Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones

|Welsh
date of birth : 25/09/1969 | date of death :
Born on 25 September 1969 ,Swansea, Wales ,actress ,she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies including the action film The Mask of Zorro (1998) and the crime thriller film Entrapment (1999). Her breakthrough role was in the film Traffic (2000), for which she earned her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born in Swansea, Wales on 25 September 1969.

Father's name: Patrick Jones
Mother's name: Dia Jones
Brother: David A. Jones , Lyndon Jones
Sister: -
Spouse: Michael Douglas
Children: Dylan Michael Douglas, Carys Zeta Douglas

Personal Information:

Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight

Life events:

Early Life

Born on September 25, 1969, in Swansea, Wales, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones started performing as a child. She began dance lessons at the age of 4. By the time she was 15, Zeta-Jones had dropped out of school to join a touring production of the musical The Pajama Game. She soon moved on to London's West End, where she appeared in a production of 42nd Street at the age of 17.Making the move to television, Zeta-Jones found fame in her native Britain on the series The Darling Buds of May, which lasted from 1991 to 1993. After that series ended, the actress landed some high-profile TV movie roles, including as the title character in the 1996 historical biopic Catherine the Great.

Love and Stardom

In 1998, Zeta-Jones broke into the American film scene with The Mask of Zorro, starring opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. She soon landed more leading roles, due in no small part to her sultry good looks and sophisticated style. The following year, the actress played Sean Connery's love interest in Entrapment.Off-screen, Zeta-Jones's personal life was thriving. In 1998, she met legendary actor Michael Douglas at the Deauville Film Festival. According to several reports, soon after they were introduced, he told her, "I want to father your children." The pair soon became a couple, despite a 25-year age difference. They welcomed their first child together, son Dylan, in 2000. Later that year, Zeta-Jones and Douglas married at New York's posh Plaza Hotel.Zeta-Jones returned to her musical theater roots in 2002 with Chicago, which also starred Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah and Richard Gere. Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in the film. The following year, she and her husband added to their family with the arrival of daughter Carys. Over the next few years, Zeta-Jones became more selective about her film work, and she and her family spent much of their time living in Bermuda—far away from the Hollywood spotlight. The actress continued to work on a few high-profile projects, however. In 2004, she starred with Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal, and had a role in the ensemble crime comedy Ocean's Twelve with George Clooney.

Recent Projects and Challenges

In 2009, Zeta-Jones made her Broadway debut in the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music with Angela Lansbury. She won a Tony Award for her performance in the revival. The following year, Zeta-Jones put work aside to support her husband through a difficult time: He successfully battled throat cancer, but the family crisis put a strain on them all.In 2011, Zeta-Jones sought treatment for biopolar II, a type of manic depression, also publicly acknowledging that she had been diagnosed with the mental health disorder. At the time, she told InStyle magazine, "I'm not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops but, with my biopolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it is completely controllable." In April 2013, Zeta-Jones again checked into a treatment center for help with her illness.That August, it was revealed that she and her husband were going through a difficult time. The pair, last seen together publicly in April 2013, decided to take "some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," according to a statement given to The Huffington Post by their spokesperson.

Education:

Zeta-Jones was educated at Dumbarton House School, a co-educational independent school in Swansea, but left early to further her acting ambitions without obtaining O-levels. While at Dumbarton, she once had her lunch money inadvertently stolen by fellow pupil, actor Rob Brydon. She then attended the independent The Arts Educational Schools in Chis wick, West London, for a full-time, three-year course in musical theatre.

Occupation and Career:

Catherine Zeta-Jonesis an actress. Both exotic and classic, Wales-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones began acting as a child. By ten she was part of the Catholic congregation's performing troupe, and by 18 she was performing professionally in the West End. It was in there that she caught the eye of French director Philippe de Broca, who offered her the lead in his film Les 1001 Nuits in 1989. After traveling to France to film the movie, she returned to Britain, where she landed a starring role in the Yorkshire Television comedy drama series The Darling Buds of May, based on a series of novels by H.E. Bates. The show was a huge hit, and made Zeta-Jones one of the U.K.'s most popular TV actresses. After the series ended in 1993, she steadily found work playing lead roles in TV movies and miniseries such as Catherine the Great and The Cinder Path. She also played supporting roles small films, including Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and Splitting Heirs. The big screen role that undoubtedly put Zeta-Jones on the map, however, came in 1998 when she was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in 1998's The Mask of Zorro. America was enchanted by the dark-haired actress' charisma and beauty, and she began to be offered better and better roles in American film. She starred in films like Entrapment, The Haunting, and High Fidelity, before taking the prominent role of a white-collar drug kingpin's wife in 2000, in Steven Soderbergh's treatise on the drug war, Traffic. Her performance was impressive to critics and audiences, many of whom felt that she deserved an Oscar nomination.The actress had no time to quibble over awards. Zeta-Jones' took it easy during the next year, appearing only in the romantic comedy America's Sweethearts, but her next project would be the one to cement her as Hollywood royalty: a starring role in the Broadway adaptation Chicago. Few fans were aware of the singing and dancing skills that she'd honed on the musical stage at the beginning of her career, much less that she had sometimes performed with the English National Opera. Her performance blew audiences away, and won her the 2002 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Zeta-Jones lightened things up in 2003, making audiences laugh alongside George Clooney in the Cohen Brothers' movie Intolerable Cruelty, then as an airport employee who falls for stranded immigrant Tom Hanks in The Terminal (2004).The actress' screen time, however, began to diminish at about that point, given her decision to shift priorities and hone in on raising a family with Douglas; her film appearances grew decidedly less frequent, and she thus found time to give birth to a baby girl named Carys Zeta Douglas in April of 2003. On the side, however, she continued to appear in occasional commercials, and the paparazzi often published candid photos of the actress in public, baby-in-arms, which held her in the limelight. The motion pictures in which Zeta-Jones appeared during this period took fewer chances by banking off of recent successes (gone, at least temporarily, were the challenges of such films as Chicago and Traffic). Efforts during this period included the blockbuster sequel Ocean's Twelve (with Clooney, 2004), the onscreen reunion with Antonio Banderas The Legend of Zorro and even the musical concert film Tony Bennett: An American Classic, which reunited Zeta-Jones and Chicago wunderkind Rob Marshall.Zeta-Jones then essayed a trio of roles in 2007. She first teamed with Shine director Scott Hicks for an Americanized remake of the German-language comedy Mostly Martha. Retitled No Reservations and issued in July of 2007, the picture casts Zeta-Jones as Kate Armstrong a chef suddenly appointed guardian her niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin). Kate's blossoming romance with another culinary maestro (Aaron Eckhart) puts the guardianship into much needed perspective. Zeta-Jones then starred in Australian director Gillian Armstrong's period piece Death Defying Acts -- a cinematization of Harry Houdini's 1926 tour of Britain, co-starring Timothy Spall and Guy Pearce, and scripted by Brian Ward and Tony Grisoni. The Weinstein company slated that picture for release in mid- to late 2007

