Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress, singer
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, (born Catherine Zeta Jones is a Welsh actress. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of United Kingdom and United States television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as the 1998 action film The Mask of Zorro and the 1999 crime thriller film Entrapment.
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Kirk Douglas Rings In The Big 100 With Birthday Bash Worthy Of A Legend
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Sends A Message To Paparazzi With Her Sexy Bikini Pics
Huffington Post - 3 months
Catherine Zeta-Jones took a page from the Selena Gomez playbook and hit back at paparazzi who crashed her vacation and snapped some unflattering pics of her.  On Wednesday, the “Chicago” star posted a photo collage on Instagram featuring two pics of her in a black bikini. She looks great, of course. (And that scenery is making us extremely jealous.) “Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing,” wrote Zeta-Jones, 47, in her caption.  Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing . A photo posted by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:27pm PST The actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, are currently on vacation in Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he wasn’t snapping photos of his gorgeous wife, the “Wall Street” actor shared a couple p ...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Sends A Message To Paparazzi With Her Sexy Bikini Pics
Huffington Post - 3 months
Catherine Zeta-Jones took a page from the Selena Gomez playbook and hit back at paparazzi who crashed her vacation and snapped some unflattering pics of her.  On Wednesday, the “Chicago” star posted a photo collage on Instagram featuring two pics of her in a black bikini. She looks great, of course. (And that scenery is making us extremely jealous.) “Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing,” wrote Zeta-Jones, 47, in her caption.  Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing . A photo posted by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:27pm PST The actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, are currently on vacation in Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he wasn’t snapping photos of his gorgeous wife, the “Wall Street” actor shared a couple p ...
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Michael Douglas Totally Blew His First Chance With Catherine Zeta-Jones
Huffington Post - 4 months
Michael Douglas has revealed how his initial attempt at wooing his now-wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, didn’t go exactly to plan. The Hollywood legend recounted on “The Jonathan Ross Show” the moment that he told the Welsh star that he would be the father of her children — within just half an hour of first talking to her. “It sounded good,” said Douglas, in footage due to be aired in the United Kingdom on Saturday night. But Zeta-Jones wasn’t impressed. “She said, ‘You know, I’ve heard a lot about you and I’ve seen a lot about you and I think it’s time that I say goodnight,’” Douglas recalled. He thought he’d “totally blown” his opportunity with Zeta-Jones. So Douglas sent roses and an apology on to the hotel in Scotland where she was staying the following evening. It all worked out OK, in the end. The couple went on to marry in 2000 and later have two children. Their marriage has also survived a temporary split in 2013. Sometimes Hollywo ...
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PHOTOS: Catherine Zeta-Jones Shares a Family Photo
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Meet the parents (and siblings, cousins and more!) of your favorite celebs.
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Meryl Streep On The Biggest Surprise Of Her Career
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Meryl Streep is one of the most revered actresses of all time, and yet, the 66-year-old revealed she wasn't always sure her career would enjoy such longevity. The actress made the comments while speaking about diversity in Hollywood at a panel at the Berlin Film Festival, which kicked off last week.  "I always felt that my career was over starting at 38 years of age," Streep said. "Every year after that, I’d always say, I’d better take this because, you know … in those days I had no reason to imagine that I would have a career past 40." That would have been in the late '80s. Streep's career, however, has only gone from strength to strength since then, with nearly a dozen Oscar nominations since 1990, and a win for her portrayal as the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." "You could work up to 40 and then you’d start playing hags and witches. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t play a witch until ‘Into the Woods’ -- and I had been offered many. It w ...
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British comedy show "Dad's Army" gets cinema reboot - about 1 year
Nearly 40 years after "Dad's Army" ended on British television screens, the popular sitcom gets a cinema reboot this week with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Edward Baran reports.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Calls Out Hollywood's Other Diversity Issue
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Diversity has been a hot topic in Hollywood as of late, with some stars boycotting the upcoming Academy Awards in a call for more stories about people of color. But race isn't the only issue Tinseltown is being called out on. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones says that the industry also needs to stop nudging out older women. "It's not that there aren't great stories to be told about women in their 40s, it’s just that the big bosses in Hollywood feel that the demographic of moviegoers are less interested," Zeta-Jones said in a recent webchat.  The 46-year-old is no stranger to the industry, having been an actress for most of her life. Often, she heard that there weren't many roles for older women, but didn't realize how true that really was until she entered her 40s.  She says she was inspired to become an actress by the riveting performances of older actresses. "I was brought up watching great performances by women in their 40s, in the '70s: Anne Bancroft, films like Alice Doesn't ...
