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Born: Sept. 25, 1969 Swansea, Wales, UK
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Welsh-born Catherine Zeta-Jones hit it big on the North American radar with her sexy and intelligent portrayal of Elena in The Mask of Zorro.
In her native UK she was already a star with her co-starring role as the eldest daughter in the British TV series, The Darling Buds of May. Zeta-Jones began her career on the musical stage, starring in Annie and playing Tallulah in Bugsy Malone. She later headlined the West End production of 42nd Street.
Hollywood finally saw the light and had her play a villian in The Phantom and she later starred in the TV mini-series, Titanic. After her well-received role in The Mask of Zorro, the Welsh beauty teamed up with a Scottish sex symbol and appeared opposite Sean Connery, in the movie Entrapment. 1999 also saw her appear in The Haunting
Speaking of older sex symbols, Zeta-Jones started dating Michael Douglas, 25 years her senior, in 1999. British tabloids managed to publish some topless photos of Catherine Zeta-Jones frolicking on the beach with him in Spain. In January of 2000, Michael Douglas announced that the two were engaged, with the proposal having taken place on New Year’s Eve. The couple had their first child, Dylan Michael Douglas, in August of 2000 and married in November of that year.
2000 was also a good film year for Catherine. Besides a role in the well-received High Fidelity, she also appeared with her husband in the ensemble piece Traffic. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Catherine was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for her role in Chicago. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for Chicago at the 75th Academy Awards. A month later, she and husband Michael Douglas welcomed a daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, into the family.
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