Renée Zellweger
Actress
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger is an American actress and producer. Zellweger first gained widespread attention for her role in the film Jerry Maguire (1996), and subsequently received two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles as Bridget Jones in the comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), and as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago (2002). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Cold Mountain (2003).
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The 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Novel Proves Rom-Com Franchises Are A Mistake
Huffington Post - 4 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is that rarest of things: a third installment in a romantic comedy franchise. As someone who likes a healthy dollop of her entertainment served up frothy and sweet, I loved the original book and movie. The second, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” struck me as silly and superfluous. The third? Well ... huh.   The latest film, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” actually startled me, because I’d read the third Bridget book from Helen Fielding, Mad About the Boy, and it was decidedly not about a baby. Instead, it portrayed a widowed Bridget, struggling to parent her children and get her mojo back after losing Mark Darcy to a landmine explosion during one of his humanitarian trips. Not to worry: Fielding has finally presented us with the book version of Bridget Jones’s Baby, set just over a decade before Mark shuffles premat ...
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Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger courtroom drama 'The Whole Truth' lacks tension
LATimes - 4 months
The way Courtney Hunt’s murder trial drama “The Whole Truth” jumps straight into day one — courtroom doors swinging open and Keanu Reeves’ grim-faced defense lawyer Richard Ramsey narrating the stakes like a noir protagonist — you get the feeling you’re in for a no-nonsense whodunit. Sullen teen...
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Jennifer Aniston Trades Families In Expertly Timed Emirates Commercial
Huffington Post - 5 months
Jennifer Aniston stars in a new commercial about the high life. How high? 30,000 ft. up in the air on one of Emirates’ luxury airplanes. The new TV spot, released on Wednesday, begins with Aniston showering in what looks like a first-class hotel room, but turns out to be an airplane SHOWER SPA (!) with a complimentary orchid. When she returns to her seat, however, she finds some kid has clearly disobeyed the rules of the first-class curtain and ventured above his station. But Aniston is Aniston, after all, and helps the wayward child return to his family, who is stunned that they’re on the same plane as a famous actress.  Instead of dropping him off, however, she betrays Renee Zellweger’s “Jerry Maguire” wisdom about first-class travel (”It used to be a better meal, now it’s a better life.”) and swaps seats with the mother of the family to try out life in economy.  Honestly, there’s no one we’d rather trade places with than Aniston right now.  -- This fe ...
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The End Of 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Sets Up The Potential For A Fourth Installment
Huffington Post - 5 months
Even if it feels like every studio movie garners a sequel nowadays, it’s rare to see a female-fronted trilogy. Except for “The Hunger Games,” no lucrative franchise ― let’s say three or more installments ― with a singular female lead springs to mind. Especially not one that doesn’t involve a weapon more piercing than self-deprecating sass. This weekend, that changed. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” opened 15 years after the original, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and 12 after its inferior sequel, “The Edge of Reason.”  That’s a particular point of pride for Sharon Maguire, who directed 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary” but says she skipped out on 2004’s “Edge of Reason” because she’d become a “breeding machine.” If anything, having kids readied Maguire to helm this particular chapter in our beloved Bridget’s life. (Hi, Renée Zellweger! Welcome back.) Paul Feig and Peter Cattaneo were originally tapped to direct, but they exited the project in the wake of delays and reported creative differences. B ...
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After a six-year absence, Renee Zellweger is back to take on 'Bridget Jones's Baby' and a world obsessed with how she looks
LATimes - 5 months
“I look like Gomer Pyle,” Renée Zellweger said, staring at herself in the mirror. She fussed with the USO ballcap she was wearing, pulling it down further over her eyes. “This hat looks a little different than it did before I put it in the dryer. I left my house looking like a professional truck...
