Reese Witherspoon

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Real Name: Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon
Birthday: March 22, 1976


Biography And Filmography:

Actress Reese Witherspoon went from beauty queen to Hollywood sexy celebrity after getting her start in the 1991 movie "The Man in the Moon". Hired after winning a talent search, the actress had only television commercials to her credit, but she gave a perfect performance on her first attempt, playing a fourteen-year-old girl in love with the boy who lives next door dating her sister. 

That same year, Witherspoon made her television acting debut in the Diane Keaton movie "Wildflower" (1991) with Patricia Arquette, playing a young girl who finds an epileptic teenager held prisenor by her father. She then appeared as an ill young teen in "Desperate Choices: To Save My Child" (1992), and a young wife with a wondering romantic eye in the miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove" (1993) with Jon Voight and Rick Schroder. That same year Witherspoon starred in "A Far Off Place", a teen targeted feature where two kids are the only ones to survive a massacre of a gang of poachers.

Reese gave a great performance as a playful hostage in the spoof "S.F.W." (1995), about an alienated teenager who gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists. She was next hounded by Mark Wahlberg in James Foley's "Fear" with Alyssa Milano, and said goodbye to her innocent girl image in "Freeway" ( 1996) with Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields, a twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

After Witherspoon played the rowdy daughter of Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman in "Twilight", her beauty and energetic talent found its way into Gary Ross' "Pleasantville" (1998) starring Tobey Maguire, where two teenagers find themselves in a 1950's sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. 

Witherspoon stayed on her path to celebrity with roles in three 1999 films. First as Alessandro Nivola's lover who plan to escape from their isolated town in "Best Laid Plans", then opposite Matthew Broderick in "Election", about what happens when a high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections. And finally that year she played the courageous but innocent Annette in "Cruel Intentions" with Ryan Phillippe, a version of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" set in the middle of the teen angst.Portraying the ruthless and playful class president candidate Tracey Flick in "Election", she played a whole new kind of bad girl, an outwardly innocent teenager so courageously focused on her goals that anything in the way is shattered.  

A guest role as Rachel's younger sister on the hit sitcom "Friends" raised her profile even higher in 2000, a year that saw the young celebrity busy with marriage and the birth of her first child.

Witherspoon returned after her pregnancy alongside Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette and Rodney Dangerfield in the hit comedy "Little Nicky" (2000), where Sandler's two evil brothers, Adrian and Cassius, have just escaped from Hell and are wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting earth. His dad Lucifer (Dangerfield) is disintegrating and it's up to Nicky (Sandler) to save him and all of a humanity by midnight before one of his brothers becomes the new Satan. The actress then worked with Christian Bale in the mystery thriller "American Psycho" (2000).

In 2001, Witherspoon starred in the comedy "Legally Blonde", a cute tale about a blonde sorority queen who is dumped by her boyfriend and decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. She was then hired and cast to play Cecily Cardew in the 2002 film of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest".

Witherspoon then starred in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), about a southern girl who, after converting herself into a New York socialite, has second thoughts about her true self during a trip back home. The following year, she starred and executive produced the sequel "Legally Blonde: Red, White and Blonde" (2003), a smaller version of the original that took the character Elle Woods to Washington D.C. to fight a law.     

The actress then took on the role of Becky Sharp in an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel "Vanity Fair" (2004), where growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and climbs the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

Witherspoon's next movie, "Just Like Heaven" (2005), was a romantic comedy where she plays a workaholic doctor who finds herself in an otherworldly state haunting her home after it's leased to a widower.

Reese Witherspoon was a hot celebrity and Hollywood wanted more of her.

Next, she worked on to a project with a bigger challenge, playing country singer June Carter Cash opposite Joaquin Phoenix's Johnny Cash in the biopic "Walk the Line" (2005). Her hard work paid off, as she won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She then won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 78th Annual Academy Awards.

Once things settled down it was back to work for the actress in the romantic comedy "Penelope" (2006), a modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will love her faithfully". Next was the dramatic thriller "Rendition" (2007), where a CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the United States. 

Witherspoon returned to comedy in the holiday themed movie "Four Christmases" (2008) with Vince Vaughn, where a young couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. She wrapped her year by lending her voice talents to the animated comedy "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009) with Kiefer Sutherland, where a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster and she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years.

In 2011, Witherspoon hit the big time with her role in “Water for Elephants” – a story about a veterinary student who abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. The movie was nominated for several awards even though is lagged at the box office.

In 2013 Reese took the starring role of Juniper in the dramatic “Mud” working with Matthew McConaughey in the drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.

Also in 2013 Witherspoon took another dramatic leading role working with hunk Ryan Reynolds in “Big Eyes” - a drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, and her phenomenal success in the 1950s and subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Witherspoon will also starred in “Wish List” (2013) where life changes for a 35 career woman when a coin she threw in a magic fountain as a girl finally reaches the bottom.

Reese wrapped up 2013 starring with Colin Firth in the crime thriller “Devil’s Knot” – about three children who are savagely murdered and weeks later the police announce the arrest of three teenagers accused of committing the murders as part of a satanic cult ritual.


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