September 25, 1969
Swansea, Wales, UK
Catherine Zeta-Jones was born and raised in the Welsh town of Swansea where her father ran the town confectionery. Though it was a very small town, Zeta-Jones took advantage of the church's amateur drama group, and was singing and dancing by the time she was four.
When Zeta-Jones was 14, former Monkees star Mickey Dolenz was touring Britain in a musical that required the participation of local teens. Catherine auditioned and won a spot on the chorus. The producers were so impressed with her talent that once the show closed they whisked her off to London to star in a production of The Pyjama Game. By the time she was 17,
Zeta-Jones had the lead in the British revival of 42nd Street.
She made the transition to television when she appeared in the British comedy/drama The Darling Buds of May, turning her into a major sex symbol. Practically overnight her life changed and she was constantly hounded by the paparazzi. In fact it was after accidently driving her car into a lamp post while evading the paparazzi, that she decided to flee Britain to live in the United States.
At first Catherine snagged small roles in movies such as The Phantom and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, but her big break came when by chance, Steven Spielberg caught her performance in the 1996 miniseries Titanic, and was impressed by her talent and beauty. He cast her in The Mask Of Zorro.
She has two children with husband Michael Douglas: son Dylan, and daughter Carys.
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