Catherine Zeta-Fugs


For a moment I didn’t reognize this lady.

Is that crazy of me? Because now, I’m like, “Oh, right, of course, it’s Catherine Zeta-Jones,” but it took me far longer than it should considering that looking at photos of people like her is basically my job. I don’t even know who I thought it was — part of it is that I forgot CZJ was even in Rock of Ages, so I had to solve that riddle as well, and between this and all the episodes of Countdown I am YouTubeing so I can play along, I just don’t have TIME for any more PUZZLES, people.

But, the clothes: Am I wrong to wish she and Julianne Hough (which, whoops, you’ll see in a bit) had switched outfits? That neon yellow would look astonishing on her, I suspect, but mostly I just want to cut this refried figure-skating outfit off of her before she breaks a leg attempting a heavily coerced triple axle. Plus, if you put it on Hough, somebody might look at her and decide it’s time for an Ice Castles remake starring her and, say, Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars (he’s got an apt Young Robby Benson thing going, kind of, right?), and I think the world would benefit heavily from THAT. We need more figure-skating movies. The last one we had was Ice Princess, and although I support the idea of making girls believe math is cool, we can’t let the genre rest on a film in which Michelle Trachtenberg implied it’s a carnival trick that you can master if you just go to physics class and buy a good calculator.

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. Amalia
    +1

    Did she do something to her face? She definitely looks…. different. Blander?

    • Katie Lynn
      +1

      Yes. I think her cheekbones are more prominent as well…maybe some botox also? Too bad, she was aging SO WELL, and had such a distinguished face.

      • gail
        0

        I agree. I’m not really sure what it is, but she used to be gorgeous and now she just looks like she’s trying too hard. Also, that dress kinda makes her look fat.

        • Siobhán
          +1

          Makes her look fat? On what planet?

          Agree about the different face though. Shame, yet predictable.

        • Jolene
          +1

          Her face certainly looks different. I didn’t recognise her either; in fact, I still don’t! But I thinks she looks a lot thinner, too, which might also make her face look different. She’s still beautiful, but not as beautiful. Hopefully, it’s just an odd shot of her.

      • michelle
        +2

        I was thinking the same thing- she looks so much more “cookie-cutter actress” than she used to- what happened?

        • Karen
          +1

          I think what’s wrong is her eyes. They used to be almond-shaped. Now they seem to be that weird, round shape that all the other actresses have.

    • Deborah Stultz
      +1

      Totally agree. The work she has had done is NOT an improvement. I liked when her face was rounder and fleshier. Now she is just over-sculpted like everyone else. Shame.

    • RobynC
      +1

      Was just coming to ask the exact same thing. She either did something or this is just a picture from an odd angle. I have seen a recent publicity picture for this movie and she looked fine so hopefully just a bad picture.

    • Susanna K.
      +1

      Looks like she got her upper lip injected, which is sad, because she was still pretty without it. Once you hop on the lip-enhancement train, you can’t get off unless you want your lips to become a pair of flaccid, deflated balloons. Of course, re-plumping your lips every time the previous injection wears off will eventually make you look like you glued a couple of sea slugs around your mouth. It’s a no-win situation.

  2. Britt
    0

    Man, if I had arms that toned, I would never allow them to be covered. (Especially not by illusion netting!) But as far as her face goes, this photo really is unrecognizable. She may not have done anything to herself, it may just be a weird photo. Sometimes that happens?

  3. Nancy
    +1

    The close up pics of her show that she looks very different. The dress is terrible and what she did to her beautiful face is worse. I wish someone in Hollywood would age gracefully!

  4. Minutiae
    0

    Her face looks off for sure, but I’m hoping that it’s just because of what looks like some ill-advised weight loss. The “dress” is hideous.

  5. lindsay
    +1

    Wow she does not look like her at all! That has to be a facelift! The dress and shoes are meeeh but not awful.. I can’t stop looking at her face.

    • Chasmosaur
      +1

      Me either. I was watching Intolerable Cruelty the other night and just marveling at how so very, very gorgeous she is.

      Looking at this picture, I’m marveling at how Housewives of XXXXX she now looks.

