Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger
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Zellweger at the French premiere of Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
Born
Renée Kathleen Zellweger[1][2]

(1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 49)
Katy, Texas, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Kenny Chesney
(m. 2005; annulled 2005)

Renée Kathleen Zellweger (ər/; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She established herself as one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses by 2007,[3] and was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009.[4]

Zellweger had her first starring role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994). She subsequently earned early acclaim with a brief but notable appearance in Empire Records (1995), and was introduced to mainstream audiences in Jerry Maguire (1996). For Nurse Betty (2000), she won her first Golden Globe Award, and for her portrayals of Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)—a role she reprised in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)— and Roxie Hart in Chicago (2002), she garnered two consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actress; she won her second Golden Globe for the latter.

Zellweger won the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role of a farmer in the American Civil War context in Cold Mountain (2003). She played the wife of boxer James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man (2005) and author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter (2006).[5] Roles in smaller scale films, such as Appaloosa (2008), My One and Only (2009) and Case 39 (2009), were followed by a six-year hiatus from the screen. Subsequent films include The Whole Truth (2016) and Same Kind of Different as Me (2017). She is set to portray Judy Garland in Judy (2019).

Early life

Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas.[6][7] Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is from the Swiss town of Au, St. Gallen and descends from an Appenzell family,[8] and was a mechanical and electrical engineer who worked in the oil refining business.[9] Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (née Andreassen),[9] is Norwegian.[10] Kjellfrid grew up in Ekkerøy near Vadsø,[11] as well as Kirkenes, and was a nurse and midwife who moved to the United States to work as a governess for a Norwegian family in Texas.[12][13][14] Zellweger has described herself as being raised in a family of "lazy Catholics and Episcopalians".[14]

Zellweger attended Katy High School, where she was a cheerleader, gymnast, speech team member,[15] and drama club member. She also participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, and football.[14] In 1986, her academic paper, "The Karankawas and Their Roots", won third place in the first ever Houston Post High School Natural Science Essay Contest.[16] After high school, she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1991.[17] While at university, Zellweger took a drama course as an elective, which initially sparked her interest in acting.[12]

In Zellweger's junior year, her father lost his job and was unable to support her at college, so she took a job as a cocktail waitress in Austin, Texas.[12][18] Zellweger said of the job, "I learned a lot. As much as I did in my classes that that club paid for... I learned not to judge people, [and] that things are not black and white."[12] Zellweger began getting small parts acting, and earned her Screen Actors Guild card for doing a Coors Light commercial.[19] Also while in college, she did "a bit part ... as a local hire" in the Austin-filmed horror-comedy film My Boyfriend's Back, playing "the girl in the beauty shop, maybe two lines. But the beauty shop [scene] got cut."[19] Her first job after graduation was working in a beef commercial, while simultaneously auditioning for roles around Houston, Texas.[12]

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تۆرکجه: رنی زلوقر
беларуская: Рэнэ Зелвегер
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Рэнэ Зэлвэгер
български: Рене Зелуегър
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српски / srpski: Рене Зелвегер
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