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Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976), better known as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and film producer. Witherspoon landed her first feature role as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991; later that year she made her television acting debut, in the cable movie Wildflower. In 1996, Witherspoon appeared in Freeway and followed that appearance with roles in three major 1998 films: Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight. The following year, Witherspoon appeared in the critically acclaimed Election, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

2001 marked her career's turning point with the breakout role as Elle Woods in the box office hit Legally Blonde, and in 2002 she starred in Sweet Home Alabama, which became her biggest commercial film success to date. 2003 saw her return as lead actress and executive producer of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention and praise for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, which earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Witherspoon married actor and Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Phillippe in 1999; they have two children, Ava and Deacon. The couple separated at the end of 2006 and divorced in October 2007. Witherspoon married her second husband, talent agent Jim Toth, in 2011. Witherspoon owns a production company, Type A Films, and she is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. She serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation. On December 1, 2010, Witherspoon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Man in the Moon Dani Trant
1991 Wildflower Ellie Perkins
1992 Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Cassie Robbins
1993 A Far Off Place Nonnie Parker
1993 Jack the Bear Karen Morris
1994 S.F.W. Wendy Pfister
1996 Freeway Vanessa Lutz
1996 Fear Nicole Walker
1998 Twilight Mel Ames
1998 Overnight Delivery Ivy Miller
1998 Pleasantville Jennifer/Mary Sue Parker
1999 Cruel Intentions Annette Hargrove
1999 Election Tracy Flick
1999 Best Laid Plans Lissa
2000 Little Nicky Holly Cameo
2000 American Psycho Evelyn Williams
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Serena Voice
2001 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2002 The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Melanie Carmichael
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle Woods Also executive producer
2004 Vanity Fair Becky Sharp
2005 Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2005 Just like Heaven Elizabeth Masterson
2006 Penelope Annie Also producer
2007 Rendition Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
2008 Four Christmases Kate
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / Ginormica Voice (also in the video game)
2010 How Do You Know Lisa Jorgenson
2011 Water for Elephants Marlena Rosenbluth
2012 This Means War Lauren Scott
2013 Mud Juniper
2014 Devil's Knot Pamela Hobbs
2014 Wild Cheryl Strayed Also producer
2014 The Good Lie Carrie Davis
2014 Gone Girl Producer only
2014 Inherent Vice Penny Kimball
2015 Hot Pursuit Officer Rose Cooper Also producer
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Ferris Dunnigan Miniseries
2000 King of the Hill Debbie (voice) 2 episodes
2000 Friends Jill Green 2 episodes
2001 Saturday Night Live Host / Various Episode: "Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys"
2002 Template:Sortname Greta Wolfcastle (voice) Episode: "The Bart Wants What It Wants"
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Various roles 3 episodes; documentary
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice) Short film
2015 Saturday Night Live Host/Various Episode: "Reese Witherspoon/Florence + the Machine"





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