Ever since I saw Bridget Jones’ Diary I’ve wanted to be friends with Renee Zellweger/Bridget Jones. She is just so very cute, and she has great clothes that I know she would lend me, even if I would only fit into her Bridget size wardrobe.
Now, I have yet another reason to be friends with Miss Jones.
Renee Zellweger has a big heart. Wendy Faracino, a Bobbi Brown makeup artist at Saks Fifth Avenue in Southampton, was on her break and looking at a pair of Manolo Blahniks when Zellweger strolled up and the two began talking about shoes. Barely 15 minutes after she went back to work, Faracino was approached by the shoe department’s manager with a gift-wrapped box. “These are compliments of Renée Zellweger. She wanted you to have them,” he said. Inside were the Manolos she’d been admiring.
Now, I know this is hardly the biggest act of philanthropy a celebrity could perform. Colin Farrell recently set up a homeless man with a new wardrobe, house and cash. Brad and Angelina have been known to throw a dollar or two at worthy causes. But somehow this seems like the ultimate in PR. Not that I’m suggesting that PR is why Renee bought the gift, but because it is almost within reach of us non-celebs. Like giving money to someone short of change in front of you in line, or helping someone carry their bags to their door, or just something anyone could do. Sure, most of us wouldn’t be able to gift a pair of Manolos, but it’s a small gesture.
That’s made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think I’m going to find an old lady to help her across the street.
Picture note by Celebitchy: Renee Zellweger is shown looking much cuter and friendlier at the Miss Potter premiere on 12/10/06. She looks a lot better with a little more essential weight.