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Reese Witherspoon: all news and scoops!

  • Occupation : actress
  • Real name: Laura Jeen Reese Witherspoon
  • Sign : Aries
  • Date of birth: Monday, March 22, 1976 (age: 44 years old)
  • Country: United States

Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde… Romantic comedies suit her well and reveal this pretty blonde as smart as sexy.

Reese Witherspoon, born on March 22, 1976, is the second child of John and Betty Witherspoon, a military surgeon specialized in the O.R.L. and a nurse. She spends her first four years in Germany, in Wiesbaden, where her father was posted at the time. Back in the United States, in Nashville, Tennessee, she appeared in commercials for local television at the age of 7. At the age of 11, she won a contest for young talent. Attracted by the spotlight, she got her first major movie role in 1991 in The Man in the Moon.

She went on to land other roles, but decided to put her career on hold temporarily to devote herself to her studies in English literature at Stanford University. Nevertheless, she accepted two roles in big-budget films, Fear (1996) and Freeway, the same year. Success is not there, but the specialists know how to recognize in her pretty face and her acting a future talent. She is thus proposed several great roles thereafter, in Pleasantville (1998), Election (1999), Cruel Intentions (1999).

In 2001, her role as the lawyer Elle Woods in the comedy Legally Blonde earned her international fame. Success followed success for the platinum blonde, who has been friends in life with her golden blonde elder, actress Jennifer Aniston, since they met on the set of Friends in 2000. Fashion Victim (2002), The Blonde Strikes Back (2003), James Mangold’s film about Johnny Cash, Walk the Line (2005) and the movie adaptation of Marc Levy’s novel, Just Like Heaven (2005) are all big hits for the actress. Her performance in Walk of the line even earned her the Oscar for best actress in March 2006. In 2009, the cosmetics brand Revlon chose her as its muse and launched the perfume “In Bloom by Reese Witherspoon” at the end of the year. More recently, in 2011, the actress appeared in the film Water for Elephants, alongside actor Robert Pattinson, who became her friend. So much so that she even picked him up, devastated, at his sumptuous California ranch in the summer of 2012, after revelations of his girlfriend Kristen Stewart’s affair with director Rupert Sanders. In 2014, the actress takes on the challenge of playing a young woman addicted to drugs and sex in the road movie Wild. This role earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

On the personal side, Reese married actor Ryan Philippe in June 1999, whom she met on his 21st birthday, and to whom she then gave the line in Cruel Intentions. They have two children together, Ava Elizabeth, born September 9, 1999 and Deacon Reese, born October 23, 2003. But after seven years of marriage, the couple divorced in October 2007. After a two-year relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhall, from whom she separated in December 2009, Reese began dating Jim Toth, her agent, in February 2010. In March 2011, the two actors get married in Ojai, California. On September 27, 2012, the family grows with the birth of a little boy named Tennessee James.

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