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The Renee Zellweger Bio

The Renee Zellweger Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:


No matter how good you think "Cold Mountain" is, it doesn't approach the near perfection of "Chicago," which also depended on the thin veneer of innocence almost disguising the over-ambition that Renee so expertly conveyed.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Appaloosa (a Wild West semi-love triangle with Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris)
My One and Only (a '50s eccentric woman who leaves her husband and takes off cross-country with her two boys)
Nurse Betty (insane but charming girl obsessed with soap-opera doctor, Golden Globe-winning performance)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated performance opposite Hugh Grant and Colin Firth)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (sequel, also Golden Globe nominated)
Down With Love (Doris Day update, opposite Ewan McGregor)
Miss Potter (Beatrix Potter, author of "Peter Rabbit" in another Golden Globe nominated performance)
Leatherheads (sports journalist and object of the affections of both George Clooney and John Krasinski)
One True Thing (daughter and care-giver to Meryl Streep)
Love and a .45 (Bonnie and Clyde redux)
The Whole Wide World (schoolteacher) 
zellweger-reviewChicago (Roxie Hart, Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance)
Cold Mountain (Golden Globe and Oscar-winning performance)
Cinderella Man (wife of surprising contender Russell Crowe)

The Real Renee Zellweger:
Bridget Jones

This is as close as you're going to get to a woman whose most famous roles are usually against type. Though Bridget is pretty neurotic, she comes close to the "normal" Renee, reportedly unaffected by her fame, and well grounded. Rather like "Miss Potter," but a lot more successful in the romance category.
Acting Style:
Pluck. Almost universal, across the wide variety of characters she portrays, is the element of the pixie-ish chick, going up against a whole world of obstacles to get what we know she deserves. Whether she does it quietly as in "Miss Potter" or "Jerry Maguire," brazenly as in "Chicago" or "Leatherheads," or somewhere in between as in "Bridget Jones" or "Cold Mountain," her fragile exterior is in terrific dynamic tension with her relentless interior, as she takes us with her on her quests.
Bits and Quirks:
One of the best criers in film, with all kinds of colors playing out on her cheeks. Great cinematic sniffs. Especially good when her mouth tries to work itself into what appears to be smiling through the pain. Likes to give a little speech with a rock of the head, sometimes accompanied by a rock of the shoulder and one hand on a hip. Puffing up of the mouth.
Great Scenes:

> Killing her lover
> Dancing with Catherine Zeta-Jones
> Puppet scene with Richard Gere

Jerry Maguire

> One of the most imitated cinematic moments in decades is her line to Tom Cruise, "You had me at hello"
> The big walk-out

Miss Potter

> The auction and telling off her competitive bidder when he tries to chastise her
> The talks with her father


> Lots of great "Roxie-like" sassy lines
> Caught "making out" with Clooney

Cold Mountain

> Moving in with Nicole Kidman and teaching her to fend for herself


> Discussing fear with Viggo and Ed before the gunfight
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