Best Known For: Jerry Maguire (1996), Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
Most Recent Project: My Own Love Song (2010)
The sometimes difficult (Hollywood, patriarchy) transition from eye candy to critical acclaim was easier for Zellweger than most actresses. Though she put in her time with schlock like Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, her acclaimed performances in Jerry Maguire, Bridget Jones Diary, and Cold Mountain cemented her as a leading lady.
Then she married Kenny Chesney, and it's all been downhill from there. The hits slowed down, leaving little more than Bridget Jones sequels.