RENÉE ZELLWEGER (Lexie Littleton) won the Academy Award® for Best
Supporting Actress in Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain and received Academy
Award® nominations for her work in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Chicago, and recently
received much acclaim for her bravura turn in Miss Potter, in which she starred and
executive-produced. Zellweger only initially took an acting class to ensure her
graduation with a degree in literature from the University of Texas.
Zellweger’s Academy Award® for Cold Mountain was accompanied by a Screen
Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting
Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in
a Motion Picture, a BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting
Role and a Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In addition to her Academy Award® nomination for Chicago, Zellweger also won
the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Lead
Role as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or
Comedy. Additionally, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for her performance.
After some television work, Zellweger made her feature debut while still in Texas
in Richard Linklater’s seminal coming-of-age film, Dazed and Confused. Other roles
quickly followed including Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites, The Return of the Texas Chainsaw
Massacre and My Boyfriend’s Back.
Zellweger recently starred with Jerry Seinfeld in DreamWorks’ award-winning
animated film Bee Movie, with Jim Carrey in Me, Myself & Irene and with Chris Rock
and Morgan Freeman in the dark comedy Nurse Betty. She starred with William Hurt
and Meryl Streep in the critically acclaimed One True Thing and opposite Robin Wright
Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander.
Zellweger won the attention and affection of audiences and critics alike in
Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, opposite Tom Cruise. Several critics groups, including
the National Board of Review, named her as Best Breakthrough Performer.
Zellweger starred in Ron Howard’s story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock,
Cinderella Man, opposite Russell Crowe, and in Peyton Reed’s stylish romantic comedy
Down with Love, opposite Ewan McGregor. She starred as the seminal British
everywoman in Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,
opposite Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Zellweger also lent her voice to the animated
feature Shark Tale, alongside Jack Black, James Gandolfini, Angelina Jolie, Martin
Scorsese and Will Smith.
Zellweger just finished shooting Chilled in Miami, and can next be seen in the
upcoming western Appaloosa, alongside Viggo Mortenson and Ed Harris, who is also
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