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Leighton Meester

 

Leighton Meester

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Leighton Meester
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Born Leighton Marissa Meester
(1986-04-09) April 9, 1986 (age 30)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Adam Brody (m. 2014)
Children 1

Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986)[1] is an American actress, singer and model. She is mostly known for her starring role as Blair Waldorf in the drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12). She has also appeared in the films Country Strong (2010), The Roommate (2011), Monte Carlo (2011), The Oranges (2011) and The Judge (2014). Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men (2014).

In addition to acting, Meester has also ventured into music. In 2009, she featured on Cobra Starship‘s “Good Girls Go Bad” which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her first single “Somebody to Love” under Universal Republic. Her second single “Your Love’s a Drug” was released in 2011. Meester has also recorded songs for various soundtracks. Her debut album, Heartstrings, was independently released in 2014. She has also modeled, having been the face of brands such as Jimmy Choo,[2] Herbal Essences[3] and Vera Wang.[4]

Early life[edit]

Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance (née Haas) and Douglas Meester, and lived most of her life in New York City and Los Angeles.[5][6][7][8] Her ancestry includes German, Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh.[9] Her father works for an internet company and her mother is a writer.[10] At the time of her birth, her mother was serving time in a federal prison for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States. She was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence,[5][6] after which Leighton’s grandmother cared for her. She has a brother, Alexander, who is eight years younger. Meester has maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, she has stated: “It made me realize that you can’t judge anyone – especially your parents – for what they’ve done in their past, because people change.” In 2011, Leighton was involved in a lawsuit with her mother.[11][12] Meester has joked: “Look, I could’ve turned out a lot worse.”[13] Meester grew up in Marco Island, Florida, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse.[14]

When she was 11 years old, Meester and her mother moved to New York City.[14] Meester attended the Professional Children’s School and also began working as a model with Wilhelmina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with then photographer (now filmmaker) Sofia Coppola.[14][15] She also booked commercials for Tamagotchi and Clearasil, and modelled for Limited Too alongside Amanda Seyfried.[16] Meester made her television acting debut as a murder victim’s friend on an episode of Law & Order.[14][15] At 14, Meester moved to Los Angeles, California, wanting more stable work, and attended Hollywood High School and Beverly Hills High School.[15][17] She then transferred to a small private school and graduated a year early.[18]

Acting career[edit]

After her television debut in 1999 playing Alyssa Turner in an episode of Law & Order, Meester appeared as a guest in two more series before landing a big role in the film Hangman’s Curse, based on the best-selling book by Frank Peretti. She then appeared in Tarzan, which ran for only eight episodes. Meester started to book guest roles in other series such as Crossing Jordan, 8 Simple Rules, 7th Heaven, Veronica Mars, 24, and Entourage.[14] In 2005, she was cast in a regular role on the series Surface (originally titled Fathom) as Savannah Bennet.[19] The following year, Meester appeared in two films, Flourish and Inside. She also guest starred in an episode of Numbers and recurred in two episodes of House as Ali Johnson, a young girl who has a crush on House.[14] She then had guest roles in CSI: Miami and Shark, and portrayed the female lead in the horror film Drive-Thru.

Meester at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Killer Movie, April 24, 2008

In 2007, Meester was cast in The CW‘s teen drama series Gossip Girl as Blair Waldorf.[14] The series is based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, and follows the lives of New York‘s privileged Upper East Side young adults. Her performance was the most critically acclaimed of the show, with Blair being cited as the series’ breakout character, and also garnering much media recognition due to her wardrobe.[20][21] Meester subsequently appeared in the television film The Haunting of Sorority Row, and had a role in the ensemble comedy-drama film Remember the Daze. She also appeared in the horror-thriller film Killer Movie in 2008. Meester starred in three films in 2010, with small roles in the comedies Date Night and Going The Distance[22] and a larger role in the drama Country Strong, also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Garrett Hedlund. The Boston Globe found the best thing about the film was Meester, writing: “She’s just doing Reese Witherspoon‘s June Carter Cash in Walk the Line with dabs of Miley Cyrus and Kellie Pickler. But it’s not an impersonation; it’s a performance with its own comedy and sweetness.”[23] USA Today was also positive towards her performance, stating: “Meester shows she can do more than play one of Gossip Girl‘s privileged Manhattan socialites.”[24]

In 2011, she played the role of Rebecca, an obsessive bipolar girl, in the thriller film The Roommate.[25] Though the film mainly received negative reviews, Meester’s portrayal was praised by critics. Entertainment Weekly found she was the only one to bring “the slightest trace of something fascinating to her role,”[26] while Los Angeles Times wrote: “[Meester’s] performance often has the feeling of a sports car in neutral. When she punches it for quick changes of tone from manic to wounded or around the bend, she shows how much more she is capable of.”[27] Meester’s next film was the teen comedy film Monte Carlo, loosely based on Jules Bass‘ young-adult book Headhunters, in which she portrayed Selena Gomez‘s sister and Katie Cassidy‘s friend.[28] Movieline noted: “As in Country Strong, Meester’s crack timing and irresistible poignancy illuminate a part that would leave other actresses simpering themselves off the screen.”[29] Her last film project of 2011 was the independent comedy-drama The Oranges, opposite Hugh Laurie and Adam Brody, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[30] Meester’s performance was again met with positive reviews, with the San Francisco Chronicle writing that she “succeeds in embodying all that is alluring and alarming about a 24-year-old woman.”[31]

Meester in May 2009 at The CW Upfront Presentation

She next starred in the comedy film That’s My Boy, alongside Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Milo Ventimiglia, which was released in June 2012.[32] The film received mainly negative reviews[33] and was nominated for eight Golden Raspberry Awards.[34] The film was also a box office failure, grossing over $57 million, failing to recoup its production budget of $70 million.[35] In August 2012, Meester appeared alongside Wilmer Valderrama and Vanessa Curry in the house music group Nomads’ music video “Addicted to Love”.[36] She was originally in talks to reprise her role as Carrie Bishop in the film adaptation of Veronica Mars,[37] but due to scheduling issues, she was eventually replaced by singer Andrea Estella of the band Twin Sister.[38]

In April 2014, her comedy film Life Partners premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the friendship between a lesbian (Meester) and a straight woman (Gillian Jacobs) who starts a new relationship.[39] She then appeared opposite Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga in the David Dobkin-directed comedy-drama film The Judge, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in October 2014.[40] Her next project was Like Sunday, Like Rain directed by Frank Whaley, where she played the girlfriend of Green Day‘s singer Billie Joe Armstrong.[41] Meester’s final film of 2014 was By the Gun, alongside Ben Barnes.[42] That same year, Meester made her Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s novel Of Mice and Men, starring opposite James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.[43]

In March 2016 she was cast in FOX‘s upcoming comedy series Making History as Deborah, a colonial woman from 1775. [44]

Other works[edit]

Music[edit]

In 2007, Meester recorded the song “Inside the Black” for the soundtrack of Drive-Thru.[45] In 2008, Meester sang with Tony Bennett in an episode Entourage.[46] In April 2009, she released the song “Birthday” featuring duo Awesome New Republic.[47] A version without her vocals was included on their Rational Geographic Vol. I album.[48][49] Later that month, Meester signed a recording contract with Universal Republic.[46] The album, produced by Polow Da Don, Harvey Mason, Jr., and Spencer Nezey, which Meester began working on in March 2009, was initially projected to be released in the fall[46][50] but was later delayed to early 2010.[51] It was again pushed back to late 2010[52] and ultimately never came out. Despite this, Meester was able to release two singles and two other songs were leaked.

