Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen is the late mother of Oscar winning actress Renée Zellweger. She passed away in 1995 in Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA.

Her daughter is an American actress who has won two Academy Awards popularly known as Oscars. Moreover, she is popular for starring in the Bridget Jones movies series as Bridget Jones.

Andreassen was born in Norway on June 7, 1936, to her father Ove Magnar Ingolf Andreassen, and mother Bjørga Johanne Andreassen (born Hildonen). Her parents were the native of Finnmark in Norway. Kjellfrid is of Kven and Sámi descent.

She was a nurse in Norway and after moving to the US she started working as a governess to a Norwegian family living in America.

Who is her Husband?

Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen was marrried to Emil Erich Zellweger, who is an engineer by profession.

Emil worked in the oil purifying business as an electrical and mechanical engineer.

Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen and her husband Emil Erich Zellweger

Interestingly, the couple met on a boat while migrating to the US after the world war. The love continued and developed while they settled in America.

Finally, they married after several years of relationship on 24 August 1963, in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Mother of Two

They gave birth to two children; a daughter named Renée Zellweger and a son named Drew Zellweger.

Drew Nathan Zellweger and Renee Kathleen Zellweger

Her older son Drew Zellweger was born on February 15, 1967. He works as a marketing executive.

Drew and his wife Brandy Stone tied the knot on 16 December 2003, in Fiji-øyene.

Everything about her Daughter Renee

Her daughter is a popular actress who has won two Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.

She gained fame for her appearance in Nurse Betty for which she received the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Renee then starred in Bridget Jones’s Diary as Bridget Jones in 2002 for which she was nominated for the Oscar Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and Golden Globe Awards in the Best Actress category.

The following year she won all three awards for her role as Ruby Thewes in Cold Mountain. In 2019, she again won all three aforementioned awards for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the biographical drama film Judy.

Besides, she has also starred in other popular movies like Chicago, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Miss Potter, and Jerry Maguire.

Moreover, she has also acted in the 2022 American crime drama series The Thing About Pam, where she is also the executive producer.

Is her daughter Married?

Kjellfrid’s daughter is often on the news for her beautiful relationship with English television presenter Ant Anstead. They have been dating since June 2021.

Renee is a divorcee who was previously married to Kenny Chesney. Renee married him in May 2005 but filed for an annulment after four months.

Renée Zellweger and her ex-husband Kenny Chesney
Source: The Sun

She and her former fiance Jim Carrey were engaged from 1999 to 2000 but called off without marrying.

Moreover, she had also been in relationships with musician Jack White, Case 39 co-star Bradley Cooper, and musician Doyle Bramhall II.

Renée Zellweger’s Difficult Childhood

Kjellfrid’s younger daughter Renee was born on April 25, 1969.

While attending Katy High School in Texas, she was interested in sports and was also engaged in gymnastics, debate, and cheerleading.

She then enrolled at The University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen with her husband and daughter

Renee faced financial difficulties when she was in college. Her father Emil lost his job as an engineer and was unable to support her.

She then started working as a waitress to support her education. She later revealed that she learned about people and life after her first job

“I learned a lot. As much as I did in my classes that that club paid for… I learned not to judge people, [and] that things are not black and white.”

At the same time, she did small roles in short films, and her first acting job came in a beef commercial after her graduation.

When did she Die?

The mother of Oscar-winning actress, Kjellfrid died a natural death on aft 1995 in Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA.

She is survived by her children and husband.

Net worth and Daughter’s Movie Earnings

She has already passed away so her properties and assets have already been transferred to her family.

She worked as a nurse and governess during her young age to support her family.

Her daughter was one of the highest-paid actresses in the 2010s. Her net worth as of 2022 is around $100 Million.

She reportedly charged  $3.75 million for her role as Bridget Jones in its first production.

Moreover, she earned $11 million for the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and was paid $20 Million for starring in Cold Mountain