Renée Kathleen Zellweger (; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, and four Golden Globe Awards. Zellweger was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world by 2007 and was named Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Woman of the Year in 2009.Born in Texas, Zellweger studied literature at UT Austin and had her first starring role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994). She subsequently garnered early acclaim for her performances in Love and a .45 (1994), Empire Records (1995), The Whole Wide World (1996) and achieved wider recognition for her roles in Jerry Maguire (1996), One True Thing (1998), and Me, Myself and Irene (2000). The black comedy Nurse Betty (2000), for which she won her first Golden Globe, marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. For her portrayals of Bridget Jones in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Roxie Hart in the musical crime drama Chicago (2002), she garnered consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She reprised her role as Bridget Jones in two equally successful sequels; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016). Zellweger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as 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). After starring roles in smaller scale films, such as Appaloosa (2008), My One and Only (2009), and Case 39 (2009), she had a six-year hiatus from the screen. In 2019, Zellweger received critical acclaim for her performances in the Netflix thriller anthology series What/If and for portraying Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, with the latter earning her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.