Catherine Zeta-Jones (b. September 25, 1969) is a Welsh actress, born Catherine Jones (near Swansea in Wales) to a Welsh father and a mother of Irish Catholic extraction. She has 2 brothers. As a child she had a tracheotomy leaving a scar. Her stage career began in childhood, and by 1987 she was appearing in Forty-Second Street in the West End. Her exotic good looks, teamed with her singing and dancing ability, ensured her a bright future, but it was in a straight acting role, as Mariette in the successful television adaptation of H.E. Bates' The Darling Buds of May (1991), that she made her name. She had adopted her grandmother's name of Zeta to create her stage name, both Catherine and Jones being common names.
She is married to the actor Michael Douglas, with whom she has 2 children. Her son, Dylan Michael Douglas was born August 8, 2000. Her daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas was born April 20, 2003. She is also an advertising spokesperson for the mobile phone company T-Mobile. She is currently the global spokeswoman for cosmetics giant, Elizabeth Arden.