Renée Zellweger

  • Birth Name: Renee Kathleen Zellweger
  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

This Texas-born actress had only a handful of roles under her belt when she won the part of a plucky single mom in the smash hit Jerry Maguire in 1996. An overnight star, Zellweger found continued success with roles that showcased her acting range: a young writer nursing her ailing mom in One True Thing, a fugitive in love with a mentally ill man in Me, Myself & Irene, and a critically acclaimed turn as a woman who retreats into a fantasy world in Nurse Betty. In 2003, Hollywood honored the versatile actress---who even gained weight for her role in the Bridget Jones films---with an Oscar for her work in Cold Mountain. Although the famously private Zellweger is something of a reluctant tabloid subject, she has also received media attention for her high-profile romances, including a brief 2005 marriage to country star Kenny Chesney.

Fast Facts

  • Competed in basketball and track and field and was on the cheerleading squad in high school.
  • Has worked as a cocktail waitress and bartender's assistant.
  • Signed up for her first drama class in college only because she needed the credit.
  • Beat out Winona Ryder, Mira Sorvino, Bridget Fonda and Marisa Tomei for the role of Dorothy Boyd opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1996).

Awards

  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2005, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Leading Actress: Winner
  • 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 1997, Critics' Choice Awards — Breakout Artist: Winner
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 2020, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Debut Performance: Nominee
  • 2019, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2019, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2020, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner
  • 2020, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Winner
  • 2019, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jim Carrey — Ex-significant Other
  • Kenny Chesney — Ex-husband
  • Kjellfrid Zellweger — Mother
  • Drew Zellweger — Brother
  • Emil Zellweger — Father
  • Doyle Bramhall II — Significant Other
  • Jack White — Ex-significant Other
  • Bradley Cooper — Ex-significant Other

College

  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States (BA in English, 1992)
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