Catherine Zeta-Jones ("zeeta"; born September 25, 1969) is a Welsh actress, presently 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, 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 Chicago. She is married to actor Michael Douglas. They have two children – Dylan (named after Dylan Thomas) and Carys.
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-class area of Swansea. Zeta-Jones attended Dumbarton House School in Swansea. Zeta-Jones left school early to further her acting ambitions without obtaining O levels and went on to attend The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, west London, for a full-time three-year course in musical theatre.
Her Welsh and exotic looks, along with 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. 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) 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.
In 1996, she was cast as the evil aviatrix "Sala" in the action film, The Phantom, based on the comic created by Lee Falk. Her character did her best to kill Billy Zane's Phantom, while assisting villain Xander Drax (Treat Williams) in taking over the world with a weapon of doom. 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 fellow Welsh 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' performance earned her her first Golden Globe nomination, as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
In 2002, Zeta-Jones played Velma Kelly in the film Chicago. Velma Kelly, is a glamorous Chicago jazz stage performer who has to do time after killing her sister and her husband. Her performance was praised by the press, among them were 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 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas opposite Brad Pitt, as well as starring in Intolerable Cruelty with George Clooney. In 2004 she was in The Terminal, as well as 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. She starred in and produced the rugby union-related comedy, Coming Out. The film was produced by her company Milkwood Films.
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 further west along the Swansea coast, paid for by their daughter.
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. She is also the spokeswoman for DiModolo jewelry.
Zeta-Jones lives predominantly with Douglas and the children in Bermuda, but they are regular visitors to the new family home in Swansea, Wales. They also maintain a residence on the north shore of the Spanish island of Majorca. They also have a cottage on the shore of Lake Tremblant in the city of Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
|1990||Les 1001 nuits||Sheherazade|
|1991||Out of the Blue||Chirsty||BBC Television Play|
|1991-93||The Darling Buds of May||Mariette|
|1992||Christopher Columbus: The Discovery'||Beatriz|
|The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert||Maya (voice role)|
|The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Maya|
|1994||The Cinder Path||Victoria Chapman|
|The Return of the Native||Eustacia Vye|
|1995||Catherine the Great||Catherine II|
|Titanic||Isabella Paradine||TV mini-series|
|1998||The Mask of Zorro||Elena Montero / Elena Murrieta (Elena de la Vega)|
|1999||Entrapment||Virginia Baker||Razzie Award nomination.|
|The Haunting||Theo||Nominated- Razzie Award for Worst Actress|
|2000||High Fidelity||Charlie Nicholson|
|Traffic||Helena Ayala||Nominated - Golden Globe|
|2001||America's Sweethearts||Gwen Harrison|
|2002||Chicago||Velma Kelly|| Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe
|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|
|Racing the Monsoon||Rumoured|
|Law Abiding Citizen||Rumoured|