Renée Zellweger who most people now refer to as Bridget Jones is a big shot in Hollywood who doubles as an actress and film producer. She kicked off her screen career by appearing in commercials and taking small parts in low-budget movies. However, a few years down the line, she had her big break when she was cast in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire as Dorothy Boyd, a single mom and the love interest of Gerald “Jerry” Maguire (played by Tom Cruise).
Her performance in the movie opened many more doors in her career and today, Renée Zellweger’s hard work has seen her bag many awards, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, one BAFTA and SAG Award. These did not slow her down, she kept up the good work so that by 2007, she had established herself as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses and was in 2009, named Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year.
Renée Zellweger – Bio, Age
The actress cum producer was born as Renée Kathleen Zellweger on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas. She is the daughter of Emil Erich Zellweger (father) and Kjellfrid Irene (mother). Her father, a mechanical and electrical engineer, worked in the oil refining industry while her mother, a nurse, and midwife, moved from Norway to Texas, U.S, to work as a governess for a Norwegian family. According to Renée, she was raised in a family of “lazy Catholics and Episcopalians”.
As a student of Katy High School, Renée Zellweger was a cheerleader and gymnast. She was also a member of the school’s speech team, drama club, and took part in different sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. In 1986, she submitted an academic paper titled “The Karankawas and Their Roots” for the first edition of Houston Post High School Natural Science Essay Contest and it took the third position.
Sequel to her graduation from high school, Renée continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin. It was during her time at the university that her interest in acting was kindled after she took an elective drama course. Consequently, after she was left to support herself in her junior year when her father lost his job, she began working as a cocktail waitress in Austin, Texas and also got small acting roles. She eventually earned her Screen Actors Guild card after she featured in a Coors Light commercial.
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After Renée Zellweger graduated from the university in 1991 with a BA in English, she got her first job, working in a beef commercial while at the same time auditioning for roles around Houston, Texas. She succeeded at getting roles in various independent and low-budget films, including A Taste for Killing (1992), Murder in the Heartland (1993), and Reality Bites (1994).
She appeared in the 1994 biographical film 8 Seconds and in the same year, she landed her first main role in the horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. The actress also got the role of Starlene Cheatham in the 1994 crime comedy Love and a .45 and her performance in the film earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.
Although she had, on different occasions, postponed her plans of relocating to Los Angeles because she didn’t believe she had what it takes to compete with other actors in the city, the award convinced her that she was wrong, so she subsequently made the move. In 1996, she finally got her big break when she landed the role of Dorothy Boyd in the movie Jerry Maguire and this was followed by a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
Renée Zellweger has remained active in the movie industry ever since she came on-board and has gone on to appear in some television works as well as many other films, some of which are A Price Above Rubies (1998), One True Thing (1998), The Bachelor (1999), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Nurse Betty (2000), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), White Oleander (2002), Cinderella Man (2005), Miss Potter (2006), My Own Love Song (2010), The Whole Truth (2016), Bridget Jones’s Baby Bridget Jones (2016), Same Kind of Different as Me (2017), and Here and Now (2018) among so many others.
One of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, Renée Zellweger has a net worth estimated at a whopping $60 million. The salaries she had earned for some of her works are: $3,750,000- Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), $10,000,000- Chicago (2002), $6,000,000- Down with Love (2003), $15,000,000- Cold Mountain(2003), $11,000,000- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), $10,000,000- Cinderella Man (2005)- the second installment of the movie made her $5,000,000 richer.
Renée Zellweger Kids
Renée Zellweger has no children. In a chat with Extra, while promoting her film, Bridget Jones’s Baby, she was asked if acting as a pregnant woman in the sequel made her ‘crave’ a child of her own. In response, she said she had never been that deliberate about her life and the things that she would require in order to be happy.