Renee Zellweger

Actor, Cocktail waitress, Bartender's assistant
The rare versatility and down-to-earth appeal of Renee Zellweger earned the actress Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for her comedy, musical and dramatic work, as well made her one of the highest paid screen actresses in ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1969 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

The Whole Truth 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Case 39 2010 (Movie)

Emily Jenkins (Actor)

My Own Love Song 2010 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

Katie (Voice)

My One and Only 2009 (Movie)

Anne Deveraux (Actor)

New in Town 2009 (Movie)

Lucy Hill (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Allison French (Actor)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

Lexie Littleton (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Vanessa (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

Beatrix Potter (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

Mae Braddock (Actor)

Iconoclasts 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 (Movie)

Bridget Jones (Actor)

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Angie (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Movie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Ruby Thewes (Actor)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

Barbara Novak (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (04/01/03) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Roxie Hart (Actor)

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

Claire Richards (Actor)

Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

Bridget Jones (Actor)

Canned Ham: Nurse Betty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Me, Myself & Irene 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

A Price Above Rubies 1998 (Movie)

Sonia (Actor)

Deceiver 1998 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

One True Thing 1998 (Movie)

Ellen Gulden (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Dorothy Boyd (Actor)

The Low Life 1996 (Movie)

Poet (Actor)

The Whole Wide World 1996 (Movie)

Novalyne Price Ellis (Actor)

Empire Records 1995 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1995 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

8 Seconds 1994 (Movie)

Prescott Motel Buckle Bunny (Actor)

Love & A. 45 1994 (Movie)

Starlene Cheatham (Actor)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Tami (Actor)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Taste For Killing (TV Show)

Actor

Bridget Jones's Baby (Movie)

Bridget Jones (Actor)

Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle and Rock (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

New in Town 2009 (Movie)

("I Will Survive") (Song Performer)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

("Goodbye, Old Paint") (Song Performer)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

("Here's To Love") (Song Performer)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

("Overture/And All That Jazz") (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Living Proof (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

The rare versatility and down-to-earth appeal of Renee Zellweger earned the actress Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for her comedy, musical and dramatic work, as well made her one of the highest paid screen actresses in Hollywood. Zellweger was a virtual unknown when director Cameron Crowe cast her opposite box office megastar Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," (1996) where she made cinematic history with the line, "You had me at hello." She went on to define the chick lit generation with her title role in "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) before intense, impressive turns in "Chicago" (2002) and "Cold Mountain" (2004) proved that she was as capable of drama as the romantic comedies that started her career. Off-screen, Texas-bred Zellweger was known for her bouts of "imposter syndrome" and seemingly endless disbelief over her movie star status, as well as being one of the most genuinely nice, down-to-earth stars in the business.

Relationships

Dan Abrams Actor

Companion
Dated in early 2009 No longer together

Jim Carrey Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Me, Myself and Irene" (2000); began dating only after filming was completed Went public with relationship in December 1999 Split in fall 2000 after approximately 18 months together

Kenny Chesney Actor

Husband
Met January 2005 at a tsunami relief benefit Married May 9, 2005 on the resort island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands Zellweger filed for an annulment September 2005 Marriage annulment finalized Dec. 20, 2005

George Clooney Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated in 2001; both claim they were only friends Co-starred in "Leatherheads" (2008)

Bradley Cooper Actor

Companion
Reportedly dating as of summer 2009 Split in March 2011

Sims Ellison

Companion
Met at the University of Texas Committed suicide on June 6, 1995; was no longer dating Zellweger at the time of his death

Josh Pate Actor

Companion
Began dating in November 1996 after meeting on the film "Deceiver" (1997) No longer together

Jack White Actor

Companion
Began dating in June 2003 Acted together in "Cold Mountain" (2003) Split in September 2004

Emil Zellweger

Father
Swiss-born; married Zellweger's mother in 1963; worked in the oil refining business

Kjellfrid Zellweger

Mother
Norwegian-born; married Zellweger's father in 1963; moved to the U.S. in order to work as a governess for a Norwegian family in Texas

Drew Zellweger

Brother
Born in 1967; worked in the wine industry

EDUCATION

Katy High School

Katy , Texas 1987
Was a cheerleader, gymnast, and member of the drama club; also performed in several school plays

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1991
Made the Dean's List several times; took drama classes

Milestones

2010

Played a social worker in the horror film "Case 39"

2009

Starred in the Richard Loncraine directed comedy, "My One and Only"

2009

Starred opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in the romantic comedy "New in Town"

2008

Produced the Lifetime movie "Living Proof" starring Harry Connick, Jr.

