From 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' to 'Bridget Jones': 8 of Renee Zellweger's Most Memorable Roles

6:00 AM 8/24/2016

by Laurie Sandell

She got her first leading role in a horror movie opposite Matthew McConaughey before going on to earn three Oscar nominations (including one win).

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  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

    1994

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    Her first leading role, opposite Matthew McConaughey (the two had worked together before in smaller roles in Dazed and Confused).

  • Jerry Maguire

    1996

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    Winona Ryder initially was set to star opposite Tom Cruise — but the two looked too much like siblings, so Cameron Crowe recast, making Zellweger's career.

  • Nurse Betty

    2000

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    In her first title role, she starred with Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear and Chris Rock as a waitress having a mental breakdown in Neil LaBute's dark comedy.

  • Me, Myself & Irene

    2000

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    On camera, she played Jim Carrey's prisoner in this Farrelly brothers police comedy; off camera, she ended up dating her co-star for 18 months.

  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    2001

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    She kept her English accent going even when the cameras weren't rolling; co-star Hugh Grant has said he hadn't heard her American accent until the wrap party.

  • Chicago

    2002

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    Her turn as Roxie Hart earned Zellweger a best actress Oscar nomination (she was nominated for Bridget Jones's Diary the year before).

  • Cold Mountain

    2003

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    She won a best supporting actress Oscar for starring opposite Jude Law and Nicole Kidman as farm girl Ruby Thewes in Anthony Minghella's Civil War epic.

  • My Own Love Song

    2010

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    The last time Zellweger appeared onscreen, it was as a paralyzed singer in an indie drama that went direct to DVD.

     
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