Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Catherine Zeta-Jones
CBE
Catherine Zeta-Jones VF 2012 Shankbone 2.jpg
Zeta-Jones at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Catherine Zeta Jones
(1969-09-25) 25 September 1969 (age 45)
Swansea, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Citizenship British
Alma mater Arts Educational Schools, London
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Michael Douglas (m. 2000)
Children 2

Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE (/ˈztə/; born Catherine Zeta Jones; 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of British and American television films and small roles in films, which included The Darling Buds of May from 1991 until 1993, 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.

Zeta-Jones subsequently starred as Velma Kelly in the film adaptation of the musical Chicago (2002), a critical and commercial success, and received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Later, she appeared in the romantic comedy film Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and crime comedy film Ocean's Twelve (2004). Zeta-Jones starred in the sequel of the 1998 film, The Legend of Zorro (2005). She also starred in the biography romantic thriller Death Defying Acts (2008) and psychological thriller Side Effects (2013).

In 2010, Zeta-Jones won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Desiree in A Little Night Music.[1]

Early life[edit]

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born in Swansea, Wales on 25 September 1969, to Patricia (née Fair), a seamstress, and David James Jones, a sweet factory owner.[2][3][4] Her father is of Welsh descent, while her mother is of Welsh and Irish descent.[5] She was named after her grandmothers, Catherine Fair and Zeta Jones. She has two brothers who both help with her production company, Milkwood Films.[6]

Zeta-Jones grew up in the small town of Mumbles. At the age of five, she was sent to the Hazel Johnson School of Dance, to make use of her energy.[7] She was educated at Dumbarton House School, a co-educational independent school in nearby Swansea, but left early to further her acting ambitions without obtaining O-levels.[8] She then attended the independent The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London, for a full-time, three-year course in musical theatre.[9]

Career[edit]

Early work, 1986–1995[edit]

Zeta-Jones made her professional acting debut when she played the lead in Annie, a production at Swansea Grand Theatre. When she was 14, Zeta-Jones was cast as Tallulah in theatre production of Bugsy Malone.

In 1986, at age 17, she had a part in the chorus of The Pajama Game at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester starring Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley. The show subsequently toured the United Kingdom, and in 1987, she starred in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.[10] She was cast in the leading role after both the actress playing Peggy Sawyer and her understudy fell ill. She also played Mae Jones in the Kurt Weill opera Street Scene with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum Theatre in 1989. After the show closed, she travelled to France where she played the lead role in French director Philippe de Broca's Les 1001 Nuits (1990), her feature film debut.

"Literally, with one hour of television my life completely changed. I couldn't go anywhere."[11]

—Zeta-Jones on her celebrity status in England in the early 1990s, due to a co-starring role in the TV series The Darling Buds of May

Her singing and dancing ability suggested a promising future but it was in a straight acting role as Mariette in the successful British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993), an adaptation of H. E. Bates' novel of the same name that brought her to public attention and made her a British tabloid darling.[10][12]

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 No. 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 No. 38 in the UK singles chart in 1994.[13]

She also starred in an episode of the American television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1993)[10] as well as in the film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992).[14] In 1990, Zeta-Jones participated in a television commercial for the German Deutsche Bahn at the age of 21, playing the part of a young woman eloping with her lover from a joyless marriage, a role which apparently helped in promoting her acting career.[15]

She continued to find moderate success with a number of television projects, including The Return of the Native (1994) based on the novel of the same name (1878) by Thomas Hardy and the miniseries Catherine the Great (1995 film).[16] She also appeared in Splitting Heirs (1993), a comedy film 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 by Lee Falk.[17] The following year, she co-starred in the CBS miniseries Titanic (1996), which also starred Peter Gallagher, Tim Curry and George C. Scott.[10]

Career success, 1998–2003[edit]

Steven Spielberg, who noted her performance in the miniseries Titanic (1996), recommended her to Martin Campbell, the director of The Mask of Zorro (1998).[18] Zeta-Jones subsequently landed a lead role in the film, alongside Welsh compatriot Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas. She studied dancing, riding, sword-fighting and took part in dialect classes to play her role as Elena.[18] 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."[19] She won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Newcomer and received an Empire Award nomination for Best British Actress and a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress.

