An import from Down Under, Nichole Kidman has become one of the most respected actresses of her generation. Born in Honolulu, the family moved to Washington, D.C. before making Sydney their permanent residence three years later. After ballet, Kidman took an interest in acting, studying drama and mime. She dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career. She met future husband, Tom Cruise, on the set of 1990‰ÛªsåÊDays of Thunder. They married that same year. They eventually adopted two children, Isabella and Connor. The couple infamously divorced in 2001. She met second husband, Australian country artist Keith Urban, at an Australian event held in Los Angeles in 2005. They hit it off right away and married in June the next year. They have two daughters, Rose and Faith. Kidman keeps homes in Sydney, Sutton Forest, Nashville and Los Angeles.
Kidman was 16 when she landed her role in the Australian filmåÊBush ChristmasåÊ(1983). This began a succession of offers that includedåÊBMX BanditsåÊand the mini-seriesåÊVietnam. She came of note to U.S. audiences when the thrilleråÊDead CalmåÊteamed her with Sam Neill. Though she made a number of films after this, including reuniting with Cruise for Ron Howard‰ÛªsåÊFar and Away, her acting cred went through the roof after she appeared in auteur Gus Van Sant‰ÛªsåÊTo Die For. She was awarded a Golden Globe for the film. In 2003, she won a Best Actress Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf inåÊThe Hours.