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|Reese Witherspoon Biography and Filmography
Birthday: March 22, 1976
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height: 5' 2"
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As one of the most impressively talented members of the emerging New Hollywood of the early 21st century, Reese Witherspoon has proven that she can do far more than just pose winsomely for the camera. Born March 22, 1976, in Nashville, TN, Witherspoon was a child model and acted in television commercials from the age of seven. She had a part in the 1991 Lifetime cable movie Wildflower before making her 1991 film debut in the coming-of-age story The Man in the Moon (1991). The 14-year-old Witherspoon made an immediate impact on critics and audiences alike, netting widespread praise for her portrayal of a tomboy experiencing love for the first time.While still in high school, Witherspoon completed two more feature films, Jack the Bear (1993), starring Danny De Vito, and Disney's A Far Off Place (1993), which required the actress to spend several months living in the Kalahari Desert. Following a supporting role in the 1993 CBS miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove and a lead in the critically disembowelled S.F.W., Witherspoon temporarily set aside her career to study English literature at Stanford University. She then returned to film as the abused girlfriend of a psychotic Mark Wahlberg in the thriller Fear (1996). In the same year, she had to deal with yet another crazed male in Freeway, a satirical version of Little Red Riding Hood in which Witherspoon co-starred with Kiefer Sutherland, who took on the role of the aforementioned crazed male.Her career began to take off in 1998, with her roles in two high-profile films. The first, Twilight, saw her sharing the screen with Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Newman. The film received mixed reviews and lackluster box office, but Pleasantville, her other project that year, proved to be both a critical and financial hit. The actress won wide recognition for her leading role as Tobey Maguire's oversexed sister, and this recognition — along with critical respect — increased the following year with another leading role, in Alexander Payne's acclaimed satire Election. Starring opposite Matthew Broderick, Witherspoon won raves for her hilarious, high-strung portrayal of student council presidential candidate Tracy Flick. The character stood in stark contrast to the one Witherspoon subsequently portrayed in Cruel Intentions, Roger Kumble's delightfully trashy all-teen update of Dangerous Liaisons. As the virginal Annette, Witherspoon was convincing as the object of Ryan Phillippe's reluctant affection, perhaps due in part to her real-life relationship with the actor, whom she married in June 1999.After turning up in an amusing minor role as serial killer Patrick Bateman's burnt-out yuppie girlfriend in American Psycho (2000), Witherspoon again pleased critics and audiences alike with her decidedly Clueless-esque role in 2001's Legally Blonde. Her star turn as a seemingly dimwitted sorority blonde-turned-Harvard law-school prodigy unexpectedly shot the featherweight comedy to number one, despite such heavy summer contenders as Steven Spielberg's A.I. and the ominously cast heist thriller The Score. The 18-million-dollar film went on to gross nearly 100 million dollars, proving that Witherspoon had finally arrived as a box-office draw.Though she would test out her chops in the Oscar Wilde adaptation The Importance of Being Earnest, Witherspoon's proper follow-up to Legally Blonde came in the form of 2002's Sweet Home Alabama, a culture-clash romantic comedy as embraced by audiences as it was rejected by critics. As with Drew Barrymore before her, Witherspoon used her newfound standing among the Hollywood elite to start her own production company, Type A Films, as well as to up her asking price to the rarefied 15-million-dollar range for the sequel to Legally Blonde. Though Blonde 2 didn't perform quite as well as the first film, the power player/doting mother of two wasted no time in prepping other projects for the screen, taking the lead in 2004's elaborate costume-drama Vanity Fair as Becky Sharp, a woman who strives to transcend class barriers in 19th century England. For all its lavish costumes and sets, Vanity Fair received mixed reviews, but Witherspoon's winning performance still garnered praise.The next year, she appeared in the heaven-can-wait romantic comedy Just Like Heaven with Mark Ruffalo, as well as James Mangold's biopic Walk the Line as June Carter Cash, wife of country music legend Johnny Cash. This role proved to be a pivotal one, earning her both a Best Actress Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance, and cementing her as an actress whose abilities go far beyond her charm and pretty face.
