The actress is reveling in her first Tony Award – and recuperating from a throat virus

By Alexis Chiu
June 14, 2010 09:00 PM
Rick Rycroft/AP

Forget the Champagne. How is Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrating her first-ever Tony Award win? By resting!

After collecting a best actress trophy for her performance in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 A Little Night Music, Zeta-Jones – who performed at Sunday’s Tonys despite suffering a throat virus – rewarded herself by “taking it easy” the next day, says a friend.

That’s no small feat for a woman who has been headlining eight shows a week since the show opened in December and was battling a throat virus even as she performed “Send in the Clowns” at the Tonys – after rehearsing all morning and appearing in a matinee performance.

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In her acceptance speech Zeta-Jones, 40, said she felt like Cinderella and thanked her parents – in New York City from Wales for the occasion – and her husband Michael Douglas, whom she called “a movie star, and I get to sleep with him every night.”

Despite Internet reports suggesting she acted like a diva and did no press after the show, Zeta-Jones “did a full hour of press and photos,” says the pal, adding that by night’s end “she virtually had no voice.”

This marks the Oscar winner’s final week with the musical, which was her Broadway debut. “It’s bittersweet,” says the pal. “It’s amazing that she’s going out on such a high note by winning the Tony, but she’s going to miss the cast and crew of the play – they are all like family.”