Catherine Zeta Jones shows off her new bangs in NYC: awful or awesome?


E tu, Zeta?! Here are some photos of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas at the opening night of The Library (a play) in NYC. Catherine debuted some new mom bangs. So let’s discuss them. Ugh. The thing is that I’ve always loved Catherine’s hair. She has beautiful, thick hair and I like that owns her brunette. But these bangs… they are a “NO.” It’s weird though, it’s not like they age her. They don’t. They just take away from her beauty – she just looks normal, like a woman you might meet at the gym. I think they take away from her gorgeous almond-shaped eyes too. The bangs are too long. Ugh.

Whenever I complain about bangs and bangs trauma, there’s inevitably someone around who acts like this is brand new information that I hate almost all bangs. I just have such extreme negative associations with bangs – I had bangs as a young girl and I hated them. I always associate them with little girls too. As in, it’s difficult for me to say that an adult woman should have bangs or that bangs are something you should try past the age of, say, 12. But of course there are exceptions. Catherine Zeta Jones is not one of those exceptions. She’s such a beautiful woman and the bangs are just so blah.

As for Michael and their marriage… I guess they’re working things out. Good for them. Michael does not look so great here, so I hope his health is still okay.



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  1. samanthalous says:

    Those bangs make her face look so round, maybe she should add some highlights it will make her look younger. If that’s what she wants to do.

    • kri says:

      It’s not the bangs that make her face look so round-it’s Filler Time, girls! The hair is awful .

    • Decloo says:

      Women with round faces should not wear blunt bangs. Wispy, side-swept bangs would have been better.

  2. MonicaQ says:

    You know how a person plays a role and no matter what, they’re always going to be that role to you? Like Martin Sheen is the Illusive Man from Mass Effect 2 and 3/General Lee from Gettysburg to me and that’s what I think as soon as I see him.

    Yeah. Liberace. Micheal Douglas is Liberace now. I know he’s done a butt ton of other stuff but Liberace.

  3. QQ says:

    They both age her and normalize her in that Mom of the PTA way so I agree with that on these bangs

    But it’s cute that they are together !

  4. Hiddles forever says:

    I don’t think those bangs suit her face well… she has such a beautiful face!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think long faces can carry bangs well, but not so much on round or heart shaped faces. She is so gorgeous, but the bangs aren’t her best look.

  5. Suzanneg444 says:

    She looks so detached from him in these pictures…and he looks like a corpse standing next to her. What the hell happened to him? He’s morphing into Kirk!!!
    As far as the bangs…NO. Not a good look for her.

  6. Dani2 says:

    Unnecessary, and so not flattering at all.

  7. paola says:

    Yeah the bangs are not ok on her but the real deal is she wearing??

  8. Loopy says:

    The bangs shorten and round her face too much.

    • Mystified says:

      Agree. Personally, I have to wear bangs because my face is too thin and my forehead is too high. If I had Catherine’s beautiful face I wouldn’t wear bangs.

      • OTHER RENEE says:

        I wish I could go bangless but my face shape and hairline won’t allow it. If your hairline isn’t oval to compliment your face, pulling your hair back doesn’t work. Occasionally I sweep them to the side…

        Oh yes… CZJ. No. Just no.

  9. Sixer says:

    I’ve never met a bangist (bangophobe? bangsist? bangsophobe?) before. Bangs seem so inoffensive, somehow. Plus, everyone knows it’s a fringe. SINGULAR. So, is it fringophobe? Or would that be a hard G? Fringeophobe looks wrong. Fringeist, then. Kaiser, you are a fringeist.

    • Cazzee says:

      My hair stylist talked me out of bangs once. About ten years ago, I was bored with my hair and thought bangs would be a nice change. When I asked him to cut in some bangs, he put his scissors down and was like, “We need to discuss this.” And then he talked with me about where the bangs would fall on my face and, once I inevitably got sick of them, what they would look like growing out. (In short: not good.)

      He talked me out of getting bangs, and I have been grateful ever since! So yes, there are dedicated anti-bangs people out there.

      • reba says:

        My hair stylist won’t let me not have bangs… Because of Kaiser’s anti bang -o- phobia, I thought everyone must think they are terrible. Even my sister said ‘I’ve always hated your bangs’ (I have always had bangs, my whole life). Anyway, my hair stylist tells me I need them. So, oh well.

    • Sixer says:

      Heavens! Two in one day!

      (You know I was only messing around with silly words and British v American English, right? Bangs/fringes aren’t actually on my radar or anything.)

