Catherine Zeta-Jones

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Welsh-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones captivated both U. S. audiences and one of film's most prominent leading men, establishing her as Hollywood royalty seemingly overnight. Following more than a decade's worth of ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1969 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (57)

Dad's Army 2014 (Movie)

Rose Winters (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

Cathleen Hostetler (Actor)

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Katja (Actor)

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Victoria Siebert (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lay the Favorite 2012 (Movie)

Tulip (Actor)

Playing For Keeps 2012 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

Patricia Whitmore (Actor)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Rebound 2009 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Death Defying Acts 2008 (Movie)

Mary McGarvie (Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

No Reservations 2007 (Movie)

Kate Armstrong (Actor)

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances: Walt Disney Concert Hall 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

Isabel Lahiri (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

Amelia Warren (Actor)

Behind the Movie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Marilyn Rexroth (Actor)

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Marina (Actor)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Velma Kelly (Actor)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

Gwen Harrison (Actor)

Catherine the Great 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid: A Concert Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/26/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Helena Ayala (Actor)

Entrapment 1999 (Movie)

Virginia "Gin" Baker (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunting 1999 (Movie)

Theo (Actor)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Blue Juice 1996 (Movie)

Chloe (Actor)

The Phantom 1996 (Movie)

Sala (Actor)

Splitting Heirs 1993 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

Christopher Columbus: the Discovery 1992 (Movie)

Beatriz (Actor)

Sheherazade 1990 (Movie)

Sheherazade (Actor)

Catherine the Great (Movie)

Catherine the Great (Actor)

Cleo (Movie)

Cleopatra (Actor)

The Cinder Path (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of the Native (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

("Hit Me With Your Best Shot") (Song Performer)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

("Overture/And All That Jazz") (Song Performer)

Biography

Welsh-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones captivated both U. S. audiences and one of film's most prominent leading men, establishing her as Hollywood royalty seemingly overnight. Following more than a decade's worth of work on the stages of Britain, Zeta-Jones broke out in a big way opposite Antonio Banderas in the swashbuckling adventure, "The Mask of Zorro" (1998). After a pair of unremarkable mainstream efforts, she earned critical acclaim for her turn in Steven Soderbergh's drama "Traffic" (2000), co-starring her future husband, Hollywood icon Michael Douglas. Zeta-Jones later drew upon her extensive musical theater background for her Oscar-winning performance in Rob Marshall's adaptation of "Chicago" (2002). Critical and commercial disappointments such as the Coen Brothers' dark-comedy "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003) were balanced by bright spots like a supporting turn in Soderbergh's heist sequel, "Ocean's Twelve" (2004), but Zeta-Jones increasingly chose to devote her time to her and Douglas' growing family. A Tony Award for her Broadway performance in "A Little Night Music," Douglas' battle with throat cancer, and her own hospitalization for a bipolar disorder were just a few of the high and low points that marked a tumultuous period for Zeta-Jones between 2009 and 2011. Eventually, she returned to screens in several feature films, the musical, "Rock of Ages" (2012), among them. Almost preternaturally beautiful and talented, Zeta-Jones remained one of film's more impressive leading ladies.

Relationships

Michael Douglas Actor

Husband
Began dating in spring 1999 Announced engagement in January 2000 Married on Nov. 18, 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in NYC; they shared the same birthday, making him exactly 25 years her senior

Dylan Douglas

Son
Born Aug. 8, 2000; father, Michael Douglas

Catherine Fair

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother Zeta-Jones was named after her

Nick Hamm Actor

Companion
Hamm directed Zeta-Jones in "Out of the Blue" (1991) No longer together

Mick Hucknall Actor

Companion
No longer together

David Jones

Father

Patricia Jones

Mother

David Jones

Brother
Born c. 1967

Lyndon Jones

Brother
Born c. 1972 works for Zeta-Jones' production company

Zeta Jones

Grandmother
Paternal grandmother Source of Zeta-Jones' stage name

John Leslie

Companion
Met in 1991 and dated for 18 months No longer together

Angus MacFadyen Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged in 1995 No longer together

Paul McGann Actor

Companion
Co-starred in the A&E movie "Catherine the Great" (1995) No longer together

Jon Peters Actor

Companion
Zeta-Jones reportedly turned down Peter's marriage proposal in 1996 No longer together

Carys Zeta Douglas

Daughter
Born April 20, 2003; father, Michael Douglas

EDUCATION

Arts Educational Schools

Dumbarton House School

Left school to further her acting ambitions without obtaining O levels

Arts Educational Schools

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Channing Tatum and Jude Law in Steven Soderbergh directed thriller "Side Effects"

2013

Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in crime drama "Broken City"

2012

Co-starred with Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"

2012

Played the wife of a sports gambler (Bruce Willis) in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer

2012

Played the mayor of Los Angeles' wife and main antagonist in feature adaptation of stage musical "Rock of Ages"

2010

Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in London

2009

Played a 40-year old mother of two who falls in love with a younger man in romantic comedy "The Rebound"

2009

Made Broadway debut in revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music"

2007

Starred as a master chef in romantic comedy "No Reservations"

2005

Re-teamed with Antonio Banderas and director Martin Campbell in epic adventure "The Legend of Zorro"

2004

Starred as a flight attendant who falls for an immigrant (Tom Hanks) living in a New York airport in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal"

2004

Joined ensemble cast of "Ocean's Twelve" as a love interest to Brad Pitt's Rusty Ryan

2003

Played serial divorcée Marilyn Rexroth in the Coen brothers' "Intolerable Cruelty" opposite George Clooney

