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Also Known As: Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon Died:
Born: March 22, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: actor, producer, model

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Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Reese Witherspoon made her mark as a smart, driven and self-respecting actress who refused to take the easy road to stardom with mindless teen flicks and broad comedies. Her sturdy Southern upbringing by an academic family was evident in the focus and confidence she brought to her first starring film role at the age of 14. Uncommon comedic talent paired with her high energy and charismatic spirit first caught critical notice in 1996's indie cult hit "Election," and by 2001, she assumed the role of one of the few leading ladies who could open a film with her delightfully cheeky turn in "Legally Blonde." Her commitment to "real" women characters rendered the occasional lackluster comedy like "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) watchable, but Witherspoon proved herself to be a serious dramatic contender with her overwhelmingly acclaimed portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" (2005), for which she won a much deserved Oscar. Off-screen, her marriage to fellow actor Ryan Phillippe seemed to echo the perfection of all other aspects of her world, but the couple shocked the public in 2006 when - after two children and many years together, by Hollywood standards - they...

Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Reese Witherspoon made her mark as a smart, driven and self-respecting actress who refused to take the easy road to stardom with mindless teen flicks and broad comedies. Her sturdy Southern upbringing by an academic family was evident in the focus and confidence she brought to her first starring film role at the age of 14. Uncommon comedic talent paired with her high energy and charismatic spirit first caught critical notice in 1996's indie cult hit "Election," and by 2001, she assumed the role of one of the few leading ladies who could open a film with her delightfully cheeky turn in "Legally Blonde." Her commitment to "real" women characters rendered the occasional lackluster comedy like "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) watchable, but Witherspoon proved herself to be a serious dramatic contender with her overwhelmingly acclaimed portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" (2005), for which she won a much deserved Oscar. Off-screen, her marriage to fellow actor Ryan Phillippe seemed to echo the perfection of all other aspects of her world, but the couple shocked the public in 2006 when - after two children and many years together, by Hollywood standards - they separated amidst rumors of his infidelity. Ever the fighter and self-professed type-A personality, Witherspoon picked up the pieces with class and discretion, and continued on with her highly bankable career.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Devil's Knot (2014)
3.
 Mud (2013)
4.
 Good Lie, The (2012)
5.
6.
 How Do You Know (2010)
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8.
 Four Christmases (2008)
9.
 Rendition (2007)
10.
 Penelope (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Nashville, TN
1983:
Began acting in local commercials at age seven
1991:
Film debut in "The Man in the Moon"; also marked first on-screen kiss
1991:
TV acting debut in Lifetime movie "Wildflower"; directed by Diane Keaton
1993:
First starring role, "A Far Off Place"
1993:
Co-starred in CBS miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove"
1993:
Acted in Marshall Herskowitz's "Jack the Bear"
1995:
Starred as satirical mini-mart hostage who lets loose a bitchy side in "S.F.W."
1996:
Played a troubled, precocious girl with a dark past in "Freeway" (aired on HBO before its theatrical release)
1996:
Starred as the object of Mark Wahlberg's obsession in "Fear"
1998:
Played the daughter of Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon in Robert Benton's "Twilight"
1998:
Transported back to the black-and-white world of 1950s television in Gary Ross' "Pleasantville"
1999:
Cast as a virginal teenager in "Cruel Intentions," a modern-day spin on "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
1999:
Cast as Tracy Flick, a manipulative overachiever running for class president in Alexander Payne's "Election"
1999:
Starred alongside Alessandro Nivola and Josh Brolin in "Best Laid Plans"
2000:
Made two-episode appearance as the kid sister of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) on the NBC sitcom "Friends"
2001:
Starred in the surprise hit comedy "Legally Blonde" as bubbly sorority girl-turned-legal eagle Elle Woods
2002:
Played Cecily Cardew in a film remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
2002:
Starred as a Southern girl who remakes herself as a New York socialite in "Sweet Home Alabama"
2003:
Reprised the role of Elle Woods for "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blond"
2004:
Starred in the period film "Vanity Fair," directed by Mira Nair
2005:
Portrayed June Carter Cash opposite Joaquin Phoenix in "Walk the Line," a biopic of country music legend Johnny Cash directed by James Mangold
2006:
Surpassed Julia Roberts to become the highest paid actress of all time
2006:
Made producing debut (also co-starred) with "Penelope"; Christina Ricci starred in the title role
2007:
Played a pregnant Midwestern woman who discovers that her Egyptian husband is being secretly held by the U.S. government in "Rendition"
2008:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn in the holiday comedy "Four Christmases"
2009:
Voiced Susan Murphy, the 49 ft. central character in the computer-animated 3-D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens"
2010:
Co-starred with Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"
2011:
Portrayed Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"
2012:
Played the woman at the center of a battle between two best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) in action comedy ""This Means War"
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Education

Stanford University: Stanford , California -
Harding Academy: Nashville , Tennessee -
Harpeth Hall School: Nashville , Tennessee -

Notes

"It's tough making movies. Six months out of the year I live entirely with strange adults, and then I come home to Tennessee and live with my parents for the rest of the year, just trying to be a normal kid."---Reese Witherspoon to Movieline, March 1994.