2008

Co-starred in the 1920s-era football comedy, "Leatherheads" with fellow Oscar-winner George Clooney, who also directed

2007

Voiced a New York City florist named Vanessa in the computer-animated "Bee Movie"

2006

Portrayed 'Peter Rabbit' author Beatrix Potter, in the biopic "Miss Potter"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

2005

Cast as Depression-era fighter Jim Braddock's (Russell Crowe) wife in Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man"

2005

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (May)

2004

Reprised role of Bridget Jones for "Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

2004

Lent her voice to an animated character in DreamWorks' "Shark Tale"

2003

Won an Academy Award for her performance in Anthony Minghella's Civil War drama "Cold Mountain"

2002

Cast as Roxie Hart in Rob Marshall's film version of the hit Broadway musical "Chicago"; earned BAFTA and Academy Award nominations

2002

Joined Michelle Pfeiffer and Robin Wright Penn in "White Oleander"

2001

Courted controversy when cast as Bridget Jones in the film adaptation of Helen Fielding's book "Bridget Jones's Diary"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress

2000

Played Jim Carrey's love interest in the comedy "Me, Myself and Irene"

2000

Played the title role in Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty" opposite Morgan Freeman

1999

Appeared opposite Chris O'Donnell in the ill-fated romantic comedy "The Bachelor"

1998

Portrayed an unhappy Hasisdic woman in "A Price Above Rubies"

1998

Earned critical praise as the career-driven journalist and daughter of Meryl Streep and William Hurt in "One True Thing"

1996

Breakthrough role, playing the romantic interest of Tom Cruise's character in "Jerry Maguire"; earned a SAG nomination

1996

Portrayed a 1933 Texas school teacher in "The Whole Wide World"

1995

Featured in the ensemble, "Empire Records"

1994

First leading role, "Love and a .45"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance

1994

Co-starred in "Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" with Matthew McConaughey (re-released in 1997)

1993

Had a minor role in the ABC miniseries "Murder in the Heartland"

1993

Made a brief appearance in "Dazed and Confused"

Moved to Katy, Texas with family, when Zellweger was nine

Acted in commercials while still attending college

Bonus Trivia

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Zellweger spoke of the Texas region in which she was reared as characterized by, "pig shit, rice fields, and cowboys. It wasn't hard to leave." - from Interview magazine, November 1994

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"Lively. Dedicated. Friendly." - Tim Roth's description of his "Deceiver" co-star to Vanity Fair magazine, September 1997

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"She reminds you of a sister, a friend, someone you were in love with once or now. You don't feel ho-hum about her." - Cameron Crowe, director of "Jerry Maguire" to People magazine, July 17, 2000

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"I love that base, rude, insulting kind of scatological humor. It really appeals to me. I don't know what that says, but I do." - Zellweger to USA Today, June 23, 2000

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"I absolutely admired Renee's work from afar. I thought she was absolutely sweet and she was absolutely an incredible actress. And it sounds odd for me to say this about someone's acting, but I really like her containment, her containment of emotions. Because it's burning in there. You see it. And every once in a while she lets you see a little bit of it outside herself. It's powerful, and I just think she was the perfect person for the part. She's the person everyone would want to fall in love with." - Jim Carrey on his "Me, Myself & Irene" co-star in USA Today, June 23, 2000

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"Renee is one of the best comic actresses of our generation and brings enormous character and conviction to the part [of Bridget Jones]." - producer Eric Bevan quoted in Biography magazine, June 2000

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"It saddens me to look around today that achieving that has become as important as the legitimate contribution that a person makes that used to lead to fame. Now it doesn’t seem to matter. The line between celebrity and infamy has become so ambiguous that it makes me question what we value." - Zellweger quoted to Moviehole.com, Dec. 16, 2002

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"No, I'm not a very good movie star," she says. "I don't think I look like a movie star. I don't think I set out to be a movie star, and that part of my job is something I feel very uncomfortable with. I just can't understand why anyone would care about my answers to certain questions, or how they could make a difference to somebody's life." - Zellweger quoted in Empire magazine, January 2005

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Zellweger was named the 2009 'Woman Of The Year' from Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.

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