Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
Best known for her stunning looks and for becoming Mrs. Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones was a child star in her native Wales. An understudy at 15 in the British revival of 42nd Street, she went on one night when the star was sick and the producer gave her the part for the rest of the production. Her role in the series The Darling Buds of May (1991) made her a popular TV star and fodder for the daily tabloids. Escaping to Hollywood where she was unknown by the paparazzi there, Zeta-Jones landed the role of the fiery Elena opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro. Starring roles followed in Entrapment (1999) The Haunting (1999), Traffic (2000), and American Sweethearts (2001). Her turn as Velma Kelly in the musical Chicago (2002) netted her a best supporting Oscar. In November 2000, her marriage to actor Michael Douglas, was a star-studded affair. They have a son, Dylan Michael. Jones and Douglas share the same birth date, though he has a 25-year head start on her.
Fact Monster/Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
More on Catherine Zeta-Jones from Fact Monster: