Renee’s agent Sandy Gallin died this weekend at the age of 76 due to multiple myeoloma.
High-profile agent and manager Sandy Gallin, who represented Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Cher, Joan Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg, has died following a long illness with multiple myeoloma. He was 76.
The New York native also represented Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne, Martin Lawrence, Paul Lynde and Howie Mandell.
He broke into the business at General Artists Corporation in 1962 and he played a role in booking The Beatles on The “Ed Sullivan Show” two years later. In 1970, he partnered with his cousin, Raymond Katz, to create the personal management company Katz Gallin.
Gallin was also a partner with Dolly Parton in Sandollar Productions, which producd “Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt,” the 1991 and 1995 “Father of the Bride” movies that starred Steve Martin, “Sabrina” and “Kicking and Screaming.”
Gallin also produced the 1992 movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer and won an Emmy for 1980’s “The Miracle Worker.” He also produced the 1989 HBO documentary “The Diceman Cometh,” starring Andrew Dice Clay.
Gallin also created Mirage Entertainment & Sports with Steve Wynn in 1998. He was also a Broadway producer with “Monday after the Miracle” and revivals of “Hedda Gabler” and “Man of la Mancha.”
A new teaser trailer for Renee’s film Same Kind of Different As Me has been released … and it makes me want to see it even more!
The stars are coming in droves to Baton Rouge for the fifth annual Louisiana International Film Festival.
The event is slated for April 20-23 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge. Celebrities such as Renee Zellweger (“Jerry Maguire,” “Cold Mountain,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) are scheduled to appear at the event.
Zellweger is attending to launch the inaugural Dan Ireland Awarx for New Voices/New Visions, which highlights feature films that are distinguished by their singular points of view.
Ireland served as the artistic director for the film festival until his untimely death in 2016. The award was created to commemorate his dedication to new talent, storytellers and visionaries.
Zellweger starred in Ireland’s 1990s feature film “The Whole Wide World,” which will be screened at the festival at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23. A post-screening discussion with Zellweger and the film’s screenwriter, Michael Scott Myers, is also scheduled.
“There was no better human,” Zellweger said of Ireland in a press release. “Your plans to honor him at the festival make my heart dance.”
Other guests scheduled to attend the event include Leslie Iwerks, an Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary director and producer. Iwerks directed the documentary, “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table,” about the legendary New Orleans restaurateur.
Two screenings of “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table” will take place at the festival — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 and 3:50 p.m. Sunday, April 23.
Clarence Fountain, one of the legendary founders of the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Louisiana filmmaker Paul Catalanotto are also scheduled to appear.
Fountain and his group are the subject of the documentary, “The Book of Clarence,” to be screened at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Catalanotto’s “When the Rivers Rise,” a documentary about the Great Flood of 2016 will screen at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22.
More information and tickets are available now at lifilmfest.org.
I have added additional images to two shoots that Renee did last year as part of her press tour for Bridget Jones’ Baby. Thank you to Claudia for sharing.
I just came across this trailer from one of Renee’s new films called Same Kind of Different as Me. This looks like a beautiful film which is based on a true story. Enjoy!
This film is scheduled to be released in October!
Also I have put the original poster for the film in our gallery (has the old release date on it).
Last night Renee attended the International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards where she presented an award to her former publicist Nanci Ryder.
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2017 > February 24 | International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards – Audience
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2017 > February 24 | International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards – Ceremony
Renée Zellweger gave a touching speech at the 54th annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon on Friday, where her longtime publicist Nanci Ryder — who has been battling ALS since 2014 — was honored with the President’s Award.
Ryder represented numerous A-list clients during her 30-year-plus career as a founder of BWR Public Relations — including Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Garner, Leonardo DiCaprio and Courteney Cox.
But her 2014 diagnosis was precipitated by ongoing vocal issues and as the neurological illness progressed, Ryder’s speech continued to deteriorate. By 2015, Ryder had lost her ability to speak and began using a gastrostomy feeding tube connected to her stomach to replace eating meals.
In her place, Zellweger read Ryder’s acceptance speech that had her and the crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel both laughing and crying.
“This award means the world to me,” Ryder wrote. “Believe me, the irony is not lost that I am a publicist who made a career out of communicating and I am now receiving the biggest award of my career at a time in my life where I’ve lost the ability to speak. I say ‘irony’ as to not use another four-letter word.”
“This situation is something I never saw coming, but in a way it’s fitting to sit here now because I never sought out the spotlight and I’ve never been comfortable on stage,” she continued. “I love being behind-the-scenes, and it’s only been these past couple of years since being diagnosed with ALS that I’ve had a choice to put my reservations aside and do what’s needed to raise money for this disease.”
Ryder explained that her fight with ALS “hasn’t been easy,” but that “being a publicist wasn’t always easy either.”
Born in Long Island, she first moved to Los Angeles in 1979 — jobless after a divorce in the early 20s. She started her own firm in 1984, and wrote that she put “everything [she] had into my work and my client’s careers.”
“It’s amazing and it becomes an addiction,” she said, thanking her clients — including Zellweger, Cox, Witherspoon and Fox. “It was all that and more … I’ve seen first hand what it’s like to see someone’s dreams come true.”
In 2000, Ryder was diagnosed with breast cancer — but was cancer-free within a year. “I always wish the two diseases were similar,” she wrote. “I found that battling breast cancer was a breeze. The doctor’s this is what you have, this are the treatments, let’s get to work. And get to work we did!”
“I haven’t had the same experience with ALS,” she continued. “It took the better part of a year to get a diagnosis. Back then, in 2014, I could still walk and talk and drive. I lived a fairly normal life, if normal means having a really great blowout.”
Though she’s retired now, Ryder hasn’t stopped working. “This is my new job: fundraising, finding a cure,” she wrote. “I’m so lucky to have been associated with such big hearted and generous friends. It’s been hard to lose the ability to eat, talk, drive, text. What I haven’t lost is the ability to email everybody asking for help. I won’t give up asking … I take pride in the work that we’ve done in raising awareness. Thank you to everyone who has helped.”
Despite her physical limitations, Ryder retained her trademark humor and sarcasm — kicking off the speech by asking the publicist’s guild to rename her award.
“It doesn’t feel like a great time to be getting an award called ‘the President’s award,’ Ryder wrote, as the room — including fellow honorees Denzel Washington and Ryan Murphy — erupted in laughter. “If I’m finally going to win a big award, I didn’t want anyone to be confused about who the real president is. So for today, I will gratefully be your leader, at least until you leave the hotel.”
I have added images from the film My Own Love Song to the gallery. Renee co-starred in this film with Forrest Whittaker in 2010.
– Renee Zellweger Online > Films > 2010 | My Own Love Song
Happy New Year! Our first update of the year is an update to our gallery of images from the events that Renee has attended in 2011.
– Renee Zellweger Online > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2014