Born and raised in Swansea , Zeta-Jones aspired to be an actress from a young age. She studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London and made her stage breakthrough with a leading role in a production of 42nd Street. Her screen debut came in the unsuccessful French-Italian film Nights , and she went on to find greater success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May — Dismayed at being typecast as the token pretty girl in British films, Zeta-Jones relocated to Los Angeles.
In Entrapment Catherine Zeta-Jones plays insurance investigator Virginia Baker, a woman so dedicatedly professional that she hasn't got time for relationships, holidays, fun. What she does have time for, apart from hair and make-up, is tracking down the world's most famous art thief, Robert MacDougal Sean Connery. The set-up encourages you to think of Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway playing cat-and-mouse in The Thomas Crown Affair - or Black Widow, where Debra Winger and Theresa Russell aren't so much cat and mouse as tigress and wolverine: at any rate, there exists between the hunter and the hunted in those movies a palpable tension, and a teasing ambiguity - which may or may not be sexual. The first hint that Entrapment is not that kind of movie can be discerned in the characters' names. Message to the audience: you're going to like these people.
H ave you seen that new film? The sexy thriller with the wealthy, sophisticated male thief, the glamorous, beguiling female insurance agent sent to trap him, endless plot twists, plenty of sexual tension and gilt-edged locations. Sounds just like The Thomas Crown Affair. Actually it could be either one.