Star struck: Naples residents catch glimpse of Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban around town

Keith Urban & Nicloe Kidman signed a pair of champagne flutes for the Naples International Film Festival's Celebrity Glass Auction while they were in town.

Keith Urban & Nicloe Kidman signed a pair of champagne flutes for the Naples International Film Festival's Celebrity Glass Auction while they were in town.

Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and musician Keith Urban arrive at the party for the paperboy at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Photo by Francois Mori

Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and musician Keith Urban arrive at the party for the paperboy at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Christian Duenas had been waiting a year to see Spider-Man.

But ask the Naples resident about the movie and he can't tell you a thing. He was more excited about the two celebrities sitting beside him at the Hollywood 20.

Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, Grammy Award-winning country singer Keith Urban, were spotted walking around Naples over the Fourth of July holiday, giving a thrill to many who spotted them.

"It was unbelievable," said Duenas, whose wife alerted him to the stars sitting next to them through a text message.

Duenas and his wife talked about asking them for an autograph or maybe a photo, but decided to wait until after the movie.

"It was the longest hour of my life," he said.

But, Duenas said the couple left after the first half of the movie, both standing up at the same time and exiting the theater. Duenas said he went out a couple of minutes later to try and get an autograph, but they were gone. Still, he admits it was a nice story.

It's unclear how Kidman and Urban discovered Naples, but it might have something to do with Kidman's famous ex-husband, Tom Cruise. Cruise's mother, Mary Lee South, was a resident of Marco Island before moving away several years ago.

Or maybe the connection is Urban's. Country singers Alan Jackson and Shania Twain had homes in Collier County, although both have since sold them.

Sal Geraci, the manager at Sea Salt, said the couple did dine in the restaurant on Tuesday evening, confirming reports in US Weekly Magazine.

"They were very low-key, trying to stay as private as possible," he said. "They were very cordial, very friendly. They had a little dinner and left."

Geraci said he saw the couple walking Third Street South on the Fourth of July, perusing the stores before being recognized and leaving. He said he thought it was great that Naples had some star power come to town.

"I think Naples lends itself to a quiet little hideaway," he said.

But Third Street South wasn't the only district that attracted the Kidman and Urban, who have been married for six years and have two daughters. They were also spotted on Fifth Avenue South earlier in the week.

Phil McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth, said Kidman and Urban dined at Truluck's earlier in the week, were spotted walking around Fifth Avenue South and even stopped by McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill.

"They're definitely in town," he said.

Frank Conrad Russen, who is on the board of the Naples International Film Festival, said he spotted Kidman and Urban at Badass Coffee on Third Street South this week. He asked the couple to autograph two champagne flutes for an auction to raise money for the festival. Kidman signed the glass with a heart and Urban signed his glass and added a peace sign, Russen said.

"They told me it was a great cause and they would be happy to do it," he said. "She couldn't have been more gracious and kind. I didn't speak to them long.

"I know how precious coffee time is in the morning."

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GiftedOne writes:

in response to thepartyofknow:

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Move to another country. Your not wanted here.

joeblow writes:

I saw "Hussein" playing golf in South Hampton.

gladesgator writes:

I really could give a rip but the point I would make is that if NDN wants celebrities to visit here maybe its better to respect their privacy and not publish an article about their simple visit. I guess it is some bit of news that they would visit a ratty theater line Hollywood 20 though..

cozyboy writes:

They're so cool they can't even sit through the whole movie? Probably wanted to get away from the guy that got the text message! Urban ain't no George Jones that's for sure.

Bramble writes:

I would agree with previous post. Many celebrities come here all year. They come to blend in and quietly enjoy their visit.

Splashing their pictures online with screaming headlines spoils that and they may not return, and could possibly spread the word that Naples has changed.

So keep a lid on it, please.

justanfair writes:

Elton John lives in Atlanta and chose it long term because he could shop and eat out without gawkers and autograph seekers. Time we stopped being so celebrity conscious. They put their pants on one leg at a time just like us....

elnuestros writes:

Celebrities were once common in Naples, largely because of the unwritten code that respected their privacy.

Mamie Eisenhower often wintered at the Beach Club. Nobody bothered her, because the newspaper in those days didn’t need to rile up the fanboys with “celebrity sighting” stories.

I think that era ended when the NDN decided to let everyone know that Larry Byrd bought a house in town.

PS: It should be “thepartyofknownothing.”

Max_Headroom writes:

I guess they hated the 'NEW' Spiderman also.

Max_Headroom writes:

in response to GiftedOne:

Move to another country. Your not wanted here.

It's "you're", not "your" you 'short bus' rider.

swfl_ff writes:

in response to elnuestros:

Celebrities were once common in Naples, largely because of the unwritten code that respected their privacy.

