Born in Texas, Zellweger studied literature at UT Austin and had her first starring role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994). She subsequently garnered early acclaim for her performances in Love and a . 45 (1994), Empire Records (1995), The Whole Wide World (1996) and achieved wider recognition for her roles in Jerry Maguire (1996), One True Thing (1998), and Me, Myself and Irene (2000). The black comedy Nurse Betty (2000), for which she won her first Golden Globe, marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. For her portrayals of Bridget Jones in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Roxie Hart in the musical crime drama Chicago (2002), she garnered consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She reprised her role as Bridget Jones in two equally successful sequels; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016).