Nicole Mary Kidman, born 20 June 1967 in Hawaii, is an Australian actress, singer and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough role was in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Following several films in the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), and Batman Forever (1995). Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge (2001) earned her a second Golden Globe Award and a first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim and earned Kidman the Academy Award for Best Actress and Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin film festival. Kidman's other notable films include To Die For (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Dogville (2003), The Interpreter (2005) and Australia (2008). Her performances in Birth (2004) and The Paperboy (2012) earned her Golden Globe nominations for best actress and supporting actress. Her performance in 2010's Rabbit Hole (which she also produced) earned Kidman further accolades, including a third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries and a Movie for her role in Hemingway & Gellhorn. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia; and she founded and owns the production company Blossom Films.
Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
Nicole Kidman is supporting many charities and causes, such as: Artists for Peace and Justice, Breast Cancer Care, Cinema For Peace, Global Green Plan, Red Cross, and more.
Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In this capacity, Kidman has addressed international audiences at UN events, raised awareness through the media and testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to support the International Violence against Women Act. In 2004, she was honoured as a "Citizen of the World" by the United Nations. Kidman visited Kosovo in 2006 to learn about women's experiences of conflict and UNIFEM's support efforts. She is the international spokesperson for UNIFEM's Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women initiative.