- NAME: Reese Witherspoon
- OCCUPATION: Actress, Producer, Philanthropist
- BIRTH DATE: March 22, 1976 (Age: 37)
- EDUCATION: Stanford University, Harpeth Hall School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Full Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
- AKA: Laura Witherspoon
- AKA: Reese Witherspoon
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Reese Witherspoon was introduced to the world of acting at a young age. She has since won numerous awards and worldwide recognition for her film performances.
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Reese Witherspoon started out in local commercials in Nashville, but quickly graduated to Hollywood.Witherspoon became Hollywood royalty when she won the Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line."
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Born in Louisiana in 1976, Reese Witherspoon began pursuing acting career after graduating from Stanford University. Her early critical success included roles in film such as Best Laid Plans, Cruel Intentions and American Psycho,
but it was her portrayal of Elle Woods in the box office hit Legally Blonde (2001) that marked a turning point in her career. Witherspoon went on to win an Academy Award in 2005 for her role in Walk the Line. Recent films include Water for Elephants, This Means War, Mud and Devil's Knot.
Reese Witherspoon was born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The daughter of a physician and a nurse, Witherspoon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was a debutante and attended Harpeth Hall, a private all-girls high school.
On a bit of a whim in 1991, Witherspoon answered a call for extras in her hometown newspaper. She wound up with the lead in her first feature film, The Man in the Moon (1991), at just 14 years old. Her first year out of high school, Witherspoon considered abandoning acting altogether to follow her parents into the medical field. But in 1996, her performance in the film Freeway earned her the Catalonian International Film Festival award for best actress. She deferred college for a year to focus on acting, then briefly studied English literature at Stanford University before deciding to return to work.
Witherspoon quickly established herself as a talented actress in films such as Pleasantville (1998), Election (1999) and Cruel Intentions (1999). While filming Cruel Intentions, she began exploring an off-set romance with co-star Ryan Phillippe, whom she had met previously at her 21st birthday party. The couple married in 1999, and welcomed two children soon after: daughter Ava Elizabeth (born 1999) and son Deacon (born 2003).
In 2001, Reese Witherspoon continued to soar when she starred in the surprise box-office hit Legally Blonde. Witherspoon played Elle Woods, a tow-headed sorority girl who follows her ex to Harvard Law School. The movie proved to be such a success that it spawned a sequel. Witherspoon starred in, and produced, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) earning $15 million—15 times the amount that she was paid for the original. The franchise quickly established Witherspoon as a must-have commodity, and propelled her to the realm of A-list actors. She also became one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood, according to the Hollywood Reporter, regularly commanding $15 million to $20 million per film.
Reese Witherspoon further proved her acting mettle in 2005, when she appeared as country singer June Carter to Joaquin Phoenix's Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line. The film proved to be both a critical and commercial success, with Witherspoon earning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her singing and acting in the film.
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