"I've argued with lots of directors, because they pay you to come in and give your two cents about your character. It's going to be you up there on the screen and you should know better than anybody what you're doing."---Witherspoon quoted in Interview, November 1994.

"I read the script for 'Twilight' and I really loved it. I ran into Robert Benton, the director, and I said, 'I really want to do your movie. It's the best script I've read and the one movie I want to make this year. I'll either make this movie or go back to Stanford, it's up to you.' I read for him several times, and it just sort of fell into place. I'm sure most people thought it was because of the work I had previously done, but he never saw 'Freeway', he never saw 'The Man in the Moon', he never saw anything I had done. He still hasn't as far as I know."---Reese Witherspoon, quoted in Detour Magazine, February 1998.

On Tracy Flick, her blindly ambitious character in "Election":"Tracy for any actress is irresistible. She was like so many people I knew and grew up with. Everyone knows one of those horrible people that you want to kill because they're so perfect and you can't. This character is for all intents and purposes likeable. But you just can't stand her."---quoted to The Boston Herald, May 3, 1999.

Quoted in an October 28, 1998 article in USA Today, "Pleasantville" writer/director Gary Ross called Witherspoon "funny and lovely, a throwback to stars like Carole Lombard and Rosalind Russell. She's a phenomenally talented comedian. There's a real life force to her, and an intelligence that many young actresses don't have."

"I don't fuck around. I don't think it's a joke that people put up $20 million to finance a movie. I show up. I know my lines."---Witherspoon on her work ethic, quoted in Premiere, August 2001.

"Filmmaking is a collaborative process. I have things to add, and whether someone chooses to use them is their prerogative. But I'm not going to shut up, I have a lot to say, and I don't let anybody give me any shit. I have earned the right to have an opinion, so when people don't listen to me, I get a little pissed off."---Witherspoon to Premiere, August 2001.

"Getting older, I think you just have to accept that we're all just big goobers. I think that's what brings peace in life; realizing sooner rather than later that we're all just big goobs!"---Witherspoon US Weekly, September 2, 2002.

"I grew up in Tennessee. We didn't know what Louis Vuitton was. I had to order all my prom outfits out of catalogs."---Withersppon People, September 9, 2002.

"It's nice to have people's support and goodwill behind you because there are certainly times when you don't have it. The greatest thing about the success that I am having now is that I've had years and years to sort of succeed and fail. When you have all the ups and downs of a career, then you know this is the good stuff and I feel very lucky to be so supported"---Witherspoon

"I am so happy for my wife. I am ecstatic that she makes more [money] than most men in Hollywood."---Phillippe on supporting his wife US Weekly, October 7, 2002.

"To be able to call people and say, 'I think you're the greatest. Will you please come work with me?' It's a new moment in my life."---Witherspoon quoted to Los Angeles Times September 29, 2002.

"I'm very lucky to have a very great team of people that sort of help me make decisions, help me schedule my life, that kind of thing. But also, yeah, I think it's also about loving what you do and I think people see that and I think they can tell in a film if you're having a lot of fun and enjoying yourself, or if you're just sort of miserable and sleepwalking. I really love what I do. I have a great passion for it."---Reese Witherspoon on her success to filmforce.ign.com, June 30, 2003.

"There's no dumb blonde in her," says Gary Ross. "This is a brilliant blonde who was very focused and mature at a very early age. She was always very confident and driven."---director Gary Ross on Witherspoon to Vanity Fair, September 2004.

"There's something about overt sexuality ... " She shudders. "Like it's scatological or something! I'm all about trying to make movies that have nothing to do with my body. I'm prudish and nervous. I don't have the excuse that my grandmother is watching anymore, but she's watching!" Witherspoon looks up. "It makes me nervous when I see a woman with her midriff showing. I would never do that on purpose, and if it happened by accident I'd be mortified. I feel threatened by woman who ...eeewwww!" She covers her face with her hands. "Like women on the cover of hootchy-kootchy magazines! The way I was brought up, I wasn't allowed to wear black, and I wasn't allowed to wear bikinis. And I was only allowed to wear two shades of lipstick, peach or pink. It was all about what was 'appropriate.'"---Witherspoon quoted to Vanity Fair, September 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Michael Bomboy. Witherspoon's first high school love.
companion:
Jeremy Sisto. Actor. Dated after working together in the 1992 TV-movie "Desperate Choices".
companion:
Chris O'Donnell. Actor. Reportedly dated briefly.
companion:
Mark Wahlberg. Actor. Co-starred in 1996's "Fear".
husband:
Ryan Phillippe. Actor. Dated from c. 1997; met at her 21st birthday party; acted together in "Cruel Intentions" (1999); married on June 5, 1999.
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Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Ava Elizabeth Phillippe. Born on September 9, 1999.
son:
Deacon Phillippe. Born on October 23, 2003.

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