Renee Zellweger

Updated on Mar 23, 2003 11:57 AM IST

Renee Zellweger's nomination for Best Actress for Chicago leaves those sceptic about her abilities as an actress, to complete rest. She essays the role of a go-getter and a murderer in the musical Chicago, which has bagged the maximum nominations this year.

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Athletic beauty Renee Zellweger's early roles were in youth-oriented movies like Dazed and Confused (1993) and Reality Bites (1994). Her career took a great leap forward when she co-starred with Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, one of the top grossing films of 1996.

In the year 2000 she was romantically linked with Jim Carrey her co-star in the film Me, Myself and Irene, but the two ended their much-discussed romance that December. In 2001 Zellweger had the title role in Bridget Jones' Diary, the film of the popular Helen Fielding novel, and she received rave reviews for it. This year she makes her presence felt again with an Oscar nomination for her performance in the musical Chicago (2002, starring alongside Richard Gere).

Zellweger was also won the Best Actress for musical/comedy category at the 2003 Golden Globe for her role in Chicago. She won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical in 2001 for Nurse Betty and Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy/Romance in 1997 for Jerry Maguire.

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