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Zeta in Wales and set for Zorro sequel

Aug 6 2005


Sssh - Catherine Zeta-Jones is returning to the big screen this autumn in Legend of Zorro, reunited with actor Antonio Banderas for the sequel to their 1998 hit The Mask of Zorro.

Zeta-Jones, 35, is also spending a quiet weekend at her new home in Wales, which she took her first look round yesterday with husband Michael Douglas.

The Oscar-winner who's a mother-of-two, with homes in Los Angeles, Aspen, New York, Bermuda and Mallorca, looked happy as she proudly showed Douglas, 60, around the £2m five-bedroom house in Mumbles.

Her husband arrived with a boxed-up bouquet, presumably, as a house-warming gift for her parents Dai and Pat, who have already moved in.

There was no sign of the couple's children Dylan, who is five next week, and daughter Carys, 27 months.

Earlier in the day the couple had been to the Longfields Centre for disabled adults, where Zeta-Jones opened a hydrotherapy pool built with her donation.

The house has been ready for a year, but the star of Ocean's Twelve and Chicago had been so busy filming she was unable to spare the time.

Meanwhile her parents have left their house in Mayals, Swansea, to move the two miles to Mumbles. Now, they occupy the first two floors of the house, set on a secluded, gated mini-estate of just three houses.

Zeta-Jones and Douglas changed the original plans to add a third floor, which they will use during visits "home".

Features ordered by the couple include hand-made bricks and a slate roof supported by solid stone pillars. Hundreds of tonnes of limestone were brought from Gloucestershire, and a grand balcony topped with a copper roof was imported from America.

The 5,000 square feet of floor space includes a games room and playroom for Dylan and Carys.

The choice of property surprised local people. There is no room to house friends or business associates - or Zeta-Jones's brothers David, 39, and Lyndon, 32. They still use the old family home in the Mayals area

And despite having only two neighbours, the Hollywood couple have already fallen out with one.

Businessman Steve Gwynn developed the site and occupies the house next door. He recently won planning permission to house his computer software firm Carreras Communications in a building next door to Zeta-Jones's home.

The couple fought the application and hired local lawyers to object, complaining they would not get the privacy they needed.

Mr Gwynn hit back by arguing the so-called "Zeta" factor had already cost everyone else their privacy with celebrity spotters turning up daily.

Zeta-Jones threatened to apply to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision.

The couple then heard the National Assembly had approved a massive wind turbine project in the sea opposite their house.


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