Renée Zellweger Radiant At Galas For Paul Newman Charity And ALS, Responds To Plastic Surgery Backlash [Video]

Renee Zellweger looks radiant.

From Renée Zellweger and her radiant happiness to exquisite Annette Benning, celebrities honored Paul Newman at a gala for his SeriousFun Children’s Network charity. Although Paul passed away, his legacy lives on through its support from some of the world’s most famous stars, reported People.

At 46, Renee had a role in the evening in providing an intro for Natalie Cole. Those joining in with showing their belief in the value of the charity were Jamie Foxx, Jay Leno, Michael Keaton, Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman, and at a previous event for Newman’s charity, George Clooney.

Like Clooney, Bening emphasized her fondness and admiration for Paul. He made a difference for sick children through his charity.

“Tonight is really about Paul Newman. And Paul Newman, what a giant,” said Bening. “I met him at one of the first events I went to for these camps. It was a small dinner, and I got to sit next to him. And he was so charming. He was so handsome, but he was also modest and had true humility.”

Renee also attended “One Starry Night: From Broadway to Hollywood,” a gala musical that benefited the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, reported Broadway World.

The Golden West Chapter also honored the creators of The Theory of Everything with the 2015 Spotlight Award, given to those who provide awareness of ALS. In addition, Richard Glazer and Wash Westmoreland, who wrote and directed Still Alice, were honored with the Spirit Award.

The Spirit Award paid tribute to Glatzer’s decision to live with determination and grace while battling ALS. Recently deceased despite his valiant fight, Glatzer and Westmoreland directed and adapted the film.

For Renee, living with grace has also been a challenge in recent months. She received a backlash from her changed appearance, which many attributed to plastic surgery, as the Inquisitr reported.

That controversy began when Zellweger walked the red carpet in October at Elle’s 21st annual Women in Hollywood Awards. Many did not recognize her because every aspect of her face, from chin to forehead, looked dramatically different.

Amid rumors of plastic surgery, Renee denied that she underwent any procedures. But the medical talk show The Doctors dissected photos of Zellweger’s noticeably altered face, alleging she had cosmetic surgery.

Emphasizing that he is not her plastic surgeon, Dr. Drew Ordon pointed to a photo and said that he detected an incision line in her forehead. Based on that discovery and her altered upper face, Dr. Ordon said that Renee underwent a brow lift.

“Clearly they have brought things up,” said the plastic surgeon, pointing to the differences between Zellweger’s older photos and current images.

In addition to the brow lift, Dr. Ordon speculated that Renee also underwent upper eyelid surgery. He noted the changes in her cheeks and emphasized that while she looks great, she also had volume added to counter the effects of aging.

But now Zellweger is responding to the backlash, reported UPI. She says that her changes are just the result of happiness and healthy living.

“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” she said.

In addition, she accused the media of pushing her to say that she had procedures.

“It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.”

[Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children’s Network]