Catherine Zeta Jones knocked me out in "The Mask of Zorro". I was surprised to find out that she's
Welsh; she seems so exotic, and Wales seems so... not exotic. More exotic than England, I suppose.
Anyone who's seen Jones in "Chicago" won't be surprised to learn that she made her U.K. stage debut
in the musical "42nd Street". (In fact, she's performed on occasion with the English National Opera.) In 1991,
Jones became well-known in the U.K. when she starred in a hit television production, "The Darling Buds of May". Five
years later, she was a supporting player in "The Phantom"; then, in 1998, she shared top billing in "The Mask of Zorro"
and became a star on both sides of the Atlantic. The next year, she co-starred with Sean Connery in "Entrapment".
In 2000, she appeared in "Traffic", earning a Golden Globe nomination; that same year, she married the movie's star, Michael
Douglas, which has provided Jay Leno with an endless stream of jokes. Her performance as Velma Kelly("Chicago", 2002)
was Jones' real breakthrough, bringing her critical acclaim and an Oscar statuette. Some of her other films
are "High Fidelity" (2000), "America's Sweethearts" (2001), "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), and "The Terminal" (2004).
In 2005 she's scheduled to appear in a "Zorro" sequel, "Zorro Unmasked".