's Evening Standard Award "for special and significant contribution to the London Theater." She was also 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.

In 1999, Kidman starred in Stanley Kubrick's last film, "Eyes Wide Shut." In 1998, she appeared in Griffin Dunne's romantic comedy, "Practical Magic," and, in 1997, in Mimi Leder's international thriller,

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