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Sunday, 28 December 2003

WHAT'S THE SECRET?

BBC reports that Celebrity biographer Cliff Goodwin hoped to release his book Catherine Zeta Jones: The Biography in time for Christmas. However, after spending months researching the project, he was forced to abandon the idea after solicitors acting on behalf of the actress threatened him and Virgin Publishing with legal action. Goodwin, who had previously written biographies of thespians Richard Harris and Sid James, had already encountered problems when Zeta Jones' parents, who rarely speak to the media, refused to cooperate.

The IPKat wonders what information in Goodwin's book concerning the publicity-conscious actress made her instruct her lawyers to threaten legal action. He also wonders what the lawyers wrote to produce a dramatic last-minute climb-down by the publishers. The usual prize is offered for the best speculation as to what specific information the actress was anxious to suppress.

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