Catherine Zeta-Jones, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful women in the world. But, unlike a lot of pretty faces in Hollywood, she is a talented actress, with an Academy Award to back it up. Her exotic looks coupled with her versatility have allowed her play a variety of movie roles. Additionally, she married into one of the royal families of Hollywood when she wed Michael Douglas, producing two gorgeous children.
Zeta-Jones entered the world on September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, in the United Kingdom. She’s the daughter and middle child of Dai Jones, a candy factory worker, and Pat. From an early age, she was interested in entertaining and trained as a singer and dancer. She also experienced a health crisis as a child that could have derailed her. Because she was exposed a virus that made it difficult for her to breath, she had to have tracheotomy surgery. The scar is still visible on her neck.
As a youngster, she performed with her church’s amateur theatre group and appeared on their stage versions of “Annie,” “Bugsy Malone,” and “The Pajama Game.” She went on to win first place in a national tap dancing competition at 13 years old. When she was 15, she dropped out of school and moved to London to pursue acting. She secured the second understudy position in the British revival of “42nd Street.” The rise to stardom was set in motion when both the star and first understudy became sick one night and Zeta-Jones was the lead for the rest of the shows run.
In the early 1990s, she starred in a comedy/drama on Yorkshire Television called “The Darling Buds of May.” The success of the show made her one the most popular television actresses in England. Her success also led to her becoming a target of the British paparazzi, causing her to relocate to the United States.
At first, it was hard to get recognition in Los Angeles and she, eventually, she played supporting roles in films and television mini-series. Steven Spielberg noticed her work in the mini-series “Titanic,” which led to her big break. This breakthrough came when she starred opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in the 1998 movie “The Mask of Zorro.” Zeta-Jones role in this movie led to other blockbuster movies, including the Oscar-nominated Traffic (2000). Eventually, she won an Oscar for her performance as the murderess Velma Kelly in the 2002 movie musical “Chicago.” She continues to play in a wide range of roles from comedies to dramas.
So far, her personal life has been stable. Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas married in November 2000 and have two children, Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta.
Like many actors, she has had a few missteps in her career and some of her movies have not been a profitable or showcased her talent as they should have. Hopefully, Hollywood won’t discard her as gets older, and she will keep working for many years to come.