Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Mary Kidman , AC (born June 20, 1967 in Honolulu , Hawaii ) is an Australian - American actress and film producer . She became known for films such as The Silence of Death , Days of Thunder , To Die For , Moulin Rouge and Australia . In 2003 she received the Oscar for best leading actress for The Hours - From Eternity to Eternity . In January 2006 Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia and has since been authorized to use the suffix AC .


Childhood and youth

Nicole Mary Kidman was born in Honolulu in 1967, the first of two children to Antony (1938-2014) and Janelle Kidman. Her Hawaiian name is Hokulani. Her father, a psychologist and biochemist, did research in Washington, DC before the family moved to native Australia in 1970 . Kidman's sister Antonia was born that same year . The Kidmans from then on lived in Sydney's rich suburb of Longueville. Kidman's parents were active advocates of the labor and women's movement .

Nicole got her first acting experience at the age of six in a school nativity play in the role of a sheep. This was the impetus for acting classes , first at St. Martin's Youth Theater in Melbourne, at the Australian Theater for Young People and finally at the Phillip Street Theater in Sydney. She also took ballet lessons from the age of four to twelve . At a casting for bikini fashion, she met her best friend, the actress Naomi Watts , at the age of 14 .

Breakthrough in Hollywood

In December 1983, the box office hits Bush Christmas - 40 degrees in the shade and The BMX gang , which made Kidman a star overnight in Australia . She then appeared in the television series Australia Express (Five Mile Creek) , which was broadcast worldwide. After caring for her mother, who had breast cancer , she played leading roles in the equestrian drama The Adventures of a Racehorse , the thriller Dance of the Shadows and the television game Vietnam , for which the 20-year-old received the Australian Film Award. Terry Hayes , writer and producer from Vietnam , hired Kidman for his next film project, The Silence of Death , which caught the attention of international audiences. With the success of Days of Thunder and her Golden Globe nomination for Billy Bathgate , Kidman celebrated her entry into Hollywood , but despite blockbuster hits like In a Distant Land and Malice - An Intrigue, she was unable to break free from the shadow of her husband Tom Cruise , with whom she was married since 1990.

Films since 1997

She eventually received recognition for her roles in To Die For and Portrait of a Lady (director Jane Campion and Kidman had been friends for 15 years). She attended the Actors Studio in New York and began studying method acting before working on Project: Peacemaker , the first DreamWorks SKG production in 1997 , and Stanley Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999). In 1998 Kidman appeared in Sam Mendes ' play The Blue Room in London and on Broadway , for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award .

It was only after her divorce from Tom Cruise that she made the leap into the top league in Hollywood : Although her films had grossed over 1.3 billion US dollars worldwide by 2001, Kidman has only now developed into a box-office magnet and has made demanding film projects such as The Others and On the way to Cold Mountain for worldwide box office hits. The award of the Oscars for her role in The Hours meant the temporary high point of her career. After her debut as a singer in the musical Moulin Rouge , she landed with Somethin 'Stupid , a duet with Robbie Williams , the Christmas hit 2001. In 2002 she was to play the leading role in the film Panic Room . But after she was injured in a stunt, actress Jodie Foster took over the role.

In 2003, Karl Lagerfeld hired Kidman as the face of the Chanel N ° 5 campaign. The 2min 3s long commercial is one of the longest, most expensive and also the best TV commercials in normal airtime. For the two-minute TV commercial for Chanel No. 5 from Baz Luhrmann , Kidman received a $ 7.5 million fee. In addition to the spot, Kidman was also the model for the advertising campaign, which was reissued several times and changed. That same year, Kidman was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame .

Films and television from 2003

After roles in Anthony Minghella's civil war drama On the Road to Cold Mountain (2003), Frank Oz 's comedy The Women of Stepford (2005) or the artist biography Fell - A Love Story (2006), Kidman can earn a fee of 16 to 17 million US dollars per film desire. In 2006 she replaced Julia Roberts as the highest-paid Hollywood actress. In 2007 she ranked fourth behind Reese Witherspoon , Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz with a salary of 10 to 15 million dollars . In 2008 Nicole Kidman was to play the female lead in the film adaptation of the novel The Reader . However, since she became pregnant, she canceled at short notice. Kate Winslet took on the role . More movies followed, but also some television productions.

In 2017, Kidman starred in the miniseries Big Little Lies as a domestic violence wife and mother alongside Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley . The performance of Celeste earned her the first Emmy of her career after being nominated for Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012). She also received another Emmy for Best Miniseries for Executive Producer with Witherspoon . Big Little Lies was Kidman's first series appearance since Bangkok Hilton (1989).

The German dubbing voice of Nicole Kidman is Petra Barthel .

In 2013 she was appointed to the competition jury of the 66th Cannes International Film Festival .

Private life

Kidman with her husband Keith Urban at the American Music Awards (2009)

From 1990 until their divorce in August 2001, Kidman was married to fellow actor Tom Cruise . The couple adopted two children. After the divorce, they stayed with Cruise.

In June 2006, Kidman married the Australian country singer Keith Urban . The marriage resulted in a daughter (* 2008). Another daughter (* 2010) was carried by a surrogate mother.

Her hobbies include writing short stories.

Her name came up in connection with the Paradise Papers , which uncover tax avoidance tactics used by the wealthy.

Charitable work

Nicole Kidman has supported various charities for years. She has been the Australian ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and campaigns for children's rights. In January 2006 she joined another UN organization . As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM , she works for the common good and the rights of women and children.

