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.
Well, not literally.
Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth return in 'Bridget Jones's Baby'; another comedy-infused romantic drama set for release more than ten years since 'Bridget Jones's Diary' sequel 'The Edge of Reason'. This time she's a very professional woman in charge of her life - well, at least she thought she was.
Where will motherhood take Bridget Jones?
Directed by Sharon Maguire, 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is based not on the 2013 book by Helen Fielding entitled 'Mad About The Boy', but a series of story columns she wrote exploring the post 'Edge Of Reason' life of this regular London woman. Co-written by Fielding, David Nicholls and Emma Thompson, it will introduce a new star to the franchise: Patrick Dempsey.
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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Renee will reprise her role as Bridget Jones in the third film this year
As a hugely popular actress loved everywhere for her cheeky role in musical Chicago and her loveable portrayal of everyone’s favourite singleton, Bridget Jones, Renee Zellweger had her feet solidly in Hollywood. However, the star recently revealed why she took six years out from the industry: she got sick of the sound of her own voice.
Renee Zellweger came back from her acting break to film Bridget Jones' Baby in November
After starring in My Own Love Song in 2010, the 47-year-old actress quit the bright lights of stardom so she could recover between projects.
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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She's still looking worlds apart from her Bridget Jones days.
The public reacted with shock when Renee Zellweger appeared at the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards in 2014 looking remarkably different in her face. At the time she dismissed the furore as 'silly' and neither confirmed nor denied that she had had any facial reconstructive surgery. With her features still looking strangely different to her 'Bridget Jones' days, she addresses the subject once again.
Renee Zellweger shrugs off criticism for her new look
The 46-year-old actress claimed that she remained oblivious to any kind of criticism of her physical appearance in an interview with 'Today' yesterday (March 26th 2016). 'It's not really part of my life. It's part of the job, that I don't really experience except when I step into this arena', she said. 'In my home I'm not aware of it. I don't do any kind of social media, so I don't see it. I like to have, I guess you would call them, real experiences.'
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Renée Zellweger , Doyle Bramhall - Renée Zellweger and her boyfriend Doyle Bramhall arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th December 2015
Renee Zellweger - Renee Zellweger causes traffic chaos by riding into oncoming traffic on a bike in her dressing gown on Albert Bridge! at Albert Bridge - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 22nd November 2015
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.
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.
Date of birth
25th April, 1969
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