Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • Birth Name: Catherine Zeta Jones
  • Birth Place: Swansea, Wales
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

This multitalented, raven-haired Welsh performer was just a child when she began her career as the title character in the stage musical Annie. Zeta-Jones starred in a number of other London stage productions before segueing to the small and big screens in the early 1990s, and  eventually became a star stateside when she signed on as a seductress in 1998's The Mask of Zorro. Her curvy figure, exotic looks and sassy screen presence made her an instant sex symbol. She continued to appear in high-profile films, alternating easily among multiple genres — action (Entrapment), comedy (America's Sweethearts), drama (Traffic, costarring her future husband Michael Douglas) — before landing her career-defining role as a 1930s cabaret singer-cum-murderess in the musical Chicago. Her song-and-dance background came in handy for the part, and she took home the 2003 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her efforts. Off screen, Zeta-Jones made headlines when she announced she was pregnant with Michael Douglas' child in 2000; the two married a few months after the birth of their son and later added a daughter to their family in 2003. Interestingly, Zeta-Jones and Douglas share the same birthday, although Douglas is 25 years her senior.

Fast Facts

  • Her name comes from both of her grandmothers, one named Catherine and the other named Zeta (who was named after a ship her great-grandfather had sailed on).
  • Had a tracheotomy as a child, which left a scar.
  • Reportedly turned down a marriage proposal from producer Jon Peters in 1996 because she wanted to be known as an actress rather than just a Hollywood wife.
  • For her role in Chicago, reportedly requested a short bob haircut so that her face would be visible and audiences would know that she did all of her own dancing.
  • Performed an Oscar-nominated song from Chicago at the 2003 Academy Awards while eight-months pregnant with her second child. She took home a statue that night as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.
  • Named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011.
  • Built a house in her hometown of Swansea so her children would grow up aware of their Welsh heritage.
  • Shares a birthday with her husband, Michael Douglas, who is 25 years her senior.

Awards

  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1999, European Film Awards — Best European Actress - People's Choice Award: Winner
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 2010, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Cameron Douglas — Stepson
  • Carys Zeta Douglas — Daughter
  • Dai Jones — Father
  • Pat Jones — Mother
  • Lyndon Jones — Brother
  • Michael Douglas — Husband
  • David Jones — Brother
  • Dylan Michael Douglas — Son

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