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.
She unveils her first solo album in the form of the Judy soundtrack.
Renée Zellweger will once again be showcasing her sensational singing talent as she sets out to star as the world's best-loved showbiz icon Judy Garland in the forthcoming mononymous biopic Judy. We can't think of anyone better to take on the role in this adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway play End of the Rainbow.
Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy
The accompanying soundtrack album marks Zellweger's first ever solo release, though it's not as though we're unfamiliar with her vocal dexterity. She was nominated for an Oscar following her role as Roxie Hart in the 2002 musical film Chicago in which she sang Nowadays, among other numbers.
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'Judy' is due for release later in 2018
Versatile Hollywood superstar Renee Zellweger is back to her singing and dancing best - as the actress prepares to play American icon Judy Garland in a new biopic of the international idol.
Renee Zellweger will play the legendary Judy Garland
The last time Renee warmed her vocal chords for a role was musical crime comedy-drama film based on the stage-musical of the same name, Chicago, in which she starred opposite Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Roxy Hart - winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in the process.
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Zellweger vehemently denied a story attributed to Harvey Weinstein in a new lawsuit that she and other actresses offered "sexual favours" to him for career advancement.
Renee Zellweger has rubbished claims made in a new lawsuit that she gave Harvey Weinstein “sexual favours” in order to boost her career prospects, calling the disgraced producer “full of s***”.
The story stems from a lawsuit filed this week by actress Melissa Sagemiller, which stated that Weinstein used to cite Zellweger’s name in an example of how a sexual relationship with him could help to boost aspiring female actors’ careers.
“Renée Zellweger, Charlize Theron and other actresses gave sexual favours,” the lawsuit claims Weinstein said, along with comments such as: “Don’t you want your career to be more than just this little teen film?”
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According to court documents regarding Doyle Bramhall's spousal and child payments to his ex-wife, Zellweger allows him to live rent-free and funds his credit cards.
Renee Zellweger has reportedly been financially supporting her boyfriend Doyle Bramhall as he finalises his divorce from his estranged wife Susannah Melvoin, in something resembling a real life Bridget Jones saga.
A report by E! News on Thursday (October 12th) that had sight of court documents reveals that Zellweger has been allowing musician Bramhall to live with her for free, in addition to funding his credit cards that have been running at $4,000-$5,000 per month. The documents also reveal that his 2015 spending came close to $60,000.
Nothing particularly significant about this, you might say at first glance, but the issue potentially matters because the judge in the case ended up ruling that Zellweger’s contribution to Bramhall's lifestyle should not be considered in what he pays in spousal and child support to his estranged wife.
Continue reading: Renee Zellweger Financially Supporting Boyfriend To Tune Of $5000 Per Month
When Deborah Hall (Renée Zellweger) has a dream about a poor wise man and ends up meeting him where she works at a canteen for homeless people, she knows that fate must have brought them together. Her marriage is on the rocks with her and her art dealer husband Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) living completely separate lives. She urges him to befriend this strange man, who many have branded as dangerous, because she thinks their frienship could change the lives of everyone around them. His name is Denver (Djimon Hounsou) and, of course, Ron's family and associates are doing everything they can to dissuade him from helping this good-for-nothing bum - but it isn't long before they realise that he's exactly the opposite of everything they thought. He manages to bring Deborah and Ron closer together than ever before, while teaching everybody that each and every one of us is as different as each other.
Renee Zellweger at the 'Bridget Jones's Baby' World premiere held at The Odeon, Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 5th September 2016
Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at Claridges. The actress is visiting the UK capital promoting her new movie Bridget Jones's Baby. London, United Kingdom - Monday 5th September 2016
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.
Read More: Renee Zellweger Is Bridget Jones Again As Filming Begins In London [Pictures].
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'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.
Continue reading: Renee Zellweger Is Bridget Jones Again As Filming Begins In London [Pictures]
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.
Read More: Bridget Jones’ Baby: Patrick Dempsey In Talks To Star Opposite Renee Zellweger & Colin Firth.
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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.
Read More: Renee Zellweger Addresses Attention Surrounding New Look: "I'm Glad Folks Think I Look Different".
Continue reading: 'Bridget Jones’ Baby': Patrick Dempsey In Talks To Star Opposite Renee Zellweger & Colin Firth
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.
Continue reading: Chris Evans And Chris Hemsworth Need Their Own Bromantic Comedy Show - Stat!
Kathy Griffin, Lou Adler and Renée Zellweger - Benefit for Painted Turtle: A Starry Evening of Music Comedy, and Surprises - San Francisco, California, United States - Tuesday 11th March 2014
Renee Zellweger - Giorgio Armani One Night Only in New York at SuperPier - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 24th October 2013
Renee Zellweger and Paul Newman Thursday 21st October 2010 Paul Newman's 'Hole in the Wall' charity event, held at Lincoln Center - Arrivals New York City, USA
Date of birth
25th April, 1969
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