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Why Renee Zellweger is on the new A list

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Why Renee Zellweger is on the new A list

AGE 33

WHY SHE’S A-LIST She earned an Oscar nomination last year when she pulled a De Niro/Streep-style makeover, playing the titular tubby Brit in ”Bridget Jones’s Diary” (and she drove the film to a $71 million U.S. gross, to boot). Now, she’s proving she can sing and dance as well in ”Chicago,” where her murderous vamp may well earn her another chance at Oscar. Though it’s been awhile since she won over audiences in ”Jerry Maguire,” Hollywood is showing Zellweger the money to the tune of a reported $10 million per picture.

WHAT’S NEXT She stars with Ewan McGregor in the romantic comedy ”Down With Love,” out April 11, and she plays opposite Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in ”Cold Mountain,” due out Christmas 2003.

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