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RENÉE ZELLWEGER (Allison French) is an Academy Award-winning actress and multiple Oscar nominee. In 2004, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain.” In addition, she swept the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and Critics' Choice Awards for her role in the Civil War drama, based on the best-selling novel.

The year before, she had received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work in Rob Marshall's screen adaptation of "Chicago.” For her performance as Roxie Hart, Zellweger also won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, in addition to earning a BAFTA Award nomination, all for Best Actress.

She earned her first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actress, for her performance in the title role of "Bridget Jones's Diary,” also earning Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations. Zellweger also received a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised her role in the 2004 sequel "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.” She was later Golden Globe-nominated for her portrayal of children's author Beatrix Potter in the 2006 biopic "Miss Potter,” which she also executive produced. In addition, Zellweger earned critical acclaim for her performance in Ron

Howard's "Cinderella Man,” in which she starred opposite Russell Crowe. She also lent her voice to the animated features "Bee Movie” and "Shark Tale.” She most recently starred in the football comedy "Leatherheads,” directed by and starring George Clooney. Zellweger's upcoming films include "Chilled in Miami,” opposite Harry Connick Jr., to be released in January 2009; and Richard Loncraine's "My One and Only,” alongside Chris Noth, Kevin Bacon and Logan Lerman. In addition, she executive produced the Lifetime Original Movie "Living Proof,” based on the true story of UCLA's Dr. Dennis Slamon's battle to keep drug trials afloat for the lifesaving breast cancer drug that he developed, Herceptin. Set to air on October 18, 2008, the film was produced by her "Chicago” producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Born in Texas, Zellweger attended the University of Texas, where she took her first acting class. She began her career on television before making her feature film debut in Richard Linklater's coming-of-age film "Dazed and Confused.” She subsequently appeared in Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites”; "Love and a .45,” for which she gained her first Independent Spirit Award nomination; "8 Seconds”; "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre”; "Empire Records”; and "The Whole Wide World,” for which she received another Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 1996, Zellweger gained international recognition when she starred in Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire,” opposite Tom Cruise. She went on to win a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance and earned a SAG Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film. Her additional film credits include starring roles in "One True Thing,” with Meryl Streep; Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty,” for which she won her first Golden Globe Award; the Farrelly brothers' "Me, Myself & Irene,” opposite Jim Carrey; "White Oleander,” with Michelle Pfeiffer; and "Down with Love,” opposite Ewan McGregor.

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