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The actress was so unrecognizable in the role, many fans missed her entirely in the trailers. "I did enjoy being anonymous," she told the San Fransisco Chronicle. "It was fun to be able to go out of my trailer and not have anyone know me."
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In a dramatic shift from the glamour of Nine, Kidman played Charlotte Bless, a woman from Mobile, Alabama who falls in love with her prison pen pal in 2012's The Paperboy. Initially nervous about playing the part convincingly, Kidman ended up receiving Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her performance.
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Kidman starred in The Portrait of a Lady (1996) as Isabel Archer, the American heroine from Henry James's classic novel of the same name published in 1881. The film takes place in late 19th century Europe, where the independent and idealistic Isabel mulls marriage proposals from a crop of upper-crust bachelors from the Old World.
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Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001) was a visual smörgåsbord set in the infamous Parisian nightclub at the turn of the 19th century. Kidman glittered and shone as Satine, a beautiful courtesan and one of the club's main attractions, who falls for a young English writer.
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The star-studded ensemble piece takes place in 1960s Rome, and Kidman's character is based on the Swedish blonde bombshell Anita Ekberg, best known for her role in Fellini's 1960 classic La Dolce Vita.
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Kidman channelled another blonde bombshell actress from the past in Grace of Monaco, playing the late Grace Kelly. The sumptuous-looking biopic, directed by Olivier Dahan, drew criticism from Monaco's royal family over its depiction of the princess, but Kidman's performance as Kelly was largely praised.
“First of all, I know Nicole Kidman,” Lynn Wyatt, Kelly’s longtime confidante, told PEOPLE. “She’s beautiful inside and out, and she’s very sweet. She’s very nice – and she’s caring. I think she would be perfect.”
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Playing the adoptive mother of the film's hero, Saroo, who joins her family after becoming separated from his biological parents, Kidman returned to her natural curls for the role, cutting her hair short to mimick the real Sue's style. She later called the film a love letter to her children.
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