Nicole Kidman Comforts a Boy Battling Cancer
updated 09/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
When Kidman and her daughter Bella, 12, arrived at a Manhattan Ronald McDonald House Aug. 17, Dylan was delighted to meet her. "She's so down-to-earth," says Melissa. Her son—who came to New York from Melbourne last January and has undergone 11 rounds of chemotherapy—told Kidman that War of the Worlds is his favorite American movie. "She said, 'Oh, that's good you like it. Tom [Cruise] is Bella's father,' " according to Melissa.
That Saturday, Kidman and her son Connor, 10, took Dylan to see The Dukes of Hazzard and made plans to hook up again this fall. The star dressed for the occasion—with a mood ring he had given her, and flowing hair. "She said, I'm wearing it down just for you, Dylan,' " recalls Melissa. "He was very pleased."