Renee Zellweger

Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA to parents Emil Zellweger, a Swiss-born engineer who married Renée's mother Kjellfrid Zellweger, a Norweigan-born former nurse and midwife in 1963. Renée also has a brother named Drew Zellweger, a marketing executive born on February 15, 1967. Renée got interested in acting in high school while working on the drama club. She also took an acting class at the University of Texas, where she began looking towards acting as a career. After graduation, she wanted to continue acting, but Hollywood is a tough town to break into. So Renée decided to stay in Texas, and auditioned for roles around Houston where she managed to grab roles in such films as Reality Bites (1994) and Empire Records (1995). She then took a role in the sequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, where she met Matthew McConaughey, another Hollywood up-and-comer. He was working on a project at the time that Renee was interested in, auditioned for and won the role in the film Love and a .45 (1994), which earned her enough critical praise that she decided to move to Los Angeles.

Another role in Whole Wide World, The (1996) followed which led to her big break. Cameron Crowe was busy casting his next film, Jerry Maguire (1996), starring Tom Cruise. Crowe was considering such actresses as Cameron Diaz, Bridget Fonda, Winona Ryder, and Marisa Tomei, when he heard of Zellweger's performance in Whole Wide World, The (1996). He auditioned Zellweger and was sure he'd found his Dorothy Boyd. Renée followed her huge success with a few small independent films and after receiving further critical praise, she felt confident enough to reenter the world of big-budget Hollywood films. She starred opposite Meryl Streep in the tear-jerker One True Thing (1998). She also took a role in Me, Myself, and Irene (2000), opposite Jim Carrey. And soon after began dating Carrey. The two denied their relationship at first, but finally gave in and admitted their love; but today they are no longer together. Also in 2000 she starred in the title role in Nurse Betty (2000), where she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. In 2001, she received even more critical and commercial success in the yet again title role in _Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)_ (qv).


Sharkslayer (2003) .... Angie
Chicago: The Musical (2002) .... Roxie
White Oleander (2002) .... Claire Richards
VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin (2001) (TV) .... Herself
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) .... Bridget Jones
... aka Journal de Bridget Jones, Le (2001) (France)
73rd Annual Academy Awards, The (2001) (TV) .... Presenter
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
Me, Myself & Irene (2000) .... Irene P. Waters
Nurse Betty (2000) .... Betty Sizemore
Bachelor, The (1999) .... Anne Arden
One True Thing (1998) .... Ellen Gulden
Price Above Rubies, A (1998) .... Sonia Horowitz
Deceiver (1997) .... Elizabeth
... aka Liar (1997)
Jerry Maguire (1996) (as Renee Zellweger) .... Dorothy Boyd Maguire
Whole Wide World, The (1996) .... Novalyne Price
Empire Records (1995) .... Gina
... aka Empire (1995/II)
... aka Rock & Fun (1995)
8 Seconds (1994) .... Prescott Motel Buckle Bunny
... aka Lane Frost Story, The (1994)
Low Life, The (1994/I) .... Poet
Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) (TV) .... Susan
Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1994) .... Jenny
... aka TCM 4 (1994) (USA: abbreviated title)
... aka Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 (1994) (abbreviated title)
... aka Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, The (1997) (USA: reissue title)
Love and a .45 (1994) .... Starlene Cheatham
Reality Bites (1994) (as Renee Zellweger) .... Tami
My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
... aka Johnny Zombie (1993)
Murder in the Heartland (1993) (TV) .... Caril's Sister Barbara
Taste for Killing, A (1992) (TV) .... Mary Lou

Television Guest Appearences
"Rove Live" (2000) playing "Herself"(episode # 2.19) 6/26/2001
"King of the Hill" (1997) playing "Tina the "Ho""(voice) in episode: "Ho, Yeah!" (episode # 5.13) 2/25/2001
"Married... with Children" (1987) playing "Mindy" in episode: "Top of the Heap" (episode # 5.20) 4/7/1991

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