Catherine Zeta Jones
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  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  September 25, 1969

Catherine Zeta-Jones is an actress. Recognized for her versatility, she’s received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Tony Award. In 2010, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her humanitarian and film work. Born and raised in Swansea, she aspired to be an actress from a young age. As a child, she played roles in the West End productions of the musicals “Bugsy Malone” and  “Annie.” Zeta-Jones studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, and made her stage breakthrough with a leading role in the 1987 production of “42nd Street.”

Her screen debut came in the unsuccessful French-Italian film “1001 Nights,” and she went on to find more significant success as a regular in the British TV series “The Darling Buds of May.” Disappointed with being typecast as the token pretty girl in British movies, she relocated to Los Angeles and established herself in Hollywood with roles that emphasized her sex appeal, such as in “The Mask of Zorro” and “Entrapment.” She received critical acclaim for her performances In “Traffic” and “Chicago,” winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter. She starred in high-profile movies for much of the decade, including “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Terminal,” and “No Reservations.” Parts in smaller-scale movies were followed by a decrease in workload, during which she returned to the stage and played an aging actress in the Broadway production of “A Little Night Music,” winning a Tony Award.

Zeta-Jones worked sporadically in the subsequent decades, starring in the films “Side Effects,” “Red 2,” and “Dad’s Army.” She took supporting roles on TV, playing Olivia de Havilland in “Feud: Bette & Joan” and Morticia Addams in “Wednesday.” Aside from acting, Zeta-Jones is a brand endorser and supports several charitable causes. Her struggle with bipolar II disorder and depression has been well documented by the media. She’s married to actor Michael Douglas, with whom she has two children. She was born in 1969 in Swansea, South Wales, to David and Patricia Jones. She was named after her grandmothers, Zeta Jones and Catherine Fair. She has an older brother, David and a younger brother, Lyndon. She was raised in the Mumbles district of Swansea. Due to her hyperactivity as a child, her mother sent her to the Hazel Johnson School of Dance when she was four years old.

What religion is Catherine Zeta-Jones?

Catherine Zeta-Jones was raised as a Catholic, though she’s never been an overly vocal supporter of the church. Still, she shows no signs of denouncing the religion. Her husband, Michael Douglas, is Jewish, and the couple reportedly let their children decide which religion to follow. Her son actively practices Judaism, while her daughter hasn’t taken a stance. Nevertheless, Zeta-Jones remains quietly devout to Catholicism.

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