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Catherine Zeta-Jones

Highest Rated:   92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated:   3% Playing for Keeps (2012)
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Birthplace:   Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
Both exotic and classic, Wales-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones began acting as a child. By ten she was part of the Catholic congregation's performing troupe, and by 18 she was performing professionally in the West End. It was in there that she caught the eye of French director Philippe de Broca, who offered her the lead in his film Les 1001 Nuits in 1989. After traveling to France to film the movie, she returned to Britain, where she landed a starring role in the Yorkshire Television comedy drama series The Darling Buds of May, based on a series of novels by H.E. Bates. The show was a huge hit, and made Zeta-Jones one of the U.K.'s most popular TV actresses. After the series ended in 1993, she steadily found work playing lead roles in TV movies and miniseries such as Catherine the Great and The Cinder Path. She also played supporting roles small films, including Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and Splitting Heirs. The big screen role that undoubtedly put Zeta-Jones on the map, however, came in 1998 when she was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in 1998's The Mask of Zorro. America was enchanted by the dark-haired actress' charisma and beauty, and she began to be offered better and better roles in American film. She starred in films like Entrapment, The Haunting, and High Fidelity, before taking the prominent role of a white-collar drug kingpin's wife in 2000, in Steven Soderbergh's treatise on the drug war, Traffic. Her performance was impressive to critics and audiences, many of whom felt that she deserved an Oscar nomination.The actress had no time to quibble over awards, however, as she married actor Michael Douglas in November that year, and gave birth to their son Dylan Michael nine months later. Zeta-Jones' took it easy during the next year, appearing only in the romantic comedy America's Sweethearts, but her next project would be the one to cement her as Hollywood royalty: a starring role in the Broadway adaptation Chicago. Few fans were aware of the singing and dancing skills that she'd honed on the musical stage at the beginning of her career, much less that she had sometimes performed with the English National Opera. Her performance blew audiences away, and won her the 2002 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Zeta-Jones lightened things up in 2003, making audiences laugh alongside George Clooney in the Coen Brothers' movie Intolerable Cruelty, then as an airport employee who falls for stranded immigrant Tom Hanks in The Terminal (2004).The actress' screen time, however, began to diminish at about that point, given her decision to shift priorities and hone in on raising a family with Douglas; her film appearances grew decidedly less frequent, and she thus found time to give birth to a baby girl named Carys Zeta Douglas in April of 2003. On the side, however, she continued to appear in occasional commercials, and the paparazzi often published candid photos of the actress in public, baby-in-arms, which held her in the limelight. The motion pictures in which Zeta-Jones appeared during this period took fewer chances by banking off of recent successes (gone, at least temporarily, were the challenges of such films as Chicago and Traffic). Efforts during this period included the blockbuster sequel Ocean's Twelve (with Clooney, 2004), the onscreen reunion with Antonio Banderas The Legend of Zorro and even the musical concert film Tony Bennett: An American Classic, which reunited Zeta-Jones and Chicago wunderkind Rob Marshall.In 2007, she teamed with Shine director Scott Hicks for an Americanized remake of the German-language comedy Mostly Martha, retitled No Reservations. She followed that up with Australian director Gillian Armstrong's period piece Death Defying Acts -- a cinematization of Harry Houdini's 1926 tour of Britain, co-starring Timothy Spall and Guy Pearce, and scripted by Brian Ward and Tony Grisoni. Zeta-Jone

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
29% Dad's Army
  • Rose Winters
2016
43% Red 2
  • Katja
2013
83% Side Effects
  • Dr. Victoria Siebert
2013
28% Broken City
  • Cathleen Hostetler
2013
19% Lay the Favorite
  • Tulip
2012
3% Playing for Keeps
  • Denise
2012
41% Rock of Ages
  • Patricia Whitmore
2012
No Score Yet Cleo
  • Cleopatra
2011
42% The Rebound
  • Sandy
2009
44% Death Defying Acts
  • Mary McGarvie
2008
42% No Reservations
  • Kate Armstrong
2007
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
26% The Legend of Zorro
  • Elena
2005
56% Ocean's Twelve
  • Isabel Lahiri
2004
61% The Terminal
  • Amelia
2004
75% Intolerable Cruelty
  • Marylin Rexroth
2003
46% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Marina
2003
86% Chicago
  • Velma Kelly
2002
No Score Yet Smoke & Mirrors
  • Actor
2002
32% America's Sweethearts
  • Gwen Harrison
2001
92% Traffic
  • Helena
2000
No Score Yet Catherine the Great
  • Catherine the Great
2000
91% High Fidelity
  • Charlie
2000
17% The Haunting
  • Theo
1999
38% Entrapment
  • Virginia `Gin' Baker
1999
83% The Mask of Zorro
  • Elena
1998
No Score Yet Titanic
  • Isabella Paradine
1996
41% The Phantom
  • Sala
1996
No Score Yet Blue Juice
  • Chloe
1995
No Score Yet The Cinder Path
  • Victoria
1995
No Score Yet The Return of the Native
  • Eustacia Vye
1994
8% Splitting Heirs
  • Kitty
1993
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert
  • Actor
1992
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
  • Beatriz
1992
No Score Yet Les 1001 nuits
  • Sheherazade
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Speaker
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer

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