Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Australian actress, singer, film producer, spokesmodel, and humanitarian. After starring in a number of small Australian films and TV shows, Kidman's breakthrough was in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Following several films over the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in Days of Thunder , Far and Away , and Batman Forever . Kidman followed this with other successful films in the late 1990s, it was her performance in the musical, Moulin Rouge! which earned Kidman her second Golden Globe Award and first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her performance as Virginia Woolf the following year in the drama film The Hours received critical acclaim and earned Kidman the Academy Award for Best Actress.