A NEW, unauthorised biography of Nicole Kidman is drawing ire from reviewers weeks after the actor claimed the author misled her about his intentions.
David Thomson’s biography, Nicole Kidman, due for release in Australia on October 6, has sullied the reputation of the previously esteemed author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film.
The Times of London described it as “an odd book without an obvious audience” and The New York Times said it was merely “inane”.
Even one of Thomson’s employers, The Guardian, called the book “a cadenza of eccentric connoisseurship”.
It continued, “subtly but pointedly refusing the subordinate status of journalist or biographer, the author appears to be wistfully auditioning to be Nicole’s male co-star, or at the very least the male version of her ugly best friend”.
The biography has caused much consternation within the Kidman camp, which says the actor had no intention of co-operating with any biography.
Thomson had assured Kidman he was compiling a series of essays about her films, for which she was willing to co-operate. However, Thomson admits he had completed writing it, and had abandoned hope of talking to Kidman until February this year, when the actor called him “like a languid, superior, but amused prefect who had called a naughty boy to her study to see what he had been up to”.
A source close to Kidman said Thomson spoke mainly about the film Birth, and didn’t talk about much of her other work or her personal life.