Mamie Eisenhower often wintered at the Beach Club. Nobody bothered her, because the newspaper in those days didn’t need to rile up the fanboys with “celebrity sighting” stories.

I think that era ended when the NDN decided to let everyone know that Larry Byrd bought a house in town.

PS: It should be “thepartyofknownothing.”

I remember back when the Eisenhower's would visit almost every year. Many celebrities did indeed visit here back in the 70's and 80's because it was an out of the way place where the media wouldn't find them and the locals respected their privacy. It's a shame that the NDN feels that they have to be the Paparazzi now a days.

Therealist writes:

in response to GiftedOne:

Move to another country. Your not wanted here.

ANOTHER username? Get a life.

Gifted1 writes:

in response to Therealist:

ANOTHER username? Get a life.

Try not to hyperventilate. A work and a home computer possibly? Not a real difficult one to figure out.

Gifted1 writes:

in response to Max_Headroom:

It's "you're", not "your" you 'short bus' rider.

Oh now, love the fact you hate the messenger, and love the message.

Gifted1 writes:

in response to thepartyofknow:

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Like standing tall behind one of the two parties? They both are infested and to pick a side is ridiculous. Religion and politics. The place where men with no morals or souls go........

Here4Now writes:

If you are trying to drive away celebrities from ever coming to Naples, keep it up NDN.

And yes, it IS wierd that they would be at that crappy sticky firetrap Hollywood 20. That's really gotta burn Silverspot!

BobinNaples writes:

in response to thepartyofknow:

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Jesus. If you have such a great need for news of terror, fear and doom, why not stick with just Fox News instead of NDN?

BobinNaples writes:

"But, Duenas said the couple left after the first half of the movie, both standing up at the same time and exiting the theater."

Nice job freaking them out, creepy stalker.

qwerty writes:

I agree that an article in the newspaper is not necessary... give them some privacy!

double_d writes:

Two celebs visit Naples. Eighteen political comments from the same bunch of a## clowns.

quitcomplaining writes:

s----- articles like this will keep celebrities out of Naples. Remember when they pulbished the address (with a map, no less) of Larry Bird's residence? No wonder he moved. Give the celebrities some peace and quiet. The editor should be reprimanded for allowing these ridiculous articles.

bh1799 writes:

in response to thepartyofknow:

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You are forgetting all of the things the GOP want to take away - ... rights for women, rights for everyone! If they had their way they would decide everything for all of us.
NO WAY IN Hxxx.

wentfishn writes:

They might have gone into Walmart and said" what Country are we in".

upagain writes:

If this keeps celebrities out of Naples. NDN keep writing.

stonnerjohnnyII writes:

I saw Sean Christian Barton this morning when I was getting my bagel. It was unbelievable! He was so nice, and cute! I can't believe I got to see him!

OP writes:

Naples newest advertising campaign to attract A-list visitors:
COME TO NAPLES, EXPERIENCE STALKING

MisterK writes:

I rarely criticize NDN. But, this IS an important issue. Please drop the celebrity sightings stories. Naples living has been characterized in many ways over the past 50 years. One character trait of this community lifestyle is non-labeling. We don't want our visitors defined, unless they're self-proclaimed snow birds. Letting people be themselves is part of making a place special. Respecting recognizable people with privacy is important. Keep it up NDN, and you'll be left with Remember When articles on celebrity sightings. Please be responsible and properly reflect the intellectual elevation of this community by not dragging down our local press with invitations to residents to share their celebrity sighting experience, then publishing it.

ChancelorKitty writes:

I agree. If celebrities want to visit here, they don't want their visit plastered all over the front page. You just guaranteed that they won't be back!!!!

Next time NDN, just let them be. This story didn't sell one paper, so leave it out!!!

dmarko326 writes:

this is the "new staff" vs the "old staff" editorial board. I hear alot of them come from sickago. Back in the day, "old staff" had more common sense . Back when it was a quiet community oriented piece vs this liberal rag it is today.

quitcomplaining writes:

The Larry Bird article was from the "old staff", well over a dozen years ago.

gladesgator writes:

NDN, at least make this interesting and tell us why these folkes would go ratty old Hollywood 20 instead of a private screening. At least the theater at Coconut Point is half way nice, their Limo could have taken then there.

swfl_ff writes:

in response to double_d:

Two celebs visit Naples. Eighteen political comments from the same bunch of a## clowns.

It's amazing isn't it? No matter what the topic more than likely the comments will turn into yet another political debate. There are plenty of articles where political debate is appropriate but every article?

