Catherine Zeta-Jones

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

Zeta-Jones is of Welsh and Irish descent and is the daughter of Patrick Jones and Dia Fair. Zeta-Jones also has two other siblings and was raised Catholic.


Zeta-Jones grew up in the spotlight. She learned singing and dancing from age ten where she performed with a Catholic troupe. This carried through to her acting career as well. She starred in the troupe’s production of 42nd Street and later ended up in France where she landed a starring role in the film: 1001 Nights. Zeta-Jones became recognized for her 1991 role in the television film: The Darling Buds of May. Subsequent roles followed including probably her best known role in The Mask of Zorro opposite Antonio Banderas.

Her singing and dancing skills came in handy for the 2002 film, Chicago. Based on the highly successful stage musical, Zeta-Jones portrayed the sultry night club performer, Velma Kelly. Zeta-Jones, sporting a 1920’s bob haircut, did all of her own dancing and singing in the film. It was this highly versatile performance that gained her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2003.

Zeta-Jones is continuing in her acting career with the release of the films: Coming Out and Rachel’s Holiday – both due for release in 2006. The films, Stompanto and Mostly Martha are slated for a 2007 release.

Personal Life

Zeta-Jones married long time beau, actor Michael Douglas in November 2000. They have two children together. Husband and wife share the same birthday. Douglas is 25 years her senior.