Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and was the model for a florist’s television commercial at the age of seven. Soon after, she took acting classes and, at the age of 13, appeared in several television commercials for companies such as Ames and Opryland.
She made her film debut at the age of 14 in “The Man in the Moon” (1991). Although she auditioned for a supporting role, Witherspoon took the lead in the film. For her performance, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Feature Film.
(Pictured) With Emily Warfield (R) in the film.
In the same year, the actress made her small film debut in the television film “Wildflower” directed by Diane Keaton with Patricia Arquette. In 1992 another television film followed with the title “Desperate Choices: To Save My Child” (picture), in which she played a seriously ill girl.
This was followed by roles in larger films, including “Jack the Bear” (1993) and “S.F.W.” (1994). In 1996, in “Freeway” (picture), she performed a breakout performance by a youthful criminal with bad mouth named Vanessa Lutz. The role earned her the Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. In the same year she was cast alongside Mark Wahlberg in “Fear”.
In 1998, Witherspoon played in “Twilight” alongside Hollywood legends such as Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman.
(Image, L-R) Witherspoon, Newman and Sarandon at the premiere of the film.
In 1998 she starred alongside Tobey Maguire in the comedy drama “Pleasantville”. The duo played teenage siblings from the 90s, who are magically placed in the setting of a 50s sitcom. Witherspoon won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female for this role.
She continued her march with three publications from 1999 – as a fraudulent seducer in “Best Laid Plans”, as a student in the dark satirical “Wahl” and as a teenager with principles in “Cruel Intentions” (picture).
In 2000 she appeared in two of her episodes in the popular sitcom “Friends”. She played Jill, Rachel’s younger sister – played by Jennifer Aniston (L).
It was her appearance in the box office hit “Legally Blonde” from 2001 that made her a star worldwide. Witherspoon played Elle Woods, a spirited sisterhood girl who follows her ex to Harvard Law School. The film helped establish her as one of the best women in Hollywood. In 2002, she delivered “Sweet Home Alabama”, another hit that raised over $ 100 million worldwide.
The actress became the executive producer with the film “Legal Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde”. In the 2003 sequel, she repeated the character of Elle Woods, who this time joins the team of a congresswoman to fight against a law that prohibits animal testing.
She was next seen in the historical drama “Vanity Fair” (2004), which was adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel of the same name and directed by Mira Nair. She played the central figure of Becky Sharp, who climbs the ranks of British society with her charm and sensuality. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.
(Pictured) With James Purefoy in the film.
The biographical drama “Walk the Line” from 2005 consolidated Witherspoon’s position as one of the best actresses of her generation. She played country singer June Carter, the love interest of musician Johnny Cash, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. The actress won the 2006 award season and won three main awards – Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA.
Witherspoon’s second appearance as an actor-producer in 2008 was the film “Penelope”, a modern fairy tale with Christina Ricci (L) and Catherine O’Hara. She played Penelope’s best friend, a girl who has a curse in her family that can only be broken if you find true love.
In 2007, the actress starred in the kidnapping thriller “Rendition” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin. She played Isabella El-Ibrahim, the pregnant woman of a bomb suspect.
The following year, she starred with Vince Vaughn in the film “Four Christmases”, a story about a couple who must spend Christmas to visit all four divorced parents. The film was a box office hit and raised over $ 160 million worldwide.
In 2009, actress Susan Murphy spoke, the main character in the 3D animated film “Monsters vs. Aliens”. It is the story of a young woman who is hit by a radioactive meteor on her wedding day, causing her to mutate and transform into a giant. The film won the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film in 2010.
Her next three films were love triangles – “How Do You Know” (2010), “Water for Elephants” (2011) and “This Means War” (2012, picture). In 2013 she played alongside Colin Firth and Stephen Moyer in the biographical crime story “Devil’s Knot”.
Witherspoon founded a production company called Pacific Standard in 2012, which in 2014 produced critically and commercially successful films “Gone Girl” and “Wild” (pictured). In “Wild” she portrayed a woman who is going on a solo trip to recover from a personal tragedy. Her achievements brought her Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations.
In 2014 she also appeared in two other films – “The Good Lie” and “Inherent Vice”. In the first, she played a job counselor for a Sudanese refugee family in the United States. In “Inherent Vice” she portrays a public prosecutor who passes confidential files on to the man she has an affair with.
(In the picture) With Ger Duany in “The good lie”.
Witherspoon was on the list of the 100 most influential people of the time in 2015 – her second appearance since 2006. In 2010 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2015 Witherspoon starred alongside Sofia Vergara (L) in the comedy “Hot Pursuit” and also appeared in the series “The Muppets”. In the same year, she launched a Mediterranean-inspired home and clothing line called Draper James.
She played in the HBO Limited series “Big Little Lies” with Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. The show and Witherspoon, Kidman, Dern and Woodley were nominated for the 2017 Emmy Awards.
The actress married her co-star “Cruel Intentions” in 1999, Ryan Phillippe. The couple had two children together – Ava and Deacon, before divorcing in 2007. In March 2011, she married the talent agent Jim Toth (pictured). They have a son, Tennessee, born in 2012.
In September 2017, she returned to the big screen and starred in the comedy “Home Again”, in which she played a single mother who moved to Los Angeles, where a group of young filmmakers moved in with her.
The actress was recently seen in the film “A Wrinkle in Time”, which was released on March 9, 2018. She plays Mrs. Whatsit, who lives in a haunted house with her two friends. The fantasy adventure also plays Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine.
Reese Witherspoon has the “time of [her] Life”.
The 44-year-old actress has released the fears and uncertainties that plagued the first years of her career and is now much happier.
She enthused: “I have the time of my life. I feel much more centered now than in my youth.
“I was worried all the time and so worried about, ‘Am I a good actor? Do people take me seriously? Am I funny? Am I not funny?’ “Now I’m just calm.”
The “Little Fires Everywhere” star is not only busy with her acting career and her family life, but also with her production work by her company Hello Sunshine. She is happy to keep pushing her limits while she can be so busy.
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She said, “I sleep when I sleep. It’s just a great time.
“My father always said: ‘You have to make hay while the sun is shining.’
“I’m just trying to bring great parts for women to the screen.”
Reese’s determination to start the company came when she decided to respond to her frustrations because of a lack of projects with a female focus.
She said: “I started when I was 14 and was often the only woman in a film set.
“As I got older, this story just continued.
“I thought, ‘That’s it. I’ve had enough. Nobody creates films for women that put women at the center of the story.
“‘I’m just going to spend my own money.’
“So I financed a company myself.”
Meanwhile, the blonde beauty that Ava (20) and Deacon (16) have with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe and seven-year-old Tennessee with spouse Jim Toth is intrigued by the way parenting changes between the time she was born has and youngest children, but their main priorities will always be to keep their brood safe and happy.
You added to HELLO! Magazine: “It is interesting because I have been a long-time parent since 1999.
“Parenthood has changed a lot in 20 years.
“The most important thing is that my children are safe, healthy and happy.” Everything else is just icing on the cake. “