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Overview (3)

Born in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Birth NameCatherine Zeta Jones
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, Wales (and raised in the nearby town of Mumbles), the only daughter of Patricia (nee Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. She attended Dumbarton House School (Swansea). Her father (the son of Bertram (1912-1970) and Zeta Davies Jones (1917-2008)) is of Welsh descent and her mother (the daughter of William (1921-2000) and Catherine O'Callaghan Fair (1920-2001) ) is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (born 1967), a development executive, and Lyndon Jones (born 1972), who works at her production company. Her birth name was simply Catherine Jones, but she added her paternal grandmother's name ("Zeta") so as to stand out from the many other young women with the exact same name.

She showed an interest early on in entertainment. She starred on stage in "Annie", "Bugsy Malone" and "The Pajama Game". At age 15, she had the lead in the British revival of "42nd Street". She was originally cast as the second understudy for the lead role in the musical but when the star and first understudy became sick the night the play's producer was in the audience, she was given the lead for the rest of the musical's production. She first made a name for herself in the early 1990s when she starred in the Yorkshire Television comedy/drama series The Darling Buds of May (1991). The series was a success and made her one of the United Kingdom's most popular television actresses.

She subsequently played supporting roles in several films including Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), the miniseries Catherine the Great (1995) and a larger role as the seductive Sala in The Phantom (1996) before landing her breakthrough role playing the fiery Elena opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998). She starred in many big-budget blockbusters like Entrapment (1999), The Haunting (1999) and Traffic (2000), for which many believed she was robbed of an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as murderous vaudevillian Velma Kelly in the musical comedy Chicago (2002). She then appeared opposite George Clooney in Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and reprised her starring role in the sequel The Legend of Zorro (2005).

In November 2000, she married actor Michael Douglas. She gave birth to their son Dylan Michael in August 2000 followed by daughter, Carys, in April 2003. She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TrendEkiD@aol.com

Family (4)

Spouse Michael Douglas (18 November 2000 - present)  (2 children)
Children Cameron Douglas
Dylan Douglas
Carys Douglas
Parents Fair, Patricia
Jones, David James
Relatives David A. Jones (sibling)

Trade Mark (3)

Curvaceous, buxom figure
Seductive deep voice
Her unique dancing

Trivia (76)

