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.
Mike Lassiter finds himself being put on trial for the murder of his father. The Lassiter's are a rich family and Mike lives with his mother Loretta and father Boone. The body of Boone is found with a knife still in the fatal stab wound that killed him, Mike's fingerprints are on the weapon and when he is interviewed by the police he admits to stabbing his father.
With an incredible amount of evidence, the police arrest and charge the teenager with the murder of his father. Mike's mum, Loretta, recruits her attorney friend Richard Ramsay to defend her son and as Richard begins to develop his case more and more facts come to light about that night and Boone Lassiter.
It's uncovered that Boone is a vicious man who could be 'exceptionally cruel' and Mike witnessed events of abuse carried out on Loretta by his father - he'd even threaten his son. As the case proceeds, Richard asks another attorney to come on board and help keep Mike out of prison. Janelle is a young yet enthusiastic lawyer who believes that Mike is protecting his mother from the crime that she committed. It's possible either of the two family members could've killed Boone and what starts out to be a clean cut case for the prosecution soon becomes more convoluted.
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Despite breaking records in the UK, ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ failed to make an impression at the US box office.
Bridget Jones’s Baby had a disappointing opening weekend at the US box office, taking just $8 million in North America and coming in third place in the charts. The third film in the Bridget Jones series had faired much better overseas, topping the charts in 24 countries.
Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby
In the UK it took $11 million in its opening weekend, becoming the best ever opening for a romantic comedy and for studio Working Title. Overall Bridget Jones’s Baby has made $30 million from 38 territories so far, including $4.2 million in Australia.
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The 'Bridget Jones's Baby' star has been asked several times about her appearance and about family prospects since she announced her return.
Since she announced her return from a six-year career break to star in Bridget Jones’s Baby, Renee Zellweger has had to field a number of questions about plastic surgery rumours, ageing and whether or not she’ll have family – and has done so with pretty admirable patience.
In a recent interview she said that she had “craved” the process of acting and creativity that she had escaped back in 2010 when she went on a career hiatus. Just a few days later, she was asked by Extra magazine whether that “craving” extended toward eventually having a baby, like her character in the forthcoming movie.
Renee Zellweger was asked about whether she was "craving a baby"
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Bridget has always known how to get herself into a muddle - catastrophic muddles at that - even though she's been separated from her last love, Mark, for five years it appears their journey together hasn't come to an end as yet.
After taking advice from one of her colleagues, Bridget decides that it's time to get back on the dating scene and after deciding that the likes of Tinder aren't for her, Bridget finds herself being set up with Jack Qwant who she sees in the news room studio.
The pair get on remarkably well and soon find themselves spending the night together. A little fun is just what Bridget needed. When she finds herself at the christening of one of her friends little girls, her and Mark are forced to be amicable towards one another but the pair fall into old habits and Bridget and he also spend the night together.
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After battling the dating scene and finally finding love with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones is ready to take her relationship to the next stage - well, sort of. After years of thinking that Mark was all she wanted, she realises that their relationship isn't as close as it once was and decides to call it a day.
Back where she started, Bridget decides that the men in her life are just distractions, now it's time to get fully involved in her work and climb to the position she's always wanted. As things start to fall into place for Bridget, soon her love life begins to pick up speed too.
A fleeting meeting with Mr Darcy leads to the pair reuniting - temporarily at least - whilst Bridget is also being wooed by a smooth American called Jack, a man who doesn't have Darcy's prim and proper ways but is just as charming. Playing the field doesn't work out quite as easily as Bridget hoped as she falls pregnant. Now all she must do is find out which partner she wants to be with and more importantly, who the father is.
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The singer has tweeted a pic of himself and star Renee Zellweger after filming a cameo in the upcoming sequel.
Renee Zellweger reportedly needs a little help perfecting her English accent for ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’.
Renee Zellweger has hired a voice coach to help her regain her English accent for Bridget Jones’ Baby, according to reports in a British tabloid. The 46-year-old American actor has previously played Bridget in two previous films but, in all fairness to Zellweger, it has been a while since she needed to put on Bridget’s posh accent.
Renee Zellweger filming for Bridget Jones' Baby in London in October 2015.
'Bridget Jones's Baby' will be the third time Zellweger has played the character.
Actress Renee Zellweger has been spotted in London filming scenes for the much anticipated third Bridget Jones movie, provisionally titled Bridget Jones’ Baby. Zellweger was spotted in and around London's Borough Market filming the romantic comedy, which is slated for release some time next year.
Where could she be off to? Renee Zellweger filming the new Bridget Jones movie in London.
The film follows on from 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and should bridge the gap between it and author Helen Fielding’s most recent book Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, which was released in 2013.
The first picture of Renee Zellweger in ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ has been released.
Bridget Jones is back! The first image from the third film in the Bridget Jones film franchise, based on the bestselling books by Helen Fielding, has been released. The picture isn’t giving much away about the upcoming film, Bridget Jones’ Baby, as it simply shows Renee Zellweger, as Bridget, smiling into the camera.
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones in the first image from Bridget Jones' Baby.
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‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’, the third Bridget Jones movie, will see Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprise their roles. Patrick Dempsey is also in talks with producers to star.
A third Bridget Jones movie, entitled Bridget Jones' Baby, is in the work with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprising their roles as Jones and Mark Darcy. Patrick Dempsey, the American actor best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, is also expected to feature in the film.
Renee Zellweger at the 21st Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in L.A., October 2014.
Date of birth
25th April, 1969
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