2003

Used voice to bring character of Marina to life in animated feature "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas"

2002

Cast as murderess Velma Kelly in film version of hit Broadway musical "Chicago"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

2002

Became spokesperson for T-Mobile, replacing Jamie Lee Curtis

2001

Featured in romantic comedy "America's Sweethearts"

2000

Delivered memorable supporting role as John Cusack's beautiful but callous former girlfriend in "High Fidelity"

2000

Played the unsuspecting wife of a drug lord in Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed drama "Traffic"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress

1999

Starred opposite Sean Connery in "Entrapment"

1999

Appeared alongside Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor in remake of "The Haunting"

1998

Landed breakthrough screen role opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in "The Mask of Zorro"

1996

Cast as evil aviatrix Sala in action film "The Phantom"

1996

Made U.S. miniseries debut in "Titanic" (CBS)

1996

Played title role in German miniseries "Catherine the Great" (A&E)

1994

Starred in CBS TV movie " The Return of the Native"

1993

First appeared on American television on an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)

1991

Cast as Mariette on successful British television adaptation of H. E. Bates' "The Darling Buds of May"

1990

Made feature film debut in title role of Philippe de Broca's Les "Les 1001 Niuits" (also known as "Sheherazade")

1986

Toured with production of "The Pajama Game"

1984

Landed lead role in the West End production of "42nd Street" after the actress playing Peggy Sawyer and understudy fell ill

1981

Made professional acting debut playing the lead in a production of "Annie" at Swansea Grand Theatre in Wales

Bonus Trivia

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Commenting on America, Catherine Zeta-Jones told Movieline (February 1998): "Generally, people here seem to be on Prozac, and sometimes I wish I was."

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"The media obsession with my personal life was completely out of hand, and it wasn't self-inflicted. I was just a working actress, and I couldn't afford the protection I needed." – Zeta-Jones on leaving Britain, to Premiere magazine, July 1998

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"Listen, I used to do that no-makeup, straight-hair, really-dark-coat, frumpy thing so many actresses do, because I was told to. When I asked why I was supposed to look like I slept under a bridge all night, I was told, 'You shouldn't go in looking glamorous, because casting people and directors want to see you looking natural.' But I wasn't getting hired, so finally I said, 'Oh, bollocks! Can't I just wear my Gucci clogs? What do you mean my character wouldn't wear them? I wear them.' Only when I started going to auditions as myself, dolled up, did I get work." – Zeta-Jones on her glamorous image, and how it doesn't fit in with current Hollywood ideals, to Details magazine, May 1999

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"She's got that X-factor. Lauren Bacall had it. Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, they all had that great style and poise, And Catherine's got it." – fellow Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins on the appeal of Zeta-Jones to The Los Angeles Times, April 30, 1999

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"I don't think it comes from the public, I think it comes from people who make decisions [in Hollywood]. Look at the way Hitchcok used women. In those days, you were allowed to be smart, you were allowed to be funny. I think a lot of people are afraid of women who have a lot to offer." – Zeta-Jones on being pigeonholed by her looks, to the Daily News, May 3, 1999

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"That's me up on the balance beam, doing back flips. I never had a problem with heights and as far as all that stuff on the skyscrapers, that's with harnesses and matting. It was only after I watched on the monitors that I wondered if I was out of my mind." – Zeta-Jones on her stunts in "The Mask of Zorro" to Newsday magazine, May 10, 1999

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"I don't dwell on it, but those people who said I couldn't do it were a bit of an incentive. And I suppose it did give me a little bit of 'Well, up yours, I'll show you', kind of attitude." – Zeta-Jones on what drives her to succeed, to The Times London, July 1, 1999

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"I found her to be a little calculating. She seemed like a climber. She was very aware of how to use sex to charm men and to get ahead. It seemed like a bit of an act." – an unnamed male interviewer on Zeta-Jones, quoted in the New York Post, Aug. 17, 1999

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"I've never dated anybody the same age as me. I think it's because I love the knowledge older men have." – Zeta-Jones quoted in People magazine, Oct. 11, 1999

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"She has an extraordinary knack for making everyone feel at home with her. On top of that, she had this self-deprecating sense of humor and pure intelligence and blinding beauty. When you look at her background you wonder, 'From whither this flower came?' Take away the Zeta and she's just Cathy Jones from Wales." – production designer Eugenio Zanetti on Zeta-Jones to People magazine, Jan. 24, 2000

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In March 2000, a lawsuit was filed against Zeta-Jones by film editor Petra von Oelffen, who was a passenger in the actress' car when it was involved in an accident.

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"She's an awesome talent. I think I'm passé. Our housekeeper in Majorca had a list of friends who wanted Catherine's signed photos. All these years and the housekeeper's never asked me for anything." – Michael Douglas quoted in US Weekly, Jan. 20, 2003

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Catherine was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for 2004.

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On Oct. 21, 2004, Zeta-Jones filed a lawsuit against the Spice House "Reno's Friendliest Topless Cabaret" for the unauthorized use of her photo on its web site.

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In February 2005, Dawnette Knight pleaded quilty to one felony count of stalking and three felony counts of making criminal threats to the Oscar-winning "Chicago" star, Zeta-Jones' agent, and her husband Michael Douglas.

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On Feb. 24, 2011, Zeta-Jones was honored by Prince Charles, who made her a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) at Buckingham Palace in London. The Oscar winner was recognized for her film and charity work.

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In April 2011, Zeta-Jones' rep confirmed to People.com that the actress was hospitalized for bi-polar disorder.

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