Glamour. Royalty. Drama. Nicole Kidman, looking stunning as ever. Watching the Lifetime movie "Grace of Monaco," starring Kidman, sounds like the perfect way to end your Memorial Day weekend. It's soapy, beautifully shot, and based on the true story of 1950s Hollywood icon-turned-princess, Grace Kelly. Kidman plays Kelly, of course. But this is not the first time she's stepped into a nonfiction role. What other characters has Kidman played based on real people? The list is as varied as it is impressive. Whether she's taking on the part of a novelist, a photographer, or a journalist, Kidman has a knack for inhabiting real characters who have impacted our world.
Her portrayal of Grace Kelly is no different. The actress was a hugely sought-after movie star during the glamorous Golden Age of Hollywood. Alfred Hitchcock considered her his muse, and together they made three of the director's most acclaimed films: "Dial M for Murder," "Rear Window," and "To Catch a Thief." But at just 26 years old, Kelly decided to retire from films so she could marry Prince Rainier III, thus becoming Princess of Monaco. Not a bad career move. Kidman's movie, "Grace of Monaco," captures Grace's inner struggle as she tries to decide if she should give up her royal duties to return to acting.
Here are three of Kidman's other roles based on real people:
Martha Gellhorn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
"Hemingway & Gellhorn," centers on the tumultuous relationship between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn that took place while they were both working as journalists covering the Spanish Civil War. During the 1930s, it was extremely rare for a woman to take on such a dangerous assignment (or to be professional journalists at all), but Gellhorn was unfazed by the lack of female role models in her profession.
Diane Arbus, “Fur"
Like Gellhorn, Diane Arbus also documented the world around her, though from a different perspective. One of the most important American photographers of the twentieth century, Arbus focuses on revealing the overlooked, marginalized, and "freakish" fringes of society. "Fur" is a fictionalized account of how she first began to discover herself as an artist.
Virginia Woolf, "The Hours"
The very first real person Kidman played was Virginia Woolf, author of "Mrs. Dalloway," "A Room of One's Own," and many other classic novels. "The Hours" follows three women living in different time periods, but experiencing the same struggles. Costarring with Kidman is Julianne Moore as a stifled 1950s housewife, and Meryl Streep playing a modern woman caring for her former lover, who is dying of AIDS. The plot weaves the story of "Mrs. Dalloway," — which Woolf is writing at the time of the movie — with the plots of the other women, whose lives resemble that of the book's titular character.
Here's the trailer for "Grace of Monaco":
The film debuts on Lifetime on Monday, May 25, at 9 p.m. E.T.