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Wednesday, October 13, 1999 Published at 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK

UK: Wales

'Sexy' Catherine is ex-pat ambassador

Michael Douglas may be Catherine's first guest

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones has become the first American ambassador of a society for high-flying Welsh ex-pats.

"Sws", the Welsh word for kiss, also stands for Social, Welsh and Sexy.

The society boasts a membership of 1,200 - mainly high-flyers from the world of arts, media and politics - who meet regularly in London for parties.

Hornblower star Ioan Gruffudd is a member and veteran actress Sian Phillips is president.

[ image: Hornblower star Ioan Gruffudd is a 'Sws' member]
Hornblower star Ioan Gruffudd is a 'Sws' member
Now Sws is opening a New York branch aimed at Welsh exiles on the other side of the Atlantic, and Swansea-born Catherine Zeta Jones, 30, has agreed to become New York patron.

She is expected to take along boyfriend Michael Douglas to their first American meeting next month.

Other regular members of "Sws" in London include Ffion Hague and weather-girl Sian Lloyd.

Founder Stifyn Parri said: "We're delighted Catherine agreed to become the patron for Sws in New York."

More than 600 names of people in New York with Welsh connections have been drawn up.

The first official meeting will be in the trendy "Lot 61" venue on West 21st Street in New York on November 14.

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