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Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Date of Birth: 25. September 1969
Place of Birth: Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Birth Name: Catherine Jones
Nick Names: Cathy / Cath
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)







Biography

Catherine Zeta Jones, CBE (pronounced /ˈziːtə/ "zeeta"; born 25 September 1969), now hyphenated as Catherine Zeta-Jones, is a Welsh actress, currently based in the United States. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of UK and US television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as The Phantom, The Mask of Zorro, Ocean's Twelve and Entrapment in the late 1990s. She won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for portraying Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago. In 2010 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Desiree in A Little Night Music.

Early life

She was born Catherine Zeta Jones in Swansea, South Wales to Patricia (née Fair), an Irish seamstress, and David James Jones (b. 1946), a Welsh sweet factory owner. Her name stems from those of her grandmothers — her maternal grandmother, Catherine Fair, and her paternal grandmother, Zeta Jones (1917 – 14 August 2008).

Zeta-Jones was raised Catholic. After her parents won £100,000 at Bingo in the 1980s, they moved to St. Andrews Drive in Mayals, an upper middle class area of Swansea. Jones left the private Dumbarton House School early, to further her acting ambitions without obtaining O levels. She then attended The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, west London, for a full-time three-year course in musical theatre.

Career

Early work (1979–1995)

Catherine Zeta-Jones's stage career began in childhood. She often performed at friends' and family functions, and was part of a local dance troupe, The Hazel Johnson School of Dance, which rehearsed at St Alban's church, Treboeth. Zeta-Jones made her professional acting debut when she played the lead in Annie, a production at Swansea Grand Theatre. When she was 14, Mickey Dolenz cast her as Tallulah in Bugsy Malone. She then went on, at the age of 17 in 1986, to a part in the chorus of The Pajama Game at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester starring Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley. The show subsequently toured the UK and then, in 1987, Zeta-Jones starred in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Zeta-Jones was cast in the leading role after the actress playing Peggy Sawyer and the understudy fell ill. She also played Mae Jones in the Kurt Weill opera Street Scene with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum Theatre in 1989. Once the show closed, the actress traveled to France, where she received the lead role in French director Philippe de Broca's Les 1001 Nuits 1001 Nights (also known as Sheherazade), her feature film debut.

Her singing and dancing ability suggested a promising future, but it was in a straight acting role, as Mariette in the successful British television adaptation of H. E. Bates' The Darling Buds of May, that brought her to public attention and made her a British tabloid darling. She briefly flirted with a musical career, beginning with a part in the 1992 album Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of Spartacus, from which the single "For All Time" was released in 1992. It reached #36 in the UK charts. She went on to release the singles "In the Arms of Love", "I Can't Help Myself", and a duet with David Essex, "True Love Ways", reaching #38 in the UK singles chart in 1994. She also starred in an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, as well as in Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.

She continued to find moderate success with a number of television projects, including The Return of the Native (1994) based on the novel of the same name and the mini-series Catherine the Great (1995). She also appeared in Splitting Heirs (1993), a comedy starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis and John Cleese.

Breakthrough (1996–2001)

In 1996, she was cast as the evil aviatrix Sala in the action film, The Phantom, based on the comic by Lee Falk. The following year, she starred in the CBS mini-series Titanic, which also starred Tim Curry and Peter Gallagher. Steven Spielberg, who noted her performance in the mini-series, recommended her to Martin Campbell, the director of The Mask of Zorro. Zeta-Jones subsequently landed a lead role in the film, alongside compatriot Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas. She learned dancing, riding, sword-fighting and took part in dialect classes to play her role as Elena. Commenting on her performance, Variety noted, "Zeta-Jones is bewitchingly lovely as the center of everyone's attention, and she throws herself into the often physical demands of her role with impressive grace." In 1999, she co-starred with Sean Connery in the film Entrapment, and alongside Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor in The Haunting.

In 2000, she starred in the critically acclaimed Traffic with future husband Michael Douglas. Traffic earned praise from the press, with the critic for the Dallas Observer calling the movie "a remarkable achievement in filmmaking, a beautiful and brutal work". Zeta-Jones's performance earned her her first Golden Globe nomination, as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

After taking the lead role of America's Sweethearts, a 2001 film which also starred Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack some thought her career might suffer because the movie was panned by the critics for poor screenwriting, directing and acting. Despite the poor reviews, it was a hit at the box office grossing over $138 million worldwide.

