Renee Zellweger Biography
After college, Renee Zellweger transferred to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Although she appeared in several movies such as Empire Records, Reality Bites, The Whole Wide World, 8 Seconds and Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it was when Renee Zellweger won the lead role in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire did she became widely known to audiences worldwide.
Since her major breakthrough in Jerry Maguire, Renee Zellweger won numerous roles in films like One True Thing costarring Meryl Streep and Nurse Betty alongside Morgan Freeman, which won her three Golden Globe Awards.
In 2001, Renee Zellweger won the leading role in the film, Bridget Jones Diary. With this movie, she had to portray an English and chubby girl that was attracted to her boss, played by Hugh Grant. Renee Zellweger had to gain remarkable weight because she was too skinny to play the part. She also received voice coaching for a proper English accent.
The following year, Renee Zellweger starred alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander and in Chicago opposite Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta Jones among others. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. It was only in 2004 that Renee received her very first Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress in the movie, Cold Mountain.
She regained the necessary weight when she starred in the sequel to Bridget Jones Diary in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. She also played in the 2005 Cinderella Man, in the 2006 movie Miss Potter and lent her voice in the animated film, Shark Tale.
Renee Zellweger dated Sims Ellison, Josh Pate, George Clooney, Jim Carrey and Jack White (from The White Stripes). She married singer Kenny Chesney on May 9, 2005. However, four months later, the couple announced their plan for annulment, which was finalized in December of that same year.