  10. doofus says:

    she looks like Marie Osmond in the top pic.

    and a big NO NO NO to the bangs. she is a gorgeous woman and her eyes are beautiful but she’s hiding them with the bangs.

    which makes me wonder…is she hiding some “work” a la Tom Cruise?

  11. Vanderhootchie says:

    Missy is also sporting some new cheek implants.

  12. PunkyMomma says:

    Not flattering, but I cut her slack. She’s bipolar and it’s kinda obvious both of them have been through hell.

  13. Lori says:

    I recently got bangs again. Not the same as CZJ but more like the revenge bangs of Reese Witherspoon after her and Ryan Phillipee broke up. Its a great option for those of us with deep frown lines/forehead wrinkles that don’t want botox. I’ve had lots of comments that they make me look younger.

    • holly hobby says:

      That’s what Jane Seymour advocated. I’m sure she’s had some tweaking but she went on record saying that instead of botox, she got bangs.

      I think CZJ should either side sweep them or cut them a bit shorter. It looks weird now. I wish she would stop using fillers though.

  14. GeeMoney says:

    Plastic surgery ruined her beauty. She didn’t need it. Sad.

  15. I recently saw ‘An American President’ (Annette Bening is gorgeous), and I don’t know WHO told Michael Douglas that he was fine, and all that–because he ain’t. All that. Not at all. He’s not even sexy. My newest husband is Walton Goggins. Walton ain’t good looking, but he is sexy as hell, and all that. He’s fine. Michael Douglas doesn’t even have swagger or anything like that. He just comes off as a smug so and so, who thinks he’s fine. Which he isn’t.

    All I have to say that if I was gonna marry some dude who was that much older than me, than I’d marry someone with sex appeal–coughliamneesoncough.

    • Lori says:

      no way could she land Liam Neeson

      • I was talking about ME—my breasts are a work of art, and he will be blinded by their sheer amazingness……and then he’ll stay after I bake him some cake 😉

        And is it just me–I always thought Catherine Zeta Jones was Spanish/Hispanic, because I saw her in Zorro when I was really young. I can’t believe she’s Welsh.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      They actually acted together in a movie and she didn’t land him although she was not married yet…….

  16. Sayrah says:

    No no no on the bangs but I’m glad they are working it out. She really is such a stunning woman but those bangs are awful on her.

  17. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t mind bangs normally, but they look awful on her. I didn’t even recognize her.

  18. India says:

    OH GOD, NO!!!!

  19. Penelope says:

    The bangs are way too long and they certainly do detract from her lovely eyes.

    Poor Michael Douglas looks terrible.

  20. TWINK says:

    I think the rumors that she’s actually 10 years older are true.

    • Paige says:

      Agree-she has always looked older than her age.

    • Truthtful says:


      There is no way this woman is younger than Julianne Moore or Julia-Louis Dreyfus…. let alone Naomi watts or Cate Balnchett!

      She is well into her fifties and not really the fabulous ones..

  21. Clucky says:

    IMO, the bangs make her look like Valerie Bertinelli.

  22. John says:

    Fringe hanging in the eyes is never attractive. She needs to have them trimmed up a bit, I expect to hear her mum yell, “Get your hair out of your face!”
    That being said, I find her to be lovely, and am glad she and her husband seemed to have reconciled. I, too, hope he’s okay. I know he’s 69, but he looks almost like his father’s peer, and he’s 97.

  23. laura says:

    Well she is starting to look her true age (early 50’s, since she has lied about her age for years now) but you can tell by her attitude !

    • laura says:

      Demi Moore looks better in my opinion since they are the same age

    • Mel says:

      British vital records (births, deaths, etc.) are freely available for anyone to check; and *no one* gets to fiddle with official records.
      Not only would it be punishable by lengthy imprisonment, but it is actually impossible to do so.

      She was born on September 25th, 1969.

      • laura says:

        So you believe that No actresses is lying about their age… I know (and most of hollywood knows that CZJ has been lying about her age for years!) as many other actresses.

      • Sixer says:

        Mel didn’t say that. She said that anyone can check the legal birth (or marriage, or death) records for any Briton. Which you can. So if an actress uses their birth name and not a stage name or you know their birth name then you can check their age.

        You can’t forge these. You can’t change them. You can’t tamper with them. They are official records.

        I just searched the free database at and Catherine Zeta Jones was born in Swansea in September 1969. She’s the only Catherine Zeta Jones born within 40 years of 1969, so you know – it’s her.