Meester performing, May 11, 2011

In July 2009, “Body Control” surfaced on the internet.[53] Meester’s first official single, “Somebody to Love“, featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke, was released for airplay on October 13, 2009, and became available for digital download on October 14, 2009.[54][55] Her second single, “Your Love’s a Drug”, was digitally released on March 30, 2010.[56] Meester did a duet with DJ Clinton Sparks on “Front Cut”, which appeared on the internet in February 2011.[57][58] Lil Wayne worked with her on an unreleased song titled “Make It Rain”.[59] Jesse McCartney also wrote a song for the album.[60]

Meester provided vocals on Cobra Starship‘s song “Good Girls Go Bad“, which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100,[61] and she is also featured on Stephen Jerzak‘s song “She Said”.[62][63] She recorded a cover of the song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the compilation album A Very Special Christmas 7.[64] For her 2010 country drama film Country Strong, she recorded a cover of the song “Words I Couldn’t Say” by Rascal Flatts as well as “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans featured on the film’s soundtrack; a promotional single titled “Summer Girl”; and a duet with Garrett Hedlund titled “Give In To Me”.[65] After wrapping the film, she received a guitar from Tim McGraw and decided to learn how to play it.[66]

In October 2010, Meester said she had been working with a band called Check in the Dark and had been writing for the last six months after being inspired by Country Strong. She revealed her influences: “I love Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, that style of music, and as far as songwriting I think that’s where my heart is.”[67] On April 22, 2012, Meester announced via Twitter a five-city tour with Check in the Dark, which started on May 29 and ended on June 4, 2012.[68][69][70] Reflecting on her past pop collaborations, she said she “loved” them but that folk music was “a lot closer to [her] heart”.[71] In June 2012, Meester said she and the band had recorded all the songs for an album that served as a demo.[72]

On September 9, 2014, it was announced her debut LP Heartstrings would be released independently through her own label, Hotly Wanting, on October 28, 2014. With its style compared to ethereal singer-songwriters such as Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell, the nine-song LP was written by Meester and produced by Jeff Trott.[73][74] The music video for the eponymous title track “Heartstrings” was released on October 29, 2014.[75]

Endorsements[edit]

Meester has fronted many charities as well as advertising campaigns. In 2008, she was a spokesperson for Sunsilk‘s “Life Can’t Wait” campaign to motivate women to pursue their dreams,[76] and collaborated with Safe Horizon to raise awareness about domestic violence.[77] Early in 2009, Meester partnered with Reebok to model their new Top Down sneakers.[78] Outside of Gossip Girl, Meester has worked with co-star Ed Westwick in a Nikon Coolpix series camera advertisement, and both were the faces of the Korean clothing line ASK Enquired.[79] In 2010, Meester signed on to be the spokesperson for Herbal Essences hair products.[80] In the same year, Meester took part in Bulgari‘s humanitarian efforts for the Save the Children organization with Isabella Rossellini and Maribel Verdútaken.[81]

She next fronted another South Korean brand, this time a beauty campaign for eSpoir.[82] Vera Wang selected her to be the face of the fragrance “Lovestruck” in 2011, stating that Meester’s “beauty, talent and spirit will inspire all the young women that I hope will enjoy this passionate, new young fragrance.”[83] In 2011, Italian fashion house Missoni revealed they had chosen Meester to be part of their Spring/Summer 2011 campaign.[84] In May 2012, she became an endorser for Philippine clothing brand Penshoppe‘s campaign “All Stars”.[85] She is the face of French brand Naf Naf’s autumn and winter 2013–14 collection.[86] In October 2013, Biotherm, a French luxury skincare company, announced Meester as its new global ambassador.[87] In 2015, she appeared in advertisements for luxury fashion brand Jimmy Choo.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2011, Meester and her mother, Constance, filed lawsuits against each other regarding Meester’s financial support of her younger brother, Alexander, who has multiple health problems.[88] Meester’s suit claimed that the money she sent was used by her mother for “cosmetic procedures”, such as botox and hair extensions. Her mother’s suit made a counterclaim alleging breach of contract and physical abuse.[88] Constance claimed that a verbal contract was in place where Meester had promised $10,000 a month, instead of the $7,500 she received. Her mother also claimed that she was due a larger sum in return for “sacrificing her own happiness” when she moved Meester to Los Angeles as a child to pursue acting. When taken to court, the judge disregarded this illegitimate claim. Constance accused her daughter of calling social services on her by fabricating claims, which investigators promptly dropped after an interview with Meester. In November 2011, Constance dropped the $3 million claim for damages against her daughter. Meester claimed that she would be willing to pay for her brother’s medical expenses as well as his school tuition, but denied that she agreed to pay $10,000 every month, which she claimed was a ridiculous claim.[11] As a result, Meester obtained a default judgment on December 7, 2011.[89] In June 2012, Meester subsequently won the lawsuit, with the judge rejecting her mother’s claims from her previous counter-suit.[90]

Meester dated Gossip Girl co-star Sebastian Stan from 2008 to 2010,[91] and her Remember the Daze co-star Aaron Himelstein, in 2007 and 2012.[92]

Following Gossip Girl‘s ending in 2012, Meester moved from New York City to Los Angeles.[93] In November 2013, Meester became engaged to actor Adam Brody, whom she met while working together on the film The Oranges (2011).[94] The couple were married in a private ceremony on February 15, 2014.[95] On August 4, 2015, Meester and Brody welcomed their first child, daughter Arlo Day Brody, in Whittier, California.[96]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Jackalope Lorraine Short film
2003 Hangman’s Curse Elisha Springfield
2006 Flourish Lucy Covner
2006 Inside Josie
2007 Drive-Thru Mackenzie Carpenter
2007 Remember the Daze Tori
2008 Killer Movie Jaynie Hansen
2010 Date Night Katy
2010 Going the Distance Amy
2010 Country Strong Chiles Stanton
2011 The Roommate Rebecca Evans
2011 Monte Carlo Mary Margaret Kelly
2011 The Oranges Nina Ostroff
2012 That’s My Boy Jamie Martin
2014 Life Partners Sasha
2014 The Judge Carla Powell
2014 Like Sunday, Like Rain Eleanor
2014 By the Gun Ali Matazano
2015 Unity Narrator (voice) Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Alyssa Turner Episode: “Disciple”
2001 Boston Public Sarah Breen Episode: “Chapter Twenty-Eight”
2002 Once and Again Amanda Episode: “Gardenia”
2002 Family Affair Irene Episode: “No Small Parts”
2003 Tarzan Nicki Porter 5 episodes
2004 Crossing Jordan Marie Strand Episode: “Missing Pieces”
2004 7th Heaven Kendall 2 episodes
2004 North Shore Veronica Farrell Episode: “Pilot”
2004–08 Entourage Justine Chapin 3 episodes
2005 24 Debbie Pendleton 4 episodes
2005 Veronica Mars Carrie Bishop 2 episodes
2005 8 Simple Rules Nikki Alcott Episode: “The After Party
2005–06 Surface Savannah Barnett 12 episodes
2006 Monster Allergy Poppy (voice) Episode: “#1.1”
2006 Numbers Karen Camden Episode: “Dark Matter”
2006 House Ali Johnson 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Heather Crowley Episode: “Broken Home”
2007 Shark Megan 3 episodes
2007–12 Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf 121 episodes
2007 The Haunting of Sorority Row Samantha Willows Television film
2015 Any Tom, Dick, or Harry Barbara Television film
2017 Making History Deborah Revere

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife Longacre Theatre

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US
[97]
US
Heat.

