Catherine Zeta-Jones’ BiographyCatherine Zeta-Jones, who has conquered the world with her beauty and talent, was born under a lucky star. However, she didn’t gain her overwhelming success by accident. The actress - famous for her roles as Velma in Chicago and Elena in The Mask of Zorro - has been very disciplined and purposeful in building her career.
Early Years and FamilyCatherine was born in Swansea, a coastal town in Wales. The future star was born on October 25, 1969, to an owner of a small bakery. Catherine was the third child in David (who is Welsh) and Patricia’s (who is Irish) family. Unlike her two elder brothers, she started displaying her creativity from a young age; she loved singing and dancing in front of the mirror, pretending to be an actress.
The Jones family led a frugal life in a small house on the edge of Swansea. Patricia made clothes for their equally poor neighbors in order to help her husband, who worked at the bakery from dawn until dusk as a baker and a shop assistant. In the early ‘80s, Catherine’s parents were lucky to win £100,000 in a national bingo competition, so they could afford to move to a nicer area of Swansea and open a confectionery.
When Catherine was fourteen, The Pajama Game show crew arrived in Swansea. The future actress went for an audition and got the role. After the filming was completed in Wales, she was invited to London.
The Career BeginsCatherine with her olive skin and amber-hazel eyes quickly became popular in the capital. By the end of the ‘80s, she had taken part in a few projects, such as 42nd Street and Aspel & Company.
First Hollywood RolesCatherine started conquering Hollywood in 1995 when she accepted the offer to play Catherine the Great in the eponymous historical drama. Despite high expectations, this movie had no success and the young and daring British actress wasn’t swamped with offers.
Best RolesBefore the huge success of the musical movie Chicago in 2002, Catherine played in the mystery horror drama The Haunting together with Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor, as well as in Steven Soderbergh’s criminal thriller Traffic. In the latter, the actress plays the wife of a drug lord Carlos Ayala, portrayed by Steven Bauer. Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid, Benjamin Bratt, and Benicio del Toro also star in the movie.
In the criminal political drama Broken City (2012) starring Mark Wahlberg, Catherine plays the wife of the mayor, played by Russell Crowe.
In 2017 Catherine accepted the invitation to play in a TV series about the feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, played by Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. In the series Catherine plays a secondary but spectacular role; Alfred Molina, Kathy Bates, and Stanley Tucci also star in the movie.
In 2017, the actress worked on the set of the historical drama The Godfather Cocaine. In this film, she portrays the infamous Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, Florida crime queen of the 80s. The film also stars Juan Pablo Espinoza and Warren Christie. The film premiered in early 2018.