Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger


4/25/1969, Katy, Texas (USA)

Birth Name

Renée Kathleen Zellweger



Also Known As

Renee Zellweger
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Rene Zellweger is best known for her breakout role in Jerry Maguire and in the highly successful Bridget Jones' Diary films. She showcased her voice skills to her role in Chicago. While growing up, she was a very active teenager. She was on the cheerleading squad, drama club,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1996 Renée had a cancer scare after discovering two small lumps in her right breast, found to be benign tumours called fibroadenomas. She underwent surgery and had the tumours removed immediately.

    • In 2007, Renée Zellweger was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress In a Comedy/Musical for her role in Miss Potter. In 2005, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. In 2004, she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Cold Mountain. In 2003, she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Chicago. In 2002, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Bridget Jones's Diary. In 2001, she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Nurse Betty.

    • In January 2007, it was revealed that Renée had begun dating former Beverly Hills 90210 star, Luke Perry. The couple shared an intimate table at Los Angeles hotel 'Sunset Tower' in January of 2007.

    • Renée is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

    • Renée prefers to sleep in over-sized men's pajamas when she goes to bed.

    • Renée loves to say the word "awesome."

    • Renée idolizes her older brother Andrew.

    • Renée's favorite holidays are Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    • Renée is often confused with the singer Jewel because they look so much alike.

    • Renée admits to being a hopeless romantic.

    • Renée Zellweger was the co-host for Revlon's Annual New York City 5k run/walk.

    • Renée Zellweger appeared on the Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope benefit telethon in January of 2005.

    • Renée Zellweger got her big break when she was cast as Dorothy Boyd in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire.

    • In 2004, Renée accepted a Screen Actors Guild Award for Johnny Depp, who wasn't present at the time, when he won for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role".

    • Renée's wedding ceremony to Kenny Chesney lasted only 15 minutes, on the resort island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    • In 2005, Renée who is naturally blonde, had to dye her hair brown for her role as Mae Braddock in the movie Cinderella Man.

    • In 2004, Renée did a voice over for the role of Angie in the animated movie Shark Tale.

    • While in college, Renée appeared in several commercials.

    • In September of 2003, People Magazine named Renée the Best Dressed Celebrity.

    • Renée once had a crush on Paul McCartney.

    • In 2005, Renée was listed as number 10 on Blackwell's list of worst-dressed women.

    • Renée will appear in a horror movie called Case 39. It will be released in 2007.

    • Renée made $10,000,000 for each role in Cold Mountain, Chicago, and Down With Love. She also made between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000 for her role as Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones' Diary.

    • Renée dated Jim Carrey while they were filming the movie Me, Myself and Irene. They later got engaged then broke it off.

    • Renée was nominated for Homecoming Queen when she was a senior at Katy High School.

    • In 2004, Renée won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Ruby Thewes on Cold Mountain. In 2003, Renée was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Roxie Hart on Chicago. In 2002, Renée was nominated for an Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Bridget Jones on Bridget Jones's Diary.

    • Renée was named one of E!'s list of "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001".

    • When Renée won her Golden Globe award for her part in Nurse Betty, she was in the bathroom when they called her name.

    • Renée is 5'5" tall.

    • Renée was chosen to play British character Bridget Jones over such British stars as Kate Winslet and Elizabeth Hurley.

    • She admits that she actually misses her fuller figure she had while filming the Bridget Jones films because she got more attention from men when she was heavier.

    • Her dog, a collie-golden retriever mix named Dylan whom she had owned for 12 years, died in November 2003. She rescued the dog from a Texas pound.

    • In 2001, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".

    • She had to endure 10 months of a grueling training regime of vocal coaching and dance training to rise to professional standards.

    • With no dance or voice training, she learned how to perform in the 2002 Chicago by watching her co-star, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    • During filming of Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason she became such a big fan of the Chelsea soccer team that she disguised herself so she could go to the matches.

    • While attending Katy High school, she was a member of the Bengal Brigade, the basketball team, track, and a cheerleaders.

    • She once worked as a cocktail waitress in a strip club, called Sugars, while trying to become an actress.

    • Designer Carolina Herrara makes the majority of Renée's wardrobe, including her wedding gown.

    • She gained 20 pounds for her role in the 2001 film Bridget Jones's Diary.

    • On May 24, 2005, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd, in California.

    • She ended her relationship with musician Jack White, whom she met during the filming of Cold Mountain over the Christmas holidays in 2004.

    • She was the first performer to win 2 individual (not ensemble) SAG awards in film categories. In 2004, she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Cold Mountain. In 2003, she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Chicago. Also in 2003, she won Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. In 2002, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Bridgets Jones's Diary. In 1997, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Jerry Maguire.

    • Renée lived with actor Rory Cochrane for four years.

    • She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, with a degree in English.

    • In September 2005, she filed for an annulment from country singer Kenny Chesney.

    • She was married to country singer Kenny Chesney. They were married from May 9, 2005 until the annulment on December 20, 2005.

  • Quotes

    • Renée Zellweger: (on suffering "nostricles" when filming "New In Town") My worst moment while making the film was nostricles, which are not sexy. You don't know that your nose is running because you can't feel it. It just freezes before you realize you need a Kleenex. Boy, I tell you, that's funny.