Zeta-Jones at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival

In 1999, she co-starred with Sean Connery in the film Entrapment, and alongside Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor in The Haunting. The following year 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".[20] Zeta-Jones's performance earned her her first Golden Globe nomination, as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.[21]

She took the lead role of America's Sweethearts (2001), a romantic comedy film, which also starred Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack. The film received unfavorable reviews, with Los Angeles Weekly stating that the film "isn't just banal, it's aggressively, arrogantly banal."[22] However, it was a hit at the box office grossing over $138 million worldwide.[23] Her character in the film was Gwen Harrison, who is a film star.

In 2002, Zeta-Jones played murderous vaudevillian Velma Kelly in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. Her performance was well received by critics; Seattle Post-Intelligencer stated, "Zeta-Jones makes a wonderfully statuesque and bitchy saloon goddess."[24] Slate magazine also praised her performance, saying that she "has a smoldering confidence that takes your mind off her not – always – fluid dancing – although she's a perfectly fine hoofer, with majestic limbs and a commanding cleavage."[25] Chicago (2002) was a commercial success, grossing more than $306 million worldwide,[26] and received universal acclaim.[27] Her performance earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards: for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and as a cast member for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[28]

In 2003, she voiced Marina in the animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas with Brad Pitt,[29] as well as starring as serial divorcee Marilyn Rexroth in the black comedy Intolerable Cruelty with George Clooney.[30]

2004–2009[edit]

In 2004, she played air hostess Amelia Warren in The Terminal alongside Tom Hanks, as well as Europol agent Isabel Lahiri in Ocean's Twelve, the sequel to Ocean's Eleven (2001). She and the cast members were nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast. [31]

In 2005, she reprised her role as Elena in The Legend of Zorro, the sequel to The Mask of Zorro (1998). The film received negative-mixed reviews;[32] however, the critics acclaimed the individual performances of the actors, Banderas and Zeta-Jones. The Legend of Zorro grossed over $142 million worldwide.[33]

In 2007, she starred opposite Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin in the romantic comedy-drama No Reservations, an American remake of the German film Mostly Martha (2001), for which she received a People's Choice Award nomination. The film garnered mixed or average reviews[34] but was successful commercially, grossing $92 million worldwide.[35] Claudia Puig of USA Today newspaper wrote that Zeta-Jones "shines as a character that finely balances off-putting reserve with sympathetic appeal."[36]

Zeta-Jones at a musical theatre award ceremony in May 2010

In 2008, she starred alongside Guy Pearce and Saoirse Ronan in Death Defying Acts, a biography about legendary escapologist Harry Houdini at the height of his career in the 1920s. The film was well received by many critics;[37] View London noted that "Zeta Jones also pulls off an extremely impressive Edinburgh accent and it's great to see her in a decent role for once."[38]

In 2009, Zeta-Jones starred in the romantic comedy The Rebound, in which she played a 40-year-old mother of two, who falls in love with a younger man, played by Justin Bartha. She made her Broadway debut in Trevor Nunn's revival of A Little Night Music with Angela Lansbury, beginning December 2009. For her performance, Zeta-Jones received an Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, as well as a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.[39]

2012–present[edit]

In 2012, she featured in Stephen Frears' Lay the Favorite starring Bruce Willis, which premièred at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[40] She also appeared in Playing for Keeps with Gerard Butler[41] and Rock of Ages, alongside Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin.[42]

Her 2013 projects included Broken City and Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, the latter being their third collaboration.[43]

In the media[edit]

British comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders parodied Zeta-Jones in 2007, on their sketch comedy television show French & Saunders (1987–2010). She was also parodied by Debra Stephenson in the BBC comedy sketch show The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009–2011).[44]

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,[45] and one for Alfa Romeo. She is also the spokeswoman for Di Modolo jewellery. Zeta-Jones was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[46]

Zeta-Jones has appeared on several magazine covers, including Allure,[47] Harper's Bazaar, W, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.

