Legendary Morticia Addams’ part was offered to Catherine Zeta-Jones. And the actress fitted just right in. One of the showrunners Alfred Gough admitted she plays a key role in the series. Her relationship with her daughter is one of the underlying themes. Besides, this aspect may be deepened in the following seasons.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is an American and British actress. Academy Award winner and a lot of other awards. The best known films with her participation are “Ocean’s Twelve”, “Trap”, “The Terminal”, “The Legend of Zorro”.
Starting a Career
Charming girl Catherine from the British provincial town of Swansea hard work and talent earned a wide reputation in show business. By the way, the last name of the actress is pronounced as “Zita-Jones”, but it has become customary to hear its other sound.
The surname Zeta-Jones has an interesting origin. It is known that the first part of the name came to the girl from her grandmother, who bore the name in honor of the ship “Zeta” exporting copper – the pride of the port town of Swansea. The name Catherine was inherited in honor of another grandmother. Despite the high employment Catherine always finds time to visit her parents in her hometown.
The future actress was born on September 25, 1969. Already from the first years of life it was obvious that the happy parents are growing young talent. The girl began dancing at the age of 4. At home, she performed right on the table, causing admiration among family members.
Soon the girl began to speak to a wider audience – singing and dancing at special events for the parishioners of the local church. At the age of 10, Catherine finds herself on the stage, which can already be considered professional. It was a local theater production in Swansea “Annie”, where our heroine played the title role.
Soon the young actress received the next major role, in the play “Bugsy Mallone”. At the age of fourteen years Catherine auditioned for a stay in Swansea Micky Dolenz.
He was impressed by the girl’s performance and invited her to take part in the project “The Pajama Game”. That moment became a turning point in Catherine’s life. By agreeing to participate in the show Mickey Dolenz, Catherine Zeta-Jones plunged headlong into show business.
The aspiring actress was even allowed to finish school a year early. By the age of 17 Catherine has become quite a prominent figure on London television. His first role on television Catherine played in the series “42nd Street”. Soon she got her first really big role – in the series of a comedy on a major English TV channel.
By all accounts it was a useful and positive experience. Recently the actress is excited about the opportunity to participate in the creation of a remake of the series of the early 90’s.
Success in the Movie Industry
Her debut on the big screen, in the big cinema, is associated with playing Catherine in the film “Scheherazade”, which was filmed in France.
In pictures of the movie star you can see the scar on her neck. This is a testimony to the surgery Catherine underwent in 5 years – a tracheotomy. Doctors at Morriston Hospital in Swansea managed to save the life of a young talent. The actress refused to remove a prominent postoperative scar on his neck. The scar, she said, was meant to remind her of the mortality of life.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has convincingly confirmed her dancing talent by winning the British Tap Championship. Associated with this achievement is an original gift from the actress’s fiance Michael Douglas. On the 30-year anniversary of Catherine was presented to her a birthday cake with an ornament in the form of shoes with heels.
Qualitatively, a new stage of the film career Zeta-Jones began after the release in 1991 on television screens of the television series “The Darling Buds Of May”. On the budding talented actress and started talking to critics and viewers. The series began to occupy the first place in the film ratings and Catherine Zeta-Jones has become a TV star in Britain.
However, the great popularity and affected the personal life of the actress. Due to intrigues of journalists to the public domain became love affairs movie star. Because of pressure from outsiders to break up the engagement of Catherine and her lover – a leading television presenter John Leslie.
1993 – Zeta-Jones moved to the U.S., where she performs the roles in the short film “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” and a multipart film “Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones”. These film works of the actress was the first in the States.
To star in the movie “Thunderstorm of Heaven” Zeta-Jones returned for a while at home, where she began a brief romance with the director of the picture. 1995 was marked by the participation of Catherine in the American series “Catherine the Great”.
Persecution from the paparazzi forced the actress to think about how to fence herself off from prying eyes. The best option for the actress seemed to move to the United States, where she was still not so popular and could go unnoticed by journalists.
In 1996, as a gift from fate Catherine had the opportunity to become the lead character in “Titanic” (the film, the predecessor of the famous film of the same name by James Cameron). Steven Spielberg was among the audience at the premiere screening of Titanic.
The world-famous director loved the role of Isabella Peredain played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. He immediately called his friend Martin Campbell, who was going to shoot “The Masks of Zorro”. Soon Catherine Zeta-Jones was in the main cast of the film.
As a result, “The Mask of Zorro” was a hit that attracted critics and audiences. In this movie for Catherine was assigned the role of the daughter of the aged Zorro, who played the actor also of Welsh descent, Anthony Hopkins.
Especially for the filming of the movie Catherine Zeta-Jones learned to fence. Get into the role has helped and possession of the skill of dance in the actress developed grace and great posture.
The first screening of “The Mask of Zorro” was present and Michael Douglas. He was just fascinated by Catherine’s charm and decided to win her favor. For the first time Catherine and Michael met during a film festival with the help of their mutual friend Antonio Banderas.
A month later, it became known about the divorce of Michael Douglas, and Catherine had an engagement ring on her finger. Its value is about 2 million dollars.
After the success of the film “The Mask of Zorro” Catherine Zeta-Jones has agreed only to serious roles with fees reaching up to 5 million dollars. The actress has worked hand in hand with Sean Connery in the movie “Entrapment”, starred with Liam Neeson in the movie “The Ghost of House on the Hill” and also took part with her husband, Michael Douglas, in the filming of “Fanatic” and “Traffic. True, it remains only to regret that the joint scenes of Catherine and Michael in these films were not.
In 2000, Catherine and Michael had a son. They called the boy Dylan. Four months later, Zeta-Jones and Douglas were officially married. The wedding was a grand party, organized in New York at the Plaza Hotel. After these emotional events in the career of Zeta-Jones there was a short lull.
In 2002 Catherine starred as Velma Kelly in the film version of the legendary musical “Chicago“. The work in “Chicago” was appreciated – Zeta-Jones won an Oscar. According to the actress, the award is a dream of her life.
In April 2003 the actor’s couple was born the second child – a girl who was named Caris, which in Celtic means “love.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is among the most talented actresses of modern cinema. Her ability to impersonate, well-developed choreographic skills and high efficiency ensure the success of the films with the participation of this American-British actress.
- 1990 – A Thousand and One Nights
- 1992 – Christopher Columbus: The Conquest of America
- 1993 – Tangled Heirs
- 1991-1993 – The Darling Buds Of May
- 1993 – Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones
- 1994 – A Line of Destiny
- 1994 – Homecoming
- 1995 – Catherine the Great
- 1995 – Blue Juice
- 1996 – Phantom
- 1996 – Titanic
- 1998 – The Mask of Zorro
- 1999 – Trap
- 1999 – Ghost House on the Hill
- 1999 – The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: War in the Desert
- 2000 – The Fanatic
- 2000 – Traffic
- 2001 – America’s Sweethearts
- 2002 – Chicago
- 2003 – Legend of the Seven Seas
- 2003 – Unbearable Cruelty
- 2004 – The Terminal
- 2004 – Ocean’s Twelve Friends
- 2005 – The Legend of Zorro
- 2007 – A Taste of Life
- 2007 – Death Row
- 2009 – Babysitter on call
- 2012 – Man for Sale
- 2012 – Rock for the Ages
- 2012 – Vegas Fortune
- 2013 – Vice City
- 2013 – Side Effect
- 2013 – RAGE 2
- 2016 – Daddy’s Army
- 2018 – Godmother of Cocaine