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Renée Kathleen Zellweger

April 25, 1969 (1969-04-25) (age 52)
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin (B.A.)
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Kenny Chesney
(m. 2005-2005, annulled)
Parent(s) Emil Zellweger
Kjellfried (née Andreassen)

Renée Kathleen Zellweger ( born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. Zellweger was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world by 2007, and was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009.

Zellweger had her first starring role in a horror movie. She subsequently earned early acclaim with her appearance in Empire Records (1995), and gained wider recognition for her role in Jerry Maguire (1996). For Nurse Betty (2000), she won her first Golden Globe, and for her portrayals of Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Roxie Hart in Chicago (2002), she garnered consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She reprised her role as Bridget Jones in two equally successful sequels (2004–2016).

Zellweger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a loquacious farmer in the American Civil War drama Cold Mountain (2003). She played the wife of boxer James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man (2005) and author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter (2006). 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. In 2019, she starred in the Netflix thriller anthology series What/If and received critical acclaim for portraying Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.

Early life

Zellweger was born in Katy, Texas. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is from a small town in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is a mechanical and electrical engineer who worked in the oil refining business. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (née Andreassen), a native of Norway, is of Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, and possible Sami, ancestry. Kjellfrid grew up in Kirkenes and Ekkerøy, and is a nurse and midwife who moved to the United States to work as a governess for a Norwegian family in Texas. Zellweger has described herself as being raised in a family of "lazy Catholics and Episcopalians". Zellweger took acting classes because she wanted to make certain she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a literature degree.

Awards and nominations

Association Win(s) Nomination(s)
Academy Awards
1 3
Golden Globe Awards
3 6
BAFTA Awards
1 3
SAG Awards
3 5

In 2004, Zellweger won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for Cold Mountain. She received six Golden Globe Award nominations, winning three for her performances in Nurse Betty (2000), Chicago (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003). She was awarded Germany's Golden Camera Award for Best International Actress in 2010.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dazed and Confused Girl in blue pickup truck Uncredited
My Boyfriend's Back N/A Deleted scenes
1994 Reality Bites Tami
Shake, Rattle and Rock! Susanne
8 Seconds Prescott Buckle Bunny Cameo
Love and a .45 Starlene Cheatham
1995 Empire Records Gina
Low Life, TheThe Low Life Poet
1996 Whole Wide World, TheThe Whole Wide World Novalyne Price
Jerry Maguire Dorothy Boyd
1997 Deceiver Elizabeth
1998 Price Above Rubies, AA Price Above Rubies Sonia Horowitz
One True Thing Ellen Gulden
1999 Bachelor, TheThe Bachelor Anne Arden
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Irene P. Waters
Nurse Betty Betty Sizemore
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones
2002 White Oleander Claire Richards
Chicago Roxie Hart
2003 Down with Love Barbara Novak
Cold Mountain Ruby Thewes
2004 Shark Tale Angie Voice
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Bridget Jones
2005 Cinderella Man Mae Braddock
2006 Miss Potter Beatrix Potter Also executive producer
2007 Bee Movie Vanessa Bloome Voice
2008 Leatherheads Lexie Littleton
Appaloosa Allie French
2009 New in Town Lucy Hill
Monsters vs. Aliens Katie Voice
My One and Only Anne Deveraux
Case 39 Emily Jenkins
2010 My Own Love Song Jane
2016 The Whole Truth Loretta
Bridget Jones's Baby Bridget Jones
2017 Same Kind of Different as Me Deborah Hall
2018 Here and Now Tessa
2019 Judy Judy Garland


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Taste for Killing, AA Taste for Killing Mary Lou Television film
1993 Murder in the Heartland Barbara Von Busch Miniseries; uncredited
1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! Susan Doyle Television film
2001 King of the Hill Tammy Duvall (voice) Episode: "Ho, Yeah!"
2008 Living Proof N/A Executive producer
2019 What/If Anne Montgomery Main cast

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