Renée Kathleen Zellweger (/rəˈneɪ ˈzɛlwɛɡər/; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globe 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 her appearance in Empire Records (1995), and gained wider recognition for her role in Jerry Maguire (1996). For Nurse Betty (2000), she won her first Golden Globe, and for her portrayals of Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Roxie Hart in Chicago (2002), she garnered two consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She reprised the part of Bridget Jones in two equally successful sequels (2004–2016).
Zellweger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a loquacious farmer in the American Civil War drama 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).