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Academy Award winner and three-time nominee, RENEE ZELLWEGER has garnered much critical acclaim with her outstanding performances in COLD MOUNTAIN, CHICAGO and BRIDGET JONES' DIARY. In 2004, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as "Ruby Thewes” in Anthony Minghella's COLD MOUNTAIN. She was nominated in both 2002 and 2003 for Academy Awards for Lead Actress for her roles in BRIDGET JONES' DIARY and CHICAGO, respectively.

Her Academy Award for her role in 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 Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. Directed by Anthony Minghella, the film is about a confederate soldier's journey home after the American Civil War. Zellweger starred opposite Jude Law and Nicole Kidman.

In addition to her Academy Award nomination for her role in CHICAGO, Zellweger also won the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role, as well as a 2003 Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Lead Actress. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film is set in Chicago in the 1920s. Zellweger starred opposite Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta Jones as a murderess who will strive for fame at any cost – including scandal and lies.

Zellweger can next be seen in MY ONE AND ONLY as the beautiful but mercurial "Ann Devereaux” who has just left her philandering husband "Dan” (Kevin Bacon) and embarks on a journey to California with her two teenage sons. Directed by Richard Loncraine and produced by Aaron Ryder and Norton Herrick, the film is inspired by incidents in the life of actor and Hollywood icon George Hamilton. The film is set for release August 21, 2009.

She last starred opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in Lionsgate's NEW IN TOWN as a hard-nosed Miami executive who is charged with shutting down a plant in a tiny Minnesota town; alongside Viggo Mortenson and Ed Harris in his film APPALOOSA for Newline; and with George Clooney in Universal's romantic comedy LEATHERHEADS as the sassy reporter Lexie Littleton. Her voice is also a major Hollywood asset as she can be heard in DreamWorks' animated comedy SHARK TALE with Jack Black, James Gandolfini, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese and Will Smith in a film about the shark mafia in the sea underworld; as well as alongside Jerry Seinfeld in DreamWorks' animated, award-winning film BEE MOVIE.

Not only is Zellweger an award-winning actress, but also her reach has extended behind the camera. She received much praise for her depiction of Beatrix Potter in MISS POTTER, in which she starred and executive produced. Zellweger gained much attention in the smash hit BRIDGET JONES' DIARY and its sequel, BRIDGET JONES' DIARY: THE EDGE OF REASON. For her role as Bridget she won the 2005 People's Choice Award for Favorite Leading Lady. She was nominated in both 2002 and 2005 for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy and in 2002 for an 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 Actors Guild Award.

Her other film credits include Universal's CINDERELLA MAN, opposite Russell Crowe; 20th Century Fox's comedy ME, MYSELF AND IRENE, directed by the Farrelly brothers, starring opposite Jim Carrey; 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 Universal's critically acclaimed ONE TRUE THING with William Hurt and Meryl Streep. She also starred opposite Robin Wright-Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in Warner Bros.' WHITE OLEANDER; and opposite Tom Cruise in JERRY MAGUIRE, for which 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.

According to Crowe, "Renee's appeal is that she is just Renee, quirky and heartfelt. When I told her ‘You got the part,' there was a silence. Then she said, ‘What makes you think I'll take it?'”

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