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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
City congratulates Zeta
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta Jones' fans in Swansea are looking forward to her next visit home in the hope of catching a glimpse of the star's new daughter.

People in the city are sending their congratulations to the 33-year-old actress and her husband Michael Douglas after she gave birth to a 6lb 12oz baby girl in New York on Sunday.

The couple have chosen the Welsh name Carys - which means beloved one.

Swansea Council's deputy leader Robert Francis Davies said it was a proud day for the city.

It is especially lovely that she now has a boy and a girl
Hazel Johnson, former dance teacher

"This is great news and we hope that mother and baby are doing well," he said.

"I'm sure that the people of Swansea are equally as proud to hear the news as Catherine's parents David and Pat."

They are expected to fly to the US to see their new granddaughter this week and are said to be "delighted".

Zeta Jones and Douglas last visited Swansea in February with their son Dylan, who is two.

They are expected to become more frequent visitors when their new 1m mansion is finished in Mumbles, on the outskirts of the city.

Hazel Johnson, Catherine's former dance teacher, said: ""I was really excited when I heard the news.

"It is especially lovely that she now has a boy and a girl,"

"She is certainly sticking to her Welsh roots and Carys is such a nice name.

"I saw her quite recently and she was blooming and I had an inkling then it would be a girl."


Baby Carys has been given the middle name Zeta - which originates from her Welsh grandmother.

The 86-year-old, who lives in Swansea, said: "I am really thrilled - it's so nice that they've had a little girl.

"Catherine and the baby are doing fine.

"Hopefully they are coming over in the summer so they can show off the baby then."

Zeta Jones and Douglas, 58, had been tipped to choose a Welsh name for their new arrival after naming son Dylan after Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas.

The name Carys is thought to derive from the Welsh words for love - cariad and caru.

It is currently the seventh most popular girl's name in Wales.


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