- Majored in English Literature at Stanford University; on leave from her studies as of 1998.
- Shortly after she started acting she had an audition for a role in Cape Fear (1991). She was supposed to meet with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for the audition, but at the time didn't really know who they were. On the plane she was talking to the man next to her about her audition, and the man started to rave to her about De Niro and Scorsese. This made her so nervous that she completely blew the audition and the role eventually went to Juliette Lewis.
- daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe born [9 September 1999]
- Refused the lead roles in two horror movies, Scream (1996/I) and Urban Legend (1998).
- Was considered for the role of Juliet in Romeo + Juliet (1996).
- One of her ancestors, John Witherspoon, signed the Declaration of Independence. In the movie 1776 (1972), the role of Dr. John Witherspoon was played by James Noble.
- Her mother, Betty, has a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing and her dad, John, is a surgeon.
- Named one of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001"
- Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
- Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
- Went to Harpeth Hall School, a private school for girls in Nashville, Tennessee
- She runs a production company called "Type A Films" with Debra Siegal
- Appears in Entertainment Weekly's Most Powerful List sitting at #22
- At the young age of 11 she won the "Ten State Talent Award"
- She was a cheerleader in high school and a debutante.
- Reese is her mother's maiden name.
- Has moved her current Production Company "Type A Films" to Universal Pictures. Has signed a 2 year first-look production pact with Universal. They have already picked up a romantic comedy pitch Sports Widow (2006) for Reese to star in and produce.
- She appeared in a television commercial when she was 7 for a local Nashville Florist.
- Has been named one of Rolling Stone's "People of the Year" along with Eminem and Kelly Osbourne.
- She lived in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a young child.
- Her Gap ad appeared on a 6-story-high building on Sunset Blvd
- Named one of E! 2002 Entertainers of the year.
- Her daughter, Ava, is named after Ryan's grandmother.
- Steve Dontanville from the William Morris Agency - is still her agent. They got together after The Man in the Moon (1991).
- She can trace her family all the way back to Scotland, UK.
- Her wedding ring is an early 1990s Neil Lane, Asscher-cut-diamond, and there are only a few like it in the world.
- Has an older brother, John D. Witherspoon
- Ranked #1 on E!'s Hollywood's Hottest Blondes (2003)
- Son Deacon Phillippe was born [October 23rd, 2003]
- As extra credit for a high school class, she worked as an office production assistant for the film Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). Director Carl Franklin paid homage to her by featuring Legally Blonde (2001) in the film Out of Time (2003/I).
- She collects antique linens and is crazy about old embroidery.
- Ryan proposed to her in December of 1998 while the couple was vacationing at The Planter's Inn in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Used to model in the Sunday paper, modeling kids' track suits and such. She said that it was creative for her when she was a kid. She was paid a day.
- Started children's acting classes at a community college at the age of 7. By the age of 9 she was taking adult acting classes.
- Her son is named after former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Deacon Phillippe, a distant relative of her husband Ryan Phillippe.
- Gymnast for 7 years
- Named 'Favorite Female Film Star' by People Magazine (2004)
- Is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.
- Neither she nor her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, use their real first names - Reese's first name is Laura, Ryan's first name is Matthew.
- Was the first person to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975) after the September 11th terror attacks.
- Auditioned for a role in Mallrats (1995)
- Was approached by a few companies to record music after she provided her own singing voice for Walk the Line (2005).
- Has appeared in four movies bearing the names of songs: Jack the Bear (1993), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Just Like Heaven (2005) and Walk the Line (2005).
- Is precisely two weeks older than Candace Cameron Bure.
- Friend of Renée Zellweger.
- She donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
- The year she won her Oscar for Walk the Line (2005) her husband Ryan Phillippe appeared in the movie that won "Best Picture": Crash (2004/I) .
- Her performance as Tracy Flick in Election (1999) is ranked #45 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Dyed her hair brown for her role in Walk the Line (2005)
- Named #40 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- Used to be a vegetarian.
- Is the second actress to win the best actress Oscar for portraying a female singer in a biography; the first was Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter.
- Plays a character by the name of "Annie" in both Penelope (2006) & Bunny Lake Is Missing (2007).