International success (2002–present)

In 2002, Zeta-Jones continued her momentum and played murderous vaudevillian Velma Kelly in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. Her performance was praised by the press, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer which stated, "Zeta-Jones makes a wonderfully statuesque and bitchy saloon goddess." Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. For her role in Chicago, she specifically requested a 1920s-style short bob wig, so her face could be seen and fans would not doubt she did all her dancing herself.

In 2003, she voiced Marina in the animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas opposite Brad Pitt, as well as starring as serial divorcee Marilyn Rexroth in the black comedy Intolerable Cruelty with George Clooney. In 2004, she played air hostess Amelia Warren in The Terminal as well as Europol agent Isabel Lahiri in Ocean's Twelve, the sequel to Ocean's Eleven. In 2005, she reprised her role as Elena in The Legend of Zorro, the sequel to The Mask of Zorro. In 2007, she starred in the romantic comedy No Reservations, a remake of the German film Mostly Martha, and in 2008 starred alongside Guy Pearce and Saoirse Ronan in Death Defying Acts, a biopic about legendary escapologist Harry Houdini. In 2009, Zeta-Jones starred in romantic comedy The Rebound, in which she played a 40-year old mother of two who falls in love with a younger man, played by Justin Bartha.

In August 2009, it was announced she would return to her musical roots and make her Broadway debut in the revival of A Little Night Music with Angela Lansbury, beginning December 2009. She is currently starring in the role of Desiree. For her performance, Zeta-Jones received an Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, as well as a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In her Tony acceptance speech, Zeta-Jones created controversy by shouting to husband Michael Douglas: "See that man over there? He's a movie star and I get to sleep with him every night!". She has since apologised, stating "I can't believe I said something...as crass as that."

Apart from her acting career, Zeta-Jones is also an advertising spokeswoman, currently the global spokeswoman for cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden. She has appeared in numerous TV commercials for the phone company T-Mobile, and one for Alfa Romeo. She is also the spokeswoman for Di Modolo jewelry.

Zeta-Jones was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

Personal life

Zeta-Jones is married to actor Michael Douglas, sharing the same birthday, making him exactly 25 years her senior. She claims that when they met, he used the line "I'd like to father your children." They were married at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on 18 November 2000. A traditional Welsh choir (Côr Cymraeg Rehoboth) sang at their wedding. Her Welsh gold wedding ring includes a Celtic motif and was purchased in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth. They have two children. Their son, Dylan Michael Douglas (named after Dylan Thomas), was born on 8 August 2000, with Zeta Jones's pregnancy incorporated into her role in Traffic. Their daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, was born on 20 April 2003. Zeta-Jones has two brothers, David and Lyndon.[15] Her father's cousin is married to singer Bonnie Tyler, from nearby Neath, Wales. Her younger brother, Lyndon Jones, is her personal manager and producer for Milkwood Films. Zeta-Jones's parents recently moved from their Mayals property to a £2 million home two miles (3 km) further west along the Swansea coast, paid for by their daughter.

In 2004, Douglas and Zeta-Jones took legal action against stalker Dawnette Knight, who was accused of sending violent letters to the couple that contained graphic threats on Catherine's life. Testifying, Zeta-Jones said the threats left her so shaken she feared a nervous breakdown.[16] Knight claimed she had been in love with Douglas and admitted to the offenses, which took place between October 2003 and May 2004. She was sentenced to three years in prison.

In the media

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders parodied Zeta-Jones as a vacuous über-celebrity named Catherine Spartacus-Zeta-Douglas-Jones on their show French & Saunders in the series Back With a Vengeance. Catherine Spartacus-Zeta-Douglas-Jones alternates between a strong Welsh accent and a strong American accent and uses Welsh-language phrases when she speaks.

Zeta-Jones is also parodied in the BBC's The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson by Debra Stephenson reading Beauty and the Beast also alternating between strong Welsh and American accents.

Zeta is mentioned in the song Hollywood by Marina and the Diamonds in the line "Oh my God, you look just like Shakira no, no, you're Catherine Zeta, actually my name's Marina".

