Renée Kathleen Zellweger (/rəˈneɪ ˈzɛlwɛɡər/; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and film producer. She has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She established herself as one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses by 2007, and was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009.
Zellweger had her first starring role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994). She subsequently earned early acclaim with a brief, but notable appearance in Empire Records (1995), and was introduced to mainstream audiences in Jerry Maguire (1996). For Nurse Betty (2000), she won her first Golden Globe Award, and for her portrayals of Bridget Jones in the Bridget Jones film series (2001–2016), and Roxie Hart in Chicago (2002), she garnered two consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, and won her second Golden Globe for the latter.
Zellweger won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of a farmer in the American Civil War film Cold Mountain (2003). She played the wife of boxer James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man (2005) and author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter (2006). Roles in smaller scale films, such as Appaloosa (2008), My One and Only (2009) and Case 39 (2009), were followed by a six-year hiatus from the screen. She is set to portray Judy Garland in Judy (2019).
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Zellweger has appeared on the covers and photo sessions of several magazines throughout her career; she appeared on the September 1997 cover of Vanity Fair, and in subsequent years, the list has grown to include Vogue, Detour, Allure and Harper's Bazaar. Zellweger often attracts attention for her style on awards shows and red carpet events, specifically for her frequent use of dresses designed by Carolina Herrera, a close friend who has worked with the actress for over 15 years after they met at a Costume Institute gala. She also is a frequent guest star at New York Fashion Week, among other fashion events.
In April 1997, Vanity Fair named her part of "Hollywood's Next Wave of Stars". She was placed on E!'s "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001" list and was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 2003. She also ranked number 72 in the "Top 100 Celebrities" list made by Forbes in 2006, and the following year, she was placed at 20 among "the 20 richest women in entertainment", by the magazine.
After Zellweger's appearance at the 21st-annual Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Awards in October 2014, there was media and social commentary that she was hardly recognizable, which resulted in speculation that she had undertaken substantial cosmetic surgery. Zellweger responded, "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."