  6. Eliza Bennett
    0

    That dress is so SHORT and un-Zetaly. She rocked many a swoopy satin dress for a while–it seemed like everything was atelier versace–and this is like catching the Queen Mum in the bargain bin of Forever21. I can’t even process if the dress is cute. It’s just such an uncharacteristic outfit.

  7. Ranee Singleton
    +1

    Someone has messed up her lovely eyes. This doesn’t even look like her, much less like something she would put on.

    She has always been so graceful and elegant looking. This is a disaster all the way around.

  8. Sajorina
    0

    That’s a whole lot of NO! She is so beautiful and has such a bangin’ body that she’s not doing herself any favors by wearing this! If the dress was completely sleeveless & long, it would be a FAB for me, but as is… It’s FUG! But, her legs + those shoes = DAMN, GIRL!

  9. JAL
    +1

    I think she took Jennifer Grey’s nose. No idea why since her nose was great before.

  10. fiatluxury
    0

    um. well. i hope that’s a weird photo, because otherwise, that’s a damn travesty. am i really not recognizing her just because her hair’s not curly as i’m used to seeing it? As for the dress – SO. OVER. ILLUSION. NETTING. I feel like this trend is like space-aged shaped things in the 50s: it’s intended to be all forward-thinking and visionary but really what it is is immediately dated and not usually all that inventive. I think I’ve liked about 1 of these dresses that you’ve shown. And that’s even though her BODY is still slammin’.

  11. Gigi
    +1

    Those shoes, despite being kinda strappy, are far too boardroom for that dress.

    Cheek implants? Eye job? I’m no good at figuring out why people look different than before.

  12. Jem0512
    +1

    Um…I can neither confirm or deny that this is, in fact, CZJ even though you’ve TOLD me it’s her.

  13. Karen
    0

    So….what WAS Julianne Hough wearing?? I don’t see it posted or linked to…

  14. Cranky Old Batt
    +1

    Her face looks way, way different. I am taking your word that this is CZJ.

    Killer, killer stems, however.

  15. Kristan
    +1

    She’s been Posh-ed.

  16. Rowynn
    0

    I didn’t recognize her either, and even now that I know it’s her, it doesn’t look like her.
    She normally looks so vivid and elegant, but this dress completely negates those qualities. Its lack of color makes her look washed-out, and the short hemline makes it look as if she’s trying too hard to look younger than she is. She’s beautiful enough to get away with a lot, but this just isn’t flattering.

  17. Glee
    0

    Here’s to hoping with others that she didn’t fuck up her face!

  18. Sandra
    +1

    The dress would be hideous no matter who wore it. Why in the name of sweet jam sandwiches did somebody think that one sleeve made of illusion netting was a good idea? The whole thing reminds me of a shower curtain that needs to be thrown out.

    That face doesn’t even look like hers. And the one she was born with was beautiful.

  19. SaraK
    +1

    This makes me so sad. I looked at her face back at the 2011 Globes and now, and somehow she’s lost some of her CZJ-ness. I’m hoping it’s merely a trick of the lighting combined with the angle her face is at.

    But the really sad part is this dress. Eliza Bennett has it right…it is so very Forever 21. And she is so not, usually. New dress that’s not so scary-short, turn her head a few inches, and bam!, we’re back in business.

  20. hillary l.
    +1

    This whole look is so Heidi Klum, it’s depressing. Between the mini and the Botox, I sense a mid-life crisis coming on…

  21. KMG
    +1

    Oh man – so glad to see everyone else’s posts. I didn’t think that it was her either. What did she DO to her face? I watched “Chicago” the other night and was thinking how good she looked (so much better than Renee Z IMO). But something is wrong here.

  22. Megan
    +1

    WHY CZJ, of all people, felt that she needed ork dne is beyond me. It doesn’t even look like her, and she looks like an impersonator of herself.

  23. Lina
    0

    The thinness of her face is so startling. I miss the old fullness of her features.

  24. CJG
    0

    I always think of CZJ as being very elegant in the way she dresses. She happens to be a gorgeous, sexy woman, but she doesn’t need to try to be sexy. She just is. This outfit screams of trying to be sexy — all very unnecessary for CZJ. On top of that, I don’t think it’s a particularly flattering dress, and the flesh-colored fabric looks worse in closeups — heavy and like it’s pilling.

