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Nicole Kidman's West End stint led to run of movie luck


Nicole Kidman's turn in the West End play "The Blue Room" proved to be one of the luckiest moves of her career -- she landed her roles in "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Hours" during her stint on stage.

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The Australian actress' turn in the 1998 Sam Mendes-directed production was a critical and commercial hit, and it brought her to the attention of Stephen Daldry, who cast her as Virginia Woolf in "The Hours," the film which won Kidman a Best Actress Oscar.

The role wasn't the only sought-after part Kidman won during the play's run -- Baz Luhrmann asked her to play showgirl Satine in "Moulin Rouge!" as well.

"Baz sent me red roses when I was at the Donmar in 'The Blue Room.' They were exquisite, and the note read: 'You're my Satine,'" she told Britain's Daily Mail. "I was very excited, but I still had to audition for him. I think it had to do with the singing. He wanted to be sure I could sing the part! 'The Blue Room' was very good for me because I got to work with Baz on 'Moulin Rouge!' and Stephen Daldry cast me in 'The Hours' after seeing me in the play, and I won the Oscar for that."

May 17, 2013 10:33AM
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