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After a six-year absence, Renee Zellweger is back to take on 'Bridget Jones's Baby' and a world obsessed with how she looks
LATimes - 5 months
“I look like Gomer Pyle,” Renée Zellweger said, staring at herself in the mirror. She fussed with the USO ballcap she was wearing, pulling it down further over her eyes. “This hat looks a little different than it did before I put it in the dryer. I left my house looking like a professional truck...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Renée Zellweger
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    After her work in this feature, Zellweger took a six-year hiatus from screen acting, as she found the time "to go away and grow up a bit", according to a July 2016 interview with Vogue magazine.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    After Zellweger's appearance at the 21st-annual Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Awards in October 2014, there was media and social commentary that she was hardly physically recognizable, which resulted in speculation that she had undertaken substantial cosmetic surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Zellweger responded, "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."
  • 2013
    Age 43
    In 2013, Zellweger co-created and executive produced Cinnamon Girl, an original drama series set in the Hollywood movie and music scenes of the late '60s/early '70s, but the Lifetime network passed on the pilot.
    More Details Hide Details Following her six-year withdrawal from acting, she made her career comeback in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), the third film in the Bridget Jones franchise. The movie, co-starring Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, follows the title character in her forties and single, struggling with the trials of life as she discovers that she is pregnant and must work out who the father is. Bridget Jones's Baby was given an international release on September 16, 2016, to a positive critical reception. Village Voice found the movie to be "the warmest and most satisfying of the series" and concluded that her "wise, light-hearted performance anchors this happy reunion, a surprising and refreshing gift from a creative well that seemed to have run dry". She found the starring role of Deborah in Same Kind of Different as Me, a film adaptation of the novel by the same name. It revolves around an art dealer who befriended a homeless man in order to save his struggling relationship with his wife. Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt and Jon Voight also appeared in the project, which is scheduled for a March 3, 2017 theatrical release, by Paramount Pictures. She was also cast to appear in the drama thriller film The Whole Truth, directed by Courtney Hunt and co-starring Keanu Reeves.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In April 2011, she collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger to design a handbag to raise money and awareness for the Breast Health Institute. "Because of the experiences of close friends and family members who have had to endure and battle the challenges of breast cancer, I am a passionate supporter of breast health education and charitable causes," Zellweger stated about joining the campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Zellweger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Cold Mountain.
    Zellweger is one of the patrons for gender equality foundation The GREAT Initiative; in 2011 she visited Liberia with the charity.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In 2009, she started dating Bradley Cooper, after having met on the set of Case 39 in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details They separated in 2011. Since 2012 she has been in a relationship with blues musician Doyle Bramhall II.
    The film received a release in selected theaters on August 21, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Her next film was the horror thriller Case 39, that due to a lengthy post-production, was not released in the United States until 2010, four years after she filmed it. Nevertheless, it was first premiered in several countries throughout Europe in 2009. The feature was critically panned and a failure at the box office. She then played a former singer suffering from paralysis in the road drama My Own Love Song. It was screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, and instead of receiving a theatrical release, it went directly-to-video in the U.S. Although critical response for the picture was mixed or average, Zellweger got positive notes from some critics, with Anne Campbell stating in her verdict for Film Gate Reviews that Renée was "perfect in the role". Reel Film Reviews also found her performance "impressively commanding".
  • 2005
    Age 35
    Zellweger took part in the 2005 HIV prevention campaign of the Swiss federal health department.
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    On May 9, 2005, Zellweger married the singer Kenny Chesney.
    More Details Hide Details However, four months later the couple obtained an annulment. In the annulment papers Zellweger cited "fraud" as the reason. Under media scrutiny she explained that the word "fraud" was simply "legal language" and "not a reflection of Kenny's character".
