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Friday, 18 January, 2002, 18:58 GMT
Kidman's rollercoaster year
Nicole Kidman
Kidman: "absolutely thrilled" at Golden Globe nominations
BBC News Online charts the career of Nicole Kidman, who has won a Golden Globe best actress award for her work in the musical Moulin Rouge,,

Nicole Kidman has has had a year of ups and downs in her personal and professional life.

It is now almost 12 months since her former husband, Tom Cruise, announced he was leaving what had appeared to be one of Hollywood's most solid marriages.

But better times were coming.

Moulin Rouge opened the Cannes film festival in May - and went on to be a global box office hit.

The musical - which co-starred Ewan MacGregor - married contemporary pop tunes with period settings from 19th century Paris.

Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
Kidman co-starred with McGregor in Moulin Rouge

Kidman was also working on the horror film The Others, co-produced by Cruise, as the press speculated about the terms of her divorce settlement.

Their divorce was signed at the beginning of August, just days before the couple avoided each other at the Los Angeles première of The Others.

Kidman went on to record the Nancy Sinatra classic Somethin' Stupid with Robbie Williams, as part of his tribute project to Frank Sinatra and the classic crooners.

And she caused a media frenzy when she appeared in Venice to promote The Others at the Venice Film Festival.

'Journey'

Tom Cruise
Kidman eventually reached an amicable settlement with Cruise

The menacing thriller, directed by Spaniard Alejandro Amenabar, went on to become another critical success - and another hit.

By November, The Others was at number one at the UK box office in its first weekend.

The following month, her duet with Williams was released - and also entered the charts at number one.

In an interview with the BBC, Kidman was philosophical.

"I've had successes and huge failures, which I'm glad I've had, it's part of a journey," she said.

"To appreciate the successes, you have to have had the failures, and you have to accept that it is a journey and it's not just tomorrow or the next day or next year."

Nicole Kidman was born on 20 June 1967 in Hawaii, in the US, but she grew up in Australia.

As a teenager, she performed regularly at the Philip Street theatre, in Sydney, where she once received a letter of praise and encouragement from the then film student Jane Campion, who would go on to direct the critical and popular success The Piano.

Whirlwind

Her first film was the Australian comedy Bush Christmas, in 1983, which led on to BMX Bandits in the same year.

She made her US debut in the 1989 film Dead Calm, opposite Sam Neill.

It was on her next film, 1990s racetrack romance Days of Thunder, that Kidman met Cruise.

The couple married that same year after a whirlwind courtship.

Nicole Kidman
The Others entered the UK charts at number one

Kidman reapplied herself to her career, appearing the Australian film Flirting (1991), then as Dustin Hoffman's moll in the gangster movie Billy Bathgate (1991).

She reunited with Cruise for Far and Away (1992), an historical drama about two young Irish lovers who flee to America, and starred opposite Michael Keaton in My Life the following year.

Her next high-profile film was Batman - but it was as a fame-obsessed housewife in 1995's To Die For that she really made an indelible impression on filmgoers.

In 1996, Kidman finally worked with Campion on the adaptation of Henry James's Portrait of a Lady.

Shortly following year, she began the notoriously long, secretive shoot for Stanley Kubrick's erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut, which finally hit screens in 1999, after the director's death.

The film prompted speculation over the health of her marriage to Cruise - who admitted that Eyes Wide Shut had put a strain on their marriage.

See also:

06 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Cruise and Kidman: Broken dream
06 Feb 01 | Entertainment
All over for Cruise and Kidman
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