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Nicole Kidman's Favorite Toy Was Something Her Mother Refused to Buy

Nicole Kidman's favorite toy was a Barbie, but her mother, Janelle Ann Kidman, wouldn't let her have one. Kidman really wanted one, so she ended up taking one from a store. Her mom finally caved in and got Nicole the doll. Later on, the mother and grandmother would make their own life-sized Barbie clothes for the future actress.

Released on 12/19/2017

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Starring: Nicole Kidman

Transcript

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[Lynn] What was your favorite toy growing up?
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A Barbie.
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And that was to the chagrin of my mother,
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because obviously, she was like, you know,
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Barbies are not something she wanted me to have,
00:17
because they have the perfect form.
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Particularly at that time, they hadn't been sort of changed,
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so they were the thing that every feminist was like,
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no little girl should be playing with a Barbie.
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But I just wanted a Barbie.
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It was like, I just want a Barbie.
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'Cause everyone else has a Barbie.
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So them my mum went, okay, you know,
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after a situation where I took a Barbie
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from the store, and then my mum made me take it back,
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and then she was like, I'll buy my daughter a Barbie.
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And then my grandmother--
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[Lynn] So you actually stole a Barbie?
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I took a Barbie.
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I was a baby.
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[Lynn] I know, it's okay.
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I just wanted the Barbie.
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And my mum was like, no, you're not allowed
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to have a Barbie, and then she realized.
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Oh my gosh, I've gotta buy her a Barbie.
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So, you know, I hung my head in shame,
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and gave the Barbie back, and then my mum paid money
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for the Barbie.
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But my grandmother was the most beautiful seamstress,
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and my mother is a beautiful seamstress,
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so they made me the most beautiful Barbie clothes
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you've ever seen in your life.
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I mean, gorgeous.
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Like, embroidered, and all little tiny, tiny buttons
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down the back.
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I mean, we're talking exquisite work.
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Which is where my love of fashion started.
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I've got a lot of those clothes still.
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Up in the attic, my mum keeps them.