Reese Witherspoon an Academy Award-winning actress known for her roles in ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Walk the Line,’ ‘Wild’ and the HBO series ‘Big Little Lies.’
About Reese Witherspoon And Her Family
Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22 1976 in Louisiana to Dr. John Witherspoon and Dr. Mary Elizabeth “Betty”. She attended middle school at Stanford University and graduated from Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. She later attended Stanford University as an English Literature major but left the school prior to completing her studies in acting career.
Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe first met at her 21st birthday 1997. They got engaged in Dec 1998 and married on 5th June 1999 in South Carolina. They both had two children daughter Ava Elizabeth born on 9th September 1999 and a son Deacon Reese Phillippe born on October 2003. They both got separated in October 2006.
Witherspoon met Jim Toth and dated in Feb 2010. They got engaged in Dec 2010 and married on 26th March 2011. The pair has a son named Tennessee born on 26 September 2012.
Reese Witherspoon Career Details And Acting
Witherspoon went for an open casting call for The Man in the Moon in 1991, to audition as a bit player, she was instead cast for the lead role of Dani Trant, a 14-year-old country girl who falls in love for the first time with her 17-year-old neighbor. Witherspoon’s career-defining role: starring with Matthew Broderick in Election, based on Tom Perrotta’s novel for her portrayal of Tracy Flick, she won the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the Online Film Critics Society, a first Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination and received vast critical acclaim.
The 2001 film Legally Blonde marked a turning point in Witherspoon’s career; she starred as Elle Woods, a fashion-merchandising major who decides to become a law student in order to follow her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School. Soon after the success of Legally Blonde, Witherspoon featured in roles including Greta Wolfcastle in The Simpsons episode “The Bart Wants What It Wants”, and as Cecily in Being Earnest, a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s.
In 2001, Witherspoon continued to soar when she starred in the surprise box office hit Legally Blonde. Witherspoon played Elle Woods, a towheaded 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 movies thus 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.
Witherspoon furthered her success with commercial films like Sweet Home Alabama (2002), while also performing in indie fare and providing voiceover work for animation projects. She earned critical acclaim in 2005, when she appeared as country singer June Carter, opposite Joaquin Phoenix as 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 performance in the film.
Witherspoon launched a production company called Pacific Standard in 2012, which was behind the 2014 films Gone Girl and Wild. The latter, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, stars Witherspoon as a woman who takes to the road after the death of her mother. Witherspoon earned rave reviews for the role, receiving Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG award nominations.
‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
In 2017, Witherspoon took on the roles of producer and star of David E. Kelley’s HBO series, Big Little Lies, which featured such talents as Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, and Laura Dern. The series brought significant attention at the Primetime Emmys, including an outstanding lead actress nomination for Witherspoon, prompting speculation that a second season would soon follow.
In early 2018, Witherspoon appeared alongside Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling in an adaptation of the acclaimed science-fiction novel A Wrinkle In Time. Later that year, it was revealed that she was preparing to reprise the role of Elle Woods for Legally Blonde 3, with much of the creative team from the original hit movie also in talks to join the project.
Quick Facts About Reese Witherspoon
Net Worth: $150 Million
Source of Wealth: Professional Actress.
Date Of Birth: 1976 March 22
Country: United States of America