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Witherspoon at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

March 22, 1976 (1976-03-22) (age 45)
Education Stanford University
  • Actress
  • producer
  • entrepreneur
Years active 1991–present
Children 3
Awards Full list

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, she is among the highest-paid actresses in the world, as of 2019. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2015.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Witherspoon began her career as a teenager, making her screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991). She also starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Fear (1996). Her breakthrough came in 1999 with a supporting role in Cruel Intentions and for her portrayal of Tracy Flick in the black comedy Election. She achieved wide recognition with her role as Elle Woods in the comedy Legally Blonde (2001) and its 2003 sequel, and for her starring roles in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama (2002) and romantic drama Water for Elephants (2011). In 2005, her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the biographical musical film Walk the Line garnered critical acclaim and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her credits also include voice work for the animated films Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and Sing (2016).

Witherspoon owns the production company Hello Sunshine, under which she produced the thriller Gone Girl and the drama Wild (both 2014). She also starred as Cheryl Strayed in the latter, for which she received a second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she began producing and starring in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series.

Witherspoon also owns a clothing company Draper James, 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. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Personal life

Witherspoon met actor Ryan Phillippe at her 21st birthday party in March 1997. They became engaged in December 1998 and married near Charleston, South Carolina, on June 5, 1999, at Old Wide Awake Plantation. They have two children together, a daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, born on September 9, 1999, and a son, Deacon Reese Phillippe, born in October 2003. In October 2006, Witherspoon and Phillippe announced their separation.

In early February 2010, it was reported that Witherspoon was dating Jim Toth, a talent agent and co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency, where Witherspoon is a client. Witherspoon and Toth announced their engagement in December 2010, and married on March 26, 2011, in Ojai, California, at Libbey Ranch, Witherspoon's country estate, which she later sold. The couple have a son together, Tennessee who was born on September 26, 2012.



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Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Man in the Moon Dani Trant
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 Smooter
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle Woods 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)
2010 How Do You Know Lisa Jorgenson
2011 Water for Elephants Marlena Rosenbluth
2012 This Means War Lauren Scott
2012 Mud Juniper
2013 Devil's Knot Pamela Hobbs
2014 Gone Girl Producer
2014 Wild Cheryl Strayed Also producer
2014 The Good Lie Carrie Davis
2014 Inherent Vice Penny Kimball
2015 Hot Pursuit Officer Rose Cooper Also producer
2016 Sing Rosita (voice)
2017 Home Again Alice Kinney
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit
2019 Lucy in the Sky Producer
2020 The Dry Denotes films that have not yet been released Producer


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Year Title Role Notes
1991 Wildflower Ellie Perkins Movie
1992 Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Cassie Robbins Movie
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Ferris Dunnigan Miniseries
2000 King of the Hill Debbie Grund (voice) 2 episodes
2000 Friends Jill Green 2 episodes
2001 Saturday Night Live Host / Various Episode: "Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys"
2002 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons 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) Special
2015 Saturday Night Live Host / Various Episode: "Reese Witherspoon/Florence + the Machine"
2015 Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris Guest announcer Episode: "Reese Witherspoon"
2015 The Muppets Herself Episode: "Walk the Swine"
2017–2019 Big Little Lies Madeline Martha Mackenzie Main role; also executive producer
2017 The Mindy Project Herself Episode: "Girl Gone Wild"
2018 Shine On with Reese Herself Host; also executive producer
2019 The Morning Show Denotes series that have not yet been released Bradley Jackson Main role; also executive producer
2020 Little Fires Everywhere Denotes series that have not yet been released Elena Richardson Main role; also executive producer

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Year Title Role Notes
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / Ginormica


Witherspoon has won numerous awards, including the BAFTA Award and the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Walk the Line in 2005. In 2015, she received another nomination in the category for her performance in Wild.

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