She subsequently starred in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), obtaining nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress.
Her role in musical Chicago (2002) earned her another Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and her second Golden Globe Award.
Several movie parts in low-key and limited release features such as Appaloosa (2008), My One and Only (2009), Case 39 (2009) and My Own Love Song (2010) were followed by a six-year hiatus from acting work.
Zellweger returned to the screen in the third Bridget Jones movie, Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), and was cast in the thriller The Whole Truth (2016), and the drama Same Kind of Different as Me (2017). as a local hire" in the Austin-filmed horror-comedy My Boyfriend's Back, playing "the girl in the beauty shop, maybe two lines.
She was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009; Zellweger's first major film role came in the horror sequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) which she followed with a critically acclaimed appearance in Empire Records (1995).
She later gained widespread attention for her roles in the dramedy sports film Jerry Maguire (1996) and the comedy Nurse Betty (2000), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer.
She played Jenny, a teenager who leaves a prom early with three friends who get into a car accident, which leads to their meeting a murderous family, led by the iconic Leatherface.
She won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for the epic war drama Cold Mountain (2003).
She later reprised her title role in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), starred in Cinderella Man (2005), and played author Beatrix Potter in the biopic Miss Potter (2006).
However, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, praised her and co-star Mc Conaughey, remarking that both "do show signs of what would soon make them famous. Zellweger, sweet and sprightly and a natural-born ditz, may be the only actress who could point a gun bravely at a killer, then simply shriek and drop it and scamper away".
Her next film was Love and a .45 (1994), in which she played the role of Starlene Cheatham, a woman who plans a robbery with her boyfriend.
It received a release in selected theaters, garnering mostly favorable comments from critics.