Renee Zellweger has a net worth of $90 million and is an award-winning American actress and producer. She is likely best recognised for her roles in films such as “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Cold Mountain,” and “Judy,” for which she received Academy Awards.
Renee Zellweger’s Early Life
Renee Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, and grew up there. Emil Erich was a mechanical engineer from the Swiss town of Au, St. Gallen, and her mother, Kjellfrid, was a nurse and midwife who travelled from Norway to Texas to work as a governess for a Norwegian family.
During her time at Katy High School, Zellweger was a very active athlete, engaging in cheerleading, soccer, football, and other sports and activities. She was also involved in play and public speaking. After her father lost his job and was unable to support her, she went to UT Austin after high school and graduated with an English degree in 1991.
She began earning modest jobs after developing an interest in acting, her first being a Coors Light ad.
Renee Zellweger’s Film Career
Zellweger auditioned for a number of small roles in indie and low-budget films in Austin and Houston. She had a non-speaking role in Ben Stiller’s “Reality Bites” in 1994. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,” a horror film released in 1994, was her first major role. Alongside Matthew McConaughey, she portrayed a teen. Her next film, the crime comedy “Love and a.45,” won her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance and received positive reviews from Austin critics. Renee moved to Los Angeles shortly after winning and was cast in the now-cult classic “Empire Records” in 1995.
Renee Zellweger’s Big Achievements
Zellweger’s major break came in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” in which she played opposite Tom Cruise. The picture received universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike, grossing over $273 million worldwide. She was chosen by Cruise himself to play his love interest, and he credits her with “revealing the core humanity of the film.” Their chemistry was fantastic, and Zellweger’s portrayal of a single, widowed mother was delicate and endearing. Her first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination was for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Following her great popularity and fame for her role in “Jerry Maguire,” Zellweger’s career took a turn for the worst during the next few years. She starred in one budget bomb after another until she earned a role in the Farrelly Brothers comedy “Me, Myself & Irene” in 2000, in which she co-starred with Jim Carrey. The picture grossed $149 million worldwide, breaking the low-grossing trend for the first time. Renee received her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in Neil LaBute’s black comedy “Nurse Betty.”
Renee Zellweger’s Personal world
From 1999 to 2000, Zellweger was engaged to Jim Carry. In May 2005, she married musician Kenny Chesney, but the union was annulled four months later. Renee was in a relationship with Bradley Cooper from 2009 till 2011. Doyle Bramhall II, a fellow Texas musician, was her boyfriend from 2012 to 2019.
Zellweger is involved with the GREAT Initiative, a gender equality initiative, and accompanied the group to Liberia in 2011. In 2011, she designed a handbag with Tommy Hilfiger to raise money for the Breast Health Institute.
Renee Zellweger’s investment in Properties
Renee bought a 40-acre property in Connecticut for $1.32 million in 2004. She has sought to sell this property several times, but it remains hers as of this writing.
She previously owned a New York City apartment building, which she sold for $7.4 million in 2011.
She sold a residence in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles to actress Debra Messing for $7 million in 2003.
Renee also purchased a property in East Hampton, New York for $2.15 million in 2003. She advertised this house for $4.45 million in 2014. She eventually sold the residence for $4.65 million in December 2014.
Renee purchased a property in Topanga, California for $3.35 million in April 2015. She put this house on the market in October 2021 for just under $6 million. She eventually agreed to pay $6.4 million for the property.
Renee bought a lakefront property on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, for roughly $3 million in 2020.