Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1976-03-22 (46 years old)

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Biography

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress and producer. The recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards, she has consistently ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2015, and Forbes listed her among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019. In 2021, Forbes named her the world's richest actress with an estimated net worth of $400 million.Witherspoon began her career as a teenager, making her screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991). 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 gained wider recognition for playing Elle Woods in the comedy Legally Blonde (2001) and its 2003 sequel, and for starring in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama (2002). In 2005, she gained critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying June Carter Cash in the musical biopic Walk the Line. Following a career downturn, during which her sole box-office success was the romantic drama Water for Elephants (2011), Witherspoon made a comeback by producing and starring as Cheryl Strayed in the drama Wild (2014), which earned her a second nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Witherspoon has since worked primarily in television, producing and starring in several female-led literary adaptations under her company Hello Sunshine. These include the HBO drama series Big Little Lies (2017–2019), the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show (2019–present), and the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere (2020). For the first of these, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. Witherspoon also owns a clothing company, Draper James, and she is 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 dedicated to women's causes.

Personal Life

Witherspoon met actor Ryan Phillippe at her 21st birthday party in March 1997. The pair became engaged in December 1998 and married on June 5, 1999, at Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, South Carolina. They have two children together, daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, born on September 9, 1999 and son, Deacon Reese Phillippe, born on October 23, 2003. On October 30, 2006, Witherspoon and Phillippe announced their separation. Witherspoon filed for divorce on November 8, 2006, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause. In light of the couple's lack of a prenuptial agreement, she requested that the court refuse to grant spousal support to Phillippe, and asked for joint legal custody and sole physical custody of the pair's two children. Phillippe filed for joint physical custody of the children on May 15, 2007, and did not seek any spousal support. The couple's marriage officially ended on October 5, 2007, with final divorce arrangements settled on June 13, 2008, according to court documents. Phillippe and Witherspoon share joint custody of their children.Witherspoon dated her Rendition co-star Jake Gyllenhaal from 2007 until 2009. In February 2010, Witherspoon was reported to be dating Jim Toth, a talent agent and co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency, where she is a client. They announced their engagement that December, 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 James Toth, born on September 27, 2012. On April 19, 2013, Witherspoon was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, after Toth was stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence. She pleaded no-contest to obstruction of an officer and was required to pay court costs.

Early Life

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976, at Southern Baptist Hospital, in New Orleans, Louisiana, while her father, John Draper Witherspoon, was a student at Tulane University medical school. Her father was born in Georgia and served as a lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. He was in private practice as an otolaryngologist until 2012. Her mother, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (née Reese) Witherspoon, is from Harriman, Tennessee. Betty Witherspoon was a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University and had a PhD in pediatric nursing. Witherspoon has claimed descent from Scottish-born John Witherspoon, who signed the United States Declaration of Independence; however, this claim has not been verified by the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence genealogists. Her parents are still legally married, although they separated in 1996.Witherspoon was raised as an Episcopalian, and has said she is proud of the "definitive Southern upbringing" which she received. She said that it gave her "a sense of family and tradition" and taught her about "being conscientious about people's feelings, being polite, being responsible and never taking for granted what you have in your life". At age seven, Witherspoon was selected as a model for a florist's television advertisements, which motivated her to take acting lessons. At age 11, she took first place in the Ten-State Talent Fair. Witherspoon received high grades in school, loved reading, and considered herself "a big dork who read loads of books". On mentioning her love for books, she said, "I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything." She has been described as a "multi-achiever" and was given the nickname "Little Type A" by her parents. Witherspoon attended middle school at Harding Academy and graduated from the all-girls' Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, during which time she was a cheerleader. She later attended Stanford University as an English literature major, but left the school prior to completing her studies to pursue an acting career.

