Reese Witherspoon

Actor, Producer, Model
Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Reese Witherspoon made her mark as a smart, driven and self-respecting actress who refused to take the easy road to stardom with mindless teen flicks and broad comedies. Her sturdy ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (83)

Conan 2011 - 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Saturday Night Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Devil's Knot 2014 (Movie)

Pam Hobbs (Actor)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Deputy DA Penny Kimball (Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Good Lie 2014 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

Cheryl (Actor)

After Lately 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mud 2013 (Movie)

Juniper (Actor)

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Cameo)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 45th Annual CMA Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

This Means War 2012 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

2011 MTV Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

Marlena (Actor)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

Susan/Ginormica (Voice)

Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual CMA Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Kate Kingsberry (Actor)

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Teen Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual CMA Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Walk the Line 2005 (Movie)

June Carter (Actor)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

Becky Sharp (Actor)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

Elle Woods (Actor)

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Melanie Carmichael (Actor)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

Cecily Cardew (Actor)

The Simpsons 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

Elle Woods (Actor)

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trumpet of the Swan 2001 (Movie)

of Serena (Voice)

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

Evelyn Williams (Actor)

Friends 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

The Untitled Jay Lacopo Project 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Laid Plans 1999 (Movie)

Lissa (Actor)

Cruel Intentions 1999 (Movie)

Annette Hargrove (Actor)

Election 1999 (Movie)

Tracy Flick (Actor)

Overnight Delivery 1999 (Movie)

Ivy Miller (Actor)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

Jennifer/Mary Sue (Actor)

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

Mel Ames (Actor)

Fear 1996 (Movie)

Nicole Walker (Actor)

Freeway 1996 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

S.F.W. 1995 (Movie)

Wendy Pfister (Actor)

A Far Off Place 1993 (Movie)

Nonnie Parker (Actor)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

Karen Morris (Actor)

The Man in the Moon 1991 (Movie)

Dani Trant (Actor)

Downsizing (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Herself

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Wildflower (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Gone Girl 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Legally Blondes 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (2)

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

("Tomorrow(from the Broadway Musical "Annie")) (Song Performer)

Walk the Line 2005 (Movie)

Featured Musician (Performer)

Biography

Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Reese Witherspoon made her mark as a smart, driven and self-respecting actress who refused to take the easy road to stardom with mindless teen flicks and broad comedies. Her sturdy Southern upbringing by an academic family was evident in the focus and confidence she brought to her first starring film role at the age of 14. Uncommon comedic talent paired with her high energy and charismatic spirit first caught critical notice in 1996's indie cult hit "Election," and by 2001, she assumed the role of one of the few leading ladies who could open a film with her delightfully cheeky turn in "Legally Blonde." Her commitment to "real" women characters rendered the occasional lackluster comedy like "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) watchable, but Witherspoon proved herself to be a serious dramatic contender with her overwhelmingly acclaimed portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" (2005), for which she won a much deserved Oscar. Off-screen, her marriage to fellow actor Ryan Phillippe seemed to echo the perfection of all other aspects of her world, but the couple shocked the public in 2006 when - after two children and many years together, by Hollywood standards - they separated amidst rumors of his infidelity. Ever the fighter and self-professed type-A personality, Witherspoon picked up the pieces with class and discretion, and continued on with her highly bankable career.

Relationships

Michael Bomboy

Companion
Witherspoon's first high school love

Jake Gyllenhaal Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring together in the CIA thriller "Rendition" (2007) Dating since March 2007 Split in November 2009

Chris O'Donnell Actor

Companion
Reportedly briefly dated

Ryan Phillippe Actor

Husband
Met at Witherspoon's 21st birthday party Announced their engagement Acted together in "Cruel Intentions" (1999) Married on a plantation in Charleston, SC Witherspoon filed for divorce a week after they announced their separation Divorce finalized

Ava Phillippe

Daughter
Born on Sept. 9, 1999; father, Ryan Phillippe

Deacon Phillippe

Son
Born on Oct. 23, 2003; father, Ryan Phillippe

Jeremy Sisto Actor

Companion
Briefly dated after working together in the 1992 TV-movie "Desperate Choices: To Save My Child" No longer together

