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RENEE ZELLWEGER (Bridget) is one of the most cherished and respected actors in modern cinema. Zellweger is most notably known for her starring role as the seminal British everywoman in the 2001 feature Bridget Jones's Diary and in the 2004 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, both opposite Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. In the first installment of the franchise, she earned her first Oscar nomination, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nominations, among others. The sequel delivered her another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.

Zellweger earned her second Academy Award nomination as convicted killer Roxie Hart in Chicago, the 2002 Oscar-winning film version of the Tony-Award winning musical. Acting, singing and dancing alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, who portrayed fellow death row inmate Velma Kelly, Zellweger took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and others, including a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She later earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, the 2003 Civil War drama in which she jumped off the screen as feisty farm worker Ruby Thewes. For her work in Cold Mountain, Zellweger also garnered a Golden Globe Award and best supporting role honors from SAG, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association and numerous others.

In 2017, Zellweger will be seen in the adaptation of the book "Same Kind of Different as Me," opposite Greg Kinnear and Djimon Hounsou. In Same Kind of Different as Me, Zellweger stars as Deborah Hall, the wife of a wealthy art dealer. The film follows the struggling journey of an unlikely friendship between her husband and a former sharecropper-turned-drifter. Zellweger's character is also faced with challenges of her own which include the preserving of her health and faith. Another upcoming project includes Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama The Whole Truth, opposite Keanu Reeves.

After graduating with an English degree from the University of Texas, Zellweger did some initial film and television work before making her feature debut in Richard Linklater's seminal coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused. Other film roles quickly followed, including Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, Love and a .45 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and My Boyfriend's Back. In 1996, Zellweger won the affection of audiences with her breakthrough role opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire. Subsequent film roles for Zellweger have included the acclaimed One True Thing, which also starred William Hurt and Meryl Streep; the dark comedy Nurse Betty, opposite Chris Rock and Morgan Freeman; Me, Myself & Irene, opposite Jim Carrey; the drama White Oleander, which also starred Robin Wright Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer; Peyton Reed's romantic comedy Down with Love opposite Ewan McGregor; and Ron Howard's Depression-era boxing drama Cinderella Man, which also starred Russell Crowe. She has also lent her voice to such animated features as DreamWorks' Shark Tale, Bee Movie and Monsters vs. Aliens.


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