Awards /Honors:

Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actress, Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Action, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Newcomer

Filmography:

TELEVISION

The Darling Buds of May Mariette (1991-93)

FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR

  • Red 2 (18-Jul-2013)
  • Side Effects (8-Feb-2013)
  • Broken City (18-Jan-2013)
  • Playing for Keeps (5-Dec-2012)
  • Rock of Ages (13-Jun-2012) • Patricia Whitmore
  • The Rebound (6-Feb-2009) • Sandy
  • Death Defying Acts (13-Sep-2007) • Mary McGarvie
  • No Reservations (27-Jul-2007) • Kate
  • The Legend of Zorro (24-Oct-2005)
  • Ocean's Twelve (8-Dec-2004)
  • The Terminal (9-Jun-2004) • Amelia Warren
  • Intolerable Cruelty (2-Sep-2003) • Marylin
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2-Jul-2003) • Marina [VOICE]
  • Chicago (10-Dec-2002) • Velma Kelly
  • America's Sweethearts (17-Jul-2001) • Gwen Harrison
  • Traffic (27-Dec-2000) • Helena Ayala
  • High Fidelity (28-Mar-2000)
  • The Haunting (20-Jul-1999) • Theo
  • Entrapment (29-Apr-1999) • Virginia Baker
  • The Mask of Zorro (17-Jul-1998) • Elena
  • Titanic (17-Nov-1996)
  • The Phantom (7-Jun-1996) • Sala
  • Blue Juice (15-Sep-1995) • Chloe
  • Catherine the Great (1995)
  • The Return of the Native (4-Dec-1994)
  • The Cinder Path (17-Apr-1994)
  • Splitting Heirs (30-Apr-1993) • Kitty
  • Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (20-Aug-1992)
  • Les 1001 nuits (11-Apr-1990)

DISCOGRAPHY:

  • Street Scene* 1989 English National Opera Cast 1996 Jay Records
  • Les 1001 Nuits 1990 Stars Music One
  • For All Time 1992 Sony Music Entertainment
  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of Spartacus 1992 Sony Music Entertainment
  • True Love Ways feat. David Essex 1994 Lamplight Music Ltd.
  • In The Arms of Love 1995 The WOW! Recording Company, Ltd.
  • I Can't Help Myself 1995 The WOW! Recording Company, Ltd.
  • Chicago 2003 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.
  • Stephen Sondheim: A Little Night Music 2010 Nonesuch Records
  • Rock of Ages 2012 Water Tower Music

Quotes and Memoirs:


For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end.
Yes, I was in love with my husband at first sight and still am. We have the most solid relationship.
After Zorro, people spoke Spanish to me for ages. I'm Welsh but that movie instantly gave me a new ethnicity.
Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It's black and white - dramatic. You have to be strong.
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.
Words impress me. If a man can speak eloquently and beautifully to me, I just melt on the floor.
I eat like a horse - my mother still brings me Cadbury's chocolate from Britain; I do have a very healthy appetite - but I work out.
I don't have a trainer. Crazy, right? But I don't need anyone to motivate me. I love exercise, even things like the elliptical and stretching.
I don't deny myself food. I'm no saint. I love butter and cream, but I also eat lots of grains and fruits.
I love to eat an apple after a meal, just to cleanse my teeth - they always look polished afterwards.
I rub a mixture of honey and salt all over my body to moisturise and exfoliate. You wash it off and your skin is gorgeous.
I rub a mixture of honey and salt all over my body to moisturise and exfoliate. You wash it off and your skin is gorgeous.
I'm quite a broad girl, not at all delicate. I watch what I eat to stay in shape, but I'm against diets. I eat when I'm hungry, three meals a day. I'm a terrible cook. I am not allowed to go in the kitchen anymore after I almost burned down the apartment in New York.
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