09/06/2004 10:57  - (SA)  
 

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London - Catherine Zeta-Jones insisted that she really is a million-dollar woman, saying: "A million bucks is not a lot of money for name and likeness."

The wife of Michael Douglas, who was lambasted for once saying a million dollars was "not that much for us", hit back at her critics.

"Ask Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, anybody in our industry. Everyone knows we get paid a lot of money, so why pretend otherwise? So people will like me? It's dumb," she said.

Zeta-Jones, who will appear in the forthcoming movie Ocean's 12, posed for the July issue of W Magazine.

She told the magazine: "I'm in a world where I get paid for my name and likeness. And I get compensated very well for it. Otherwise get some other Catherine Jones to come and be the name on top! A million bucks is not a lot of money for name and likeness."

But she hates the unwanted publicity that comes with celebrity.

"When it comes to the red carpet, my philosophy is, I'll stand there all night long if you really want, but please, please, don't come harassing me," she said.

Zeta-Jones and Douglas won a court battle against Hello! magazine after it published unauthorised pictures of their wedding - although the couple were awarded much less money than they had sought.

It was during the case that she made the now-famous comments about a million dollars being "not that much" money.

She insisted that the case was not about money.

The Swansea-born star shot to fame in Britain in the TV series The Darling Buds of May. But it was not until she cracked Hollywood that she became an international star with an Oscar to her name. - Ananova.com

 

 
     
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