December 17, 2015 — Nicole Kidman first came to worldwide attention in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm.
Her next film, Days of Thunder, was a publicity bonanza. Not only was the young redhead a striking beauty, but it was during the filming of the racing movie that she met and became involved with the star of the film, Tom Cruise. Their romance and marriage made her a publicity magnet and she has been an A-lister ever since. They would make two more movies together, the romantic epic Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s final film.
Even after their divorce, she would remain a massive star and a major attraction everywhere she went. Following her marriage to country singer Keith Urban she would try to keep a slightly lower profile, but remains a major celebrity wherever she goes.
A short list of her films includes Malice, To Die For, The Peacemaker, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge and Cold Mountain. Her role as Virginia Woolf in the 2002 film The Hours would win her an Oscar as Best Actress (beating out her co-stars, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore).
Her movies have made more than $3 billion worldwide.
Nonetheless, there was a time when Kidman was a relatively unknown actress. Her very first movie role, in 1983, was as the lead in the Australian film called A Bush Christmas. A 15-year old Kidman plays the daughter of an outback farmer who is struggling to hang onto his farm. The family’s only hope is winning the New Year’s Cup with their horse, Prince. But when the father is away, the horse is stolen by two crooks who disable all means of communication and travel as they leave with the horse. Kidman (along with Mark Spain and James Wingrove, who play her brothers) sets off to track down the horse in time for the big race.
The movie is a remake of a 1947 film is based on a novel of the same name by Ralph Smart and Mary Cathcart Borer.
Music for the film is provided by the world-famous Australian band The Bushwackers.
Watch a very young Nicole Kidman in A Bush Christmas.