Trafalgar Square, Hardback August 2002
An A-list celebrity, Nicole Kidman's every move makes headlines worldwide. In this, the first biography to be published, the authors trace her steady rise from prolific child star through Hollywood mediocrity to her current status as a critically acclaimed and hugely popular actress.
Kidman toiled for years in the celluloid wilderness, failing auditions for Ghost, Thelma And Louise and The Silence Of The Lambs, and only landed her breakthrough role in To Die For when Meg Ryan turned it down. Since then she has worked closely with some of the leading actors of our time, including John Malkovich, Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, under the eminent direction of Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann and Stanley Kubrick. She has made successful forays into the world of ghostly thrillers (The Others), cult movies (Batman Forever) and musicals (Moulin Rouge!).
Having firmly established herself in films, Kidman branched out into other areas and demonstrated her great versatility as a performer. Her West End and Broadway stage debut in The Blue Room was famously dubbed "pure theatrical Viagra" by one mesmerised theatre critic. Most recently she duetted with Robbie Williams on a cover version of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's 'Somethin' Stupid'; the single became the UK's Christmas number one.
Her 10-year marriage to Tom Cruise was undeniably intriguing with its aspects of Scientology, adoption and litigation, and was a constant source of intense speculation. But since her unexpected divorce last year, Kidman has emerged as a fascinating personality in her own right. Her seductive performance as the courtesan Satine in the extraordinary Moulin Rouge! has earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. At last, it seems that Nicole Kidman is receiving the recognition and respect she deserves.