Renee Zellweger (born 25.4.1969) Renee Zellweger is an American Actress, best known for her title role in Bridget Jones' Diary.
Childhood: Renee Zellweger was born and raised in Texas, by her father Emil (an oil refinery engineer) and her mother Kjellfried Irene (a nurse). Her father is of Swiss origin and her mother is Norwegian. Renee has one older brother, Andrew.
Whilst attending Katy High School, Renee was a keen participant in soccer, baseball and football. She was also a member of the drama club. Zellweger graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a BA in English Language.
Renee's first acting job after university was an appearance in a beef commercial.
Acting Career: Zellweger's acting career began whilst she was still living in Texas, In 1993, she landed a small role in the ABC TV series Murder In The Heartland, followed by her first film appearance the next year, in Reality Bites, which was Ben Stiller's directorial debut. Her first major film role came in 1994's Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Zellweger starred in the film alongside Matthew McConaughey.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, Zellweger appeared in Empire Records in 1995, followed by 1996's the Whole Wide World.
Renee Zellweger's breakthrough role came later on in 1996 when she appeared alongside Tom Cruise in the hit movie Jerry Maguire. Her performance in Nurse Betty, opposite Morgan Freeman, earned her a Golden Globe Award. When Hugh Grant announced her name as the winner, she was in the bathroom. She later apologized, saying that she had had lipstick on her teeth.
The role that really propelled Zellweger to international stardom was as Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones' Diary, the film based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name. To make for a believable performance, Renee had to gain a substantial amount of weight and learn to do a convincing British accent. Her performance earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. She also starred in the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
In 2002, Zellweger undertook the legendary character of Roxy Hart in the big screen version of Chicago, which also starred Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere.
Her first Oscar win came in 2004, for her Best Supporting Actress role in Cold Mountain, which starred Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.
In 2006, Zellweger turn her hand to film production, with Miss Potter. She also took the lead role in the film, which was based on the life of Beatrix Potter. In 2008, she also co-produced Living Proof, a TV movie starring Harry Connick Jr.
Personal Life: Renee Zellweger has been romantically linked with a number of actors, including Joshua Pate and George Clooney. She also dated Jim Carrey - a relationship that was frequently in the media spotlight. She also dated Jack White, the guitarist and lead singer of The White Stripes.
In 2005, Zellweger married Kenny Chesney, a musician and singer, but the marriage was annulled after just four months.
Renée Zellweger and Doyle Bramhall - Renée Zellweger and boyfriend Doyle Bramhall arrive at LAX airport at LAX Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th May 2015
While other recent promotional interviews for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' have been interesting, none have been as funny or wacky as Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans'.
When embarking on a franchise like 'The Avengers', it must help to get on well with your other cast members. In a recent interview with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America), the two actors displayed a hilarious friendship with one anther - giving a tiny glimpse into what it must be like on set with these guys.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
"Lovers, kindred souls, kindred spirits", said Hemsworth, while discussing the relationship between Thor and Captain America. Evans jumped in by revealing: "We wear necklaces with a little broken heart, and when we put them together." But when they tried to draw a comparison between themselves and another movie, they found themselves with different opinions.
American Hollywood star Renee Zellweger was snapped as she arrived back from a trip to Paris, France in to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 12th March 2015
Is this real? The Janis Joplin biopic has been in the works for years and might finally come to a screen near you in 2016.
It’s been a long time coming (so long, in fact, that the whole thing became a running joke on the late 30 Rock), but the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams is finally about to become a real thing. Get It While You Can is set to film in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Fran.
Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin? Well, it's not Jenna Maroney, but good enough.
Now, biopics can be really hit-and-miss as we’ve seen in the past year, but something that works in this one’s favour is the directing choice – Get It While You Can could be helmed by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallee is currently in talks to direct the flick, but it’s been a long winding road getting to this point. Back in 2013, Lee Daniels was slated to direct the flick. Over the years, has had Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke attached as directors, Renee Zellweger as star and Temple Hill as producers.
The 45 year-old actress opened up about the "silly" internet buzz that is surrounding her somewhat different facial appearance.
When Renee Zellweger attended the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday (October 20th), with her boyfriend, musician Doyle Bramhall II at the Four Seasons Hotel in California, many people were immediately startled by the obvious change in the actress’ facial appearance.
Zellweger's facial features look rather different these days
As the internet has been in a buzz since Zelllweger debuted her somewhat changing facial features, she has come forward to express how happy she is that her new look hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The actress has sent tongues wagging after stepping out in L.A. looking barely recognisable.
We expected Renee Zellweger to have changed quite a bit since we first fell in love with her as Bridget Jones 13 years ago. But the Renee Zellweger who attended the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards yesterday (October 20th), was barely recognisable as the Oscar winning actress.
