DOWN WITH LOVE
RENEE ZELLWEGER currently is on screen in the smash hit musical
"Chicago" in whidch she stars opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and
Richard Gere. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film is set in Chicago in the 1920s.
Zellweger plays Roxie Hart who will strive for fame at any cost including
scandal and lies. She won a 2003 Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Motion
Picture Musical or Comedy for her role as Roxie, as well as two Screen Actors
Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,
and Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture). She
also was honored with Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Satellite Awards nominations for
her work in the film, which went on to win the Best Picture Academy Award.
Zellweger's performance as Bridget in 2002's smash hit "Bridget Jones's
Diary" garnered international acclaim. It was for this role that she was
nominated for a 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a BAFTA
Award for Best performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe award
for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy, a Golden Satellite
Award, an Empire Award, an MTV Movie Award and a Screen Actor's Guild Award. She
starred opposite Hugh Grant in this tongue-in-cheek comedy about a British
woman's determination to improve herself as she looks for love while filling her
personal diary with her quirky thoughts and experiences.
Last year, she appeared in "White Oleander" based on the best
selling novel by Janet Fitch. She starred opposite Robin-Wright-Penn, Michelle
Pfeiffer and Alison Loehman.
Zellweger recently finished production on a drama, "Cold Mountain,"
in which she stars opposite Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. It is set for release in
late 2002. In 2004, Zellweger will be heard in DreamWorks' animated comedy
"Sharkslayer". She lends her voice to an all-star cast.
Considering that she took her first acting class to ensure her graduation
from The University of Texas with a literature degree, Zellweger's rise to
leading lady status has been as rapid as it has been unexpected. After appearing
in such television projects as the telefilm "A Taste for Killing" and
the cable series "Shake, Rattle and Rock," she made her film debut in
Richard Linklater's coming-of-age film "Dazed and Confused." This was
followed by Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites," "Love and a .45"
(for which she received her first Independent Spirit Award nomination), "8
Seconds," "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre,"
"Empire Records" and "My Boyfriend's Back."
Zellweger's other film credits include "Me, Myself, and Irene"
directed by the Farrelly brother, starring opposite Jim Carrey, "The
Bachelor," a romantic comedy in which she stars opposite Chris O'Donnell,
and director Neil Labute's dark comedy "Nurse Betty" with Chris Rock
and Morgan Freeman. It was for this film that she won a 2000 Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
Zellweger was also in the critically acclaimed "One True Thing"
with William Hurt and Meryl Streep. She received acclaim with her vulnerable
performance opposite Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," directed by
Cameron Crowe. For her performance she was named Best Breakthrough Performer of
1996 by The National Board of Review, received a Blockbuster Award for Best
Supporting Actress in a Comedy, and was nominated for a SAG Award.
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