However, critics were amazed how good her voice was in the movie. Is one of 13 actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance.The others in chronological order are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), Reese Witherspoon for Nagu noateral (2005), Helen Mirren for Kuninganna (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Kate Winslet for Ettelugeja (2008), Mo'Nique for Precious (2009), Natalie Portman for Must luik (2010) and Octavia Spencer for Koduabiline (2011), Anne Hathaway for Hüljatud (2012), Cate Blanchett for Kurb Jasmine (2013), Patricia Arquette for Poisipõli (2014) and Julianne Moore for Siiski veel Alice (2014).Renée's parents met on a boat when her father was crossing to the U. Renée's father, Emil Erich Zellweger, was born in Switzerland, and lived in a village called Au, in the canton of St.Gallen; right after World War II, he and his parents, Dorothy and Emil Zellweger, moved first to Australia and then to the U. Renée's mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), was born in Norway, to Ove Magnar Ingolf Andreassen and Bjørga Johanna Hildonen, and has Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and possible Sami ancestry.She also took an acting class at the University of Texas (Austin), where she began looking towards acting as a career.After graduation, she wanted to continue acting, but Hollywood is a tough town to break into, so Renée decided to stay in Texas, and auditioned for roles around Houston, where she managed to grab roles in such films as Reality Bites (1994) and Empire Records (1995).But of course, I'm a girl, and I thought, "Ugh, no." Like anybody, I want to look my best.I wanted to be self-sufficient, I wanted to take care of myself, and I wanted to learn.
Prior to the filming of Chicago (2002), Renee had only sung previously in public in the last scene of Empire Records (1995) and in the comical karaoke scene in Bridget Jonesi päevik (2001). This is just a few minutes away from Rorschach where Emil Jannings was born, the very first actor to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor.
She received her first Academy Award nomination for her role, which was followed by her second Oscar-nominated role in the musical Chicago (2002).
She then again wowed audiences with her fierce yet warm portrayal of Ruby Thewes in the film adaptation of Külmale mäele (2003), which won Zellweger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which was her first Academy Award.
She also took a role in Mina, mina ise ja Irene (2000), opposite Jim Carrey, and soon after began dating Carrey.
The two denied their relationship at first, but finally gave in and admitted it; today they are no longer together.