Hol­ly­wood meets Wales in ‘wed­ding of year’

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Se­cu­rity was so tight guests had to show their holo­grammed in­vi­ta­tions be­fore be­ing al­lowed in and pri­vate pho­to­graphs were banned.

Welsh con­nec­tion

The Welsh dragon flut­tered along­side the Amer­i­can stars and stripes above the ho­tel en­trance, and the wed­ding feast fea­tured Welsh lamb.

Even the wed­ding ring came from a fam­ily jew­eller in Aberys­t­wyth.

The best man was Cameron Dou­glas, Michael Dou­glas’s 21-year-old son from his first mar­riage.

Also tak­ing a star­ring role was Dy­lan, the cou­ple’s three-month-old son, who spent most of the cer­e­mony asleep.


A party of 30 fam­ily and friends were flown to the US from the Welsh val­leys, in­clud­ing Miss Zeta Jones’s mother, Pat, and her fa­ther, Dai, a re­tired sweet sales­man.

Her grand­mother, from whom she gets the name Zeta, was also flown to New York al­though the 85-year-old is still re­cov­er­ing from two re­cent op­er­a­tions.

The fam­ily rubbed shoul­ders with the groom’s fa­ther, vet­eran ac­tor Kirk Dou­glas, 83, as well as film stars Sir Sean Con­nery, Jack Ni­chol­son, Sharon Stone, Sir Michael Caine, Christo­pher Reeve and Danny DeVito.

As he ar­rived, Mr Dou­glas senior gave his bless­ing to the mar­riage, re­mark­ing, “I’d marry her my­self, but my wife won’t let me.”

Cather­ine Zeta Jones was born on a hous­ing es­tate in the Welsh sea­side town of Mum­bles.

She first hit the head­lines as a TV star in the ITV drama The Dar­ling Buds of May, be­fore head­ing to Amer­ica to star in films such as The Mask of Zorro.

Her new hus­band, Michael Dou­glas, is one of Hol­ly­wood’s most bank­able stars, from one of its old­est act­ing dy­nas­ties. He has starred in hit films such as Ro­manc­ing the Stone and Wall Street.

De­spite the high se­cu­rity, pho­tog­ra­phers from Hello! Mag­a­zine gate­crashed the wed­ding and took sur­rep­ti­tious pic­tures.

Im­me­di­ately after the wed­ding the cou­ple were granted a court in­junc­tion ban­ning the pub­li­ca­tion of the unau­tho­rised pho­tos but this was lifted on ap­peal.

Cather­ine Zeta Jones and Michael Dou­glas then sued the mag­a­zine.

After a three-year le­gal bat­tle, they won a par­tial vic­tory when a judge ruled Hello! had breached their com­mer­cial con­fi­dence, al­though he said it did not breach their pri­vacy.

They were awarded dam­ages of £14,600, and at a later hear­ing were also awarded more than 75% of the £4m they spent su­ing the mag­a­zine.

In the same court case, OK! Mag­a­zine won dam­ages of more than £1m, but this was over­turned on ap­peal, and the mag­a­zine or­dered to pay back dam­ages, costs and in­ter­ests amount­ing to nearly £2m.

This rul­ing has in turn been chal­lenged, and the two ri­val mag­a­zines re­main locked in a le­gal bat­tle through the courts.

In April 2003 Cather­ine Zeta Jones gave birth to her sec­ond child, a daugh­ter, Carys.

Also in 2003, she won an Os­car for her per­for­mance in the mu­si­cal movie Chicago.

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