Catherine Zeta-Jones High School:
|Dumbarton House School|
Catherine Zeta-Jones College:
|The Arts Educational Schools|
Catherine Zeta-Jones, born September 25th, 1969, was the daughter of Patricia, a seamstress, and David Jones, a sweet-shop owner. Her father is of Welsh decent; her middle name, Zeta, comes from her grandmother, who was named after a boat in the Swansea Harbour in Wales. She was educated at Dumbarton House School, an independent school in Swansea. However, she left to pursue acting before obtaining her O-Levels, and so did not go on to a traditional college. After leaving Dumbarton, she attended the independently-owned Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London, where she took a full-time, three year course in Musical Theatre. Her stage career began in childhood, when she regularly performed for friends and at family events, and was a member of a local dance troupe at the Hazel Johnson School of Dance, based in St. Alban's Church in Treboeth. Her professional acting debut was as the lead in Annie; later at the age of 14, she was cast as Tallulah in a theatrical production of Bugsy Malone. In 1986, at 17, she was cast in the chorus of The Pajama Game, which toured the United Kingdom, and the following year found her starring in 42nd St. as Peggy Sawyer at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She was originally the understudy, but took the stage in the lead after the leading lady fell ill. In 1989, her first casted lead came as Mae Jones in the opera Street Scene. When the show closed, she went to France for her feature film debut in Les 1001 Nuits.