[98]
Heartstrings 139 1

Singles[edit]

As lead artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[99]
US
Heat.

[100]
US
Country
Digital

[101]
CAN
[102]
Somebody to Love
(featuring Robin Thicke)
2009 [A] 13 Non-album singles
“Your Love’s a Drug” 2011 [B] 14
“Give In to Me”
(with Garrett Hedlund)
79 7 94 Country Strong
“Heartstrings” 2014 Heartstrings
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
As featured artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[61]
AUS
[104]
AUT
[105]
BEL
[106]
CAN
[107]
FIN
[108]
NL
[109]
NZ
[110]
UK
[111]
Good Girls Go Bad
(Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester)
2009 7 5 37 4 7 13 19 2 17 Hot Mess
“She Said”
(Stephen Jerzak featuring Leighton Meester)
2010 Miles and Miles
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
Promotional singles
Title Year Album
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)[116] 2009 A Very Special Christmas 7
Other charted songs
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[117]
US
Heat.

[100]
US
Country
Digital

[101]
“Summer Girl” 2011 15 17 Country Strong
“Words I Couldn’t Say” 25 24
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
“Inside the Black” 2007 N/A Drive-Thru
“Birthday” 2009 Awesome New Republic Rational Geographic Vol. I
“A Little Bit Stronger” 2010 N/A Country Strong
“The Stand In” 2012 Check in the Dark The Game

Tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Notes
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama Gossip Girl Nominated [118]
Choice TV Breakout Star Female Nominated
2009 Choice TV Actress Drama Won [119]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video Good Girls Go Bad” (with Cobra Starship) Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama Gossip Girl Won [120]
Hollywood Film Awards Spotlight Award Country Strong Won
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain The Roommate Nominated [121]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress Drama Country Strong Nominated [122]
Choice Movie Villain The Roommate Nominated
2012 Choice TV Actress: Drama Gossip Girl Nominated [123]
Choice Summer Movie Star Female That’s My Boy Nominated [124]
2013 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Couple Nominated
Worst Screen Ensemble Nominated
2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actress in a Play Of Mice and Men Nominated [125

Renée Zellweger

 

Renée Zellweger

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Renée Zellweger
Zellweger at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2010
Born Renée Kathleen Zellweger
(1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 47)
Katy, Texas, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin (B.A.)
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Kenny Chesney
(2005; annulled)
Awards See list of awards and nominations

Renée Kathleen Zellweger (/rəˈn ˈzɛl.wɛ.ɡər/; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was named Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year in 2009;[2] and established herself as one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses as of 2007.[3]

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 comedy-drama sports film Jerry Maguire (1996) and for Nurse Betty (2000), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She subsequently received two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performances in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), and in the musical Chicago (2002), winning the two latter for Chicago.

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the epic war drama Cold Mountain (2003). She reprised her title role in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), which earned her her fifth Golden Globe Award nomination. She then starred in Cinderella Man (2005), where her part was applauded by critics, and later played author Beatrix Potter in the biopic Miss Potter (2006), which earned the actress her sixth Golden Globe Award nomination.[4] 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) led to a 5-year hiatus from acting work. Zellweger will return to the screen in the thriller The Whole Truth (2016), the third Bridget Jones movie, Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) and the drama Same Kind of Different as Me (2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas.[5] She is of Swiss, Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Sami ancestry.[6] Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is from Au, a small town in the canton of St. Gallen,[7] Switzerland, and was a mechanical and electrical engineer who worked in the oil refining business.[8] Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (née Andreassen),[8] is a native of Norway.[9] Kjellfrid grew up in Kirkenes and Ekkerøy,[10] and was a nurse and midwife who moved to the United States to work as a governess for a Norwegian family in Texas.[11][12][13] Zellweger has described herself as being raised in a family of “lazy Catholics and Episcopalians“.[13]

While in junior high school, Zellweger participated in several sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and football.[13] She attended Katy High School, where she was a cheerleader, gymnast, speech team member,[14] and drama club member. In 1986 her academic paper, “The Karankawas and Their Roots,” won third place in the first ever Houston Post High School Natural Science Essay Contest.[15] After high school, she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 1991.[16] While at university, Zellweger took a drama course as an elective, which initially sparked her interest in acting.[11]

In her junior year, Zellweger’s father lost his job and was unable to support her at college, so she took a job as a cocktail waitress in Austin.[11][17] “I learned a lot,” said Zellweger of the job. “As much as I did in my classes that that club paid for… I learned not to judge people, [and] that things are not black and white.”[11] Zellweger began getting small parts acting, and earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing a Coors Light beer commercial.[18] Also while in college, she did “a bit part … as a local hire” in the Austin-filmed horrorcomedy My Boyfriend’s Back, playing “the girl in the beauty shop, maybe two lines. But the beauty shop [scene] got cut.”[18] Her first job after graduation was working in a beef commercial, while simultaneously auditioning for roles around Houston.[11]

Career[edit]

1992–95: Early acting work[edit]

While still in Texas, Zellweger appeared in several indie and low budget films. One was A Taste for Killing (1992),[16] followed by a role in the ABC miniseries Murder in the Heartland (1993).[16] The following year, she appeared in Reality Bites (1994),[19] the directorial debut of Ben Stiller,[20] and in the biographical film 8 Seconds, directed by John G. Avildsen.[21] Zellweger’s first main role in a movie came with the 1994 horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, alongside Matthew McConaughey. 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.[11] The movie opened in a limited theatrical release, to generally negative reviews.[22] However, Zellweger’s portrayal had a better reception among writers; Janet Maslin of The New York Times, praised her and co-star McConaughey, stating it was clear that the two actors “were going places”. She also remarked that both leads “do show signs of what would soon make them famous. Ms. 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”.[23] Joe Leydon for Variety magazine also lauded Zellweger, calling her “the most formidable scream queen since Jamie Lee Curtis went legit”.[24]

