Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger

American actress (born 1969)
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  • Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001."
  • Her father's family comes from Au in canton St. Gallen/Switzerland. This is just a few minutes away from Rorschach where Emil Jannings was born, the very first actor to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • Ended her relationship with Jack White (they met during the filming of Cold Mountain (2003)) over the Christmas holidays in 2004.
  • In 2004, she accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" on behalf of Johnny Depp, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
  • Is one of five actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006) and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006).
  • First on screen kiss was with Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites (1994).
  • Is fluent in German.
  • Fan of Chelsea FC (England soccer club).
  • Dyed her hair brown for her role in Cinderella Man (2005).
  • Friend of Reese Witherspoon.
  • She wore a gown designed by her favorite designer, Carolina Adriana Herrera, for her wedding to Kenny Chesney.
  • In 2004, she accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" on behalf of Johnny Depp, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (May 24, 2005).
  • Met her future husband Kenny Chesney at a tsunami relief benefit in January 2005.
  • Her wedding ceremony lasted 15 minutes.
  • Married country singer Kenny Chesney on the resort island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Her father (Emil Erich Zellweger) and her grandparents (Dorothy and Emil Zellweger) lived in Switzerland, a village called Au in the canton of St. Gallen. They left right after World War II and moved first to Australia and then to the U.S. Emil Erich met Renee's mother on a boat during the crossing to the U.S.
  • Is accompanied to many award shows and other functions by her long time agent John Carrabino.
  • She became the first performer to win 2 individual (excluding best acting ensemble) SAG awards in film catagories.
  • Her Norwegian mother, Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen, is of sami origin (a minority originating mainly from the northern parts of the Scandinavian peninsula often referred to as Lapland). Zellweger herself has many typical sami features, such as the strong cheekbones and the squinty eyes.
  • Gained 20 pounds for her role in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).
  • Lived with actor Rory Cochrane for four years.
  • Prior to the filming of Chicago (2002), Renee had only sung previously in public in the last scene of Empire Records (1995) and in the comical karaoke scene in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). However, critics were amazed how good her voice was in the movie.
  • Had a non-speaking role in Dazed and Confused (1993).
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