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Zeta biography plans shelved
Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband Michael Douglas
Zeta Jones and Douglas have had high-profile legal battles
An unauthorised biography of Swansea-born actress Catherine Zeta Jones has been scrapped after the publishers backed out following letters from her lawyers.

Celebrity biographer Cliff Goodwin had planned to release his book of the actress in time for Christmas.

But after spending months researching the project, he was forced to ditch the idea - when solicitors acting on behalf of the Hollywood star fired off a series of letters threatening legal action to himself and his publishers.

Virgin Publishing has now shelved plans to release the 256-page book called simply Catherine Zeta Jones: The Biography.

Veteran British writer Goodwin who has already written biographies of actors Richard Harris and Sid James, found the process increasingly difficult.

Along with his publishers he also received solicitors' letters.

Zeta Jones' parents, who still live in Mayals, Swansea, rarely speak to the press and her close family and friends would not open up to him.

The star and her husband flew into Wales two weeks ago to oversee the finishing touches to her latest 1m home in Mumbles, Swansea.

They already have luxury homes in Bermuda, Majorca, Colorado, New York and California, but have wanted a base in Wales for some time.

The couple booked into Morgans, the only five-star hotel in her home city Swansea, for what is expected to be the last time.

It is thought that, by the next time they make a trip to Wales, they will stay at their four-bedroom new home.

Zeta Jones is believed to have lined up a series of meetings with interior designers to map out the inside of the four-bedroom property.

Zeta Jones and Douglas flew into Cardiff International Airport from Oslo, where Douglas had been attending a Nobel Prize ceremony, after their private jet was diverted from a fog-bound Swansea Airport.

Children Dylan and Carys arrived the day before and were taken Christmas shopping by Zeta Jones's mother and her brother Lyndon.

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