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Les 1001 nuits Scheherazade English: 1001 Nights
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Beatriz
1993 Splitting Heirs Kitty
1994 The Cinder Path Victoria Chapman
The Return of the Native Eustacia Vye
1995 Catherine the Great Catherine II
Blue Juice Chloe
1996 The Phantom Sala
1998 The Mask of Zorro Eléna (De La Vega) Montero
1999 Entrapment Virginia Baker
The Haunting Theo
2000 High Fidelity Charlie Nicholson
Traffic Helena Ayala

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2001 America's Sweethearts Gwen Harrison
2002 Chicago Velma Kelly
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Marina Voice role
Intolerable Cruelty Marylin Rexroth
2004 The Terminal Amelia Warren
Ocean's Twelve Isabel Lahiri
2005 The Legend of Zorro Elena de la Vega Murrieta
2007 No Reservations Kate Armstrong
2008 Death Defying Acts Mary McGarvie
2009 The Rebound Sandy
2011 Cleo Cleopatra Pre-Production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Out of the Blue Chirsty BBC Television Play

1991–1993

The Darling Buds of May Mariette 18 episodes; Credited as Catherine Zeta Jones
1992 Coup de foudre<ref>[1]</ref> Unknown Episode "Résurgence"
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Maya Episode "Palestine, October 1917"
1996 Titanic Isabella Paradine TV mini-series
2005 Saturday Night Live Guest Host 1 Episode

Discography

Year Recording
2002 Chicago [Soundtrack]
2010 A Little Night Music [2010 Broadway Revival Cast Recording]

Trivia

  • Is a trained singer and dancer.
  • Her father was the manager of a candy factory.
  • Became engaged to Michael Douglas in Aspen, Colorado. [31 December 1999]
  • Chosen one of 1998's Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
  • Her first child with fiance Michael Douglas, a boy named Dylan Michael was born on 8 August 2000 about 6 p.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The baby weighed in at 7 pounds and seven ounces and measured 21-1/2 inches.
  • Sister of David A. Jones, an executive at Initial Entertainment group, the company that co-financed Traffic (2000).
  • Named after her grandmothers: Catherine Fair on her mother's side, and Zeta Jones on her fathers.
  • Catherine and husband Michael Douglas share the same birthday, 25 years apart. He was born 25 September 1944; she was born 25 September 1969.
  • Daughter-in-law of Kirk Douglas and Diana Douglas.
  • Stepmother of Cameron Douglas.
  • Sister-in-law of Joel Douglas, Peter Douglas and the late Eric Douglas.
  • Her character in Traffic (2000) was changed to a pregnant woman, because Zeta-Jones herself was pregnant at the time with her son, Dylan.
  • Speaks Welsh fluently.
  • Measurements: 34C-25-36. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
  • Mother is Irish, father is Welsh.
  • She portrayed Palene, the beautiful Thracian prophetess and woman of Spartacus, in Jeff Wayne's 1992 musical version of "Spartacus." The role of Spartacus was played by her future father-in-law, Kirk Douglas, in Stanley Kubrick's motion picture Spartacus (1960).
  • In the June 1998 of Yahoo! Internet magazine, she was listed as the number one actress being searched on Yahoo!.
  • Gave birth to her first daughter, named Carys Zeta Douglas, early Easter morning in New Jersey (April 20, 2003).
  • A traditional Welsh choir sang at her wedding.
  • Her wedding ring includes a Celtic motif and was bought in a Welsh town called Aberystwyth.
  • Hired as the spokeswoman for T-Mobile cellular communications [2003]
  • As a child, she was exposed to a virus that gave her breathing difficulties. This required a tracheotomy surgery, which ultimately left a surgical scar on her neck.
  • Is an avid fan of musicals, particularly the ones she saw as a child: Mary Poppins (1964) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).
  • Thursday December 11 2003 she was a hostess, together with husband Michael Douglas, at the 2003 annual Nobel Peace Price Concert in Oslo Spectrum in Oslo, Norway.
  • Ocean's Twelve (2004) reunited her with previous colleagues Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle.
  • She is a spokesperson for Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics.
  • Was born in Swansea but grew up in the small seaside town of Mumbles in Wales.
  • Her production company is Milkwood Films, named after the play "Under Milkwood" by Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. She and Thomas are both from the same Welsh town, Swansea.
  • Her friend, singer Bonnie Tyler, sang at her wedding. Both Zeta-Jones and Tyler come from the same region of Wales.
  • She released the singles "For All Time" in 1989, "In the Arms of Love" and "I Can't Help Myself" in 1995 and a duet with David Essex, "True Love Ways", which was her only chart single. It appeared at #38 in the UK Top 75 singles chart in 1994.
  • Ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
  • In addition to Michael Douglas, she also shares a birthday with Will Smith, Heather Locklear, Barbara Walters, Michael Madsen and the late Christopher Reeve.
  • 21 October 2004 - Filed lawsuit against the Spice House, "Reno's Friendliest Topless Cabaret" for the unauthorized use of her photo on its website.
  • On an awards show, speaking of her role of Velma Kelly in the movie Chicago (2002), she stated that while it was as exciting, it was almost as painful as giving birth to her son.
  • In 1992 the Columbia single 'For All Time' peaked at #36 in the UK charts; In 1995 she spent a week on the UK chart at #72 with 'In the Arms of Love'.
  • Ranked as #68 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
  • Named #82 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
  • Was once engaged to Angus Macfadyen.
  • Was considered for the role of Jane Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
  • Was originally approached to play "Roxie" in Chicago (2002), but wanted to play Velma Kelly because of the song "All That Jazz". Renée Zellweger ended up winning the role of Roxie.
  • In 2004, she began a two year $20 million contract to endorse T-Mobile.
  • Turned down the role of Claudia Nardi in the musical Nine (2009) when Rob Marshall refused to expand the part for the film. Nicole Kidman was later cast instead.
  • Was in consideration for the part of Satine in Moulin Rouge! (2001) but Nicole Kidman, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
  • Born at 2:40 PM (MET).
  • The 2009 Sunday Times estimates her and husband Michael Douglas' net worth at $278 million.
  • She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Out of the Blue Chirsty BBC Television Play

