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Born April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, Renée Zellweger developed an early interest in acting as a member of her high school's drama club. After graduating from the University of Texas, Zellweger was hesitant to tackle Hollywood, so she grabbed small roles in feature films -- Reality Bites (1994) and Empire Records (1995) -- that were shot in the Lone Star State.

After meeting fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey on the set of Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994), Zellweger decided to move to Los Angeles. Success soon followed when she landed leads in such films as The Whole Wide World (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996) and Me, Myself & Irene (2000), proving herself equally adept at drama and light comedy.

But it was Zellweger's Oscar-nominated turns in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002) that propelled her into the front rank of Hollywood's leading ladies. In 2004, she won an Academy Award for her supporting performance in Cold Mountain.

Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget Jones's Baby

2016 R

In this third chapter of Bridget's madcap existence, she unexpectedly finds herself pregnant at the age of 43. But with two suitors in her life -- barrister Mark Darcy and dashing tycoon Jack Qwant -- which one is the father?

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