The daughter of David and Catherine (née Fair) Jones (both born 1946), Catherine Zeta-Jones is a trained singer and dancer. She moved to London from Wales at age 15 and acquired her first actor's guild card that same year.
(December 31, 1999) Got engaged to her boyfriend of a year, Michael Douglas in Aspen, Colorado.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the Most Beautiful People in the World (1998).
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 father's.
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.
Her character in Traffic (2000) was changed to a pregnant woman, because Zeta-Jones herself was pregnant at the time with her son, Dylan.
Her father is of Welsh ancestry, and her mother is of Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry.
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!.
A traditional Welsh choir sang at her wedding.
Her wedding ring includes a Celtic motif and was bought in a Welsh town called Aberystwyth.
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).
On December 11, 2003, she was a hostess, together with husband Michael Douglas, at the 2003 annual Nobel Peace Prize 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.
Celebrity spokesperson for Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics.
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".
(October 21, 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 #68 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Ranked #82 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" special supplement.
Engaged to Angus Macfadyen from May 1995 to August 1996.
She was considered for the role of Jane Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), which went to Angelina Jolie.
She was originally approached to play Roxie Hart 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 Hart.
In 2004, she began a two year $20 million contract as the spokeswoman of T-Mobile.
She turned down the role of Claudia Nardi in the musical Nine (2009) when Rob Marshall refused to expand the role for the film. Nicole Kidman was later cast instead.
She was considered for the role of Satine in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) but Nicole Kidman, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
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.
Won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Desiree in "A Little Night Music" (2010).
Was seven months pregnant with her son Dylan when she completed filming on Traffic (2000).
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her son Dylan in order to begin filming America's Sweethearts (2001).
Admitted herself into Silver Hills Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut on April 6, 2011 for a five-day treatment of her Bipolar II Disorder before leaving the hospital on April 11, 2011.
Her wedding dress was designed by Christian Lacroix.
Met her husband, Michael Douglas, at the Deauville Film Festival in September 1998, while she was promoting her upcoming film, The Mask of Zorro (1998).
When she was age 14, former Monkees star Micky Dolenz was touring Britain in a musical that required the participation of local teens in each city it visited. She auditioned for the Welsh version of the show and won a chorus spot. She so impressed the producers that they whisked her off to London to star in a production of "The Pyjama Game".
She began singing and dancing at the age of four, largely as a result of her involvement with the local Catholic congregation's amateur performing troupe. She began acting at age 11, playing the lean in a production of "Annie", and at age 13, starred in a West End production of the musical "Bugsy Malone".
Before moving to Los Angeles, California, she had a house in Fulham, London, England.
Her birth name is Catherine Jones, but she took her grandmother's name (on her father's side) because there were many other Catherine Jones, especially in her school class.
Listed on Ask men.com as one of the 99 "most desirable" women (2002 #57) (2001 #5) (2003 #36).
The British press gave her the nickname "Catherine Zeta, The Maneater" due to her busy love life at the time.
Attended Dumbarton House School in Swansea, Wales.
In the 1980s, her parents won £100.000 at the game of Bingo and moved to St. Andrews Drive in Mayals, uptown Swansea.
Ranked #11 on Rateitall.com as one of people's favorite actresses. [April 2005]
Likes listening to soul music. Is a huge fan of Gladys Knight. She also likes Elvis Presley and Van Morrison. Every Sunday morning for 15 years, her father woke her up to Elvis Presley singing "American Trilogy" or Van Morrison singing "Moondance".
Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas took legal action against stalker Dawnette Knight, who was accused of sending violent letters to the couple that contained graphic threats on Zeta-Jones' life. Testifying, Zeta-Jones said the threats left her so shaken she feared a nervous breakdown. 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.
(April 20, 2013) Entered a rehabilitation facility to treat her bipolar disorder.
(November 18, 2000) Married her fiancé of 10 months, Michael Douglas at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, New York. They met at the Deauville Film Festival in France in August 1998, after being introduced by Danny DeVito and got married over two years later after Douglas' divorce was finalized.
Has 2 children: son, Dylan Douglas (b. August 8, 2000) & daughter, Carys Douglas (b. April 20, 2003) with husband, Michael Douglas.
Has a stepson: Cameron Douglas (b. December 13, 1978) with husband, Michael Douglas.
In 2010, her husband Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer, and Zeta-Jones faced an emotionally turbulent time. This trigger led to Zeta-Jones suffering from depression, and despite initial apprehension, she spoke publicly about suffering from bipolar II disorder. She sought treatment by checking herself into hospital in 2011, and again in 2013. Owing to the stress of both their illnesses, the couple decided to live separately in 2013, though without taking legal action towards separation or divorce. They reconciled in 2014, with Douglas stating that they were "stronger than ever".
Was on the winning European team of "The All Star Cup", a celebrity version of golf's Ryder Cup. Michael Douglas was on the losing American team. [August 2005]
Is one of 6 actresses to have been pregnant at the time of winning the Academy Award; the others are Eva Marie Saint, Patricia Neal, Meryl Streep, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. Neal is the only to have not accepted her award in person as a result of her pregnancy. Zeta-Jones was 8 months pregnant with her daughter Carys when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Chicago (2002).
Was the 122nd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Chicago (2002) at The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) on March 23, 2003.
Hundreds of actresses were interviewed for Mariette on The Darling Buds of May (1991) before Jones was cast in the role at age 22. Much of her career had been in musical theatre up till then, but playing Mariette was her big break. Jones was inexperienced with television, and very nervous in the beginning; David Jason advised her to keep her eyes still while doing dialogue in close-up, something he used to do.
Is one of 13 actresses who won their Best Supporting Actress Oscars in a movie that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for Chicago (2002)). The others are Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Teresa Wright for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Celeste Holm for Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Mercedes McCambridge for All the King's Men (1949), Donna Reed for From Here to Eternity (1953), Eva Marie Saint for On the Waterfront (1954), Rita Moreno for West Side Story (1961), Meryl Streep for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996), Judi Dench for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (2013).
In 2011, she invited David Jason, her former co-star from The Darling Buds of May (1991), to a rented house in Richmond to have Sunday lunch with her and husband Michael Douglas.
Is one of 27 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Chicago (2002). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love for The Broadway Melody (1929), Grace Moore for One Night of Love (1934), Jean Hagen for Singin' in the Rain (1952), Marjorie Rambeau for Torch Song (1953), Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones (1954), Deborah Kerr for The King and I (1956), Rita Moreno for West Side Story (1961), Gladys Cooper for My Fair Lady (1964), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor Victoria (1982), Debbie Reynolds for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Peggy Wood for The Sound of Music (1965), Carol Channing for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Kay Medford for Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Ronee Blakley for Nashville (1975), Lily Tomlin for Nashville (1975), Ann-Margret for Tommy (1975), Lesley Ann Warren for Victor Victoria (1982), Amy Irving for Yentl (1983), Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Queen Latifah for Chicago (2002), Renée Zellweger for Chicago (2002), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009), Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012), Meryl Streep for Into the Woods (2014), and Emma Stone for La La Land (2016).
Her voice in Les 1001 nuits (1990) was dubbed.
Zeta-Jones performed the song "I Move On" from Chicago (2002) with co-star Queen Latifah at the 2003 Academy Awards.
At the 2013 Academy Awards, during the "Celebration of Musicals of the Last Decade", she performed "All That Jazz" from Chicago (2002).
Is one of 8 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a musical. The others in chronological order are; Rita Moreno, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Jennifer Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Emma Stone.
Maternal granddaughter of William (1921-2000) and Catherine (née O'Callaghan) Fair (1920-2001).
Paternal granddaughter of Bertram (1912-1970) and Zeta (née Davies) Jones (1917-2008).
On 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. Should read "Nobel Peace Prize".
Was offered the role of Trinity in The Matrix (1999) but declined.
Friends with Pam Ferris & Bonnie Tyler, the latter of whom attended her wedding.
She and Liam Neeson were so frightened on the set of The Haunting (1999) that neither of them wanted to film there after dark.
Her last name "Zeta" (read verbatim as "ce-ta") is the name of Z letter in Spanish language.
Born at 2:40 PM (MET).

