Nicole Kidman: Becoming a Beauty

She may be one of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful faces now, but that wasn't always the case for Nicole Kidman, 34. During her awkward teenage years, Kidman tells the magazine, it was sister Antonia who got the stares. "We'd walk down the street and people would go, 'Oh Nicole, isn't your sister gorgeous?' " These days, Nicole isn't having any trouble turning heads both onscreen and off. Look back at her stunning transformation through the years.

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Kidman and her costar, Tom Cruise, got revved up about each other on the 1990 set of the car-racing movie Days of Thunder. Screenwriter Robert Towne told PEOPLE that Cruise was instantly smitten: "Tom (was) saying over and over what a knockout she was."