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Reese Witherspoon
Also known as: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, Laura Witherspoon
Actor • Producer • Executive Producer • Voice Cast
Born: March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Of America
Known for doing starring roles in movies like Legally Blonde (2001), Walk the Line (2005), and Wild (2014), Reese Witherspoon is an Oscar-winning American actress and producer. After making a Hollywood debut as a child artist in The Man in the Moon (1991), Witherspoon went on to appear in films like Pleasantville (1998), American Psycho (2000), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), and Sweet Home Alabama (2002).

In 2015, this actor-turned-producer launched her own lifestyle brand Draper James.

Early Life
Born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon to a nurse mother and a physician father, Witherspoon spent her first four years in Germany, due to her father`s transferable job. Once, the whole family shifted to the United States, she went on to attend an all girl`s school. At the small age of seven, she began modeling and also started appearing in advertisements. When she was 14, Witherspoon landed a leading role as a tomboy in the coming-of-age drama The Man in the Moon (1991).

Personal Life
At the age of 21, in 1997, Witherspoon began a romantic relationship with actor Ryan Phillippe and the couple got engaged in 1998. The engagement was quickly followed by a wedding in 1999. Their two children- a daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe was born in 1999, and son, Deacon Reese Phillippe was born in 2003. But unfortunately, trouble in their paradise started surfacing and both of them separated in 2007, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason.

After her divorce in 2007, Witherspoon started dating Jake Gyllenhaal, her Rendition co-star, but the couple parted ways in 2009. In 2011, she tied the knot with Jim Toth, the co-head of motion picture talent at the Creative Artists Agency. They have a son Tennessee James Toth, born in 2012.

Movie Career
As an Actor
In 1996, Reese Witherspoon starred in Matthew Bright`s crime film Freeway, based on Grimm`s fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. For portraying Vanessa Lutz, Witherspoon received rave reviews. In the Following years, she explored a variety of genres in movies like Pleasantville (1998), a fantasy comedy film; Cruel Intentions (1999) a teenage drama film; and American Psycho (2000), a comedy horror film. In Cruel Intentions, Witherspoon starred alongside her former husband Ryan Philippe, who she was married to for nine years.

The beginning of the 21st century saw Witherspoon star in the most path breaking role of her career in the comedy film Legally Blonde (2001). The sleeper hit, directed by Robert Luketic, won immense critical and commercial acclaim. For essaying the role of Elle Woods, the high-flying girl who takes admission in Harvard University to meet her ex, Witherspoon was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress - Musical or Comedy. Legally Blonde, along with her stars Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge in pivotal roles. She reprised her role as Elle Woods in the sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Released in 2003, the movie received mostly negative reviews and failed to replicate the success of its predecessor. In between the two movies, Witherspoon appeared in the super hit comedy film Sweet Home Alabama and The Importance of Being Earnest, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde`s legendary play of the same name. Witherspoon subsequently featured as June Carter in the biographical drama film Walk the Line, based on the life of country music artist Johnny Cash. The movie opened to great reviews, with Witherspoon bagging all major awards for the best actress like Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award.

She then starred in films like Rendition (2007), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), This Means War (2012), and Devil`s Knot (2014). In 2014, Witherspoon was a part of another acclaimed biographical drama Wild, adapted from Cheryl Strayed`s 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, the movie garnered positive reviews, with Witherspoon garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In the same year, she also appeared in Philippe Falardeau`s The Good Lie, and Paul Thomas Anderson`s Inherent Vice.

In her solitary release in 2016, Witherspoon featured as a voice actor in the 3D computer-animated musical comedy, Sing, written and directed by Garth Jennings. She her voice to the character named Rosita, a pig who gives her musical dream to become a devoted wife and mother. The film also featuring Matthew McConaughey, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, and John C. Reilly received wide positive critical reviews and emerged to be a blockbuster at the box office. Her 2017 release includes Home Again, a romantic comedy, Home Again directed by the debutante Hallie Meyers-Shyer.

As a Producer Reese Witherspoon turned producer with the 2006 fantasy romantic film Penelope and in 2012, she launched her own production house called Pacific Standard. Under Pacific standard, she has produced films like Gone Girl (2014), Wild (2014), and Hot Pursuit (2015), out of which she also starred in the latter two.

Television Career
After starring in television films like Wildflower (1991), and Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1993), as a child artist, Witherspoon appeared in a few episodes of King of the Hill (2000), and Friends (2000).
Peers & More
Scarlett Johansson
Jennifer Garner
Jake Gyllenhaal
Drew Barrymore
Jim Toth
Ryan Phillippe
Popular Movies
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Legally Blonde 3
Sing 2
A Wrinkle in Time
Home Again
Hot Pursuit
Inherent Vice
The Good Lie

Personal Quotes (7)

  • "People want to try and move you into a place where you can be easily identifiable by every woman in America - to be this very likable woman in a romantic comedy. And it's really hard for me. I just don't see myself as the girl that everybody likes. I have never been and I don't know how to be that person."
  • "As far as being in the spotlight and under public scrutiny, a lot of that's about how much you put yourself out there. It's not like we go to every premiere and every celebrity function and every charity auction. We really just try to maintain our privacy and never let our public persona get out of hand."
  • "I'm not perfect! I'm human. I make mistakes. But I try to be as conscious as I can about things I should be. If I'm going to do something commercial and mainstream and made for the masses, I just believe you can make those kinds of films with quality - and good ideas and good intentions. There's a lot of negativity out there."
  • "There's something timeless and important about making people laugh, about being the right spot in their day."
  • "I was thinking about why I make movies, and I know why. Life is hard. It's nice to go escape and have a good time at the movies. If I can give people a movie about hope, love and the future, then I've done my job."
  • "Many people worry so much about managing their careers but rarely spend half that much energy managing their lives. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out."
  • "I like work. If it's not hard enough, I try to make it harder. I like the process of being daunted by it, tackling it, and knowing I can do it."
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