Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Women We Love: Nicole Kidman

Object of our affection: Nicole Kidman, actress.

- This Australian actress first gained international notice in the high seas thriller Dead Calm, followed quickly by a string of Hollywood flicks, such as Days of Thunder, Billy Bathgate, Malice and Far and Away.

- She proved she wasn't just another pretty face with her chilling performance in To Die For, which won her the first of three Golden Globes. The next few years found her alternating between big budget action films (Batman Forever, The Peacemaker) and art house fare (The Portrait of a Lady, Eyes Wide Shut).

- 2001 was her year with two big hits, the atmospheric thriller The Others and the glitzy musical Moulin Rouge! She received two Golden Globe nominations, winning for the latter, which also garnered her first Academy Award nomination. She didn't win the Oscar for her sultry Satine, but for her suicidal Virginia Woolf in the following year's The Hours, which also gave her that third Globe, as well as several other prizes.

- Since her date with Oscar, she has also starred in Dogville, The Human Stain, Cold Mountain, The Stepford Wives, Birth, The Interpreter, Bewitched, Happy Feet, Margot at the Wedding and The Golden Compass.

- She returns to her homeland in this week's epic romance Australia. Next year will find her in another movie musical, Nine, as well as the recently announced The Danish Girl, wherein she'll play Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

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