1991–1993

The Darling Buds of May Mariette 18 episodes; Credited as Catherine Zeta Jones
1992 Coup de foudre<ref>[2]</ref> Unknown Episode "Résurgence"
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Maya Episode "Palestine, October 1917"
1996 Titanic Isabella Paradine TV mini-series
2005 Saturday Night Live Guest Host 1 Episode

Nude Photo Gallery

Catherine Zeta-Jones boob slip from The Mask Of Zorro
Catherine Zeta-Jones boob slip from The Mask of Zorro (1998).
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi photos on the balcony with her boyfriend
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi photos with her boyfriend in the balcony.
Catherina Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi photos with her boyfriend on a yacht
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi photos with her boyfriend on a yacht.
Catherine Zeta-Jones in a two-piece bikini, but wearing only one piece
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless beach paparazzi, in 1992.
Catherine Zeta-Jones sexy photoshoot from a magazine in a c-thru dress.
Catherina Zeta-Jones in a nice black C-thru dress from a photo shoot.
Catherine Zeta Jones completely topless from the movie 1001 nights, 1990
Catherine Zeta-Jones completely topless, 20 yrs old, from the movie Les 1001 nuits (1990).
Catherine Zeta-Jones jumping topless into the ocean, paprazzi.
Catherina Zeta-Jones jumping topless into the ocean, paparazzi photo.
Catherine Zeta-Jones totally naked, sitting in someone's lap from the movie Les 1001 nuits (1990)
Catherine Zeta-Jones falls from the sky naked, in the lap of an Arabian man from Les 1001 nuits (1990).
Catherine Zeta-Jones naked from Les 1001 nuits, 1990
Catherina Zeta-Jones totally naked from the movie Les 1001 nuits (1990).
Catherine Zeta-Jones, young topless photo from "The Play on One" Out of the Blue (1991)
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless young photo from the series Out of the Blue:The Play on One (1991).
Catherina Zeta-Jones showing her ass from the movie 1001 nuits
Catherine Zeta-Jones showing her ass from the old movie Les 1001 nuits (1990).
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi.
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless beach paparazzi
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless beach paparazzi photos.
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi photo while pregnant, awesome boobs
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless paparazzi photos while pregnant, awesome boobs.
Catherine Zeta-Jones sexy wallpaper, spreading her legs open wide
Catherine Zeta-Jones sexy wallpaper, spreading her legs open wide.
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless, pregnant, and smoking
Catherine Zeta-Jones topless, pregnant and smoking, paparazzi photo in Mexico.

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