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) were followed by a six-year hiatus from acting work.
Zellweger returned to the screen in the highly-successful third Bridget-Jones movie, Bridget Jones's Baby (2016). as a local hire" in the Austin-filmed horror-comedy film My Boyfriend's Back, playing "the girl in the beauty shop, maybe two lines.
She was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009, 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 dramedy sports film Jerry Maguire (1996) and the comedy Nurse Betty (2000), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
Cooper has seen his career rise stratospherically since starring in hit comedy The Hangover in 2009 after years in supporting roles in films such as Wedding Crashers and Failure To Launch.
Last weekend his first film as a leading man, Limitless, topped the US box office and took in million.
Speculation that another woman was the reason behind Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger's shock split are untrue, a friend of The Hangover star says.
The Bridget Jones star was spotted arriving the Blind Side actress' apartment during a trip to New York over the weekend.
She won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for the epic war drama Cold Mountain (2003).
She later reprised her title role in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), starred in Cinderella Man (2005), and played author Beatrix Potter in the biopic Miss Potter (2006).
Speaking to Us Weekly, the source added: 'Renee had to take a backseat.
She travelled with him to make it work.' 'She's accomplished a lot of her professional goals.