Renée Zellweger

American actress and producer

Renée Kathleen Zellweger (born April 25, 1969) is an American actress, producer and voice artist. She won two Academy Awards for her role in the movie Cold Mountain and as Judy Garland in Judy. She has acted in many movies, including Jerry Maguire, Bridget Jones's Diary, Chicago and Cinderella Man.

Renée Zellweger
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Renée Kathleen Zellweger

(1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin (B.A.)
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Kenny Chesney
(m. 2005-2005, annulled)
Parent(s)Emil Zellweger
Kjellfried (née Andreassen)

Early lifeEdit

Zellweger was born in Katy, Texas. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is from a small town in the canton of St. Gallen,[1] Switzerland, and is a mechanical and electrical engineer who worked in the oil refining business.[2] Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (née Andreassen), a native of Norway, is of Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, and possible Sami,[3][4] ancestry. Kjellfrid grew up in Kirkenes and Ekkerøy,[5] and is a nurse and midwife who moved to the United States to work as a governess for a Norwegian family in Texas.[6][7] Zellweger has described herself as being raised in a family of "lazy Catholics and Episcopalians".[7] Zellweger took acting classes because she wanted to make certain she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a literature degree.

Acting careerEdit

Zellweger appeared in many television shows, for example A Taste for Killing and Shake, Rattle and Rock. Her first part in a movie was in Dazed and Confused followed by Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites.



  • Golden Globe Awards
    • Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Cold Mountain (2004)
    • Best Performance by an Actress-Comedy/Musical: Chicago (2003)
    • Best Performance by an Actress-Comedy/Musical: Nurse Betty (2001)


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  2. "Renee Zellweger Biography (1969–)." Film
  3. "Biography for Renée Zellweger". IMDb. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. Muus, Nathan. "Who Are the Sámi?". Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. "Biskopen, stjernen og minoritetene". 2014-01-07.
  6. Agelorius, Monica. "Bridget Jones's Diary LA junket". 2001-03-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Renee Zellweger Biography". 2014-01-07.

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