Renee Zelleweger

Published August 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Date of Birth: April 25, 1969 

Place of Birth: Katy, Texas, USA 

Sign:Sun in Taurus, Moon in Leo 

Relations:Companion: Jim Carrey  

Education:University of Texas, BA in English  


 

IT WAS NOT until she starred with Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1996) that Renee Zellweger made a name for herself in Hollywood. Up until then, she was mostly known outside Tinsletown and in independent film circuits. 

The beauty, absurd amount of cuteness and natural ability that she exhibited as Cruise’s love interest sparked the attention of critics as well as audiences. 

Although she won no Oscar for her performance in the movie, she did win various other awards including “best breakthrough performer” by the National Board of Review. 

The willowy strawberry blonde actress was born in such a small town, Katy, Texas, that she had no access to cable television or a movie theater. 

As a result, Renee did not see her first art film until she was a student at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Her years at UT were exceptional; she was regularly on the dean’s list and graduated a year early with a BA in Radio, Film and Television. 

It was in UT that Renee discovered her knack for acting. 

Following her graduation, Renee made her film debut in a bit part in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused (1993). She got her first real role playing a looney, wacked-out waitress in Love and a .45 (1994), for which she won her first independent Spirit Award nomination. Her second nomination came when she got a part in The Whole Wide World (1996), earning additional acclaim at various film festivals. 

And then her breakthrough film came along. 

After Jerry Maguire, Zellweger went on to prove herself as a versatile actress who is able to perform various different roles.  

Her most recent role was Me Myself and Irene, where she starred with real life boyfriend funny man Jim Carrey. 

Rumors are flying around that the two will marry, but we just have to wait and see about that. It would be Carrey’s second marriage and Zellweger’s first. 

Coming up for release is The Diary of Bridget Jones, where Renee is a young single woman living it up in London. 


 

Movies: 


 

2000 The Diary of Bridget Jones 

2000 Nurse Betty 

2000 Me, Myself and Irene 

1999 The Bachelor 

1998 One True Thing 

1998 A Price Above Rubies 

1997 Deceiver 

1996 Jerry Maguire 

1996 The Whole Wide World 

1995 Empire Records 

1995 Love and a .45 

1994 8 Seconds 

1994 The Low Life 

1994 The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

1993 Dazed and Confused 

1993 My Boyfriend's Back 


 

TV: 


 

1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! 

1993 Murder in the Heartland  

1992 A Taste for Killing  

 

 

 

 

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