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.[25] Marc Savlov of Austin Chronicle applauded the main cast saying they were “all excellent in their roles” and noted that “Zellweger’s character – all squeals and caged sexuality – seems a bit too close to Juliette Lewis‘ Mallory Knox (of Natural Born Killers) to be as fresh as it should be”.[26] The part earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles, and appeared as a supporting role in the coming-of-age drama Empire Records (1995).[11] The movie had a negative critical reception but Zellweger was considered a stand out among the cast members; website Rotten Tomatoes‘ consensus was: “Despite a terrific soundtrack and a strong early performance from Renee Zellweger, Empire Records is mostly a silly and predictable teen dramedy.”[27]

1996–2000: Jerry Maguire and breakthrough[edit]

Zellweger became widely known to audiences around the world with Jerry Maguire (1996), in which she played the romantic interest of Jerry, Tom Cruise‘ character. The film, receiving critical and popular acclaim, marked the actress’ big break on screen.[28] It was Cruise who chose her to play his love interest and later credited her with “revealing the core humanity of the movie”.[29] Montreal Film Journal found her performance “fantastic”, adding that she was “good looking, funny and moving, too”.[30] Roger Ebert, showing approval of Zellweger and Cruise’s chemistry in the picture, wrote: “The film is often a delight, especially when Cruise and Zellweger are together on the screen. He plays Maguire with the earnestness of a man who wants to find greatness and happiness in an occupation where only success really counts. She plays a woman who believes in this guy she loves, and reminds us that true love is about idealism”.[31] She was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.[11]

She starred in 1998’s religious drama A Price Above Rubies, where she played Sonia Horowitz, a young woman who finds it difficult to conform to the restrictions imposed on her by the community.[32] Opening at limited release,[33] the picture gained mixed reviews,[34] with Zellweger being applauded by some critics such as Ebert, who once again impressed by her, stated she gave a “ferociously strong performance”.[35] During an interview, Zellweger was reportedly asked the question of why an actress would “bother” working in a “small” film after the blockbuster success of Jerry McGuire, to which she responded that “she loved the idea of showing the public a more personal aspect of life” through roles like the one she played in the movie, according to entertainment website Pajiba.[36]

The same year, Zellweger portrayed the character of Ellen in One True Thing opposite William Hurt and Meryl Streep. The movie tells the story of a woman (played by Renée) who is forced to put her life on hold in order to care for her mother who is dying of cancer. Although it was not a box office success, the picture gained an extremely positive critical reaction with Renée being once again acclaimed for her part;[37] Robin Clifford, for Reeling Reviews noted that she gives “a solid, almost dour, performance as a serious young woman who grew up idolizing her father and denigrating Kate and her housewifely ways. Ellen undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis as she takes on the burden of helping her steadily declining mom over the months spanning the holidays”.[38] On a similar note, Variety magazine’s Todd McCarthy stated about Zellweger: “Projecting gravity and impatience that she hasn’t shown before, Zellweger is outstanding as the smart young woman who resents the interruption to her life’s momentum but ends up growing in ways she never would have expected”.[39] For her work in both A Price Above Rubies and One True Thing, she tied with Central Stations Fernanda Montenegro as runners-up for the Best Actress prize at the 64th New York Film Critics Circle Awards,[40][41] but they lost to Cameron Diaz for There’s Something About Mary.[42][43]

She played the lead in The Bachelor (1999), a romantic comedy in which Chris O’Donnell co-starred. The movie received mainly negative reviews and grossed $36 million, well below its budget $51 million.[44][45] Zellweger next appeared as Irene Waters in the Farrelly brothers comedy Me, Myself and Irene, which was theatrically released in 2000.[46] Co-starring Jim Carrey, the movie is about a Rhode Island state trooper with split-personality disorder named Charlie, played by Carrey, who is assigned to escort Irene from Rhode Island to Massena, New York, to face what she believes is a false hit-and-run accusation set up by her mob-connected ex-boyfriend. The film was a success commercially, premiering at number one at the box office charts on its opening weekend.[47] It went on to gross $149,270,999 worldwide.[48]

Her work in Me, Myself and Irene was followed by her role of Betty Sizemore in Neil LaBute‘s Nurse Betty , a dark comedy co-starring Morgan Freeman,[11] in which she played a Kansas waitress who suffers a nervous breakdown after witnessing her husband’s murder, and starts obsessively pursuing her favorite soap actor. Renée garnered unanimously positive comments from film reviewers.[49] Urban Cinefile’s Richard Kuipers asserted: “Renée Zellweger’s ability to make us believe in what she’s doing on screen is the big plus of this uneven entry. Fresh from winning our hearts in Bridget Jones’s Diary (although this was made well before it), Zellweger gives this comedy-drama a strong emotional centre that smooths over clumsy side-detail and an uncertain tone”.[50] The San Francisco Chronicle called the actress “skillful” and concluded that she, as “a performer who emanates kindness and a pure heart”, is “worth celebrating”.[51] She won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but she was in the bathroom when future co-star Hugh Grant announced her name.[11] Zellweger later protested: “I had lipstick on my teeth!”.[52]

2001–07: Critical achievements[edit]

In 2001, Zellweger gained the prized lead role as Bridget Jones, playing alongside Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, in the British romantic comedy film Bridget Jones’s Diary, based on the 1996 novel Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. The choice came amid much controversy since she was neither British nor overweight.[11] During casting, Zellweger was told she was too skinny to play the chubby Bridget, so she quickly embarked on gaining the required weight (20 pounds) and learning an English accent.[53] Besides receiving voice coaching to fine-tune her English accent, part of Zellweger’s preparations involved spending three weeks working undercover in a “work experience placement” for British publishing firm Picador in Victoria, London.[11][54] Her performance as Bridget received praise from critics with Stephen Holden of The New York Times commenting, “Ms. Zellweger accomplishes the small miracle of making Bridget both entirely endearing and utterly real.”[53] This role won her first Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nomination and her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nominations.[11] The movie was also an international hit, earning $281 million worldwide.[55]

She starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander, which first premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and was later theatrically released in October that year. Along with Pfeiffer and Alison Lohman, Zellweger garnered a significant amount of critical acclaim; while The New York Times praised the cast, Entertainment Weekly pointed out the actress for summoning “such lovely, tremulous warmth” as her character.[56][57] For her role, she received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Drama.[58] The same year, she appeared as Roxie Hart in the critically acclaimed musical film Chicago, directed by Rob Marshall, co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and John C. Reilly. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Zellweger received positive reviews. The San Francisco Chronicles website SFGate commented, “Zellweger is a joy to watch, with marvelous comic timing and, in her stage numbers, a commanding presence.”[59] The Washington Post noted that even though Zellweger couldn’t dance well in real life, the audience “wouldn’t know it from this movie, in which she dances up a storm.”[60] She earned her second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, winning her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

She was cast in Anthony Minghella‘s war drama Cold Mountain, appearing, opposite Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, as Ruby Thewes, a woman who helps Kidman’s character work on her farm after her father’s presumed death. The film garnered several award nominations and wins for its actors; Zellweger won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the 76th Academy Awards, the 61st Golden Globe Awards, the 10th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the 57th British Academy Film Awards.[61][62][63][64][65] She then provided her voice for the DreamWorks animated feature Shark Tale which, despite mixed reviews, made $367 million worldwide against its $75 million budget.[66][67] Renée reprised her title role in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), that was also a box office success, grossing more than $262 million around the globe.[68] Zellweger received her fourth Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination for her part in the picture.[69] She subsequently was cast in 2005’s Ron Howard film Cinderella Man opposite Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti. The movie opened to generally positive reviews but was not a commercial success.[70][71] As for the film, critical reception towards Zellweger was mostly favorable; While Empire magazine felt she did a “good work” in her “tricky supporting role”, David Ansen wrote for Newsweek that the actress “has an uncanny ability to make us swallow even the most movie-ish moments”.[72][73] On May 24, 2005, Zellweger received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[74][75]