Time for some people to get lives.

swfl_ff writes:

in response to MisterK:

I rarely criticize NDN. But, this IS an important issue. Please drop the celebrity sightings stories. Naples living has been characterized in many ways over the past 50 years. One character trait of this community lifestyle is non-labeling. We don't want our visitors defined, unless they're self-proclaimed snow birds. Letting people be themselves is part of making a place special. Respecting recognizable people with privacy is important. Keep it up NDN, and you'll be left with Remember When articles on celebrity sightings. Please be responsible and properly reflect the intellectual elevation of this community by not dragging down our local press with invitations to residents to share their celebrity sighting experience, then publishing it.

I agree with everything you said. The NDN should be ashamed of this mindless piece of trash article.

JakeBrake writes:

Hey Ndn nobody gives a ( insert vulgar word here ) by the way Judge Judy lives here Tom Arnold has a home here Bob Seagr has a home here . And countless other people nobody cares they come here to be normal people let them be .

romneygate writes:

in response to thepartyofknow:

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Your psychiatrist has the answers. Lie down and listen.

romneygate writes:

in response to Max_Headroom:

It's "you're", not "your" you 'short bus' rider.

Max-Headcase remains picking up on all the "essentials".

jt1120 writes:

in response to bh1799:

You are forgetting all of the things the GOP want to take away - ... rights for women, rights for everyone! If they had their way they would decide everything for all of us.
NO WAY IN Hxxx.

It's actually "the party of NO," as in NO health care for those who can't afford it, NO rights for women, NO concept of how to properly declare a war (thanks W), NO we couldn't catch Bin Laden but the Dems did, NO WMD's after all, and NO chance of winning in 2012 with Romney.

Now, back to the topic: let Keith and Nicole enjoy our area without hounding them. This article was a waste.

brown writes:

Fourth tier newspaper!

QueBonita writes:

It must be hell to never having a normal life. They can't comfortably pass gas without a bunch of star-struck fools swooning over the scent, or a reporter trying to record it...

brown writes:

Just saw Jay Leno in Aspen.

QueBonita writes:

Elvis is sitting under the pier, wearing a big straw hat, waving at teen-age girls who haven't the slightest idea who he is.

anotherPOV writes:

What makes you people think that they want to avoid publicity. They seek the limelight, it's what they do. Why else would they leave halfway through, that way they can get everyone's attention and not get lost in the crowd.

QueBonita writes:

Perhaps they left halfway because they didn't like the flick?
Or maybe they didn't want to be mobbed in the lobby?

theoryofdisaster writes:

I saw a guy holding a WILL WORK FOR FOOD sign at the 107. Really?? Who cares, so celebriies came to Naples and spent some money, I would much rather see that that some crack woman of allegedly ill repute hanging out in front of the casino begging for change.

skiffbug writes:

Who really cares? I mean the economy is trashed, thanks Obama, and all we care about is some celebrities in Naples. Big deal. When the jobs come back and people start going back to work, then print something that the readers can be proud about, okay?

SeeFuture writes:

Moved here from Nashville, where we met and shared friendships with countless music, sports and film celebrities. Met them shopping, at music venues, at volunteer events, and even a Honda showroom and waiting in line at Wal-Mart. All very nice, comfortable, and dedicated. When you meet them be nice, don't gawk, and you will be surprised by their kindness. And they will appreciate your sincerity.

garyOfTheGulf writes:

Thats nothing I saw Caroline Renfro at Sneaky Pete's the other night!!

mkc writes:

+VERY LOW CLASS NDN, GIVE SOME PEOPLE SOME COMMON CURTOSITY..

THEY HAD TO LEAVE THE MOVIE EARLY, PROABLY BECAUSE THIS s----- PERSON COULD NOT WAIT TO GET THERE AUTOGRAGH... GIVE ME A BREAK... LET PEOPLE ENJOY THERE NIGHT OUT IN NAPLES... WHO CARES WHAT RESTUARANT THEY WENT TOO!!! EVERYBODY, is so immature...

Spock_is_logical writes:

Someone should have told them about Silverspot and Mercato...

Spock_is_logical writes:

Somebody should have told them about Mercato and Silverspot...

shwing writes:

I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Joes....

I agree: a) the country bumpkins at the theater forced them to leave early with the texting, nudging, pointing, staring. Why do you even consider asking for an autograph or a picture? You can just TELL your friends you saw them.
b) the guy who saw them drinking the coffee in the morning decided to 'let them be' and enjoy their breakfast...AFTER he bothered them and walked up with two glasses for them to sign.
c) NDN should relax and maybe mention these visits long after celebrities leave. During their visit some yahoo at NDN wrote about the possibly being in town and to 'let us know if you spot them and where'.....
Famous people really don't want total strangers in their face all day, especially ON VACATION.

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