But Zeta-Jones wouldn't confirm the wedding's cost, saying
her husband refused to tell her, and she added that she had not
yet received the bill for her reported $250,000 Christian
Lacroix gown, so she didn't know the exact cost.
``It doesn't get any better than this; 2000 is not going to
be a year that's forgotten,'' said Douglas, who is being talked
about around Hollywood as a best actor Oscar nominee this year
for ``Wonder Boys'' or the upcoming ``Traffic.''
Zeta-Jones, who also stars in ``Traffic'' -- about drug use
in the United States and drug trafficking -- echoed her new
``What a year,'' she said. ``I'll double up on what my husband
says; it doesn't get better than this.''
Zeta-Jones said she is still unaccustomed to using the
word, ``husband,'' but quickly added, ``I love it, though. I love
it when (other people) say it to me. People call me Mrs.
Douglas at the gate to our apartment. It kind of makes my eyes
PROPOSED ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
The couple began dating in 1999 and Douglas proposed on New
Year's Eve as the new millennium was beginning. Then, they
learned she was pregnant, and in August came their baby boy.
Now, they are in Los Angeles promoting ``Traffic.''
Their relationship has made tabloid fodder in the United
States and across Europe because of their ages (he's 56, she's
31), his Hollywood lineage (TV star, film star, Oscar winner
and son of actor Kirk Douglas) and her relatively recent rise
into the limelight after 1998's ``The Mask of Zorro'' from
middle-class roots in Swansea, Wales.
In fact, Zeta-Jones is rather miffed by recent media
reports characterizing her as coming from a poor family that
could barely afford to put shoes on her feet.
``Now what they are doing is showing photographs of my
parents' house, and they always say: 'humble beginnings.' My
parents worked really hard to have that house. It's a really
nice house in a great neighborhood,'' she said.
She and Douglas agreed that all 115 family members and
around 200 guests had a great time at the wedding. People were
dancing in the aisles and between banquet tables, and they were
singing around the piano until 5 a.m.
Douglas boasted that the Plaza Hotel manager called him the
next day and told him it was the longest wedding the hotel had
Celebrities at the event included Jack Nicholson, Danny
DeVito, Russell Crowe, Goldie Hawn, Martha Stewart and Art
The actor said one of his most memorable moments was ``the
first moment I caught Catherine's eye when she came walking
down the aisle.''
At the first sight of her new husband, Zeta-Jones said she
was so happy, ``I didn't know whether to burst out laughing or
burst out crying.''
And when asked if it would be difficult to steer clear of
all those Hollywood stars she'll be kissing in upcoming movies,
she quickly replied, ``I have my leading man.''