    On May 24, 2005, Zellweger received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details She played the lead in the biopic drama Miss Potter. Emily Watson and Ewan McGregor co-starred in the movie, which was based on the life story of acclaimed author Beatrix Potter. Zellweger also served as an executive producer as she was dissatisfied with the script and wanted to get more involved in the production. Miss Potter had its world premiere in December 2006, garnering a positive feedback among critics; William Arnold, of Seattle Post-Intelligencer concluded that Renée "strikes just the right chord of inspiration, eccentricity and uncompromising artistic drive", and Houston Chronicle critic Bruce Westbrook found Zellweger's work "quietly passionate", adding that the actress played a "warm and winning performance" that utlimately made Potter "an unlikely champion of female empowerment". For this portrayal, she earned her sixth nomination for the Golden Globe Award (and her fifth one in the category of Best Actress – Musical or Comedy). The following year, she landed her voice in the animated family comedy Bee Movie and was awarded the Women in Film Crystal award.
    She subsequently was cast in 2005's Ron Howard film Cinderella Man opposite Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti.
    More Details Hide Details The movie opened to generally positive reviews but was not a commercial success. As for the film, critical reception towards Zellweger was mostly favorable; While Empire magazine felt she did a "good work" in her "tricky supporting role", David Ansen wrote for Newsweek that the actress "has an uncanny ability to make us swallow even the most movie-ish moments".
  • 2003
    Age 33
    In 2003, she had a brief relationship with musician Jack White.
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  • 2002
    Age 32
    She starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander, which first premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and was later theatrically released in October that year.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Pfeiffer and Alison Lohman, Zellweger garnered a significant amount of critical acclaim; while The New York Times praised the cast, Entertainment Weekly pointed out the actress for summoning "such lovely, tremulous warmth" as her character. For her role, she received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Drama. The same year, she appeared as Roxie Hart in the critically acclaimed musical film Chicago, directed by Rob Marshall, co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and John C. Reilly. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Zellweger received positive reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle commented, "Zellweger is a joy to watch, with marvelous comic timing and, in her stage numbers, a commanding presence." The Washington Post noted that even though Zellweger couldn't dance well in real life, the audience "wouldn't know it from this movie, in which she dances up a storm". She earned her second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, winning her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    In 2001, Zellweger gained the prized lead role as Bridget Jones, playing alongside Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, in the British romantic comedy film Bridget Jones's Diary, based on the 1996 novel Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.
    More Details Hide Details The choice came amid much controversy since she was neither British nor overweight. During casting, Zellweger was told she was too skinny to play the chubby Bridget, so she quickly embarked on gaining the required weight (20 pounds) and learning an English accent. Besides receiving voice coaching to fine-tune her English accent, part of Zellweger's preparations involved spending three weeks working undercover in a "work experience placement" for British publishing firm Picador in Victoria, London. Her performance as Bridget received praise from critics with Stephen Holden of The New York Times commenting, "Ms. Zellweger accomplishes the small miracle of making Bridget both entirely endearing and utterly real." This role won her first Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nomination and her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nominations. The movie was also an international hit, earning $281 million worldwide.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    Zellweger next appeared as Irene Waters in the Farrelly brothers comedy Me, Myself and Irene, which was theatrically released in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Co-starring Jim Carrey, the movie is about a Rhode Island state trooper with split-personality disorder named Charlie, played by Carrey, who is assigned to escort Irene from Rhode Island to Massena, New York, to face what she believes is a false hit-and-run accusation set up by her mob-connected ex-boyfriend. The film was a success commercially, premiering at number one at the box office charts on its opening weekend. It went on to gross $149,270,999 worldwide. Her work in Me, Myself and Irene was followed by her role of Betty Sizemore in Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty, a dark comedy co-starring Morgan Freeman, in which she played a Kansas waitress who suffers a nervous breakdown after witnessing her husband's murder, and starts obsessively pursuing her favorite soap actor. Renée garnered unanimously positive comments from film reviewers. Urban Cinefiles Richard Kuipers asserted: "Renée Zellweger's ability to make us believe in what she's doing on screen is the big plus of this uneven entry. Fresh from winning our hearts in Bridget Jones's Diary (although this was made well before it), Zellweger gives this comedy-drama a strong emotional centre that smooths over clumsy side-detail and an uncertain tone." San Francisco Chronicle called the actress "skillful" and concluded that she, as "a performer who emanates kindness and a pure heart", is "worth celebrating". She won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but she was in the bathroom when future co-star Hugh Grant announced her name.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    From 1999 to 2000, Zellweger was engaged to Jim Carrey.
