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Catherine Zeta Jones
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Born in Swansea, South Wales
Born on 25th of September 1969

She may be considered among Hollywood’s royalty today - and we have Steven Spielberg to thank for that - but it wasn’t always so. Born in Swansea on September 25 1969 and blossoming from the unlikely starting point of the homely BBC TV series The Darling Buds Of May in the early 1990s, Zeta-Jones’ silver screen career had seemingly stalled after a disappointing turn in 1996’s lame superhero caper ‘The Phantom’. However, her performance in a US TV series based on the story of the Titanic caught Spielberg’s eye; he recommended her for the role of Elena in ‘The Mask Of Zorro’ and the rest is history.

In 2000 Zeta-Jones married Michael Douglas, signalling her entrance into the popular consciousness – and onto the gossip pages of the tabloids. A sweet, playful appearance in ‘High Fidelity’ and a soberly impressive role in the lauded ‘Traffic’ pushed her to the forefront of her industry, but it was her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2002’s ‘Chicago’ that confirmed her star quality.

However, since then she hasn’t come close to those critical heights. Being pushed front and centre of the Coen Brothers’ muddled ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ in 2003 and reprising her character Elena in the Zorro sequel in 2005 kept her in the public eye and allowed her to devote time to the raising of her and Douglas’s daughter, and keeping track of the family homes around the world, including one in Swansea.

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