Nicole Kidman is making history as the first Australian to win an American Film Institute Award

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year.

The 55-year-old superstar, who grew up in Sydney, will be the first Australian to win the award.

Previous winners include such legendary figures in world cinema as Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep.

Homegrown Hollywood star Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year Pictured: Nicole on the red carpet in 2020

The award will be presented to the winner of The Hours on June 10 at a star-studded private gala in Los Angeles, Variety reports.

The institute has been awarded by the AFI Board of Trustees, along with an Academy Award, among filmdom’s highest honors.

Announcing the news Thursday, Nicole posted a glamorous photo with the caption: “What an honor! Thank you to the American Film Institute.

Nicole announces her adorable honor via her social media Thursday (pictured)

Nicole announces her adorable honor via her social media Thursday (pictured)

And she continued, “And to everyone who participated in this journey.”

I look forward to seeing you in June.

AFI’s president, film producer Kathleen Kennedy, gushed with praise for Nicole in the official announcement.

“Nicole Kidman has charmed me for decades with her daring artistry and screen icon glamor,” she said.

The 55-year-old star will be the first Australian to win the award.  Past winners include such legendary figures in world cinema as Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep in Pictured: Nicole in The Hours.  The role that won her an Academy Award in 2003

The 55-year-old star will be the first Australian to win the award. Past winners include such legendary figures in world cinema as Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep in Pictured: Nicole in The Hours. The role that won her an Academy Award in 2003

Nicole first performed in 1973 and would be the 49th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The ageless redhead worked with some of the biggest filmmakers of the era in her four-decade career, including Stanley Kubrick, George Miller, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Sidney Pollack, and Lars von Trier.

Starting her career in Australia, after being born in Hawaii in 1967, Nicole first rose to fame as a child actress in pictures like Bush Christmas (1983) and BMX Bandits (1983).

Her international breakthrough came with the Kennedy Miller production, the thriller Dead Calm in 1989, co-starring Sam Neill (pictured)

Her international breakthrough came with the Kennedy Miller production, the thriller Dead Calm in 1989, co-starring Sam Neill (pictured)

She later achieved significant acclaim for playing a rebellious teen from the 1960s in Kennedy Miller’s popular mini-series Vietnam (1987).

Her international breakthrough came with another Kennedy Miller production, the thriller Dead Calm in 1989, co-starring Sam Neill.

Nicole later made three films with Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise between 1990 and 1999: Thunder days, far and away with his eyes closed.

Nicole co-starred in the 1990 box office hit Day of Thunder (pictured)

Nicole co-starred in the 1990 box office hit Day of Thunder (pictured)

The couple married in 1990 when Kidman was 23 years old, then divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage.

Among Nicole’s major films are To Die For (1995), Lion (2016), Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008), Moulin Rouge! (2001) – for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Nicole, who has continued to earn praise from fans, peers, and critics for her versatility, is one of the most honored actresses of her generation.

Her accolades include six Golden Globe Awards, one BAFTA Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress for Hours in 2003.

Nicole has continued to earn praise from fans, peers, and critics for her versatility and is one of the most honored actresses of her generation Picture: Nicole in To Die For in 1995

Nicole has continued to earn praise from fans, peers, and critics for her versatility and is one of the most honored actresses of her generation Picture: Nicole in To Die For in 1995

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