Jim Toth Actor

Husband
Began dating early 2010 Engaged in December 2010 Married on March 6, 2011

Tennessee Toth

Son
Born Sept. 27, 2012; father, Jim Toth

Mark Wahlberg Actor

Companion
Co-starred in 1996's "Fear" No longer together

John Witherspoon

Father
Was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserves; later became an ear-nose-throat specialist

Betty Witherspoon

Mother
Had a Ph.D in pediatric nursing

John Witherspoon

Brother
Older

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California
Enrolled in 1994; left to pursue acting full-time after one year

Harding Academy

Nashville , Tennessee
Elementary school

Harpeth Hall School

Nashville , Tennessee
All-girls school

Milestones

2012

Played the woman at the center of a battle between two best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) in action comedy ""This Means War"

2011

Portrayed Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"

2010

Co-starred with Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"

2009

Voiced Susan Murphy, the 49 ft. central character in the computer-animated 3-D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens"

2008

Co-starred with Vince Vaughn in the holiday comedy "Four Christmases"

2007

Played a pregnant Midwestern woman who discovers that her Egyptian husband is being secretly held by the U.S. government in "Rendition"

2006

Surpassed Julia Roberts to become the highest paid actress of all time

2006

Made producing debut (also co-starred) with "Penelope"; Christina Ricci starred in the title role

2005

Portrayed June Carter Cash opposite Joaquin Phoenix in "Walk the Line," a biopic of country music legend Johnny Cash directed by James Mangold

2004

Starred in the period film "Vanity Fair," directed by Mira Nair

2003

Reprised the role of Elle Woods for "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blond"

2002

Played Cecily Cardew in a film remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"

2002

Starred as a Southern girl who remakes herself as a New York socialite in "Sweet Home Alabama"

2001

Starred in the surprise hit comedy "Legally Blonde" as bubbly sorority girl-turned-legal eagle Elle Woods

2000

Made two-episode appearance as the kid sister of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) on the NBC sitcom "Friends"

1999

Starred alongside Alessandro Nivola and Josh Brolin in "Best Laid Plans"

1999

Cast as a virginal teenager in "Cruel Intentions," a modern-day spin on "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

1999

Cast as Tracy Flick, a manipulative overachiever running for class president in Alexander Payne's "Election"

1998

Transported back to the black-and-white world of 1950s television in Gary Ross' "Pleasantville"

1998

Played the daughter of Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon in Robert Benton's "Twilight"

1996

Starred as the object of Mark Wahlberg's obsession in "Fear"

1996

Played a troubled, precocious girl with a dark past in "Freeway" (aired on HBO before its theatrical release)

1995

Starred as satirical mini-mart hostage who lets loose a bitchy side in "S.F.W."

1993

Co-starred in CBS miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove"

1993

First starring role, "A Far Off Place"

1993

Acted in Marshall Herskowitz's "Jack the Bear"

1991

Film debut in "The Man in the Moon"; also marked first on-screen kiss

1991

TV acting debut in Lifetime movie "Wildflower"; directed by Diane Keaton

1983

Began acting in local commercials at age seven

Raised in Nashville, TN

Bonus Trivia

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"It's tough making movies. Six months out of the year I live entirely with strange adults, and then I come home to Tennessee and live with my parents for the rest of the year, just trying to be a normal kid." – Witherspoon to Movieline, March 1994

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"I've argued with lots of directors, because they pay you to come in and give your two cents about your character. It's going to be you up there on the screen and you should know better than anybody what you're doing." – Witherspoon quoted in Interview, November 1994

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"I read the script for 'Twilight' and I really loved it. I ran into Robert Benton, the director, and I said, 'I really want to do your movie. It's the best script I've read and the one movie I want to make this year. I'll either make this movie or go back to Stanford, it's up to you.' I read for him several times, and it just sort of fell into place. I'm sure most people thought it was because of the work I had previously done, but he never saw 'Freeway', he never saw 'The Man in the Moon', he never saw anything I had done. He still hasn't as far as I know." – Witherspoon, quoted in Detour magazine, February 1998

