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Renée Zellweger



Until she headlined Jerry Maguire opposite Tom Cruise in late 1996, Renée Zellweger claimed extremely limited public recognition. Though Zellweger essayed several key roles before Maguire, the vulnerability and versatility that the actress exhibited as Cruise's (long undeclared) love interest in Cameron Crowe's seriocomedy netted much-deserved praise from critics and audiences alike. Though the Academy passed her over when that year's Oscar nominations rolled around, she received several other laurels for her work in Maguire, including the title of Best Breakthrough Performer by the National Board of Review.



Born April 25th, 1969, the willowy, strawberry blonde Zellweger began life in Katy, TX, a small town on the outskirts of Houston. The town was so small that it possessed neither cable television nor a movie theater. As a result, Zellweger reportedly did not see her first art film until she was a student at the University of Texas in Austin. Her career at U.T. was an exceptional one; a regular on the Dean's List, she graduated a year early with a B.A. in Radio, Film, and Television. While in college, Zellweger took an acting class and discovered a knack for performing; following graduation, she made her feature-film debut with a bit part in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993). She then landed a role playing a whacked-out waitress in Love and a .45 (1994), for which she won her first Independent Spirit Award nomination; she won a second nomination for The Whole Wide World (1996), earning additional acclaim at various film festivals.



Following the tremendous success of Jerry Maguire, Zellweger went on to prove herself as a versatile actress able to play roles ranging from an ambitious journalist (who temporarily shelves her career to care for her mother) in One True Thing (1998) to a rebellious Hassidic Jew in Boaz Yakin's A Price Above Rubies (1998). She then exhibited a capacity for romantic comedy in The Bachelor (1999), starring as the long-suffering girlfriend of a commitment-phobic Chris O'Donnell. Zellweger's second role as a deeply confused soap opera fanatic in Neil LaBute's offbeat crime comedy Nurse Betty won her the Best Actress in a Comedy Award at the 2000 Golden Globes. Nominated for yet another Golden Globe the following year for her memorable performance in Bridget Jones' Diary (2001), that same role also earned Zellweger her maiden Oscar nod. The following few years found Zellweger's leading lady status growing and numerous lucrative film offers flowing in, and the release of White Oleander (2002) the starlet received numerous positive reviews despite the film's lackluster performance. Later that same year, Zellweger was on top of the world when she received rave reviews for her role in Chicago. Based on the popular Broadway musical of the same name, director Rob Marshall's flashy cinematic extravaganza received nearly unanimous praise accompanied by multiple Academy Award nominations, including a second Best Actress in a Leading Role nod to Ms. Zellweger for her lively performance.



Zellweger lost the award bid to Nicole Kidman, and then teamed up with that actress for

Anthony Minghella's epic Cold Mountain. The performance netted Zellweger her third Oscar nomination, and on February 29, 2004, her losing streak ended as she took home the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Attempting to keep up the momentum, Zellweger then returned to the character that earned her her first Oscar nod, starring in the sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004). Unfortunately, that outing (directed by To Wong Foo helmer Beeban Kidron) failed to draw the critical acclaim of its predecessor and was widely greeted with public apathy in the States, but in the final analysis, it grossed nearly as much as the premier outing (with a massive overseas take).



After the second Bridget Jones installment, Zellweger's screen acti

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Same Kind of Different As Me
  • Deborah
2017
29% The Whole Truth
  • Loretta
2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby
  • Bridget Jones
2016
89% Queen Mimi
  • Actor
2016
22% Case 39
  • Emily Jenkins
2010
No Score Yet My Own Love Song
  • Jane
2010
68% My One and Only
  • Ann Devereaux
2009
72% Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Katie
2009
29% New In Town
  • Lucy Hill
2009
No Score Yet Living Proof
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2008
77% Appaloosa
  • Allie
2008
53% Leatherheads
  • Lexie Littleton
2008
51% Bee Movie
  • Vanessa Bloome
2007
66% Miss Potter
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Executive Producer
2007
No Score Yet Eye
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Famous - Hollywood's Leading Ladies
  • Actor
2006
80% Cinderella Man
  • Mae Braddock
2005
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Bridget Jones
2004
35% Shark Tale
  • Angie
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Ruby Thewes
2003
59% Down With Love
  • Barbara Novak
2003
86% Chicago
  • Roxie Hart
2002
70% White Oleander
  • Claire Richards
2002
81% Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Bridget Jones
2001
84% Nurse Betty
  • Betty
2000
48% Me, Myself & Irene
  • Irene P. Waters
2000
9% The Bachelor
  • Anne
1999
89% One True Thing
  • Ellen Gulden
1998
57% A Price Above Rubies
  • Sonia
1998
48% Deceiver
  • Elizabeth
1998
82% Jerry Maguire
  • Dorothy Boyd
1996
81% The Whole Wide World
  • Novalyne Price
1996
56% The Low Life
  • Poet
1996
23% Empire Records
  • Gina
1995
No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock!
  • Actor
1994
83% Love and a .45
  • Starlene Cheatham
1994
16% Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
  • Jenny
1994
31% 8 Seconds
  • Prescott Motel Buckle Bunny
1994
65% Reality Bites
  • Tami
1993
No Score Yet A Taste for Killing
  • Mary Lou
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Bachelor
2002
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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