Catherine Zeta-Jones

Award-Winning Performer, Designer & Entrepreneur

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What will she do next? Vanity Fair’s cover feature on Catherine Zeta-Jones bestowed her with the title “Catherine the Great.” They might be on to something.

Zeta-Jones is an Academy, Tony, SAG and BAFTA award-winning actress as well as a two-time Golden Globe nominee. She is acknowledged for her brilliant performances in the films Chicago and Traffic. However, Zeta-Jones is not content to rest on her accomplishments. She recently launched, Casa Zeta-Jones, a lifestyle brand that marries her Welsh heritage and love for interior design.

Zeta-Jones lives by the strong work ethic she learned from her mother (a seamstress) and her father (the owner of a candy factory) in Swansea, South Wales. Her passion for performance led her to leave school at 15 (with her parent’s permission) to pursue her career. Gifted with direction and clarity at an early age, Zeta-Jones ambition is unstoppable.

Most recently she starred in the telefilm Cocaine Godmother, based on the true-life story of the notorious drug lord, Griselda Blanco.

About Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones is a multi-award winning actress whose talents range from film to theater. She garnered an Academy Award for her portrayal of the scandalous Velma Kelly, in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. Catherine was also nominated for a Golden Globe and took home the Critics’ Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. She won the Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical for her critically acclaimed Broadway debut as Desirée Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

Catherine is currently starring in the Facebook Watch series Queen America, a dark comedy, centered around the troubled and ruthless beauty pageant coach Vicki Ellis.

Her other starring roles include Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 12, and Side Effects, as well as Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, opposite Tom Hanks. Catherine also starred with George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ dark comedy Intolerable Cruelty. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of the wife of a drug-runner, in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. She also appeared in FX’s critically-acclaimed show, Feud, alongside Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.

She first gained international recognition in the action adventure film The Mask of Zorro, opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. She then captivated audiences in Entrapment, opposite screen legend Sean Connery.

Born in Wales, Catherine began her career on the stage in London and following that was cast in the popular Yorkshire Television series, The Darling Buds of May, based on the novels of H.E. Bates.

In 2010, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the film industry and charity.

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