Renee Zellweger looks pretty different these days
The usually low profile actress attended the event with her boyfriend, musician Doyle Bramhall II at the Four Seasons Hotel in California.
Continue reading: Was That Really Renee Zellweger At The Elle Women In Hollywood Awards?
Renee Zellweger - A variety of Hollywood stars attended the 21st Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 21st October 2014
Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama 'The Whole Truth.'
Deadline are reporting that Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth. Craig had been cast as a defence attorney fighting to acquit a teenager standing accused of murdering his rich family. The British actor had unexpectedly departed the project in April just a few days before filming was due to begin, leaving producers high and dry. Film-makers have spent the past two months searching for a replacement for Craig, eventually settling on Reeves.
Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth
Reeves will join the cast, which currently includes Renee Zellweger, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kings of Summer actor Gabriel Basso. TheWrap has reported that The Wolf of Wall Street actor Kenneth Choi has been cast as the state prosecutor.
Continue reading: Keanu Reeves Replaces Daniel Craig In Courtroom Drama 'The Whole Truth'
Daniel Craig has pulled out of 'The Whole Truth', just days before production was due to begin.
James Bond actor Daniel Craig has pulled out of his new movie The Whole Truth just days before production was due to begin in Boston. The film was due to begin shooting on Monday (April 14, 2014) and Craig had been spotted in the city preparing for his leading role.
Daniel Craig Has Left 'The Whole Truth'
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Quits 'The Whole Truth' Days Before Production Start Date
Stars often lose and gain weight for roles, but does this guarantee awards success?
Losing or gaining more than 20 pounds is a huge deal for most people. Not for the celebrities though! Those guys drop and put back on weight for roles in the blink of an eye. Most recently, Matthew Mcconaughey who is renowned for his hulky physique, lost 3 and a half stone to play Ron Woodruff in six time Oscar nominated movie, The Dallas Buyers Club. The movie, which is set in the 80’s amid the initial HIV epidemic, sees Matthew’s character diagnosed with AIDS. Matthew has already won a Golden Globe for his performance and is also up for the Best Actor Oscar.
Matthew lost 3.5 stone for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club
It’s been made light of in the past that when actors go through a serious image transformation for a role then they’re certain to be up for some award nominations. Let’s take a look at some other actors who have lost or gained weight for roles and see if this really is the case!
Continue reading: Matthew McConaughey and Others Who Shed The Pounds For Movie Roles
Extracts from Helen Fielding's latest book have revealed Darcy's death, and outraged thousands
Bridget Jones has been shy from the 'New Releases' pile at bookstores for 14 years now, but in that time (thanks to the popular movie adaptations) her fan base has ballooned to the size of the biggest grandma pants you could imagine. Bridget's creator, Helen Fielding, has managed to alienate a number of these fans in only a few short extracts from her follow-up book to 1999's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, by killing off Bridget's lover, and eventual husband, Mark Darcy.
In Fielding's newest Bridget tale; Mad About The Boy, it turns out that the chivalric Darcy had died five years prior to the setting of the book, leaving Bridget a widow and a single mother to their two children. The introduction of Mabel and Billy was also new to fans of the book, but it wasn't the thought of kids that had Jones fans screaming into their pillow. The peek into the fictional heroine's life was revealed in an extract published in the Sunday Times magazine this weekend (29 September) and since then, social network sites have been run amok with outcries from disgruntled fans.
[Spoilers] 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy' will centre upon a 51 year-old Bridget with a notable absence in her life.
It's the biggest literary news of the past seven days: if you somehow haven't heard who author Helen Fielding has killed off in her Bridget Jones sequel to The Edge of Reason, then look away now. Bridget Jones' Diary, published in 1996 after an anonymous column in The Independent newspaper, catapulted the former journalist to fame and spawned a hugely successful movie franchise starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
Renee Zellweger Has Become Synonymous With Bridget Jones.
After a long break, Fielding announced that she'd begun writing the third instalment in the Bridget Jones series in mid-2012 and now it looks like Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy is finally here. Before the novel has even been published, Bridget Jones fans are going wild upon the news that Fielding had decided to kill off Mark Darcy, Bridget's heartthrob husband played by Colin Firth in the movies, and leave our heroine widowed.
Continue reading: Bridget Jones Third Novel Promises Monumental Character Death
Is it really 'About Time' for rom-com king Richard Curtis, responsible for 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually', to bow out?
Master of the romantic comedy genre, Richard Curtis, who helped bring us some of Britain's best-loved romance films of the last three decades has said that he thinks upcoming film About Time will be his last.
The thrice BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated director has tole Empire magazine, as reported by The Independent, that "[About Time] probably will be the last film I will direct." The 56 year-old filmmaker admitted he himself wasn't sure why he wanted to bow out, saying "I don't know. Just a feeling...just a feeling. It feels like a summing-up to me. We'll see how things turn out."
Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.
Date of birth
25th April, 1969