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Zeta-Jones praises the atmosphere on "Dad's Army" set - about 1 year
Catherine Zeta-Jones says working on the "Dad's Army" movie "was a love fest" as the film premieres in London. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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8 Ideal Ways to Romance Your Beloved in New York City
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Times Square may be the most recognizable slice of Manhattan, but this travel writer believes that the Southeast corner of Central Park - land of The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza, horse and carriages, Wollman Skating Rink and the Central Park Zoo - embodies New York's beating, romantic heart. At least in popular imagination. An Affair to Remember, Barefoot in the Park, Love Story, The Way We Were, You've Got Mail, Serendipity, Enchanted, Sex in the City, every Woody Allen movie and hundreds more were filmed in this section of Manhattan, providing the world with an image of a dreamy New York through a cinematographer's lens. Does the image live up to its Big Screen counterpart? Indeed it does. Here are ten things to do for that perfect Valentine's Day escape, 365 days of the year. (And for much more on New York and other getaways in the Northeast USA, check out 1. Visit Central Park Zoo. Though small, this zoo is an enchanting way to spend an hour or two, no m ...
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Shame on the <i>Star Wars</i> Body Shamers
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I guess the goodwill couldn't last too long. Just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being greeted by critical acclaim, record box-office earnings and praise for its compelling lead character, the dark side of fandom has arisen -- very much like the movie's First Order from the ashes of the Empire -- and is blasting Carrie Fisher for her appearance, so much so that the actress/writer herself felt the need to respond through social media. As you can see in the linked article, the troglodytes in question have then doubled down, suggesting a variation of "you were asking for it" since she agreed to appear in the movie in the first place. It is a morbidly fascinating phenomenon to witness the claiming of ownership of an entertainment franchise by certain segments of fans who blow collective gaskets when the newest installment does not meet every single one of their impossible expectations, or worse, dares to shake up the status quo. Author Chuck Wendig received a taste of this when he me ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • 2016
    Age 46
    As at August 2016, Zeta-Jones is scheduled to portray the Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco in the biopic The Godmother.
    More Details Hide Details She has also committed to play the actress Olivia de Havilland in Feud, an anthology television series from Ryan Murphy about the rivalry between the actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis (played by Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, respectively). As well as pursuing her acting career, Zeta-Jones supports various charities and causes. She is a patron of Swansea's Longfields Day Centre for the disabled, and has made sizeable donations to the centre. In 2001 she auctioned an outfit she wore in The Mask of Zorro (1998) to raise funds for AIDS patients in Africa. In 2005 she became the ambassador of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity, and launched the Full Stop appeal in Wales to raise awareness on child abuse. She has also given her support to other charitable organisations for children such as the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and the Noah's Ark Appeal, among others. Zeta-Jones is also the founding host for A Fine Romance, an annual charitable programme that helps raise funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and is one of the members of the Cinema for Peace Foundation.
    In 2016 she played opposite Bill Nighy and Toby Jones in the British war comedy film Dad's Army, based on the television sitcom of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She was cast as a glamorous journalist reporting on a British Home Guard platoon based in Walmington-on-Sea. Catherine Bray of Variety found the film to be an "amiable but creaky resurrection" of the popular sitcom, and thought that while Zeta-Jones "hits the required single note with some spirit" she was "generally underused" in it.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    In 2013 Zeta-Jones took on a leading role in the crime thriller Broken City, co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe.
    More Details Hide Details The film tells the story of a private detective (Wahlberg) who is hired by the mayor of New York (Crowe) to spy on his wife (Zeta-Jones). Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter thought that Zeta-Jones "looks like class itself and nicely underplays", and Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail observed that the actress "does a fair, if incongruous, impersonation of a forties vamp". As with Zeta-Jones' previous few projects, the film was not widely seen, and received poor reviews. This changed when Zeta-Jones collaborated with Soderbergh for the third time to film the critically acclaimed thriller Side Effects (2013). Co-starring with Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Rooney Mara, the film saw her play a mysterious psychiatrist who recommends an antidepressant drug with serious side effects. Peter Travers found the film to be a "hell of a thriller, twisty, terrific and packed with surprises" and considered Zeta-Jones to be "dynamite" in it.
  • 2012
    Age 42
    Her final release of 2012 was Playing for Keeps, a romantic comedy with Gerard Butler, which proved to be her third box office failure of the year.
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  • 2011
    Age 41
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010 for her film and charity work.
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    The journalist Sheila Johnston of The Daily Telegraph, in 2010, described Zeta-Jones as "the ultimate self-made success" who "constantly made bold decisions, and scrubbed up very nicely into a luscious star who radiates a classic... brand of big-screen glamour".