Zellweger at the world premiere of Miss Potter in London on December 3, 2006

She played the lead in the biopic drama Miss Potter. Emily Watson and Ewan McGregor co-starred in the movie, which was based on the life story of acclaimed author Beatrix Potter. Zellweger also served as an executive producer as she was dis-satisfied with the script and wanted to get more involved in the production.[76] Miss Potter had its world premiere in December 2006, garnering a positive feedback among critics; William Arnold, of Seattle Post-Intelligencer concluded that Renée “strikes just the right chord of inspiration, eccentricity and uncompromising artistic drive”,[77] and Houston Chronicle critic Bruce Westbrook found Zellweger’s work “quietly passionate”, adding that the actress played a “warm and winning performance” that utlimately made Potter “an unlikely champion of female empowerment”.[78] For this portrayal, she earned her sixth nomination for the Golden Globe Award (and her fifth one in the category of Best Actress – Musical or Comedy).[4] The following year, she landed her voice in the animated family comedy Bee Movie and was awarded the Women in Film Crystal award.[79]

2008–14: Career slowdown and hiatus[edit]

Zellweger appeared alongside George Clooney in his directorial venture Leatherheads (2008), a period comedy about the early years of professional American football. The film received largely mixed reviews and was considered a box office disappointment, with $41,299,492 grossed worldwide on a production budget of $51 million.[80][81] MTV.com praised the actress for “displaying an unexpected gift for drawling sarcasm” and stated she “shared a convincing romantic chemistry with co-star Clooney”.[82] However, Kevin Williamson for website Jam! criticized her role, remarking that she, “as the kind of lippy heroine epitomized by Rosalind Russell, is miscast in a role that demands snark, not sleepy-eyed sweetness”.[83] Later that year, Appaloosa – another project starring Zellweger – was released. She appeared with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in the movie. It opened in limited release, to critical acclaim but moderate earnings at the box office.[84][85][86] Zellweger produced the made-for-television feature Living Proof, starring Harry Connick Jr., about the true story of Dr. Denny Slamon. It was co-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and premiered in October 2008 on Lifetime Television.[87]

Zellweger’s first film of 2009 was New in Town, a comedy where she played a Miami high-powered consultant adjusting to her new life in a small Minnesota town. It was released on January 30, to mostly poor reviews. Sky Movies writer Ellion Noble felt Renée displayed an “infectious lack of enthusiasm, convincing only in capturing the look of someone who wishes they would rather be anywhere else”. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian was also critical of Zellweger, stating that her “rabbity, dimply pout – surely the strangest facial expression in Hollywood – simpers and twitches out of the screen in this moderate girly flick that adheres with almost religious fanaticism to the feelgood romcom handbook.”[88] Besides the negative reception, New in Town made little interest commercially on its opening weekend, debuting at eighth place at the box office charts to an estimated $6.75 million. It went on to become a modest success with a total gross of $29,010,817, given its budget of $8 million.[89] Following her appearance in the movie, she provided her voice for a supporting character in DreamWorks’ computer-animated 3-D feature film Monsters vs. Aliens, released in March the same year.[90]

She was cast to star as George Hamilton’s mother, opposite Chris Noth and Kevin Bacon in My One and Only,[91] a comedy loosely based on Hamilton’s early life on the road with his mother and brother. The movie was acclaimed by critics, with Zellweger gaining an equally positive response;[92] Bill Gray, of Entertainment Weekly felt she played her part “to her strengths”,[93] and reviewer Mick LaSalle found her performance to be a “standout”.[94] Roger Ebert, describing her work, wrote: “This is essentially Renee Zellweger’s picture, and she glows in it. We’ve seen the type before, but she’s able, beneath Ann’s pluck, to suggest her sadness, and the love she has for her boys”.[95] The film received a release in selected theaters on August 21, 2009.[96]

Zellweger at the opening of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2010

Her next film was the horror thriller Case 39, that due to a lengthy post-production, was not released in the United States until 2010, four years after she filmed it.[97] Nevertheless, it was first premiered in several countries throughout Europe in 2009.[98] The feature was critically panned and a failure at the box office.[99][100] She then played a former singer suffering from paralysis in the road drama My Own Love Song. It was screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival,[101] and instead of receiving a theatrical release, it went directly-to-video in the U.S.[102][103] Although critical response for the picture was mixed or average, Zellweger got positive notes from some critics, with Anne Campbell stating in her verdict for Film Gate Reviews that Renée was “perfect in the role”.[104] Reel Film Reviews also found her performance “impressively commanding”.[105] After her work in this feature, she took a five-year hiatus from screen acting;[102] which ended with her role in the indie film The Whole Truth, for which production started in July 2014.[106] In 2013, Zellweger co-created and executive produced Cinnamon Girl, an original drama series set in the Hollywood movie and music scenes of the late ’60s/early ’70s, but the Lifetime network passed on the pilot.[107][108]

2015–present: Acting comeback and upcoming projects[edit]

Zellweger starred in the drama thriller film The Whole Truth, directed by Courtney Hunt and co-starring Keanu Reeves.[109][110][111][112] This film marked Zellweger’s career comeback and first acting work since last appearing in 2010’s My Own Love Song.[113] Principal photography for the movie began on July 7, 2014 in New Orleans. It was released in late 2015.[114][115] She was also cast to appear as Deborah in Same Kind of Different as Me, a film adaptation of the novel by the same name. It told the story of an art dealer who befriended a homeless man in order to save his struggling relationship with his wife.[116] Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt and Jon Voight also appeared in the project, which was released on April 29, 2016, by Paramount Pictures.[117] Zellweger is also set to start production on Bridget Jones’s Baby, a sequel to 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and costarring Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.

