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Nicole Kidman, an American-born Australian actress, is known for her versatility, breathtaking looks, and calm attitude. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Australian parents and began her acting career at an early age, appearing in made-for-television films and miniseries. Nicole made her acting debut in 1989, playing the lead in the thriller Dead Calm. She had a relationship with co-star Tom Cruise while shooting Days of Thunder in 1990, which led to their marriage in 1990. During the next decade, Kidman appeared in twelve films, including Billy Bathgate (1991), To Die For (1995), and The Portrait of a Lady (1996).

Jennifer Kidman made her Broadway debut in London in 1998, playing in Sir David Hare’s The Blue Room. She then moved to New York City and made her Broadway debut in 1999. Her first Academy Award nomination was for her role as a dying courtesan in Baz Luhrmann’s musical fantasy Moulin Rouge! (2001). She also stars in The Others and Birthday Girl, a dark comedy. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress two years later for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002).

Nicole Kidman then starred in many critically praised films, including Dogville (2003), The Human Stain (2003), Cold Mountain (2003), and Margot at the Wedding (2007). She portrayed the menacing Mrs. Coulter in 2007’s The Golden Compass and worked with Luhrmann again on the romance picture Australia (2008). She features in Nine (2009) and Rabbit Hole (2010), a film adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play.

Kidman co-starred with Colin Firth in The Railway Man, a 2013 thriller about a former soldier who pursues down the Japanese translator who tortured him during World War II. She worked with Firth again in the thriller Before I Go to Sleep (2014), which depicts a woman suffering from memory loss induced by trauma. In 2015, she played a taxidermist who specialized in skinning the main character in Paddington and a deputy district attorney in Secret in Their Eyes.

Following a record of underwhelming releases, Kidman appeared in a series of well-received films, causing some reviewers to hail a “Kidmanaissance.” Her 2016 credits included Lion, a biopic that received critical acclaim and earned her a fourth Oscar nomination. In 2017, she received an Emmy Award for her depiction of an abused wife in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which is based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel. She also appeared in the second season of Campion’s TV show Top of the Lake.

In 2017, Kidman played the headmistress of a Southern boarding school in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, the wife of a heart surgeon in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a band manager in Neil Gaiman’s short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and a high-strung assistant to a wealthy quadriplegic in The Upside.

Kidman plays Aquaman’s mother in the 2018 film. She also portrayed the wife of a Baptist minister in Boy Erased (2018) and a ruthless investigator in Destroyer (2018). In 2019, she returned to Big Little Lies for a second season and played the rich Mrs. Barbour in The Goldfinch.

Kidman acted in the 2020 miniseries The Undoing, about an affluent therapist whose seemingly perfect life unravels when her husband becomes a murder suspect. Nicole Kidman also appeared in The Prom, a musical about a New York theater troupe that travels to a small Indiana village to help a gay teenager. She worked with Kelley again for the miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers (2021), which is based on Moriarty’s novel. She portrayed Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s book Being the Ricardos (2021), which chronicles a hectic week in the life of Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), both of whom stars in the TV comedy series I Love Lucy.

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