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On Tracy Flick, her blindly ambitious character in "Election": "Tracy for any actress is irresistible. She was like so many people I knew and grew up with. Everyone knows one of those horrible people that you want to kill because they're so perfect and you can't. This character is for all intents and purposes likeable. But you just can't stand her." – quoted to The Boston Herald, May 3, 1999

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Quoted in an (Oct. 28, 1998) article in USAToday, "Pleasantville" writer/director Gary Ross called Witherspoon "funny and lovely, a throwback to stars like Carole Lombard and Rosalind Russell. She's a phenomenally talented comedian. There's a real life force to her, and an intelligence that many young actresses don't have."

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"I don't f*ck around. I don't think it's a joke that people put up $20 million to finance a movie. I show up. I know my lines." – Witherspoon on her work ethic, quoted in Premiere magazine, August 2001

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"Filmmaking is a collaborative process. I have things to add, and whether someone chooses to use them is their prerogative. But I'm not going to shut up, I have a lot to say, and I don't let anybody give me any shit. I have earned the right to have an opinion, so when people don't listen to me, I get a little pissed off." – Witherspoon to Premiere magazine, August 2001

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"To be able to call people and say, 'I think you're the greatest. Will you please come work with me?' It's a new moment in my life." – Witherspoon quoted to The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29, 2002

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"I'm very lucky to have a very great team of people that sort of help me make decisions, help me schedule my life, that kind of thing. But also, yeah, I think it's also about loving what you do and I think people see that and I think they can tell in a film if you're having a lot of fun and enjoying yourself, or if you're just sort of miserable and sleepwalking. I really love what I do. I have a great passion for it." – Witherspoon on her success to Filmforce.ign.com, June 30, 2003

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"There's no dumb blonde in her. This is a brilliant blonde who was very focused and mature at a very early age. She was always very confident and driven." – Director Garry Ross to Vanity Fair magazine, September 2004

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"There's something about overt sexuality. Like it's scatological or something! I'm all about trying to make movies that have nothing to do with my body. I'm prudish and nervous. I don't have the excuse that my grandmother is watching anymore, but she's watching! It makes me nervous when I see a woman with her midriff showing. I would never do that on purpose, and if it happened by accident I'd be mortified. I feel threatened by woman who ...eeewwww! Like women on the cover of hootchy-kootchy magazines! The way I was brought up, I wasn't allowed to wear black, and I wasn't allowed to wear bikinis. And I was only allowed to wear two shades of lipstick, peach or pink. It was all about what was 'appropriate.'" – Witherspoon quoted to Vanity Fair magazine, September 2004

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"Who is so arrogant and vain that they don't want people to know they're real or human? That they're fallible? We are all just people. That's part of what's amazing about being an actor. It's about compassion and deep feeling for other people's pain or struggle or drive. I never feel above them. I never feel beneath them. That's probably what led me to this profession." – Witherspoon to Interview magazine, December/January 2006

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"There is something in the zeitgeist right now about woman waiting to portray themselves as stupid. I don't know if these woman are actresses or singers or whatever they are, but I know they're not stupid. It irritates me that the sort of fad that 'stupidity is cute' might really be doing some serious damage. It's the cheap answer, and let's hope that their moment fades. Sorry, but I have a little girl." – Witherspoon quoted to W magazine, February 2006

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"Actors have this influence – people ask about our clothes and things like that," she says. "I don't want my politics to become part of that. It's personal to me." – Witherspoon to Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 24, 2007

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In September 2011, Witherspoon suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car while jogging in Santa Monica, CA. The driver of the car, an 84-year-old woman who'd been traveling about 20 mph, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The actress was taken to a hospital for treatment, and by the afternoon, was resting comfortably at her home in Brentwood, CA. Witherspoon did not press charges against the 84-year-old driver.

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In March 2012, it was announced Witherspoon's Type A Film has merged with producer Bruna Papandrea's Make Movies to create a new production banner named Pacific Standard.

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