Public image[edit]

Zellweger appeared on the covers and photo sessions of several magazines throughout her career; she graced the September 1997 cover of Vanity Fair,[citation needed] and in subsequent years the list has grown to include Vogue, Detour, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar.[118] Zellweger often attracts attention for her style on awards shows and red carpet events,[119][120] specifically for her frequent use of dresses designed by Carolina Herrera,[121][122][123][124] a close friend that has worked with the actress for over 15 years after they met at a Costume Institute gala.[125] She also is a frequent guest star at New York Fashion Week, among other fashion events.[126][127][128]

In April 1997, Vanity Fair named her part of “Hollywood’s Next Wave of Stars”.[129] She was placed on E!‘s “Top 20 Entertainers of 2001” list and was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 2003.[130] She also ranked number 72 in the “Top 100 Celebrities” list made by Forbes in 2006,[131] and the following year, she was placed at 20 among “the 20 richest women in entertainment”, by the magazine.[132]

After Zellweger’s appearance at the 21st-annual Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Awards in October 2014, there was media and social commentary that she is hardly physically recognizable, which resulted in speculation that she had undertaken substantial cosmetic surgery.[133][134] Zellweger responded, “Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.”[135]

Personal life[edit]

Zellweger in February 2009

Relationships[edit]

From 1999 to 2000, Zellweger was engaged to Jim Carrey.[136] In 2003, she had a brief relationship with musician Jack White.[137] On May 9, 2005, Zellweger married singer Kenny Chesney,[138] However, four months later the couple obtained an annulment. In the annulment papers Zellweger cited “fraud” as the reason.[139] Under media scrutiny she explained that the word “fraud” was simply “legal language” and “not a reflection of Kenny’s character.”[139] In 2009, she started dating Bradley Cooper, after having met on the set of Case 39 in 2006.[140] They separated in 2011.[141][142] Since 2012 she has been in a relationship with blues musician Doyle Bramhall II.[143][144]

Activism and charity work[edit]

Zellweger took part in the 2005 HIV prevention campaign of the Swiss federal health department.[145]

Zellweger is one of the patrons for gender equality foundation The GREAT Initiative; in 2011 she visited Liberia with the charity.[146][147] In April 2011, she collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger to design a handbag to raise money and awareness for the Breast Health Institute.[148] “Because of the experiences of close friends and family members who have had to endure and battle the challenges of breast cancer, I am a passionate supporter of breast health education and charitable causes”, Zellweger stated about joining the campaign.[149]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2004, Zellweger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Cold Mountain.[150]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dazed and Confused Girl in blue pickup truck Uncredited
My Boyfriend’s Back N/A Scenes cut
1994 Reality Bites Tami
8 Seconds Prescott Buckle Bunny Cameo
Love and a .45 Starlene Cheatham
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Jenny
1995 Empire Records Gina
Low Life, TheThe Low Life Poet
1996 Whole Wide World, TheThe Whole Wide World Novalyne Price
Jerry Maguire Dorothy Boyd
1997 Deceiver Elizabeth
1998 Price Above Rubies, AA Price Above Rubies Sonia Horowitz
One True Thing Ellen Gulden
1999 Bachelor, TheThe Bachelor Anne Arden
2000 Nurse Betty Betty Sizemore
Me, Myself & Irene Irene P. Waters
2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary Bridget Jones
2002 White Oleander Claire Richards
Chicago Roxie Hart
2003 Down with Love Barbara Novak
Cold Mountain Ruby Thewes
2004 Shark Tale Angie (voice)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Bridget Jones
2005 Cinderella Man Mae Braddock
2006 Miss Potter Beatrix Potter Also executive producer
2007 Bee Movie Vanessa Bloome (voice)
2008 Leatherheads Lexi Littleton
Appaloosa Allie French
2009 New in Town Lucy Hill
Monsters vs. Aliens Katie (voice)
My One and Only Anne Deveraux
Case 39 Emily Jenkins
2010 My Own Love Song Jane
2016 The Whole Truth Loretta
Bridget Jones’s Baby Bridget Jones Post-production
2017 Same Kind of Different as Me Deborah Hall Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Taste for Killing, AA Taste for Killing Mary Lou Television film
1993 Murder in the Heartland Barbara Von Busch Miniseries
Uncredited
1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! Susan Doyle Television film
2001 King of the Hill Tammy Duvall (voice) Episode: “Ho, Yeah!”
2008 Living Proof N/A Executive producer

Connie Britton

 

Connie Britton

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Connie Britton
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Born Constance Elaine Womack
(1967-03-06) March 6, 1967 (age 49)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Nashville, Tennessee
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Beijing Normal University
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) John Britton (m. 1991; div. 1995)
Children 1 (adopted)

Constance Elaine “Connie” Britton (née Womack; born March 6, 1967)[2] is an American actress, singer and producer.

Britton made her feature film debut in the independent comedy-drama film The Brothers McMullen (1995), and the following year, she was cast as Nikki Faber on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000). She later starred in the short-lived sitcoms The Fighting Fitzgeralds (2001) and Lost at Home (2003), and appeared in several films, most notably the sports drama film Friday Night Lights (2004) and the thriller film The Last Winter (2006).

Britton received positive reviews from critics for her performance as Tami Taylor on the NBC/DirecTV drama series Friday Night Lights (2006–2011). For this role she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[3] In 2011, she starred as Vivien Harmon in the first season of FX horror-drama series American Horror Story, for which she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.[4]

Britton plays the leading role of country singer Rayna Jaymes in the CMT musical drama series Nashville (2012–present), for which she was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2012.[5] In 2014, Britton was named UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.[6] Britton next starred in the comedy-drama film This Is Where I Leave You (2014), the drama film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) and the action comedy American Ultra (2015). In 2016, Britton portrayed socialite Faye Resnick in the first season of FX true crime anthology series American Crime Story.

Early life[edit]

Britton was born Constance Elaine Womack in Boston, Massachusetts, to Linda Jane (née Cochran) and Edgar Allen Womack, Jr., who was a physicist and an energy company executive.[7][8][9][10] She spent her early years in Rockville, Maryland.[8] When she was seven years old, she moved with her parents and her fraternal twin sister Cynthia[11] to Lynchburg, Virginia, where she attended E.C. Glass High School. She majored in Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese at Dartmouth College and studied at the Beijing Normal University[8] in Beijing during her freshman summer with Kirsten Gillibrand, now a U.S. Senator from New York.[12][13] After graduating in 1989, she moved to New York City, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre studying with Sanford Meisner.

Career[edit]

1995–2005[edit]

While studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Britton (then Womack) made her New York theatrical debut in Caroline Kava‘s The Early Girl at The Courtyard Playhouse.[3] Britton played seasoned prostitute Laurel opposite Cooper Lawrence, who played Joan. Britton’s performance, while well received, nearly got her ousted from the Neighborhood Playhouse program, which prohibited students from taking professional employment during their course of study. After graduating, Britton spent two more years working in off-Broadway theatre productions. In 1995, Britton made her feature film debut in Edward Burns‘ critically acclaimed comedy-drama The Brothers McMullen.[14] She moved to Los Angeles after the film’s success.[3]

After The Brothers McMullen, Britton was cast in a recurring role in the ABC sitcom Ellen, and starred in the unsold Fox pilot Pins and Needles. In 1996, she began co-starring as Nikki Faber in the ABC sitcom Spin City opposite Michael J. Fox.[3] Her character was written out of the show when Charlie Sheen replaced Fox. She also appeared in the romantic comedy-drama No Looking Back (1998) and the mystery comedy-drama Looking for Kitty (2004), both directed by Edward Burns. In 2001, she co-starred opposite Chris Eigeman and Jamie Harris in the romantic comedy The Next Big Thing. She later co-starred in the independent films The Life Coach, Special Ed, The Lather Effect and The Last Winter.

