She received her first Academy Award nomination for her role, which was followed by her second Oscar-nominated role in the musical Chicago (2002). READ MORE Either she was really, really thirsty for a caffeine buzz or Renée Zellweger actually volunteered to go on a huge assistant-free coffee run in Santa Monica on Tuesday. She then again wowed audiences with her fierce yet warm portrayal of Ruby Thewes in the film adaptation of Cold Mountain (2003), which won Zellweger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which was her first Academy Award. Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA.Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent.That made her realize “how important it is that the actor is not verbose,” she said, laughing.“I promised myself I would be very concise and quick with my answers from now on.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.“Not that it’s anyone’s business,” she wrote, “but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes.”And she insisted that she did not follow the brouhaha over her looks, until she had to. “I don’t participate in it, and I don’t know what’s being said about me or other people until someone makes me aware of it,” she said.
The starlet was found dead in 1969 from an accidental overdose.
No networks have bitten so far, she said, miming a tear.
Still, it seems to have re-energized her to perform.
Another role in The Whole Wide World (1996) followed which led to her big break.
Cameron Crowe was busy casting his next film, Jerry Maguire (1996), starring Tom Cruise.