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The oral history of 'Bridget Jones's Diary' from Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and more

The oral history of 'Bridget Jones's Diary' from Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and more

If you were an unmarried woman in 2001 searching for Mr. Right, Bridget Jones was probably your spirit animal. Helen Fielding's bestselling 1996 novel introduced the world to Bridget, a curvy 32-year-old Brit who documented her days as a “tragic spinster” in her journal. She drank too much, smoked too much and ate too much.

Sure, she was self-pitying, but she wasn't pathetic. She had a job, supportive friends and her own flat well before she started to fall for both her boss, the caddish Daniel Cleaver, and the more buttoned-up human rights lawyer Mark Darcy. But Jones embraced her flaws, and that endeared her to women worldwide. When “Bridget Jones's...

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