    • Renée Zellweger: (revealing is happy to stay single forever) I don't want to sound cavalier by saying that I'm OK with my situation, because I'm not a frivolous person and don't take on something of such significance lightly. But there's good in every situation. It sounds simplistic, but I still have the good things that have always been in my life. There's nothing to add, I got married, and I'm not married. Not everything works out like you might hope, and I'm not the first person to have disappointment in my life.

    • Renée Zellweger: (revealing she misses being a waitress) In 1996 I got a phone call offering a role in Jerry Maguire and my family and friends were there in this little restaurant. I remember thinking quite tragically that I might never do that again. It wasn't fear - just acknowledgement of this potential life change, and that I would lose that. I loved my friends where I worked and I was happy.

    • Renée Zellweger: (on playing Beatrix Potter in the movie, "Miss Potter") It was really challenging, actually. I thought it would be very straightforward research and a very straightforward experience, but there's so much ambiguity about what she might have been like as a person. There are so many contradictions in the material that's available . . . the more I read, the less certain I became of things I thought I knew about her. It made it fascinating, but really, really scary at the same time.

    • Renée Zellweger: I'm an intensely private person. I think that personal shared experiences are precious and they're not for sale. It diminishes the integrity of your relationships -- your real relationships -- when it's just thrown out there for the people that you don't have built-up mutual trust experiences with. And I know that's really boring, but I guess it's just where I come from. The thing I guess you learn as you get older, isn't it, is that you just go ahead and get on with your life because; you know, what's the alternative? And I always believe there's something good there if you just pay attention.

    • Renée Zellweger: (her 2007 New Year's resolution) My goals for the year are to concentrate on doing a better job of managing my personal life, to do lots of cooking and to focus on my cat!

    • Renée Zellweger: I was always different in that I liked being by myself. Even in kindergarten, when we were told to line up and go to the playground, I didn't feel like participating. I wasn't naughty; I didn't appreciate the line. Some of my best childhood memories are of being alone in my room-writing, reading books, listening to the Beatles, living in my mind. It's always busy in there.

    • Renée Zellweger: Making movies is the best blue-collar job in the world. I spend 20-hour days with carpenters, electricians-all of us getting our hands dirty. Acting is only the art part.

    • Renée Zellweger: I am very proud to be Norwegian.

    • Renée Zellweger: I wanted to be self-sufficient, I wanted to take care of myself, and I wanted to learn. I wanted to travel, I wanted to see the world and have my eyes opened. I wanted to be consistently challenged and I knew I needed to be creative in some way. When I got my job in a bar and I could pay for my tuition and go on auditions and sometimes get jobs that I loved and pay my rent, I knew that I would be all right. That's when my dreams came true, long before the telephone rang and someone said, "Come and meet Tom Cruise."

    • Renée Zellweger: My life has far exceeded what I might ever have dreamed of because I would never have been so bold as to dream that these things might happen to me.

    • Renée Zellweger: (talking about the lifestyle of the people of Romania) I learned how little in the way of material goods we really need, and how beautiful a simple life can be. In Romania people work with their hands every day, and you'll see an 80- year-old woman still chopping wood because she's been looking after herself all her life, and she still has the strength to do it.

    • Renée Zellweger: (talking about her weight she lost after Bridget Jones's Diary) It saddens me every day when people come up and say, 'OK, how did you lose that weight?' I can't speak about it because I am not an authority on weight loss. I am just not. I am not challenged with a medical situation that's weight-related and that I need to pay attention to.

    • Renée Zellweger: I believe in love, but I don't sit around waiting for it.

    • Renée Zellweger: I remember just lying in the grass, staring at the clouds, wondering where they drifted off to after they floated over Texas. I never would have imagined that one day I would follow one of those clouds and find myself in Hollywood.

    • Renée Zellweger: Once you've reached the point where you can pay rent, you can go to the vet and you can go to the grocery store, after that point it's all the same. I don't have the appetite for a decadent lifestyle.

    • Renée Zellweger: (on putting on weight for "Bridget Jones") It's so boring. It's not martyrdom to change your body a little bit to play a girl you really want to play. I'd say that getting a funky haircut for a part is more traumatizing.

    • Renée Zellweger: (on taking a break from acting and paparazzi pressures) I'm really not considering anything until probably this time next year. If there's nothing for them to talk about, you figure... 'll make myself as boring as possible...What is going on with the media? It's crazy. It used to be that you were famous because you achieved something that was considered to be beyond human capability...The message that it sends is that society doesn't value what you have to contribute, but it values whether or not you're recognizable, for any reason. I think that just leads to something that is so ugly.

    • Renée Zellweger: It made me sad to notice there's more American culture in society. It's about having their eyebrows groomed, pedicures, being more conscious about being thin and whether they're dressed appropriately. I'm used to those things in the US, but it made me sad to see it in the UK. Personally, I'm not bothered about my appearance.

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    She is a very good actress. I don't understand why some people don't like her much, because I do. I think that she is really cool, she has act in some kind of movies that I like, in top of them Cinderella Man and Chicago, that are really cool. I like her style, and I like her a lot.
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    Renee Zellweger is a terrific actress who has gone to great lengths to add realism to her roles, including adding a lot of weight for her "Bridget Jones" films. Now, if only she'd keep her private life out of the tabloids.