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Renee Zellweger
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Biography

RenŽe Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA to parents Emil Zellweger, a Swiss-born engineer who married RenŽe's mother Kjellfrid Zellweger, a Norweigan-born former nurse and midwife in 1963. RenŽe also has a brother named Drew Zellweger, a marketing executive born on February 15, 1967. RenŽe got interested in acting in high school while working on the drama club. She also took an acting class at the University of Texas, where she began looking towards acting as a career. After graduation, she wanted to continue acting, but Hollywood is a tough town to break into. So RenŽe decided to stay in Texas, and auditioned for roles around Houston where she managed to grab roles in such films as Reality Bites (1994) and Empire Records (1995). She then took a role in the sequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, where she met Matthew McConaughey, another Hollywood up-and-comer. He was working on a project at the time that Renee was interested in, auditioned for and won the role in the film Love and a .45 (1994), which earned her enough critical praise that she decided to move to Los Angeles. Another role in Whole Wide World, The (1996) followed which led to her big break. Cameron Crowe was busy casting his next film, Jerry Maguire (1996), starring Tom Cruise. Crowe was considering such actresses as Cameron Diaz, Bridget Fonda, Winona Ryder, and Marisa Tomei, when he heard of Zellweger's performance in Whole Wide World, The (1996). He auditioned Zellweger and was sure he'd found his Dorothy Boyd. RenŽe followed her huge success with a few small independent films and after receiving further critical praise, she felt confident enough to reenter the world of big-budget Hollywood films. She starred opposite Meryl Streep in the tear-jerker One True Thing (1998). She also took a role in Me, Myself, and Irene (2000), opposite Jim Carrey. And soon after began dating Carrey. The two denied their relationship at first, but finally gave in and admitted their love; but today they are no longer together. Also in 2000 she starred in the title role in Nurse Betty (2000), where she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. In 2001, she received even more critical and commercial success in the yet again title role in _Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)_ (qv).

Renee Zellweger stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Dazed and Confused 1993 Suzy Digital *
Reality Bites 1994 Don't Remember ***
Jerry Maguire 1996 Hoyts Branford ** 1/2
The Bachelor 1999 w/ suzy at home on HBO ** 1/2
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 w/ Suzy on HBO ***
Nurse Betty 2000 Showcase Orange DVD ***
Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 at Showcase Orange DVD ***
Chicago 2002 at Showcase Orange Digital *** 1/2
Down with Love 2003 W/ Suzy on DVD then HBO *** 1/2
Cold Mountain 2003 w/ Suzy on DVD *** 1/2
Shark Tale 2004 family on DVD *
Cinderella Man 2005 w/ Family on DVD *** 1/2
Leatherheads 2008 Family Digital ***
New in Town 2009 Family Digital ** 1/2
Monsters vs Aliens 2009 Family on DVD Digital ** 1/2