Renée Zellweger


And then the next week, Mark and I had similar relations…


Close-Up: Jane Austen’s Women, On Screen

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” Persuasion, 1817.

  • Amanda Root, Persuasion (1995)
  • Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (1995, adapted from Emma)
  • Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  • Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Toni Collette, Emma (1996)
  • Frances O’Connor, Mansfield Park (2000)
  • Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’ Diary (2000, inspired by Pride and Prejudice)
  • Aishwarya Rai, Bride & Prejudice (2004, adapted from Pride and Prejudice)
  • Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship (2016, adapted from Lady Susan)

“What I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps, despite appearances, I like you, very much.” “Ah. Apart from the smoking and the drinking and the vulgar mother and the verbal diarrhea.” “No, I like you very much. Just as you are.”


“It all began on New Year’s Day, in my thirty-second year of being single. Once again, I found myself on my own and going to my mother’s annual turkey curry buffet. Every year, she tries to fix me up with some bushy-haired, middle-aged bore and I feared this year would be no exception.”


Falling in love doesn’t happen on paper. Sometimes you love a person for all the reasons they’re not like you. Sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home.