Kidman breaks a rib and tears cartilage in her knee while filming the musical Moulin Rouge!. "I had to do these kicks down the stairs in incredibly high heels," she tells In Style, "and I slipped and continued to dance all that night. And worked for three more weeks on it. I just shredded it."
Six weeks after celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary, Kidman is taken totally by surprise when Cruise files for divorce. Cryptically, Cruise tells a source on the set of Minority Report that "Nic knows exactly why we are getting the divorce," providing fodder for much speculation. In March, Kidman suffers a miscarriage that sparks chatter of her cheating, but she denies any infidelity and friends insist Cruise was the father.
The Kidman-Cruise divorce is finalized. From a combined estate of $350 million, Kidman keeps the couple's $4.3 million home in Pacific Palisades and a house in Sydney worth $4 million. Cruise keeps the 280-acre estate in Telluride, Colo., and his airplanes, including a $100,000 Pitts S-2B, a $1.2 million Beech F90 and a $28 million-plus Gulfstream IV jet. All other details of the settlement are sealed. Kidman and Cruise share custody of the children.
Entertainment Weekly names Kidman Entertainer of the Year for her "stamina, her resilience and her talent, her ability to bewitch and surprise us with every new performance, and her constant fight to exceed all expectations – including her own." In 2002, Kidman will top PEOPLE's annual 50 Most Beautiful list, a choice managing editor Martha Nelson calls a "natural one." In 2007, she makes her eighth appearance on the annual list.
Kidman wins the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours, a role that had her wearing a prosthetic nose and made her virtually unrecognizable. When Kidman's name is called, "I just went blank," she tells PEOPLE. "Everything I had thought in my head that I might say was gone. Gone. I couldn't think of anyone's names. Nothing. It was terrifying, and my hands started to shake."
After she is seen with Lenny Kravitz all summer in Manhattan, Kidman announces that she is indeed dating the rocker. "They're very close," spokeswoman Leslee Dart says to PEOPLE. "He's very important to her." A ring on one of Kidman's left fingers sparks engagement rumors, but her rep says, "I think it's a ring she [already] had." The relationship does not last.
Kidman wins a libel suit against a British tabloid that suggested she had an on-set affair with Jude Law during filming of Cold Mountain. Later that year, Kidman becomes the new face of Chanel No. 5 and stars in a three-minute commercial for which she is paid a whopping $3.71 million.
After meeting country singer Keith Urban in January 2005, Kidman hosts the 30th Anniversary gala for UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women), where she serves as Goodwill Ambassador, in New York City. She brings Urban who turns out to be more than her boyfriend. "He's actually my fiancé," Kidman tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Kidman and Urban tie the knot in a candlelit ceremony at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on St. Patrick's Estate at Manly, in Australia. The bride wears a dress by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga. In addition to family members, Kidman welcomes members of Hollywood's "Aussie Posse" including Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts.
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