Catherine Zeta-Jones, born 25 September 1969, is a Welsh actress. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of United Kingdom and United States television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as the 1998 action film The Mask of Zorro and the 1999 crime thriller film Entrapment. Her breakthrough role was in the 2000 film Traffic, for which she earned her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.
Zeta-Jones subsequently starred as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago, a critical and commercial success, and received an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Later, she appeared in the 2003 romantic comedy film Intolerable Cruelty and 2004 crime comedy film Ocean’s Twelve. Zeta-Jones landed the lead female role in the 2005 sequel of the 1998 film, The Legend of Zorro. She also starred in the 2008 biopic romantic thriller Death Defying Acts. In 2010, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Desiree in A Little Night Music.Zeta-Jones met actor Michael Douglas, who shares the same birthday as she, and is exactly 25 years her senior, at the Deauville Film Festival in France in August 1998, after being introduced by Danny DeVito. They began dating in March 1999, even though Douglas was still married. Zeta-Jones claims that when they met, he used the line “I’d like to father your children.” They became engaged on December 31,1999, and were married at the Plaza Hotel in New York City November 18, 2000, just weeks after Douglas’ divorce was finalised. Her Welsh gold wedding ring includes a Celtic motif and was purchased in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth.They have two children. Their son, Dylan Michael Douglas (named after Dylan Thomas), was born on August 8, 2000 with Zeta Jones’ pregnancy incorporated into her role in Traffic. Their daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, was born on April 20, 2003. The family currently lives in New York City. Douglas and Zeta-Jones own a portfolio of property around the world, with homes in Barbados, Bermuda, Manhattan, Aspen, Colorado, Quebec and Mallorca. I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on Catherine. She’d just finished shooting Zorro and was off to shoot Entrapment with Sean Connery. I knew from the first time I saw her on set she was destined to be a superstar. With her sexy voluptuous figure, her mesmerizing beauty, and posh accent-she has all the qualities the Hollywood and the cinematic public yearn for. Not to mention talent! An extraordinary actress as well as singer, she and Michael have become true Hollywood royalty. Though sadly the past year has been rather tumultuous for Catherine after her husband Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer, She was the epitome of strength dignity and elegance as she stood by his side through his chemo treatments. In the last few days she herself has become tabloid fodder with her public disorder of her Bipolar II disorder. Friends, colleagues and fans have rushed to support Catherine Zeta Jones and her family through this troubling public media circus. Personally I wish her and her family the speediest of recoveries and a long happy life. This strong, tenacious attitude and perseverance are only just a few of the reasons why Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta Jones is one of the Vogue cover moms that we honor this Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day Catherine, your family and friends support you!
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