    More Details Hide Details Guy Adams of The Independent considers her personality to be "self-effacing and energetic" but takes note of her "steely core" in her off-screen persona. Her versatility has been highlighted by critics. Zeta-Jones is protective of her public image, and the use of her likeness is carefully controlled. As well as taking legal action against Hello! magazine, she sued a Nevada-based topless club for including her image on their advertising. Addressing her perceived media image, Zeta-Jones remarked in a 2004 interview to USA Weekend: "The biggest misconception of me is that I'm some die-hard, ambitious, do-anything-to-get-anything kind of person, I'm not. I'm very shy socially". In 2003, the celebrity biographer Cliff Goodwin wrote an unauthorised biography of the actress, titled Catherine Zeta-Jones: The Biography, but the publication was indefinitely postponed after her lawyers threatened legal action. Zeta-Jones' films that have earned the most at the box office,, include:
    In 2010 Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer, and Zeta-Jones found it stressful.
    More Details Hide Details The trigger led to Zeta-Jones suffering from depression, and despite initial apprehension, she spoke publicly about suffering from bipolar II disorder.
    In the action-comedy film Red 2 (2013), a sequel to the 2010 film Red, Zeta-Jones played a seductive Russian double agent, alongside Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker.
    More Details Hide Details She was drawn to the project, which follows the comic adventures of retired spies, for "the action, the humour, and the tongue-in-cheek quality of it". Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Lowe remarked that Zeta-Jones "nicely pulls off Russian spy Katja's mix of allure and menace", and with a worldwide gross of US$148 million, the film emerged as her biggest box office success since No Reservations. Following Red 2 Zeta-Jones took another sabbatical from acting.
    Zeta-Jones has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and a Tony Award, and in 2010 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her film and humanitarian endeavours.
    More Details Hide Details She supports various charities and causes, and is a prominent celebrity endorser of brands. Her struggle with depression and bipolar II disorder has been well-documented by the media. She is married to the actor Michael Douglas with whom she has two children.
  • 2009
    Age 39
    Zeta-Jones returned to the stage in 2009 with a revival of the musical A Little Night Music, which marked her Broadway debut.
    More Details Hide Details Set in Sweden during the early twentieth century, the musical follows the relationship between three people (Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury and Alexander Hanson) during the course of an evening. She played Desirée Armfeldt, an ageing actress, and was particularly drawn to the complexities of the play, saying, "There's no jazzy hands, no high kicks, no fishnet stockings,... 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". She did not listen to past recordings of the songs in the play so she could bring her own interpretation to them. Claire Prentice of The Daily Telegraph wrote that Zeta-Jones brought in a "quiet, reflective poignancy" in her rendition of the song "Send in the Clowns", but Emma Brocks of The Guardian remarked that "with her pretty voice, head wresting this way and that, she seems to be auditioning for stage school". For her performance, Zeta-Jones won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    In 2007 Zeta-Jones starred alongside Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin in the romantic comedy No Reservations, a remake of the German film Mostly Martha (2001).
    More Details Hide Details No Reservations tells the story of an ambitious chef (Zeta-Jones) whose life changes for the better when she takes in her young niece (Breslin) after her sister's death. In preparation for her part, she worked in the kitchen and waited on tables at the Fiamma Osteria restaurant in New York. Claudia Puig of USA Today thought that Zeta-Jones "shines as a character that finely balances off-putting reserve with sympathetic appeal", and Ebert, despite disliking the film, found her to be "convincing" in her role. With a global gross of US$92 million, the film marked Zeta-Jones' final commercial success of the decade. Following No Reservations Zeta-Jones significantly decreased her workload in the next five years. She focussed on her family and health, having been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, and her infrequent acting appearances were in smaller-scale productions. She took on the role of a 40-year-old mother attracted to a younger man (Justin Bartha) in the romantic comedy The Rebound. The production was released theatrically in markets outside of the United States from 2009–10, but due to financial troubles of its distributor, The Film Development, the film failed to release theatrically in America.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    She did not have any film releases in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details A biopic of Harry Houdini, entitled Death Defying Acts (2007), starring Guy Pearce as the escapologist Houdini, featured Zeta-Jones as a Scottish con-artist. The production was only given a limited theatrical release.