Longing for Her Past

After watching Nine, the new film with the all star cast,  all i could think about was one of its stars, Nicole Kidman.  This Academy Award winner’s career has been in decline since receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  I know I am not the only one who laments over this botox diva’s past.

I want to take you back to the early 2000’s.  Nicole just filmed a starring role with then husband, Tom Cruise, in Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut.  She would then go on to suffer the end of her marriage but also a role in fellow aussi’s musical drama, Moulin Rouge.  This role would mark her first singing part but also her climb into the A-List.  This role garnered critical and box office success, receiving an Oscar nom for her role as Satine.  The following year she received another nomination and win for her role in The Hours, playing Virginia Woolf.  Nicole was on top of the world.  In 2003, she starred in another critical successful film, Cold Mountain. At the time she was the second highest paid actress in Hollywood.  She was noticed by Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld were she became the face of Chanel No. 5.  in a record breaking contract.  Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge,  filmed the 3 minute ad in 2004 which garnered 12 million dollars for Kidman.  She was the face for the company till 2006, but you can still see the ad around the holidays.

It was after this high that Nicole Kidman’s career started to faulter.  With a string of iffy roles in The Interpreter, Bewitched and finally the flop, The Invasion,  Kidman’s salary started to decline.  People started to believe that the actress was shooting up. Botox, that is.  It started to affect her performance and the actress lost the public’s favor.

What the future holds for Kidman is unclear.  It seems she is trying to get back to her dark, indie films roots.  One example of this is the 2010 slated The Danish Girl where she plays the first male to female reassignment recipient.  She also hired a new manger,  Angelina’s old one, hopefully in an attempt to reach the top.

I fully support everything and anything she tries to get her career back to her glory days.  I constantly watch Moulin Rouge hoping that i will look outside and see a billboard with a promising Nicole Kidman movie on it.  If she does not every return at least we have the countless Vogue spreads she has done during the good years and the excellent performances she had in Moulin Rouge, The Hours, and Cold Mountain

  1. December 30th, 2010

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