Catherine Zeta-Jones had quite possibly the best year of her adult life in 2003. Following the rampant success of her musical film Chicago, the Welsh actress was nominated for her first Oscar. However, an Oscar wasn't the only award that life adorned her with that year.
Zeta-Jones arrived to the 2003 Oscars eight months pregnant with her second child. While she was less than a month away from giving birth, she nevertheless performed a number from Chicago with her co-star Queen Latifah, which made it an even more memorable night for her.
After performing, Zeta-Jones was granted the Oscar for which she was nominated and was on cloud nine in the press room after receiving the award.
"I'm still in shock," the then-33-year-old actress says. "...I just know that a dream came true for me tonight. ...I'm dumbstruck. ...Without anyone seeing this movie, it was probably the most amazing experience of my life, and this [award going] part and parcel with that experience is just overwhelming."
Knowing that it would prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, she wanted to cherish every moment of it.
"I need to write it all down tomorrow to remember this night," she adds. "I can't even remember my own name right now."
A month from giving birth to her second child, Zeta-Jones, the second child of Patricia and David James Jones, reveals that she had just gotten off with her mom in her native Wales, where it was well into the early hours of the morning.
"My mother's still awake. I just spoke to her and it's some god-awful hour," she says. "This is something that I'll be taking back home with me and showing it off to all my family and friends in Wales."
That wouldn't be the only thing she would be showing off to her loved ones back home.