Aussie Confidential

Australians have been the talk of Hollywood this year, snapping up prestigious film and TV honors, threatening to rule the Academy Awards (Oscar hopefuls include Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) and generally inspiring feelings of inadequacy in less hearty actors from other nations. Yet many of those who now claim the immigrant-rich country as their own were not born Down Under: a guide.

--By Harriet Barovick

MEL GIBSON (We Were Soldiers) Born: Peekskill, N.Y. Moved: 1968, age 12 "The longest I've ever been away is a couple of years...I'll always come back."

RUSSELL CROWE (A Beautiful Mind) Born: Wellington, New...

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