Renee Zellweger

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Oh hey, Renée!

At last night's 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood party in Beverly Hills, Renée Zellweger made a rare red carpet appearance. The 45-year-old Bridget Jones's Diary actress arrived to the bash in a sleek black dress that featured sheer sleeves with a groovy design on them. The blond beauty, who's mostly stayed out of the spotlight for the past few years, looked radiant while posing for photos.

Inside the party, Zellweger mingled with guests and enjoyed dinner. She also helped honor her good friend Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Zellweger and Mbatha-Raw became close last summer while filming their movie The Whole Truth.

Renee Zellweger

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"I met Gugu last summer," Zellweger said from the stage while presenting. "She was on a bike with a basket and she was pedaling through the French Quarter about to brave that famous Southern summer swelter. She was exploring New Orleans for the first time. My first impressions: she's a great beauty in ballet flats and a fedora. She's independent and curious and wildly articulate. Hilarious. She was just a modern-day Audrey Hepburn."

Zellweger continued, "To know her is to immediately warm to her. She brightens the set every day with her radiance, her unconditional kindness. And to work with her is really to know the gratifying experience of creating with an inspired, accomplished partner."

Other stars who were honored during Monday night's Elle event included Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldana. Other celeb guests included Jennifer Lawrence, Lizzy Caplan, Kerry WashingtonKaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes, Ryan Murphy, Ashley Madekwe, Emmy Rossum and Amy Poehler.

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