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    In 2004 Spielberg approached her to play an insecure air hostess in his comedy The Terminal, a film about a man (Tom Hanks) who is trapped at the JFK International Airport when he is denied entry into the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Spielberg wanted her to play the role as a strong-willed woman, with a vulnerability in her character, but A. O. Scott felt that it came across as using her for "her looks rather than for the arch, self-mocking wit that is her secret weapon as a comic actress". Commercially The Terminal performed well. She next worked with Soderbergh to film Ocean's Twelve, a sequel to the heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001), which also reunited her with stars Clooney, Pitt, and Roberts. The production, which was filmed in several countries across Europe, saw Zeta-Jones play Isabel Lahiri, a Europol agent, and the love-interest of Pitt's character. Paul Clinton of CNN notes that she "dominates the screen every time she takes a breath". Ken Tucker of New York magazine argued that her character was redundant to the film's plot. Despite dividing critics, the sequel earned over US$360 million globally.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    Later in 2003 Zeta-Jones starred alongside George Clooney in the Coen Brothers black comedy Intolerable Cruelty.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which was a commercial success, saw her play the role of a serial divorcée who is drawn towards a divorce attorney (Clooney). Writing for Empire magazine, Damon Wise called the film a "dazzling screwball comedy" and felt that Zeta-Jones showed an "an admirable facility for old-school quickfire patter". Other reviewers praised her onscreen chemistry with Clooney.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    The romantic comedy America's Sweethearts was Zeta-Jones' sole film project of 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as a shrewd movie star, opposite Julia Roberts who featured as her character's under-confident sibling. The critic Roger Ebert compared the film unfavourably to the musical Singin' in the Rain (1952), but thought that Zeta-Jones was aptly "chilly and manipulative" in her part. The following year, Zeta-Jones starred alongside Renée Zellweger as the murderous nightclub singer Velma Kelly in Chicago (2002), a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name from the director Rob Marshall. She based her character's look and mannerisms on the actress Louise Brooks, and as the script did not provide a backstory to Kelly, she worked to convey her character's "flamboyance" and "desperation" through "little looks and nuances". The film and her performance received critical acclaim. William Arnold of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer felt that the actress made "a wonderfully statuesque and bitchy saloon goddess", and David Edelstein of Slate magazine wrote that she has "a smoldering confidence that takes your mind off her not-always-fluid dancingalthough she's a perfectly fine hoofer, with majestic limbs and a commanding cleavage" and particularly praised her rendition of the song "All That Jazz". Chicago earned worldwide, and was the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Picture. For her performance, Zeta-Jones won the Academy Award, SAG Award, and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, among other awards and nominations.
  • 1999
    Age 29
    Zeta-Jones' first release of 1999 was the heist film Entrapment, in which she starred opposite Sean Connery as a seductive insurance agent on the lookout for an art thief.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a negative critical reception, the film was a commercial success; Janet Maslin of The New York Times thought that the film provided Zeta-Jones a platform to "show off her slithery skills" and Andrew Anthony of The Observer praised a scene in which Zeta-Jones is "all feline grace, balletic skill and wanton sexuality", but showed concern that "her charms are not subtle and her range of expressions is narrow, but neither point need be a drawback in the kind of action films that are undoubtedly her metier". Later that year Zeta-Jones appeared alongside Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor in The Haunting, a remake of the 1963 film of the same name about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in an ill-fated mansion. The horror feature received generally poor reviews but found a large worldwide audience. In a scathing review, Mick LaSalle wrote that "Zeta-Jones seems less an actress and more a pretty face, and not an interesting one at that".
  • 1998
    Age 28
    Zeta-Jones met the actor Michael Douglas, with whom she shares a birthday and who is 25 years her senior, at the Deauville Film Festival in France in August 1998, after being introduced by Danny DeVito. They became engaged on 31 December 1999, and were married at the Plaza Hotel in New York on 18 November 2000 after Douglas' divorce was finalised.
    More Details Hide Details The high-profile ceremony, which cost an estimated £1.5 million, was called the "wedding of the year" by the BBC. The couple signed a £1 million deal with OK! magazine to release pictures of the event, and the rest of the press were not permitted to enter. Despite this, a freelance photographer surreptitiously took pictures of the ceremony which were then sold to Hello! magazine. The couple successfully sued the magazine for invasion of privacy. Douglas and Zeta-Jones have two children, a son Dylan Michael (born August 2000) and a daughter Carys Zeta (born April 2003). The family lived in Bermuda until 2009, and as of 2016, live in the country in New York.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    She was then cast as the eponymous protagonist of the 1995 television biopic Catherine the Great.