In late November 2007, Nicole Kidman launched the Say no to violence Internet campaign to end violence against women . Under the motto “Say NO to violence against women”, she invites people all over the world to sign a kind of virtual book in order to send a message to decision-makers and encourage them to use violence against women finish and put this on the agenda.

Kidman has also been a member of the Women's Health Fund at UCLA , a program run by the University of California, Los Angeles , to support the fight against breast cancer in women since 1996 . This also includes the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

She is also the patron of the Australian Theater for Young People , an acting school that she also attended.

For this work, Nicole Kidman was named Citizen of the World by the UN in 2004. In the same year she received an award from the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund and in 2007 the highest order in her home country, the Companion of the Order of Australia , for her charitable work, among other things.



year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2001 Come What May
Moulin Rouge (OST)
DE95 (2 weeks)
- CH97 (2 weeks)
UK27 (6 weeks)
First published: September 24, 2001
with Ewan McGregor
Somethin 'Stupid
Swing When You're Winning
DE2 (17 weeks)
AT2 (23 weeks)
CH3 (25 weeks)

(12 weeks)UK
First published: December 14, 2001
with Robbie Williams

More songs


Honors and awards (excerpt)

Order of Australia
  • 2006: Appointed Companion to the Australian Order of Merit
Laurence Olivier Award
  • 2002: Best Actress - Moulin Rouge - nominated
  • 2003: Best Actress - The Hours: From Eternity to Eternity - awarded
  • 2011: Best Actress - Rabbit Hole - nominated
  • 2017: Best Supporting Actress - Lion - nominated
BAFTA movie
  • 1996: Best Actress - To Die For - nominated
  • 2002: Best Actress - The Others - nominated
  • 2003: Best Actress - The Hours: From Eternity to Eternity - awarded
  • 2017 : Best Supporting Actress - Lion - nominated
  • 2012: Best Actress (Miniseries or TV Movie) - Hemingway & Gellhorn - nominated
  • 2017: Best Miniseries (as Executive Producer ) - Big Little Lies - awarded
  • 2017: Best Actress (Miniseries or TV Movie) - Big Little Lies - Awarded
Golden Globe
  • 1992: Best Supporting Actress - Billy Bathgate - nominated
  • 1996: Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) - To Die For - awarded
  • 2002: Best Actress (Drama) - The Others - nominated
  • 2002: Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) - Moulin Rouge - awarded
  • 2003: Best Actress (Drama) - The Hours: From Eternity to Eternity - awarded
  • 2004: Best Actress (Drama) - En route to Cold Mountain - nominated
  • 2005: Best Actress (Drama) - Birth - nominated
  • 2011: Best Actress (Drama) - Rabbit Hole - nominated
  • 2013: Best Actress (Mini-Series or TV Movie) - Hemingway & Gellhorn - nominated
  • 2013: Best Supporting Actress - The Paperboy - nominated
  • 2017: Best Supporting Actress - Lion - nominated
  • 2018: Best Actress (Mini-Series or TV-Movie) - Big Little Lies - Awarded
  • 2019: Best Actress (Drama) - Destroyer - nominated
Golden camera
  • 2017: Best Actress International - Awarded
Saturn Awards
  • 1991: Best Actress - Death Silence - nominated
  • 1996: Best Actress - To Die For - nominated
  • 2002: Best Actress - The Others - awarded
  • 2005: Best Actress - Birth - nominated
  • 2011: Best Actress - Rabbit Hole - nominated
Bodil Award
  • 2004: Best Actress - Dogville - nominated
Russian Guild of Film Critics
  • 2004: Best Foreign Actress - Dogville - Awarded
Golden Raspberry
  • 2005: Worst screen couple (with Will Ferrell ) - In love with a witch - excellent
  • 2012: Worst Supporting Actress - My Invented Wife - nominated


Web links

Commons : Nicole Kidman  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, January 26, 2006 (PDF file) ( June 8, 2011 memento in the Internet Archive ) Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. Nicole Kidman's father Dr Ant (h) ony Kidman dies in Singapore , of September 13, 2014, accessed on September 15, 2014
  3. Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman discuss their birth names - The Graham Norton Show: Episode 3 - BBC , accessed May 13, 2017
  4. Chris Gardner: Hollywood pay scale. Reuters, November 30, 2006, accessed on February 11, 2015 (English): “Nicole Kidman was Hollywood's highest-paid actress in 2006, nudging Julia Roberts from the top spot for the first time in five years, according to the Hollywood Reporter's annual survey. "
  5. cf. Hollywood's dust collector: Reese, the multi-million dollar woman. In: Spiegel Online , November 30, 2007.
  6. ^ Children with Keith Urban
  7. a b cf. Nicole Kidman . In: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 15/2008 from April 8, 2008, supplemented by news from MA-Journal up to week 03/2011 (accessed via Munzinger Online )
  8. Josh Butler: The Australians Embroiled In The 'Paradise Papers' Tax Haven Leak . In: Huffington Post . November 6, 2017 ( [accessed November 16, 2017]).
  9. Web site Saynotoviolence
  10. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK
  11. Music Sales Awards: UK
  12. Full cast announced for Kidman led Photograph 51. In:, July 27, 2015.
  13. Olivier awards 2016: complete list of nominations. In:, February 29, 2016.
  14. Leo Barraclough: BAFTA Film Award Nominations: 'La La Land' Leads Race In: Variety, January 9, 2017.