She went on to achieve wide recognition with leading roles in the romantic drama Far and Away (1992), the superhero film Batman Forever (1995), the crime comedy-drama To Die For (1995), for which she won a Golden Globe Award, and the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999).She received two consecutive Academy Award for Best Actress nominations for playing a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge!Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edited her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby.Kidman's ancestry includes Irish, Scottish and English heritage.By the end of 1983, she had a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek.In 1984, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which caused Kidman to halt her acting work temporarily while she studied massage so she could help her mother with physical therapy.The following year, she starred in the action-thriller The Peacemaker (1997) as White House nuclear expert Dr. The film was subject to censorship controversies due to the explicit nature of its sex scenes.In 2001, Kidman played the cabaret actress and courtesan Satine in Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge! Her performance and her singing received positive reviews; Paul Clinton of called it her best work since To Die For, and wrote "[she] is smoldering and stunning as Satine.
Telling her story in close-up – as she does throughout the film – Kidman lets you see the calculation, the wheels turning, the transparent efforts to charm that succeed in charming all the same." Kidman next appeared in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), based on the novel of the same name, alongside Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker. In 1999, Kidman reunited with then husband, Tom Cruise, to portray a married couple in Eyes Wide Shut, the final film of director Stanley Kubrick.
She began gaining popularity in the mid-1980s after appearing in several film roles, including BMX Bandits (1983), Watch the Shadows Dance (1987 aka Nightmaster), and the romantic comedy Windrider (1986), which earned Kidman attention due to her racy scenes.
Also during the decade, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice She also made guest appearances on Australian television programs and TV movies.
She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a SAG Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Kidman began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 film Bush Christmas.