The well known actress and celebrity Renee Kathleen Zellweger was born on the 25th April 1969 in Katy, Texas, United States of America. Her Swiss born father, Emil Erich Zellweger was an engineer and Norwegian born mother, Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen, a former nurse and midwife. The couple had a second child, Drew, who was born on the 15th February 1967 and who in adulthood has gone on to become a marketing executive.
The young Renee attended Katy High School, where she involved herself in sports, various clubs and the drama group, appearing in several school plays. On leaving school she enrolled on an English Language Degree Course at the University of Texas and took acting classes to gain a fine art credit. Gaining a BA Degree in English in 1991, Renee continued to live in Texas where she auditioned for various roles and gained work in films such as Reality Bites, Empire Records, Love and a. 45 which brought her critical praise.
Moving to Los Angeles towards the end of the nineteen nineties, she won roles in films such as The Whole Wide World and the very successful Jerry Maguire. Becoming known as a talented actress, Renee starred alongside Meryl Streep in the film One True Thing and appeared opposite Jim Carrey in Me, Myself and Irene. In 2000, Renee won a Golden Globe award for her starring role in Nurse Betty and a year later she received her first academy award for her portrayal of the delightful Bridget Jones, in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Renee went on to be nominated for Oscars for her appearance in Chicago and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in her portrayal of Ruby Thewes in Cold Mountain.
Whilst Renee’s acting career flourished, her whirlwind romance and marriage to Kenny Chesney on the 9th May 2005 lasted only one hundred and twenty eight days and ended when she was granted an annulment. As with many celebrities, there has been much speculation by the media in respect to her love life and she has been linked to Rory Cochrane, Jim Carrey, Dan Abrams, George Clooney and more recently, Bradley Cooper.
To date, Renee’s career continues to thrive and she has starred alongside Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and George Clooney, to name but a few. Her achievements include an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a BAFTA award and she is considered to be an adaptable, hard working and skilled actress.