She was chosen one of "1998's Most Beautiful People" by People magazine, and was ranked number 68 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement, and was named number 82 in 2006.[48]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage[edit]

Zeta-Jones with husband Michael Douglas at the Vanity Fair party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Zeta-Jones met 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 began dating in March 1999. Zeta-Jones claims that when they met, he used the line "I'd like to father your children."[49] They became engaged on 31 December 1999, and were married at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on 18 November 2000, after Douglas' divorce was finalised. A traditional Welsh choir (Côr Cymraeg Rehoboth) sang at their wedding. Her Welsh gold wedding ring includes a Celtic motif and was purchased in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth. Mick Hucknall from the band Simply Red also performed at their wedding. Hucknall and Jones had dated in the past. They have two children, son Dylan Michael (born August 8, 2000) and daughter Carys Zeta (born April 20, 2003).[50]

In August 2013, People claimed that Douglas and Zeta-Jones began living separately in May 2013, but have not taken any legal action towards separation or divorce.[51] A representative for Zeta-Jones subsequently confirmed that they "are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."[52] It was reported on 1 November that the couple have reconciled and that Zeta-Jones has moved back into their New York apartment.[53]

Health and legal issues[edit]

In 2004, Douglas and Zeta-Jones took legal action against stalker Dawnette Knight, who was accused of making 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 offences, which took place between October 2003 and May 2004. She was sentenced to three years in prison.[54]

In April 2011, Zeta-Jones sought treatment for bipolar II disorder, checking herself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.[55] Zeta-Jones checked into a health care facility again in April 2013 for further treatment related to her bipolar disorder.[56]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 1001 nuits, LesLes 1001 nuits Scheherazade English: 1001 Nights
1991 The Darling Buds of May Mariette All episodes, 1991-1993
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Beatriz
1993 Splitting Heirs Kitty
1994 Cinder Path, TheThe Cinder Path Victoria Chapman
1994 Return of the Native, TheThe Return of the Native Eustacia Vye
1995 Catherine the Great Catherine II
1995 Blue Juice Chloe
1996 Phantom, TheThe Phantom Sala
1996 Titanic Isabella Paradine TV miniseries
1998 Mask of Zorro, TheThe Mask of Zorro Eléna (De La Vega) Montero
1999 Entrapment Virginia Baker
1999 Haunting, TheThe Haunting Theo
2000 High Fidelity Charlie Nicholson
2000 Traffic Helena Ayala
2001 America's Sweethearts Gwen Harrison
2002 Chicago Velma Kelly
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Marina Voice role
2003 Intolerable Cruelty Marylin
2004 Terminal, TheThe Terminal Amelia Warren
2004 Ocean's Twelve Isabel Lahiri Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2005 Legend of Zorro, TheThe Legend of Zorro Eléna (De La Vega) Montero Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
2007 No Reservations Kate Armstrong
2007 Death Defying Acts Mary McGarvie
2009 Rebound, TheThe Rebound Sandy
2012 Rock of Ages Patricia Whitmore
2012 Lay the Favorite Tulip Heimowitz
2012 Playing for Keeps Denise
2013 Broken City Cathleen Hostetler
2013 Side Effects Dr. Victoria Siebert
2013 Red 2 Katya Petrokovich
2014 Coimeádaí Na Todhchaí Elizabeth (Irish version of Sonia) Irish voice-dub

Theatre roles[edit]

Year Show Role Awards and nominations
1981 Annie Annie
1983 Bugsy Malone Tallulah
1986 The Pajama Game Chorus
1987 42nd Street Peggy Sawyer
1989 Street Scene Mae Jones
2009 A Little Night Music Desiree Armfeldt

Discography[edit]

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