Renée Zellweger captured her second Oscar on Sunday night, this time as best actress for her role in “Judy,” about the troubled life of musical legend Judy Garland.
Her victory makes her the third woman from Texas to win an Oscar for best actress. Quitman native Sissy Spacek won in 1980 for her performance in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and San Antonio-born Joan Crawford won in 1945 for her role in “Mildred Pierce.”
Zellweger won best supporting actress for Cold Mountain (2003). (Some thought that award was largely a consolation prize for having lost a close race for best actress the year before when she was nominated for Chicago.)
Zellweger is the seventh actress in Oscar history to win awards in both lead and support categories. She follows Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange and Cate Blanchett.
The Zellweger family lived in Baytown from the late ’60s through the late ’70s and attended Trinity Episcopal Church.
From the April 25, 1974 Baytown Sun: “Renee Kathleen Zellweger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Zellweger of 1305 Cactus Drive, celebrates her fifth birthday Thursday with a party,” the brief article read underneath a picture of the smiling girl.
That 5-year-old would soon join a Baytown Brownie troop and attend Stephen F. Austin Elementary.
According to the phone book archive at Sterling Municipal Library, the Zellwegers were listed in Baytown phone books from 1969 through 1978. Then the family moved to Katy, where Renee went on to graduate from Katy High School in 1987.