    Also in closeups, her makeup looks quite heavy, but I think she still looks like herself. She’s got very natural-looking crinkles around the eyes. A LOT of foundation on her face, but with natural crinkles underneath it. After Ashley Judd’s very articulate essay, I’d like the think we won’t all jump to conclusions that an actress has “done something” to her face. Sure, we’ve seen many women who have obviously *ahem* styled their faces on this site, but let’s not forget that medication and just old-fashioned natural aging can change one’s appearance!

    • Scanderoon
      0

      Bravo! I’m also inclined to think it’s more likely a trick of the light plus aging plus perhaps some weight loss in the cheeks or something, plus a REALLY WEIRD facial expression that the camera happened to catch. I’ve looked at a closeup of her face from the event and it looks perfectly normal to me.

      That said, the dress is not okay.

  25. Renee
    +1

    She looks like a cross between Jennie Garth and Jennifer Grey. Neither of whom look anything like CZJ used to look like.

  26. Trace
    0

    As an aside: Have you seen the episode of The IT Crowd where they play Street Countdown and have an elite Countdown club? Its amazing. Go watch it now and thank me later.

  27. Lily1214
    0

    I didn’t recognize her either. This outfit undermines her beauty.

  28. Jerika Coleman
    +1

    She looks like Melissa Gilbert post-plastic surgery.

  29. filmcricket
    +1

    This really is just sad. For a rich, beautiful, white lady she’s had a tough time of it for the past few years, so if this is what she needs to do to feel better more power to her, but for the rest of us it’s tragic. She is *such* a stunning woman, and now she just has Generic Hollywood Face. In addition to the “work” and the mini-skirt, she’s also got long, curly extensions going halfway down her back. I really hope she didn’t feel she needed to do all this because we forgot how hot she is. Catherine, I promise, we didn’t.

  30. Anita
    0

    I’m hoping this is just a really bad photo and she hasn’t ruined her gorgeousness with nips, tucks, implants and injections. Viewing the small photo, I thought it was Jacklyn Smith without bangs, but close up, this woman is unrecognizable and not especially attractive.

    Don’t even get me started on the horrid dress.

  31. b
    0

    benefit of the doubt
    benefit of the doubt
    benefit of the doubt

    oh, how hard this is!

  32. GigiNYC
    0

    Catherine Zeta-Jones is a lovely woman who is clearly in great shape and who clearly also deserves a better dress than this. This dress looks cheap and quite frankly, a bit too young for her. Also, are we sure she’s only 43? IMDB lists her birth year as 1969 but I’ve always thought she lied about her age. As beautiful as she is, C. Zeta-Jones looks a LOT older than 43.

  33. meggiemoo
    0

    I think she’s just lost too much weight, and it’s making her face look too gaunt. In previews for the movie, she actually looks a bit heavier than usual, so maybe this was a response to that? Everyone over 40 looks better with a bit more fat. As one dermatologist famously said, “As you age, you either choose your ass or your face. Your ass can be small, but your face will be too thin and you’ll get wrinkly. Or your ass can be a bit large, but your face will be filled out and smooth.”

    • Karen
      +1

      Or to put it more elegantly, “After 40, a woman must choose between her face and her figure.”

  34. Amy
    0

    I’m wondering the same thing as everyone else: DID she do something to her face? Because it’s never a good sign when people look at your photo (especially professionals like the Fug Girls) and wonder, “Who is that?”

  35. Melly
    0

    If you don’t run a pic of Candice Bergen from the Tonys I’ll consider you a wuss. I know it will take courage.

  36. val.
    +1

    She has a rockin’ bod still, but the dress is just not age-appropriate. And her face really does look different.

  37. Jo
    +1

    Upper half of her face, Sandra Bullock, lower half of her face, Julianne Moore. None part of her face, Catherine Zeta-Jones. *sobs* I’ve always thought her to be one of the most stunning women on Earth.

  38. vandalfan
    +1

    Botox forehead, methinks. I thought this was Marlo Thomas (You know, That Girl). The dress would look horrid on anyone, using every trendy thing being “done” today- nude-ish, lace overlay, single sleeve, I’ll bet they even tried to make it a neck strangling collar but someone had the sense to stick some illusion netting to make it lay down properly.

