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When Hugh Grant announced her name as the winner, she was in the bathroom.
She later apologized, saying that she had had lipstick on her teeth.
Her father is of Swiss origin and her mother is Norwegian. Whilst attending Katy High School, Renee was a keen participant in soccer, baseball and football. Zellweger graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a BA in English Language.
Renee's first acting job after university was an appearance in a beef commercial.
Acting Career: Zellweger's acting career began whilst she was still living in Texas, In 1993, she landed a small role in the ABC TV series Murder In The Heartland, followed by her first film appearance the next year, in Reality Bites, which was Ben Stiller's directorial debut.
Her first major film role came in 1994's Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Childhood: Renee Zellweger was born and raised in Texas, by her father Emil (an oil refinery engineer) and her mother Kjellfried Irene (a nurse).Her performance earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.Renee Zellweger's breakthrough role came later on in 1996 when she appeared alongside Tom Cruise in the hit movie Jerry Maguire.Her performance in Nurse Betty, opposite Morgan Freeman, earned her a Golden Globe Award.
The role that really propelled Zellweger to international stardom was as Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones' Diary, the film based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name.To make for a believable performance, Renee had to gain a substantial amount of weight and learn to do a convincing British accent.