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Also Known As: Rene Kathleen Zellweger Died:
Born: April 25, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, cocktail waitress, bartender's assistant

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The rare versatility and down-to-earth appeal of Renee Zellweger earned the actress Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for her comedy, musical and dramatic work, as well made her one of the highest paid screen actresses in Hollywood. Zellweger was a virtual unknown when director Cameron Crowe cast her opposite box office megastar Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," (1996) where she made cinematic history with the line, "You had me at hello." She went on to define the chick lit generation with her title role in "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) before intense, impressive turns in "Chicago" (2002) and "Cold Mountain" (2004) proved that she was as capable of drama as the romantic comedies that started her career. Off-screen, Texas-bred Zellweger was known for her bouts of "imposter syndrome" and seemingly endless disbelief over her movie star status, as well as being one of the most genuinely nice, down-to-earth stars in the business.

The rare versatility and down-to-earth appeal of Renee Zellweger earned the actress Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for her comedy, musical and dramatic work, as well made her one of the highest paid screen actresses in Hollywood. Zellweger was a virtual unknown when director Cameron Crowe cast her opposite box office megastar Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire," (1996) where she made cinematic history with the line, "You had me at hello." She went on to define the chick lit generation with her title role in "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) before intense, impressive turns in "Chicago" (2002) and "Cold Mountain" (2004) proved that she was as capable of drama as the romantic comedies that started her career. Off-screen, Texas-bred Zellweger was known for her bouts of "imposter syndrome" and seemingly endless disbelief over her movie star status, as well as being one of the most genuinely nice, down-to-earth stars in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Whole Truth, The (2016)
4.
 Case 39 (2010)
5.
 My Own Love Song (2010)
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 New in Town (2009)
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 My One and Only (2009)
9.
 Leatherheads (2008)
10.
 Appaloosa (2008)
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1993:
Made a brief appearance in "Dazed and Confused"
1996:
Portrayed a 1933 Texas school teacher in "The Whole Wide World"
1998:
Portrayed an unhappy Hasisdic woman in "A Price Above Rubies"
1999:
Appeared opposite Chris O'Donnell in the ill-fated romantic comedy "The Bachelor"
2000:
Played the title role in Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty," opposite Morgan Freeman
2002:
Joined Michelle Pfeiffer and Robin Wright Penn in "White Oleander"
2004:
Lent her voice to an animated character in DreamWorks' "Shark Tale"
2007:
Voiced a New York City florist named Vanessa in the computer-animated "Bee Movie"
2008:
Co-starred in the 1920s-era football comedy, "Leatherheads" with fellow Oscar-winner George Clooney, who also directed
2008:
Produced the Lifetime movie "Living Proof," starring Harry Connick, Jr.
2009:
Starred opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in the romantic comedy "New in Town"
2009:
Starred in the Richard Loncraine directed comedy, "My One and Only"
2009:
Played a social worker in the horror film "Case 39"
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Education

Katy High School: Katy , Texas - 1987
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1991

Notes

Zellweger spoke of the Texas region in which she was reared as characterized by, "pig shit, rice fields, and cowboys. It wasn't hard to leave."---Interview, November 1994.

"I'm getting better at dealing with [fame], I guess. But I still feel stupid. I mean, if I were Stephen Hawking, then you could come up to me and tell me I'm great."---Renee Zellweger in US, October 1998.

"Lively. Dedicated. Friendly."---Tim Roth's description of his "Deceiver" co-star, quoted in Vanity Fair, September 1997.

"She reminds you of a sister, a friend, someone you were in love with once or now. You don't feel ho-hum about her."---"Jerry Maguire" director Cameron Crowe to People, July 17, 2000.

"I love that base, rude, insulting kind of scatological humor. It really appeals to me. I don't know what that says, but I do."---Zellweger about her role in "Me, Myself & Irene", told USA Today, June 23, 2000.

"I absolutely admired Renee's work from afar. I thought she was absolutely sweet and she was absolutely an incredible actress. And it sounds odd for me to say this about someone's acting, but I really like her containment, her containment of emotions. Because it's burning in there. You see it. And every once in a while she lets you see a little bit of it outside herself. It's powerful, and I just think she was the perfect person for the part. She's the person everyone would want to fall in love with."---Jim Carrey on his "Me, Myself & Irene" co-star in USA Today, June 23, 2000.

"Renee is one of the best comic actresses of our generation and brings enormous character and conviction to the part [of Bridget Jones]."---producer Eric Bevan quoted in Biography Magazine, June 2000.

"It saddens me to look around today that achieving that has become as important as the legitimate contribution that a person makes that used to lead to fame. Now it doesn't seem to matter. The line between celebrity and infamy has become so ambiguous that it makes me question what we value... "---Renee Zellweger quoted to Moviehole.com, December 16, 2002.

"No, I'm not a very good movie star," she says. "I don't think I look like a movie star. I don't think I set out to be a movie star, and that part of my job is something I feel very uncomfortable with ... I just can't understand why anyone would care about my answers to certain questions, or how they could make a difference to somebody's life."---Renee Zellweger in Empire magazine, January 2005.

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companion:
Sims Ellison. Musician. Born on March 10, 1967; committed suicide on June 6, 1995; met at the University of Texas.
companion:
Josh Pate. Director. Began dating in November 1996 after the filming of "Deceiver"; no longer together.
companion:
Jim Carrey. Actor. Met during filming of "Me, Myself and Irene" (2000); began dating only after filming was completed; went public with relationship in December 1999; relationship reportedly ended in late fall 2000 after approximately 18 months.
companion:
George Clooney. Actor. Rumored to have dated in fall 2001.
companion:
Jack White. Musician. Rumored to be dating as of June 2003; reportedly no longer together as of October 2003; rumored to be back together as of December 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Emil Zellweger. Engineer. Swiss-born; married Zellweger's mother in 1963.
mother:
Kjellfrid Zellweger. Former nurse and midwife. Norwegian-born; married Zellweger's father in 1963.
brother:
Drew Zellweger. Marketing executive. Born on February 15, 1967.

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