After leaving Spin City, Britton had a recurring role in the ABC crime drama The Fugitive. In 2001, she played Shirley Temple‘s bad mother in the ABC television film Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, based on Temple’s 1988 autobiography.[15] In the same year, she starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom The Fighting Fitzgeralds.[16] In 2001, Britton also had a recurring role on the NBC political drama The West Wing in the third season, appearing in the two-part premiere titled “Manchester” and the sixth episode titled “Gone Quiet” as Connie Tate, a member of Bruno Gianelli’s team. In 2002, she returned to ABC and starred in the short-lived sitcom Lost at Home. In 2006, she had a recurring role on the Fox espionage thriller 24 during the fifth season as Diane Huxley, the landlady and girlfriend of protagonist Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland).

2006–2011[edit]

Britton and Kyle Chandler in 2008

Britton co-starred opposite Kyle Chandler in the critically acclaimed NBC drama series Friday Night Lights as Tami Taylor, the wife of a head football coach Eric Taylor (Chandler), who becomes a high school guidance counselor.[17] The show ran for five seasons from October 3, 2006 to February 9, 2011. During that time, Britton developed a devoted following for her performance – described by The New York Times as “something of an icon, a 40-something sex symbol and role model.”[17] She was first cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the film version of the series, Friday Night Lights (2004).[18] For her role in the show she was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2010 and 2011, for TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama in 2007 and 2008, and was awarded Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2010.

Britton co-starred opposite Carla Gugino and her Friday Night Lights co-star Adrianne Palicki in the 2009 comedy film Women in Trouble, and co-starred opposite Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner and Rooney Mara in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street as Dr. Gwendoline “Gwen” Holbrook.[19] She co-starred opposite Pamela Adlon in the 2011 romantic comedy Conception.[20] She was also featured on This American Lifes 429th episode, “Will They Know Me at Home?”, in which she performed monologues from David Finkel‘s nonfiction book The Good Soldiers.[21]

In 2011, Britton starred in the first season in the FX horror drama American Horror Story. She played Vivien Harmon, a woman who recently relocated with her family to California after a series of tragic marital and family issues.[22] Unfortunately for The Harmons, the new house they purchase quickly reveals itself to be haunted. For this role she was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012. Britton had stated when she wrapped American Horror Story she would be taking a couple of months off to be with her new adopted son, but that she would then begin to re-focus on developing her FX drama collaboration with David O. Russell, but the project went into “development hell“.[23]

Britton at the premiere of This Is Where I Leave You in September 2014

2012–present[edit]

On March 6, 2012, Britton signed on to star in and produce the ABC musical drama series, Nashville created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri. The series ran on ABC for four seasons from October 10, 2012 to May 25, 2016. She plays Rayna Jaymes, a renowned 40-year-old country music singer whose stardom is beginning to fade.[24][25][26] Britton’s performance received critical praise,[27][28][29] and she was nominated for a fourth time for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for the first time for this role.[5][17] Britton, for her part, has said that the most nerve-wracking part of her role, at least in the beginning, has been the singing the role requires of her. The show was cancelled in May 2016 by ABC.[30] However, in June 2016, CMT picked up the series for a fifth season.[31]

In 2012, Britton co-starred opposite Edward Burns in the comedy-drama film The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.[32] The film was met with positive reviews from critics.[33] That same year, she had co-starred in the comedy-drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.[34] She played the mother of Aubrey Plaza‘s Brandy Klark in the comedy The To Do List.[35] Britton returned to Austin, Texas, where Friday Night Lights was filmed, to co-star opposite Harry Connick, Jr. and fellow actors and musicians Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson in the Christmas family drama Angels Sing that was released by Lionsgate.

Britton co-starred opposite Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda as a cougar therapist in the 2014 comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, based on Jonathan Tropper‘s 2009 best-selling novel.[36] In 2015, she co-starred opposite Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke in the comedy-drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and based on Jesse Andrews‘‍ 2012 novel of the same name, a wry coming-of-age story about Greg (Mann), a teenage oddball forced to befriend Rachel (Cooke), a classmate with cancer. She played Greg’s mother.[37] She co-starred in the 2015 action comedy American Ultra opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart; Sharon Stone had originally been cast in her part.[38][39][40] Also that year, Britton reunited with American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy in his miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Faye Resnick.[41][42][43]

In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Britton and others told the stories of the people killed there.[44][45]

Personal life[edit]

Britton in 2012

Britton uses her married name as her stage name. She met investment banker John Britton at Alpha Delta House at Dartmouth College. They moved to Manhattan together in 1989, married in 1991 and divorced in 1995.[46]

In 1993, Britton joined the New York Junior League and was a member of the 1993 provisional class of volunteers where she listed her occupation as “Actress”.

In November 2011, Britton adopted a son, Eyob “Yoby” Britton, from Ethiopia.[47]

Britton studied Chinese in college, living in Beijing with Kirsten Gillibrand, now a US Senator.[48][49] In a 2012 interview on NPR she said of the experience: “I always wanted to be an actor. But when I went to college, I had to fulfill a language requirement and so I thought it would be really cool to do it speaking Chinese. My Chinese these days is real, real shaky. Let’s put it this way: These days, my singing is better than my Chinese.”[50]

Britton moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2012 when she signed to star in the ABC musical drama Nashville.[17]

On April 2, 2014, Britton became the 10th Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme, the anti-poverty agency of the UN. She joins celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Maria Sharapova, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo in this role. She will focus her advocacy efforts on eradicating extreme poverty, fighting exclusion and empowering women.[6][51][52][53]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Brothers McMullen Molly McMullen
1998 No Looking Back Kelly
2001 One Eyed King Helen Riley
2001 Next Big Thing, TheThe Next Big Thing Kate Crowley
2004 Looking for Kitty Marcie Petracelli
2004 Friday Night Lights Sharon Gaines
2005 Special Ed Abi
2005 Life Coach, TheThe Life Coach Connie
2006 Lather Effect, TheThe Lather Effect Valinda
2006 The Last Winter Abby Sellers
2009 Women in Trouble Doris
2010 Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm Street Dr. Gwendoline Holbrook
2011 Conception Gloria
2012 Wing It Parenthood Sharon Shoshonnesy Short film
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Diane
2012 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Nora
2013 Angels Sing Susan Walker
2013 The To Do List Jean Klark
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Tracy Sullivan
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Greg’s Mom
2015 American Ultra Victoria Lasseter

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995–96 Ellen Heather 3 episodes
1995 Pins and Needles Cammie Barbash Unsold TV pilot
1998 Cupid Madeleine Episode: “Pilot”
1996 Escape Clause Leslie Bullard Television film
1996–2000 Spin City Nikki Faber Series regular, 100 episodes
2000–01 The Fugitive Maggie Kimble Hume 3 episodes
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds Sophie Series regular, 10 episodes
2001 The West Wing Connie Tate 4 episodes
2001 Child Star: The Story of Shirley Temple Gertrude Temple Television film
2003 Lost at Home Rachel Davis Series regular, 6 episodes
2005 Life as We Know It Dianne Episode: “Papa Wheelie”
2006 24 Diane Huxley 6 episodes
2006–11 Friday Night Lights Tami Taylor Series regular, 76 episodes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Vivien Harmon Series regular, 12 episodes
2012–present Nashville Rayna Jaymes Series regular, 86 episodes, also co-executive producer
2013 Drunk History Patricia Shaheen Episode: “Boston”
2016 American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson Faye Resnick 2 episodes

