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Published: Friday March 08, 2013 06:00 AM EST

2013

RENÉE ZELLWEGER

Then: At just 23, the Texas native had a super-quick, uncredited cameo as "girl in blue pickup truck," seen funneling a beer through a bong at a nighttime party.
Now: Though she scored major acting awards for her work in films like Chicago, Cold Mountain and Nurse Betty, her most commercial success has come as the leading lady in the Bridget Jones series.