      • Truthtful says:

        Yeah i don’t believe it ! a good example is Agyness Deyn who managed perfectly well to lie about her age… while being a british citizen with a so called “available british vital record”…. so if she managed to lie I don’t see how CZJ could’n’t pull off the same lie!

        Plus in CZJ case her FACE don’t lie : there is no way she is a day younger than 55!!
        early 50’s ladies are: demi moore, Julia louis dreyfus, Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Andie Mc Dowell, etc…
        And all these ladies look way way much younger and fresher than Ms CZJ!

        So she lies! plain and simple and the “British vital record” point is not a valid one since Agyness Deyn proved how much this one is reliable…

      • Sixer says:

        Sigh. It was discovered that Agyness Deyn lied about her age by examining the records! That’s the point! Mel isn’t saying and I’m not saying that people don’t lie about their age.

        The point is that the official records don’t lie and can’t be changed. So we KNOW that Deyn lied about her age because her official record (under Hollins or whatever her real name is) says so. And we KNOW that Zeta Jones didn’t because HER official record says so.

        All births, deaths and marriages in the UK are a matter of (unforgeable) public record. Simple as that.

      • Truthtful says:

        @sixter: … errrrr…. not really!!! It was discovered when Agyness Deyn HERSELF came out clean!!!(check this out on google!!)!!

        That’s why your point is still not reliable at all…

        CZJ is old she is an old lady that got away for a long time with lying!Now her face is telling the truth…. and her lie is becoming laughable when you realize that this lady is pretending to be younger than Marisa Tomei, Juliette Binoche, Helena Bonham Carter or even Elizabeth Hurley!

        Funny is the only thing that people who defend her come with is the so called super reliable “british birth registration system” well it has been proved it is not super reliable…. and the lady looks almost like she can have birthed the actresses that she pretend to have the same age.

        you should check your facts about the agyness deyn case…. and come back with a fresher and more accurate point

  24. I wish her well, I know they’ve had their share if difficulties, but I wish them well without the bangs.

  25. shannon says:

    sorry, let the hate begin, but I think these bangs age the hell out of her. I know she’s been lying about her age for years (hello Chelsea Handler) and these bangs are outing her. I watched High Fidelity recently and she was so gorgeous in that movie. Remember when she played Brad’s love interest in Ocean’s 52? IMO, she could have aged better, but I think the booze, cigs and stress have taken their toll. There also looks like there’s been a little work done, which, also in my opinion, age people, not the opposite.

    • holly hobby says:

      She was breathtakingly beautiful in Mask of Zorro. She should have knocked off the cancer sticks and let herself age. She did get some plastic surgery awhile back because she looked different. I’m talking about the pics from the Red 2 premiere.

  26. Melody says:

    She’ll get rid of them once the scars heal.

  27. phlyfiremama says:

    I wonder what the bangs are hiding? The chest discoloration is interesting~it looks like she had some laser/IPL stuff done, which makes age related brown pigmented spots fade. It just didn’t cover enough area, it only got the decolletege area. She looks good though, all things considered. I hope that they are both healthy and happy~

  28. Carrie says:

    The haircut isn’t that flattering but I do think if she had better makeup it would improve the hair. The dark outfit plus dark lipstick is what is aging her. Lighten that lipstick.

  29. minxx says:

    The bangs age her and take away from her beauty. Or she’s going through menopause. Or both. Either way it’s not a good look. She used to exude such self-confidence.. now she seems lost. Something is off.

  30. TheCountess says:

    Bangs are hard to pull off, and she is not succeeding. She has such a great face, and they just take away from it. But otherwise, she looks good.

  31. shellybean says:

    I’ve been THIS CLOSE to going through with getting bangs when I get my hair done next week, thanks to Jennifer Garner’s fabulous new cut that gave me bangs envy.

    So a huge thank you to Catherine for scaring some sense in to me. Bangs crisis averted!

  32. JudyK says:


  33. Dawn says:

    I love my bangs! I don’t think that bangs suit her.

  34. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    The bangs make her look a little like Roma Downey.

    • holly hobby says:

      Is this before or after plastic surgery? Roma is another actress who butchered her face.

  35. Sayrah says:

    She looked great with bangs and a short cut in Chicago. These don’t look right.

  36. Lucy2 says:

    Not a flattering cut on her. I hope it’s not to hide work, she is so naturally pretty.
    I don’t particularly like either of them, but they’ve both been through a lot in recent years, so I hope they are both doing ok.