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions[54]
UK Compilations US US Country US
Soundtracks
The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
  • Released: December 11, 2012 (USA)
  • Released: February 25, 2013 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
5[55] 14 3 1
The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
  • Released: May 7, 2013 (USA)[56]
  • Released: May 20, 2013 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
9[57] 13 5 2
The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection
The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1
  • Released: December 10, 2013 (USA)
  • Released: February 17, 2014 (UK)
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
34 7 4
The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2 13 4 2
Christmas With Nashville 59 8 10
The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1 75 10 6

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[59]
US
[60]
2012 “No One Will Ever Love You” (with Charles Esten)A 36 117 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
“Wrong Song” (with Hayden Panettiere) 39
2013 “Stronger Than Me” 42 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
“The Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts” 48 N/A
2014 “He Ain’t Gonna Change” (with Hayden Panettiere) 50
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
Gotham Awards 2007 Best Ensemble Cast The Last Winter Nominated
2008 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards 2010 Best Actress – Television Series Drama Friday Night Lights Won
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards 2011 Best Actress – Television Series Drama Friday Night Lights Nominated
1st Critics’ Choice Television Awards Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actress Friday Night Lights Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV Actress Friday Night Lights Nominated
63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated
Texas Film Hall of Fame Star of Hall of Fame Won[61]
2012 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie American Horror Story Nominated
Satellite Awards 2012 Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nashville Nominated
Satellite Awards 2012 Best Television Series – Drama Nashville (as producer) Nominated
2013 70th Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nashville Nominated
TV Guide Award Favorite Actress Nashville Nominated
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nashville Nominated
New York Women in Film & Television Award Muse Award Won[62]

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Erin Cardillo

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Biography[edit]

Cardillo began her acting career while at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. She then attended Northwestern University from which she graduated magna cum laude in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in performance studies. It was there that she began to explore writing and adaptation, as well as acting. She spent her junior year abroad in London, through Marymount College, where she cultivated her great love of Shakespeare. Her most recent[when?] role was as a recurring star in the Disney Channel spin-off The Suite Life on Deck as Emma Tutweiller. She has also appeared in an Arby’s commercial with her co-star from The Suite Life on Deck, Windell D. Middlebrooks.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 In the Mix Rachelle
2007 The Box Tatiana
2008 The Hottie and the Nottie Yoga Teacher
2010 The Truth Dana Davenport
2010 Sex Tax: Based on a True Story Nicki Daniels
2011 The Last Resort Ms. Morehead TV Movie
2011 Son of Morning Jennifer
2012 RockBarnes: The Emperor in You Sasha
2014 Dance-Off Randi
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Madigan Men Nicole “Three Guys, a Girl, and a Conversation Nook” (season 1: episode 7)
2001 Law & Order Jenny “Myth of Fingerprints” (season 12: episode 7)
2002 That ’70s Show Lisa “Over the Hills and Far Away ” (season 5: episode 6)
2003 Strong Medicine Gayla “PMS, Lies and Red Tape” (season 3: episode 16)
2003 Coupling Connie “Nipple Effect” (season 1: episode 6)
2005 Crossing Jordan Peta Longo “Skin and Bone” (season 4: episode 16)
2005 Without a Trace Karen Garber “Honor Bound” (season 4: episode 5)
2005–08 Passions Esme Vanderheusen 90 episodes
2006 Freddie Veronica “The Mixer” (season 1: episode 11)
2007 How I Met Your Mother Stripper, Treasure Bachelor Party” (season 2: episode 19)
2007 Las Vegas Kelly Crever “Head Games” (season 5: episode 4)
2008–11 The Suite Life on Deck Emma Tutweiller Recurring Role; Disney Channel Original Series; 24 episodes
2008 CSI: NY Elizabeth Barker “The Box” (season 5: episode 9)
2010 Justified Samantha “Fixer” (season 1: episode 3)
2011 CSI: Miami Brooke Shepherd “Caged” (season 9: episode 19)
2011 Man Up! Gina “Up All Night” (season 1: episode 11)
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Megan Koruba “Kupale” (season 2: episode 17)
2012 The Client List Skyler “Games People Play” (season 1: episode 8)
2012 Bones Lauren Martin “The Blood from the Stones” (season 8: episode 20)
2013 Castle Cindy Paralti “The Squab and the Quail” (season 5: episode 21)
2013 Melissa & Joey Lauren “Toxic Parents” (Season 3: Episode 2)
2015 Significant Mother Parker 2 Episodes
2015 Criminal Minds Jillian Carter “Internal Affairs” (Season 11: Episode 9)

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Gloria Votsis

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Gloria Votsis
Born (1979-02-09) February 9, 1979 (age 37)
Pittsford, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Gloria Votsis (born February 9, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her small roles in several TV series such as Hawaii Five-0, The Gates, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, and Suburgatory. Votsis also had a starring role in the film The Education of Charlie Banks alongside Jesse Eisenberg. She also recurred as Alex Hunter on the USA drama White Collar.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gloria Votsis was born and grew up in Upstate New York to a self-professed “big fat Greek family”. At the age of 17, she studied abroad for her senior year of high school in France and attended New York University upon graduating.[2]

Career[edit]

Votsis began her career starring in commercials, most notably several toothpaste commercials for Crest. From there she began starring in minor roles on TV shows. In 2010, she was cast as Vanessa Buckley in the short-lived TV series The Gates. The same year she began portraying Alex Hunter, a thief, in the USA Network series White Collar. She has appeared in 9 episodes.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Votsis speaks French, Greek, and her native English fluently. She lives with her “handsome puggle” named Bernie.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Sex and the City Prada Clerk “Lights, Camera, Relationship”
2005 NCIS Dana Kill Ari: Part 2″
Inconceivable Sophia Contini “Face Your Demon Semen”, “The Last Straw”
Love, Inc. Megan “Amen”
2006 Jake in Progress Megan “The Hot One”
2007 Six Degrees Karen Clarke “Sedgewick’s”
2008 Dirt Jen “And the Winner Is”
2009 Cupid Holly “Pilot”
The Philanthropist Luellen “Pilot”
CSI: NY Risa Calaveras “Epilogue”
2010 The Gates Vanessa Buckley 5 episodes
Blue Bloods Sabrina After Hours[3]
2010-2012 White Collar Alex Hunter 9 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Sgt. Jennifer Swanson “Last Stand”
Suburgatory Zoe “The Nutcracker”, “Thanksgiving”
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Holly Malone “Mai Ka Wa Kahiko”
2012 Person of Interest Maxine Angelis “Bury the Lede”
2013 The Millers Sonya “Cancellation Fee”
2014 Grimm Younger Kelly Burkhardt “Synchronicity”
2015 Criminal Minds Agent Debbie Webster “Awake”

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Education of Charlie Banks Nia Film won Best New York Narrative at the Tribeca Film Festival
2008 Train Claire
2008 Killer Movie Keir