Personal Quotes (24)

I used to go around looking as frumpy as possible because it was inconceivable you could be attractive as well as be smart. It wasn't until I started being myself, the way I like to turn out to meet people, that I started to get any work.
I like women who look like women. I hated grunge. No one's more feminist than me, but you don't have to look as if you don't give a - you know. You can be smart, bright and attractive aesthetically to others - and to yourself.
In Wales it's brilliant. I go to the pub and see everybody who I went to school with. And everybody goes "So what you doing now?". And I go, "Oh, I'm doing a film with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins." And they go, "Ooh, good." And that's it.
After Scottish actor Sean Connery presented her with the Oscar: A Scotsman giving a Welsh girl an Oscar - oh my God!
After The Mask of Zorro (1998), people spoke Spanish to me for ages. I'm Welsh but that movie instantly gave me a new ethnicity.
For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end.
[on her duel/strip scene from The Mask of Zorro (1998)]: I kept thinking "Thank God, I have long hair in this movie.".
[on The Mask of Zorro (1998)] This film holds a lot of meaning to me, both professionally and personally. I actually met my husband when I was promoting the film in Deauville, France, and it was such an amazing time for me, being completely unknown, really, in America or in Mexico, where I shot the first one. It's a very important film for me and it's very close to my heart.
I wish I was born in that era: by dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, going to work at the studio dressed in beautiful pants, head scarves and sunglasses.
[on landing the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago (2002)] Did I want this role? That's like saying did I want to wake up in the morning wanting to breathe!
I do think I'm lucky I met Michael. Not just Michael Douglas the actor and producer with two Oscars on the shelf, but Michael Douglas, the love of my life. I really do think it was meant to happen.
I like to feel sexy. I know my husband thinks I'm sexy. I think he is too. But I don't go out half-naked with 'sex' written across my back.
[on what makes a man irresistable] Humor and that wonderful word called 'charisma'. You cannot translate it. I can't nail it on the head, other than to just say that I'm completely over the top about my husband.
Yes, I was in love with my husband at first sight and still am. We have the most solid relationship.
[on the Internet and its fascination with celebrities and pornography] I don't go into the triple-X sites. I'm certainly not going to pay money to see myself naked, when I can just go into the bathroom and whip it off for free.
I'm more insecure than I ever let anyone know, sometimes you protect yourself with this kind of armor that people see more than they see you.
I was a chorus girl. That's all I ever wanted - to be onstage. I would queue up for auditions and then change my costume or put on a different leotard and audition again. It might take me two tries, but I always got the job. I figured out what they wanted.
[on playing Desiree Armfeldt in "A Little Night Music" on Broadway in 2010]: There's no jazzy hands, no high kicks, no fishnet stockings, but really that's what excited me. With most musicals you have to fill in the gaps, but here you have what's already a beautiful Chekhovian play, and the music is a bonus. The characterization is everything. It's not one of those shows where you can dig about three inches and come out the other end. You can keep digging and digging and digging.
[on singing "Send in the Clowns" in "A Little Night Music" on Broadway in 2010]: As an actor what do you do? You try to make it your own. It was never supposed to be a big song. It's very intimate, about a woman being told that she's not going to be with the love of her life. How are you supposed to sing when you're that deflated?
[on playing Desiree Armfeldt in "A Little Night Music" on Broadway in 2010]: I'd read the phone book with the people here, people of this caliber. I feel at this point in my life I'm in my second chapter. You have to be quite frank with yourself. There's that wonderful curve, and then this is the way it is: the second act. It's great that now I can go back to my roots but in a completely different way.
[on being awarded the CBE in June 2010] As a British subject, I feel incredibly proud, at the same time it is overwhelming and humbling. And my mum and dad are delighted beyond belief.
I didn't even think about movies where I came from. I wanted to be on the stage. When I was 10, I did Annie in the West End. I did Bugsy Malone when I was 11 and 12. And then at 16, David Merrick saw me in 42nd Street. I took over the lead and he cast me. I was there for two and a half years. Right now, these young kids are going crazy. I never had that because I had a work ethic. I had to turn up and be there six nights a week.
[1996] I could never see myself living in Hollywood unless I really had to, it's not really my kind of place.
Being happy is the real key to beauty. It shows from the inside out. Everything else is a bonus.

Salary (4)

Traffic (2000) $3,000,000
America's Sweethearts (2001) $5 million
Chicago (2002) $8,000,000
The Legend of Zorro (2005) $10,000,000

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