Birth Name: Renee Kathleen Zellweiger
Birth Date: April 25, 1969
Birth Place: Katy, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 3"
Quote: "It's very strange to open a newspaper when you are having your cup of coffee and learn that you have been proposed to. And you think, really? Is that so? Was it romantic and did I cry?"
Renee Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, a small town outside Houston. Renee is the daughter of a Swiss father and a Norwegian mother, and she has an older brother, Andrew, whom she attributes to getting her started in acting. Andrew was involved in the drama club at Katy High School and Renee later joined the club.
After graduating from Katy High School in 1987, where she was a cheerleader, gymnast and member of the drama club, Renee went off to the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in English. An excellent student (she made the Dean's List several times), Renee took a drama class only because she needed a fine arts credit to complete her degree. The class made her recall how much she loved acting, and it was during this time that Renee realized she would like to pursue an acting career.
Her uncredited role in 1993's Dazed and Confused was Renee's first film role, and was followed up by a role alongside Matthew McConaughey in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. It was on the set of Chainsaw that Renee heard about another project that was in the midst of casting. Renee auditioned for and got the lead in the film was Love and a .45, and it earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance. Another ISA nomination (and subsequent award) followed for Renee's work in The Whole Wide World (1996), a film which caught the eye of director Cameron Crowe and prompted him to cast Renee in what would be her big break, Jerry Maguire.
Renee's role opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire wasn't a smalltime role. She beat out the likes of Bridget Fonda, Cameron Diaz and Mira Sorvino to land the job, and it instantly earned her recognition and accolades. She was awarded with a Screen Actor's Guild Nomination for Best Supporting Actress, the NBR Award for Best Breakthrough Performer, an MTV Movie Award, and the title of Entertainment Weekly's Best New Movie Actress.
While she continued to take on some lesser-known roles, Renee's career skyrocketed after Jerry Maguire. Nurse Betty and Me, Myself and Irene were both runaway hits, with the former leading Renee to a Golden Globe and the latter to an engagement to comedian Jim Carrey (the couple separated before marriage plans were finalized).
The opening years of the new millennium witnessed two Oscar nominations for Renee, for her roles in Bridget Jones's Diary and Chicago. During this time, audiences were also able to see Renee along with Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander in 2002 and Ewan McGregor in Down with Love in 2003. In 2004 a nomination finally turned into an award, as Renee took home the Oscar for her supporting role in 2003's Cold Mountain.
Renee's upcoming films include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Shark Tale, and the Russell Crowe boxing film The Cinderella Man.
Renee Zellweger Filmography
Leatherheads (2008) .... Lexi
Bee Movie (2007) (voice) .... Vanessa
Case 39 (2007) .... Emily Jenkins
Miss Potter (2006) .... Beatrix Potter
Cinderella Man (2005) .... Mae Braddock
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) .... Bridget Jones
... aka Bridget Jones 2 (UK: informal title)
... aka Bridget Jones: L'âge de raison (France)
Shark Tale (2004) (voice) .... Angie
Cold Mountain (2003) .... Ruby Thewes
Down with Love (2003) .... Barbara Novak
... aka Down with Love - Zum Teufel mit der Liebe! (Germany)
Chicago (2002) .... Roxie Hart
... aka Chicago (Germany)
White Oleander (2002) .... Claire Richards
... aka Weißer Oleander (Germany)
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode 26.17 (2001) TV Episode .... Host
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) .... Bridget Jones
... aka Bridget Jones (UK: informal title)
... aka Journal de Bridget Jones, Le (France)
"King of the Hill"
- Ho, Yeah! (2001) TV Episode (voice) .... Tammy Duvall
Me, Myself & Irene (2000) .... Irene P. Waters
Nurse Betty (2000) .... Betty Sizemore
... aka Nurse Betty - Gefährliche Träume (Germany)
The Bachelor (1999) .... Anne Arden
One True Thing (1998) .... Ellen Gulden
A Price Above Rubies (1998) .... Sonia Horowitz
Deceiver (1997) .... Elizabeth
... aka Liar (UK)
Jerry Maguire (1996) (as Renee Zellweger) .... Dorothy Boyd
The Whole Wide World (1996) .... Novalyne Price
The Low Life (1995) .... Poet
Empire Records (1995) (as Renee Zellweger) .... Gina
... aka Empire
... aka Rock & Fun
The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994) (as Renee Zellweger) .... Jenny
... aka The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (USA: reissue title)
Love and a .45 (1994) .... Starlene Cheatham
Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) (TV) .... Susan
8 Seconds (1994) .... Buckle Bunny
... aka The Lane Frost Story
Reality Bites (1994) (as Renee Zellweger) .... Tami
My Boyfriend's Back (1993) (uncredited)
Murder in the Heartland (1993) (TV) (uncredited) .... Barbara
A Taste for Killing (1992) (TV) .... Mary Lou
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