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  • 1998
    Age 28
    She starred in 1998's religious drama A Price Above Rubies, where she played Sonia Horowitz, a young woman who finds it difficult to conform to the restrictions imposed on her by the community.
    More Details Hide Details Opening at limited release, the picture gained mixed reviews, with Zellweger being applauded by some critics such as Ebert, who once again impressed by her, stated she gave a "ferociously strong performance". During an interview, Zellweger was reportedly asked the question of why an actress would "bother" working in a "small" film after the blockbuster success of Jerry McGuire, to which she responded that "she loved the idea of showing the public a more personal aspect of life" through roles like the one she played in the movie, according to entertainment website Pajiba. The same year, Zellweger portrayed the character of Ellen in One True Thing opposite William Hurt and Meryl Streep. The movie tells the story of a woman (played by Renée) who is forced to put her life on hold in order to care for her mother who is dying of cancer. Although it was not a box office success, the picture gained an extremely positive critical reaction with Renée being once again acclaimed for her part; Robin Clifford, for Reeling Reviews noted that she gives "a solid, almost dour, performance as a serious young woman who grew up idolizing her father and denigrating Kate and her housewifely ways. Ellen undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis as she takes on the burden of helping her steadily declining mom over the months spanning the holidays." On a similar note, Variety magazine's Todd McCarthy stated about Zellweger: "Projecting gravity and impatience that she hasn't shown before, Zellweger is outstanding as the smart young woman who resents the interruption to her life’s momentum but ends up growing in ways she never would have expected."
  • 1994
    Age 24
    Zellweger's first main role in a movie came with the 1994 horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, alongside Matthew McConaughey.
    More Details Hide Details She played Jenny, a teenager who leaves a prom early with three friends who get into a car accident, which leads to their meeting a murderous family, led by the iconic Leatherface. The movie opened in a limited theatrical release, to generally negative reviews. However, Zellweger's portrayal had a better reception among writers; Janet Maslin of The New York Times, praised her and co-star McConaughey, stating it was clear that the two actors "were going places". She also remarked that both leads "do show signs of what would soon make them famous. Ms. Zellweger, sweet and sprightly and a natural-born ditz, may be the only actress who could point a gun bravely at a killer, then simply shriek and drop it and scamper away". Joe Leydon for Variety magazine also lauded Zellweger, calling her "the most formidable scream queen since Jamie Lee Curtis went legit".
  • 1991
    Age 21
    After high school, she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details While at university, Zellweger took a drama course as an elective, which initially sparked her interest in acting. In her junior year, Zellweger's father lost his job and was unable to support her at college, so she took a job as a cocktail waitress in Austin. "I learned a lot," said Zellweger of the job. "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." Zellweger began getting small parts acting, and earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing a Coors Light beer commercial. Also while in college, she did "a bit part... as a local hire" in the Austin-filmed horror-comedy My Boyfriend's Back, playing "the girl in the beauty shop, maybe two lines. But the beauty shop scene got cut." Her first job after graduation was working in a beef commercial, while simultaneously auditioning for roles around Houston.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details She is of Swiss, Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Sami ancestry. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is from Au, a small town in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and was a mechanical and electrical engineer who worked in the oil refining business. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (née Andreassen), is a native of Norway. Kjellfrid grew up in Kirkenes and Ekkerøy, and was 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". While in junior high school, Zellweger participated in several sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. She attended Katy High School, where she was a cheerleader, gymnast, speech team member, and drama club member.
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