Album:Chicago: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
Actress Renee Zellweger got an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 2002 musical Chicago. It is to date her only musical. She did well for someone who doesn't sing. She won an Oscar in 2003 for Cold Mountain. She was born Apr. 25, 1969 in Katy, TX. Her father is an engineer from Switzerland and her mother was a nurse from Norway. Renee fell into the movie business. She was in the drama club in high school and she appeared in commercials while earning a BA in English at the University of Texas. Appearances in the ABC miniseries Murder In The Heartland and the 1994 film Reality Bites got her noticed and she had her first starring role in the 1994 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation with fellow Texan Matthew McConnaughey. She moved to Los Angeles and her performance in the 1996 film Jerry McGuire led to bigger roles in films like One True Thing in 1998. But the film that made Renee a star was Bridget Jones' Diary in 2001 based on a very popular novel. She got her first Oscar nomination and that led to her playing Roxie Hart in Chicago. One of the criticisms when casting was announced for Chicago is they cast a lot of non singers including Renee Zellweger. Considering she had never appeared on stage or in any other musicals, Renee did very well in the film. She got another Oscar nomination and Chicago won the Best Picture Oscar. Roxie is her big song in the film. The soundtrack is available as a budget CD. She hasn't appeared in any other musicals. She did sing on the soundtrack of the 2003 film Down With Love with co-star Ewan McGregor. Renee won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 2003 film Cold Mountain. Her most recent film credit was in 2010 but there is talk she may do a third Bridget Jones film. She is finding out it is tough for women to get decent roles as they get older. Here's Renee Zellweger performing Roxie in the film Chicago.