RENEE ZELLWEGER is one of the most cherished and respected
actors in modern cinema.
Zellweger is most notably known for her starring role as the seminal British
everywoman in the
film BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY and its sequel BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON,
opposite Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
In the first installment of the franchise, Zellweger earned her first Oscar
nomination, also earning
Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations, among others. The sequel delivered her
Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy
She secured her second Academy Award nomination as convicted killer Roxie Hart
in CHICAGO, the
Oscar-winning film version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Acting, singing
and dancing alongside
Catherine Zeta-Jones, who portrayed fellow death row inmate Velma Kelly,
Zellweger took home a
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and
a SAG Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, among other awards.
She later earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Anthony
MOUNTAIN, the Civil War drama in which she jumped off the screen as feisty farm
Ruby Thewes. For her work in the film, Zellweger also garnered a Golden Globe
Award and best
supporting role honors from the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Broadcast Film
Zellweger will next make her television debut starring in Netflix's WHAT/IF, and
her recent films
include BRIDGET JONES'S BABY, alongside Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey for
the film adaptation of the book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, opposite Greg
and Djimon Hounsou, and THE WHOLE TRUTH, opposite Keanu Reeves.
After graduating with an English degree from the University of Texas,
Zellweger did some initial film and
television work before making her feature debut in Richard Linklater's seminal
film DAZED AND CONFUSED. Other film roles quickly followed, including Ben
BITES, LOVE AND A .45, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION and MY
BOYFRIEND'S BACK. Zellweger won the affection of audiences soon after with her
opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's JERRY MAGUIRE.
Subsequent film roles for Zellweger have included the acclaimed ONE TRUE
THING with William
Hurt and Meryl Streep, the dark comedy NURSE BETTY opposite Chris Rock and
Freeman, ME, MYSELF & IRENE opposite Jim Carrey, the drama WHITE OLEANDER with
Wright and Michelle Pfeiffer, Peyton Reed's romantic comedy DOWN WITH LOVE
McGregor, and director Ron Howard's Depression-era boxing drama CINDERELLA MAN
Crowe. She has also lent her voice to such animated features as DreamWorks'
SHARK TALE, BEE
MOVIE and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS.
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