Catherine Zeta-Jones was born on 25 September 1969, in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK, the daughter of Dai Jones, who formerly worked for a candy factory, and Pat Jones. Her brother David Jones is a development executive and brother Lyndon Jones works at her production company. Catherine showed an interest early on in entertainment.
Got Her Break as an Understudy
She starred on stage in “Annie”, “Bugsy Malone” and “The Pajama Game”. At 15 she had the lead in the British revival of “42nd Street”. She was originally cast as the second understudy for the lead role in the musical but when the star and first understudy became sick the night the play’s producer was in the audience, she was given the lead for the rest of the musical’s production and dropped out of school to join the tour.
Fame came from “The Mask of Zorro”
She first made a name for herself in the early 1990s when she starred in the Yorkshire Television comedy/drama series. The show was a smash hit and made her one of the United Kingdom’s most popular television actresses. She subsequently played supporting roles in several films before landing her breakthrough role playing the fiery Elena opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998). She starred in many big-budget blockbusters like Entrapment (1999), The Haunting (1999) and Traffic (2000), for which many believed she was robbed of an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. In November 2000 she married actor Michael Douglas. She and Michael has a son Dylan, eleven and a daughter Carys, eight.
- Do what you love to do – you never know where your break will come from
- Have faith in yourself