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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 20, 1967 while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. As a result Kidman can claim citizenship in Australia and the United States.

  Nicole Kidman 2015 photo by Siebbi Wikipedia Commons
Nicole's father, Antony David Kidman (1938-2014) was a biochemist, clinical psychologist, and author. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby.

At school her nickname was 'Stalk' - at 13 she was already 5.9 inches. At 5'11" Kidman is taller than most actresses.

Kidman's first movie was in 1983. It was called BMX Bandits.

Her first major movie was Days of Thunder, (1990) which also starred Tom Cruise. They fell in love during the filming of that movie. The pair were married on December 24, 1990 in Telluride, Colorado.

Nicole Kidman's necklace in the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge contained 1,308 diamonds. It was the most expensive piece of jewelry ever made for a film.

It was rumored that their marriage was just a cover for Cruise being a homosexual. A porn star named Chad Slater kick-started the rumors, but was later sued by the actor and ordered to pay $10 million.

On February 5, 2001, Kidman and Cruise's spokesperson announced their separation. The marriage was dissolved in August of that year, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences.

While playing Virginia Woolf in 2002's The Hours, Kidman was fitted with a prosthetic nose – and quickly found that if she wore it off-set she could dodge the paparazzi trailing her over her divorce from Tom Cruise.

Kidman won the Best Actress Academy Award for The Hours. She was the first Australian to win the Best Actress Oscar.

In late 2004, Buz Luhrmann directed the world's most expensive advertisement for Chanel No 5 co-starring Kidman. The commercial, about a fairy-tale romance in which Chanel is part of the story but is not what the story is about, cost £18 million and made Kidman a Guinness World Record holder for highest paid actress in a commercial (she netted $3.71 million)

Kidman is terrified of butterflies and allergic to strawberries.

Kidman at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. By Georges Biard, wikipedia Commons

On the set of 2008's Australia, Kidman noticed a scorpion crawling up her co-star Hugh Jackman leg. Kidtman calmly scooped the offending beast into a hat and threw it into the woods.

Kidman has professed love for the works of the poet Philip Larkin, whose famous poems include This Be The Verse, a deeply cynical view of modern marriages and parenting.

Nicole Kidman's party trick is a pitch-perfect impression of Tweetie Pie from the Loony Tunes cartoons.

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