Catherine Zeta-Jones was born on 25 September 1969, in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK, the daughter of Dai Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory, and Pat Jones. Her brother David Jones (b. 1967) is a development executive and brother Lyndon Jones (b.1972) works at her production company. Catherine showed an interest early on in entertainment. She starred on stage in "Annie", "Bugsy Malone" and "The Pajama Game". At 15 she had the lead in the British revival of "42nd Street".
From the age of 4, Catherine wanted to entertain, to be the centre of attention. She'd prance around using the spout of her grandma's kettle as a microphone. Very soon, she was onstage, performing with an amateur troupe organised by the local Catholic Church. Her singing voice, though, was once severely threatened. Falling sick with a viral infection that impaired her breathing, she had to undergo a tracheotomy (the scar is still visible today). Consequently, she missed a lot of school, and was sent to a small private establishment to catch up.
The following year Zeta-Jones starred in the high-tech thriller 'Entrapment' which saw her hot on the heels of an art thief played by Sean Connery. Also in 1999, Zeta-Jones appeared among a starry ensemble of Hollywood names, including Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor, in 'The Haunting' - a UK filmed remake of the classic 1963 Robert Wise directed creeper. This latest offering, relying on CGI effects and over the top set pieces was not well received by critics and did little to make use of Zeta-Jones' acting talents.