    More Details Hide Details Lisa Nesselson of Variety found the miniseries to be "brightly colored" but "wooden and hollow"; she thought that Zeta-Jones "imparts a certain grace and resolve to her sovereign-in-the-making". Zeta-Jones next starred as the pragmatic girlfriend of Sean Pertwee's character in Blue Juice (1995), publicised as Britain's first surf film, which Leonard Maltin described as a "superficial and predictable" production. Tired of being typecast as the token pretty girl in British films, Zeta-Jones moved to Los Angeles. She believed that the anonymity she faced in America helped her get roles on merit and not due to her public image. She earned the part of Sala, the henchwoman of the villainous Drax (Treat Williams) in the superhero film The Phantom (1996), starring Billy Zane in the titular role. A reviewer for Variety considered Zeta-Jones to be a standout in her part, but the film had a negative critical reception and earned little at the box office. The CBS television miniseries Titanic (1996) was better received. Starring opposite Peter Gallagher and George C. Scott, she portrayed the lead role of Isabella Paradine, a young mother engaged in an extramarital affair on the RMS Titanic.
  • 1994
    Age 24
    In 1994 Zeta-Jones played the melancholic Eustacia Vye in the television film The Return of the Native, an adaptation of the novel of the same name (1878) by Thomas Hardy, and the wife of Lloyd Owen's character in the television war drama The Cinder Path.
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  • 1992
    Age 22
    Following a brief appearance as Beatriz Enríquez de Arana in the unsuccessful adventure film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), Zeta-Jones featured as a belly dancer in disguise in a 1992 episode of George Lucas' television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
    More Details Hide Details She next took on the part of a would-be duchess in Splitting Heirs (1993), a farcical period drama from the director Robert Young about two children (Eric Idle and Rick Moranis) who are separated at birth. Reviews for the film were negative, though Vincent Canby of The New York Times found her to be "very funny".
  • 1991
    Age 21
    Greater success followed when she starred opposite David Jason and Pam Ferris in the British period comedy-drama television series The Darling Buds of May from 1991 to 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Adapted from H. E. Bates' novel of the same name, Zeta-Jones played the role of the eldest daughter of a family living in the countryside in 1950s Britain. The series was the highest-rated television show in the country at the time, and Zeta-Jones gained wide public recognition for it; she said "Literally, with one hour of television my life completely changed. I couldn't go anywhere".
  • 1990
    Age 20
    In 1990 Zeta-Jones made her film debut in the director Philippe de Broca's film 1001 Nights.
    More Details Hide Details An adaptation of the Persian fable One Thousand and One Nights, the French-Italian production recounts the tale from the perspective of Scheherazade (Zeta-Jones), one of the brides of King Sharir (Thierry Lhermitte). The film was not well received at the box office, and according to de Broca's obituary in The Daily Telegraph, the film "is best remembered for its enjoyable nude scenes".
  • 1989
    Age 19
    Her next stage appearance was with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum in 1989 where she played Mae Jones in Kurt Weill's Street Scene.
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  • 1987
    Age 17
    In 1987, when she was 17 years old, Zeta-Jones was picked as the second understudy to the lead actress in a West End production of 42nd Street.
    More Details Hide Details During one of the performances, both the star and the first understudy were unavailable, and Zeta-Jones was asked to play the role of Peggy Sawyer - a chorus girl who becomes a star. The producer was impressed by her acting ability and allowed her to play the role for the next two years.
  • 1981
    Age 11
    In 1981 she played the lead role of Annie in a production of the musical at the Swansea Grand Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later she played the lead role of Tallulah in a West End production of Bugsy Malone. When she was 15 Zeta-Jones dropped out of school without obtaining O-levels and moved to London to pursue a full-time acting career; she was engaged to perform in a touring production of The Pajama Game. Describing her teenage years in London, Zeta-Jones said, "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". She went on to attend the independent Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, London, for a three-year course in musical theatre.
  • 1969
    Zeta-Jones was born in Treboeth, Swansea, Wales, on 25 September 1969 to David Jones, the owner of a sweet factory, and his wife Patricia (Fair), a seamstress.
    More Details Hide Details Her father is Welsh and her mother is of Irish Catholic descent. She was named after her grandmothers, Zeta Jones and Catherine Fair. She has an older brother, David, and a younger brother, Lyndon, who worked as a sales representative before venturing into film production. When she was 12, the family moved to the seaside village of Mumbles. She was educated at the Dumbarton House School, a private school in Swansea. The family came from a modest background, but they won £100,000 in a bingo competition, allowing them to pay for Zeta-Jones' dance and ballet lessons. Her mother sent Zeta-Jones to the Hazel Johnson School of Dance when she was five years old. She participated in school stage shows from a young age and gained local media attention when her rendition of a Shirley Bassey song won a Junior Star Trail talent competition. As part of a dance troupe, she routinely took trips to London, where she auditioned for roles in the theatre. At the age of nine she was selected to play one of the orphan girls in a West End production of the musical Annie, and at 11 she became a national tap-dancing champion.
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