Zeta-Jones Pitches T-Mobile
Zeta-Jones endorses cell phone carrier T-Mobile for a contract that garners her more than $20 million. "It was a deal that you could not – and should not – refuse. Everyone asked, 'Why is she doing this?' I'm also a businesswoman. Catherine Zeta-Jones is a brand name," she tells the Sunday Telegraph. She also endorses cosmetics brand Elizabeth Arden.
She Had It Coming
While eight months pregnant with her second child, Zeta-Jones wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Chicago. Zeta-Jones tells In Style that winning the Oscar was a childhood dream come true: "I was the only person staying up in Wales until 4 in the morning to watch the Oscar ceremony...That day was put aside for me--I was obsessed. But when it actually happens to you it's an out-of-body experience." On April 20, she welcomes daughter Carys Zeta Douglas.
Joining Ocean's Twelve
Zeta-Jones joins Brad Pitt (left), George Clooney and Julia Roberts for Ocean's 12, playing an Interpol-type agent wise to the gang. "Let's face it: When it comes to leading men, I've scored big-time," she tells In Style. The film opens at No. 1, grossing $362 million worldwide.
The Litigious Life
After suing a strip club for putting her picture on its website ("I view it as theft: people steal my image to make money for themselves"), Zeta-Jones goes against an alleged stalker obsessed with Douglas, who sent her death threats. "This will affect me for the rest of my life," Zeta-Jones says in a letter read in court. Dawnette Knight, 35, pleads no contest, and is sentenced to a three-year prison term and a 10-year restraining order.
Zeta-Jones reprises her star-making role in The Legend of Zorro. "It was a big movie for me in many ways," she tells Harper's Bazaar. "This sounds ridiculous, but when I saw Antonio in his Zorro outfit again, I got tears in my eyes. I said, 'Oh, my God! There you are.'" The sequel earns $142 million worldwide.
The No Reservations star graces the cover of In Style, where she discusses family and fame: "Years ago if someone said they were doing a movie in Romania, I was, like, 'What time is my flight?' I couldn't see beyond the script. Now, I'm like, 'Script? I'll figure that out after dealing with the people I love more than anything in the world.'" Next up: the Harry Houdini film Death Defying Acts with Guy Pearce.
A Winning 'Night'
For her Broadway debut in the musical revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Zeta-Jones earns a best actress Tony Award. "I really do feel like Cinderella," she says in her acceptance speech, where she thanks her husband, whom she calls "a movie star, and I get to sleep with him every night."
A Brave Fight
Doctors diagnose Zeta-Jones's husband Michael Douglas with cancer after discovering a tumor in his throat. "I'll beat this," the Oscar-winning actor, 65, tells PEOPLE of his battle, which involves eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. In January, Douglas declares he's cancer free. "It's an incredible way to start the New Year," Zeta-Jones tells PEOPLE.
Zeta-Jones checks in to Silver Hill Hospital, a mental-health facility in New Canaan, Conn., to treat her bipolar II disorder. "This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them," the 41-year-old actress tells PEOPLE. "If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help." Two years later, the actress returns to treatment "in order to manage her health in an optimum manner," her rep tells PEOPLE.
Following a difficult few years, in which Zeta-Jones sought treatment for bipolar II disorder and Douglas battled cancer, the couple decides to separate. "The stress has taken a toll on their marriage," a friend tells PEOPLE, while another source adds, "They're taking a break."
BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): John Lazar/WireImage; Warner Bros; Kobal Collection/Wireimage; Gary Hershorn/Landov; Fame
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Date of Birth
- September 25, 1969
- Birth Place
- Swansea, Wales
Michael Douglas, husband (1998 to present; separated)
Jon Peters, ex-boyfriend (1996)
Angus Macfadyen, ex-boyfriend (1995 to 1996; engaged)
John Leslie, ex-boyfriend (1991 to 1993)
Dylan Michael Douglas, son (8/8/00)
Carys Zeta Douglas, daughter (4/20/03)