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The Catherine Zeta-Jones Bio

The Catherine Zeta-Jones Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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BEST FILM:

Chicago

Though “Traffic” was astounding and important, Zeta-Jones could have done better as the wife of a drug lord (despite getting a Golden Globe nomination). She was brilliant, though, in “Chicago,” one of the best musical films ever.





Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
No Reservations (a high-strung cook, opposite Aaron Eckhart)
Death-Defyin Acts (opposite Guy Pearce as Houdini, a self-proclaimed psychic)
Intolerable Cruelty (opposite George Clooney)
Entrapment (opposite Sean Connery)
The Terminal (opposite Tom Hanks)
High Fidelity (opposite John Cusack)
America’s Sweethearts
Blockbusters:
Chicago
The Mask of Zorro
Ocean’s Twelve
The Legend of Zorro
The Real Catherine Zeta-Jones:
There’s not a lot of “real” to Ms. Zeta-Jones-Douglas, and, frankly, we don’t want a lot of real from such a classically gorgeous movie star. She’s not close enough to be a Sweetheart. Though she’s not (anymore) a gold-digger, she’s certainly a paid tease as with Intolerable Cruelty. Most of all, though, she’s a performer – the kind who, whether she knows it or not, reveals that she is performing. Sooo, Chicago anyone?
Acting Style:
Melodramatic. Trained in musical theatre, Zeta-Jones excels in comedies and adventures that work with her style of over-acting. With such unparalleled beauty and sex appeal, she gets away with a lot in the other genres, but it is the Zorros and stagey comedies like Intolerable Cruelty – and, of course, film musicals – that best accommodate her style.
Bits and Quirks:
The hair, of course. Posey, girlish shots one moment and vixen-tiger the next. Great coy smile that nears a sneer, but relents to focus just on perfect lips. Displays of temper that, along with the Zorro films, a strange name and an unplaceable accent, give her a Latin persona. Great athletic poise, too.
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Great Scenes:
Zorro

> Sword fighting in general, but specifically the mini-strip courtesy of Bandera’s swordsmanship

Traffic

> The Feds taking her husband away
> Meeting with the assassin
> Doing drug business in Mexico

Chicago

> All of her cabaret scenes, particularly the duet with Zellweger

Intolerable Cruelty

> The verbal sparring with George Clooney

Ocean's Twelve

> The reunion with her father

No Reservations

> Great dynamic with Aaron Eckhart
> Describing food to her psychiatrist, Bob Balaban

Entrapment

> Practicing for the museum lasers
> Going through the actual lasers to steal the mask
> Making the call in the phone booth, overheard by Sean Connery
> Crossing the wire bridge
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