    Also, her feet are squashed into those very ordinary shoes, and that lipstick technique, ladies and gents, is what they call Roast Beef- dark out line, much lighter filler.

  39. Claire L1
    +1

    what did she do???????
    She looks like the love/hate child of Posh and Eva Langwhat’shername.
    She’s always been such a beautiful woman with beautifully interesting features…I couldn’t pick her out in a lineup judging from this picture.

  40. Shiitake
    +1

    It’s a shame she’s done that to her face, and trying much too hard.

  41. lettucecup
    0

    I’m hoping it’s just an unfortunate photo that caught her looking unlike herself, because girlfriend is gorgeous. She’s reminding me of Melissa Gilbert, and that’s not a good thing in my book.

  42. Megan
    0

    are you not aware that there IS a remake of Ice Castles? I am concerned if you’re not…
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1411276/
    Not as magical as the original but skating! outfits! rose throwing! teen angst!

  43. Jo
    0

    CZJ always looks terrible without a stylist – she has terrible taste in clothes. Too aging always. Shame as she is so gorge.

  44. Joey
    0

    I think this might be a bad photo. Like she was doing a high fashion face (a la Posh) and then decided to do a winning smile (a la… whoever smiles in these photos). And this photo caught her between the two expressions. Which would account for the cheekbones and hopefully the eyes. Because this looks SO unlike her that it can’t possibly be down to just “work”.

    This face looks like Cindy Crawford mixed with Julia Roberts mixed with Janice Dickinson and a few others. I see everyone in this photo; it’s so generic

    • Liz985
      +1

      Yes, to the Janice Dickson doppleganger effect. And that is a very, very bad thing.

  45. Amber
    +1

    I refuse to believe this is CZJ. It can’t be. Because why, WHY, would you ever eff with that face?
    And yes, the dress is bad. So are the shoes. All the more reason to believe this is an imposter!

  46. KatieKat
    0

    OMG. That’s all I have. Wait – she’s BETTER than that. Now I’m done.

  47. Scanderoon
    0

    Okay, usually I think the phrase “mutton dressed as lamb” is really mean, but it totally applies here. That dress is not okay for someone in their 40s – and even on someone age-appropriate it would be ugly! There is no one part of the dress I can cover up to make it better because the whole thing is crazy unflattering! Ugh. I thought CJZ was classier than this.

  48. Mahastee
    0

    This dress is fug, the beige is awful and those appliques belong in 1989. The shoes might be okay?

    I just can’t take her seriously since that time she was “34″ for so long that I eventually caught up to her. Evidently she is taking the Madonna route to maturing (mess with your features, flash more flesh than is really necessary and try to convince yourself it isn’t happening) doesn’t elevate my opinion any.

  49. Brooke
    0

    P.S. The Ice Castles remake was AWFUL. Total ABC Family movie of the week with all the sexy sucked right out.

  50. Franziska
    0

    She looks like a cross between Victoria Beckham and what’s the other British one… Kate something. Lives in America. Tall, dark, good looking… always good looking. Nice hair. Can’t think of her last name now.
    Anyway, terrible dress.

  51. SPM
    0

    Her face is Hatcheresque.

    What a shame.

  52. Gina Guillotine
    0

    The thing that’s distracting me most of all is the color of her legs. She tried to lighten them to match the nude fabric in her dress, and it looks like someone didn’t do a good job applying the leg makeup. Her right thigh looks completely untouched and the makeup looks streaky.

  53. Léa
    +1

    Damn. I looked at some other pictures from this premiere and unfortunately, this ain’t just a case of a bad camera angle. Her new face kind of reminds me of a cross between Diane Lane, Rachael Ray and Jennifer Grey (with the old nose, as someone said earlier in the comments).

    Noooooooo! Why Catherine, why? Hopefully it will settle in better and she’ll start looking like herself again soon.

  54. electric
    +1

    I get that this is CZJ, but I still can’t recognize her.

  55. DorkeyGirl
    0

    I love, love, love the shoes. Any idea who made them? If I could get them anywhere?