She was 23 when she won a Silver Logie for her role in Bangkok Hilton. Now, two husbands, four children and an Oscar later, Nicole Kidman has also reached the heights of the US television industry.
Kidman is nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Hemingway & Gellhorn, with the ceremony taking place in Los Angeles later today.
''It's particularly great to be acknowledged with such a fine group of actresses,'' Kidman told The Sun-Herald yesterday.
''Another thing is it's an acknowledgement of the production. We received so many Emmy nominations for Hemingway & Gellhorn, I think it was 15 - that's an acknowledgement of the whole show,'' she said.
In her category for outstanding lead actress in a mini-series or movie, the other nominees are Julianne Moore, who is the favourite for playing Sarah Palin in Game Change, Emma Thompson, Ashley Judd and Connie Britton.
The hype surrounding the US awards has given Kidman cause for reflection about her own television career, which started when she was a teenager living in Sydney. BMX Bandits was the forerunner but for Kidman the experiences that resonated were Australian mini-series including Vietnam and Bangkok Hilton.
''I'm not sure I remember the first time I appeared on television, but I certainly remember the impact that Vietnam had. There was something fantastic about those mini-series in Australia; they were 10 hours!'' she said.
''And it was such a thrill. It was the first time I was recognised on the street after that. I still remember it as one of the great experiences of my career.''
Kidman was due to fly back to the US from France for the Emmys. She has been based in Paris, preparing for her role as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco.
Judy Davis is also nominated at the Emmys for her role in Page Eight, and the shows vying for the biggest awards on the night include Mad Men, Homeland, Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad.