Renée Zellweger

American actress (born 1969)
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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
Renée Kathleen Zellweger

(1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 55)
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)
AwardsAcademy Awards
2003 Cold Mountain

Golden Globe Awards

2001 Nurse Betty
2003 Chicago
2004 Cold Mountain

BAFTA Awards

2003 Cold Mountain

SAG Awards

2002 Chicago

Outstanding Actress - Motion Picture

2002 Chicago

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

2003 Cold Mountain

Early life


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 Sámi,[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 career


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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  3. "Biography for Renée Zellweger". IMDb. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. Muus, Nathan. "Who Are the Sámi?" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. "Biskopen, stjernen og minoritetene". 2014-01-07.
  6. Agelorius, Monica. "Bridget Jones's Diary LA junket" Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. 2001-03-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Renee Zellweger Biography" Archived 2009-02-21 at the Wayback Machine. 2014-01-07.

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