It’s not a porcelain doll complexion or stick figure body, that’s for sure. Neither is it the stick-straight blonde hair and blue eyes. Keep guessing! No, I wasn’t born in Honolulu — yes, she was! Check her detailed — albeit rather lengthy — Wikipedia profile if you think I’m lying!
Time Magazine’s never named me one of the most influential people in the world, either. They gave it to her twice. A bit unfair, don’t you think? In 2020, The New York Times ranked her fifth on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century up to that point.
She’s a foot taller than me but weighs about the same, and is 18 years younger. Also a bit unfair, but who’s counting. I know body image can be misleading.
So, what DO Nicole Kidman and I have in common? Truth told, not a whole lot. But there is one thing. Here’s a hint:
We both love natural history! That’s her in her office at London’s Natural History Museum. To get a sense of the depth of her passion, watch this trailer where she announces the endangerment of a new species. As Millicent Clyde, Nicole is at her height of elegant evil. Hey, what can I say? Her dad did her wrong, so she’s got to stuff a bear!! Paddington, to be precise! How deep the sins of our parents run!
Please note that Nicole/Millicent’s specimens go through the wall of her office. They’re not just some pretty head mount! The ones you can see from my desk at The Pember Museum, above, are only skin deep, so to speak. Leading the pack on the right of the photo is a caribou, followed by a gnu, an Asian mountain goat, and an oryx. They’re facing the first floor case of birds.
The Pember Museum collections provide many wonderful examples of biodiversity 100 years ago, including specimens from around the world. There are over 7,000 objects in the collections, covering a wide variety of natural history subjects. Nearly 80% of the collections are on display. Specimens include vertebrate (birds, mammals, and reptiles) and invertebrate animals (insects, arachnids and sea life), rocks and minerals, fossils, some anthropological and historical materials, and a herbarium (dried plant specimens).
Eat your heart out, Nicole*!!!!
*In case a disclaimer is needed, the Millicent Clyde I’m talking about is an entirely fictional character that bears little if any resemblance to the real actress Nicole Kidman.