She was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Nicole's Australian father Anthony was a biochemist and clinical psychologist while her mother Janelle was a nursing instructor.
The family moved to Washington, D.C., where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, and then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney.
Young Nicole's first love was ballet, but she eventually took up mime and drama as well.
Her first stage role was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant.
In her adolescent years, acting edged out the other arts and became a kind of refuge.
As her classmates sought out fun in the sun, the fair-skinned Kidman retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft.
She worked regularly at the Philip Street Theater, where she once received a personal letter of praise and encouragement from audience member Jane Campion (then a film student).