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Witherspoon at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
March 22, 1976
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.
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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1991||The Man in the Moon||Dani Trant|
|1993||A Far Off Place||Nonnie Parker|
|1993||Jack the Bear||Karen Morris|
|1998||Overnight Delivery||Ivy Miller|
|1998||Pleasantville||Jennifer / Mary Sue Parker|
|1999||Cruel Intentions||Annette Hargrove|
|1999||Best Laid Plans||Lissa|
|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|
|2007||Rendition||Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi|
|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|
|2013||Devil's Knot||Pamela Hobbs|
|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|
|2017||Home Again||Alice Kinney|
|2018||A Wrinkle in Time||Mrs. Whatsit|
|2019||Lucy in the Sky||—||Producer|
|Denotes series that have not yet been released|
|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||The 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||Bradley Jackson||Main role; also executive producer|
|2020||Little Fires Everywhere||Elena Richardson||Main role; also executive producer|
|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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Witherspoon being interviewed at the premiere of Walk the Line in 2005
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