  37. chaine says:

    i think they are meant to distract us from what else is going on with her face. she’s barely recognizable, but it is not just because of the bangs.

  38. MrsBPitt says:

    I didn’t even look at CZJ, cause I couldn’t stop staring at Michael…He was looking healthy for awhile, now he looks sick again…hope is okay…

  39. Maritza says:

    She is a gorgeous woman, the bangs are too distracting and they hide her beautiful almond shaped eyes.

  40. sauvage says:

    She needs to cut an inch off those bangs and then she’ll be fine.

  41. pnichols says:

    wait are they still together?? he looks really sick. yikes.

  42. Etheldreda says:

    The hair cut isn’t flattering at all, but that’s no biggie – she can change it next week if she wants.

    But what’s happening with her face? If you hadn’t told me that was CZJ, I’d never have guessed. She looks almost unrecognisable. She was SO gorgeous, and now she just looks like another Hollywood wife who’s had WAY too much work done. And what’s done, probably cannot be undone – unlike a bad haircut.

  43. Jenna says:

    There are a few women who can pull the look off (I’m not 100% sure I’m one of them, which is why I’ve grown my own out – my husband first met me when my hair was dyed jet black and I had a heavy straight fringe. Add that to the Amazonian height, shoulders a quarterback would be envious of and the reasoning behind my nickname of “Xena” becomes pretty clear – and he tends to spend a large portion of time before I go get a haircut trying to assure himself I won’t be coming home with bangs again. He HAS at least stopped trying to convince me by saying he fell for me ‘despite the farmgirl hair’ which is good) and CZ is so stunning she SHOULD be able to pull them off, and doesn’t. If someone who looks like her can’t rise above them, they really aren’t for the rest of the world, really.

    To be fair, my own twitch against them is due to the trauma of having a mother who not only cut my hair – with no trying or real understanding, just a pair of scissors, some tape and verve – but was constantly ‘just evening them out a bit’ until you would be left with 1/4 inch of miserable fringe at the top of your face. In an effort to say something nice, it could be worse. In her eyes is bad, but it’s better to have a bold fringe then a micro wispy fringette at the top of your head, like some kind of reversed monks tonsure.

    • Mel says:

      I am baffled by the general fringe-criticism on this site. (Maybe it’s an American thing?)
      I’ve been wearing a fringe all my life – not a blunt or heavy one, more like a parted fringe – and I see no good reason to change it. On the right person – a “young” person, regardless of their biological age – it’s likely to be a good choice.

      Regarding CZJ, I don’t think her fringe suits her all that much. (She looks oddly similar to Roseanne Barr.)
      But I’ve seen worse.
      And hair grows.

  44. tredd says:

    Now I KNOW all the mental health rumors are true. OMFG. Hire a stylist.

  45. Cinderella says:

    She has way too much money to walk around with hair like that.

  46. Lotta says:

    The only woman who looks good in bangs is Kate Moss (and maybe one or two more women).

  47. d b says:

    CZJ looks kind of fragile, like she’s not too sure about being back in the glare of the red carpet. Normally she projects such confidence. Anyway, it’s good to see them. I hope their marriage works out for them.

  48. snakecharmer says:

    i thought it was paz de la huerta when i first saw the thumbnail pic

  49. jferber says:

    I’ve never liked either of them for various reasons, but I wish them both the best health. I think the divorce was getting too ugly and public, so they decided not to do it. I don’t think they’re really together. It reminds me of Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brandt. Their divorce was fodder for so much embarrassing gossip (yes, I enjoyed reading it) that they called off the divorce. I do believe they also lead separate lives, though you do see them on vacay with her looking fabulous in a bikini. Both couples also have young children and if you’re that wealthy, then two mansions instead of one is no big deal, I guess.

  50. Carol says:

    I have almost always had bangs, although I have always gone for windswept v fringe. What I don’t understand is heavy fringe like this that hangs in her eyes. Doesn’t that bug her when she blinks. It would drive me batty!

    There is no way Catherine is 2 years younger than I am, bless her heart.

  51. Lili says:

    That’s exactly my problem too: she looks too normal. Like some random female stranger on the train or so.

  52. Brooke says:

    So true! She looks normal and un-glamorous with bangs. This style is a bad judgment call. Her natural face shape, beautiful brows and gorgeous eyes are totally hidden and undermined by these scraggly-looking bangs. It also took me a long time to recognize her, she almost looks like a different person. SHE LOOKS FRUMPY!