Filmography

All 119

Movies 78

TV Shows 41

Self 27

Producer 25

Voice 3

Creator 1

Debbie
Your Place Or Mine (2023)

Your Place Or Mine (2023)

Movie
Producer
Something from Tiffany's (2022)

Something from Tiffany's (2022)

Movie
Executive Producer
Surface (2022)

Surface (2022)

TV Show
Producer
Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

Movie
9
Executive Producer
Fair Play (2022)

Fair Play (2022)

Movie
Rosita
Sing 2 (2021)

Sing 2 (2021)

Movie
5.62
Rosita (voice)
Come Home (2021)

Come Home (2021)

Movie
Self
Friends: The Reunion (2021)

Friends: The Reunion (2021)

Movie
8.18
Self - Guest
Mary McCartney Serves It Up (2021)

Mary McCartney Serves It Up (2021)

TV Show
Producer
The Dry (2020)

The Dry (2020)

Movie
2
Producer
Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) (2020)

Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) (2020)

Movie
Self
The Drew Barrymore Show (2020)

The Drew Barrymore Show (2020)

TV Show
Self
Get Organized with The Home Edit (2020)

Get Organized with The Home Edit (2020)

TV Show
Self
Her Effortless Brilliance: A Celebration of Lynn Shelton Through Film and Music (2020)

Her Effortless Brilliance: A Celebration of Lynn Shelton Through Film and Music (2020)

Movie
Self
Becoming (2020)

Becoming (2020)

Movie
Self
My Darling Vivian (2020)

My Darling Vivian (2020)

Movie
Self - Host
Fierce Queens (2020)

Fierce Queens (2020)

TV Show
Elena Richardson
Little Fires Everywhere (2020)

Little Fires Everywhere (2020)

TV Show
5.5
Executive Producer
Truth Be Told (2019)

Truth Be Told (2019)

TV Show
7.22
Bradley Jackson
The Morning Show (2019)

The Morning Show (2019)

TV Show
6.76
Producer
Lucy in the Sky (2019)

Lucy in the Sky (2019)

Movie
Self
This Changes Everything (2019)

This Changes Everything (2019)

Movie
Self - Host / Host (2018) / Self - Host (2018)
Shine On with Reese (2018)

Shine On with Reese (2018)

TV Show
Mrs. Whatsit
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Movie
5.71
Self
Election - Reese Witherspoon (2017)

Election - Reese Witherspoon (2017)

Movie
Alice
Home Again (2017)

Home Again (2017)

Movie
4.73
Madeline Mackenzie / Executive Producer
Big Little Lies (2017)

Big Little Lies (2017)

TV Show
6.57
Rosita
Gunter Babysits (2017)

Gunter Babysits (2017)

Movie
Rosita
Sing (2016)

Sing (2016)

Movie
7.43
Self
Chelsea (2016)

Chelsea (2016)

TV Show
Everything Is Copy (2015)

Everything Is Copy (2015)

Movie
Herself
The Muppets (2015)

The Muppets (2015)

TV Show
3.5
Home
Nature Is Speaking (2015)

Nature Is Speaking (2015)

TV Show
Self
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)

TV Show
Rose Cooper
Hot Pursuit (2015)

Hot Pursuit (2015)

Movie
7.33
Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball
Inherent Vice (2014)

Inherent Vice (2014)

Movie
6.23
Woman at Costume Party
9 Kisses (2014)

9 Kisses (2014)

Movie
Producer
Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

Movie
7.58
Carrie
The Good Lie (2014)

The Good Lie (2014)

Movie
6
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

TV Show
6.26
Cheryl
Wild (2014)

Wild (2014)

Movie
6.56
Pam Hobbs
Devil's Knot (2013)

Devil's Knot (2013)

Movie
Juniper
Mud (2013)

Mud (2013)

Movie
2
Monsters vs. Aliens Stories (2013)

Monsters vs. Aliens Stories (2013)

Movie
Dreamworks Spooky Stories (2012)

Dreamworks Spooky Stories (2012)

Movie
10
Lauren
This Means War (2012)

This Means War (2012)

Movie
8
Marlena
Water for Elephants (2011)

Water for Elephants (2011)

Movie
7
Lisa
How Do You Know (2010)

How Do You Know (2010)

Movie
7
Self
Conan (2010)

Conan (2010)

TV Show
8.14
Self (archive footage)
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity (2009)

Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity (2009)

Movie
DreamWorks Spooky Stories (2009)

DreamWorks Spooky Stories (2009)

TV Show
Producer
Legally Blondes (2009)

Legally Blondes (2009)

Movie
Susan / Ginormica
Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)

Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)

Movie
7.29
Susan Murphy / Ginormica
Monsters vs Aliens (2009)

Monsters vs Aliens (2009)

Movie
6.09
Kate / Producer
Four Christmases (2008)

Four Christmases (2008)

Movie
6.33
Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Rendition (2007)

Rendition (2007)

Movie
4
Self
The Graham Norton Show (2007)

The Graham Norton Show (2007)

TV Show
9.5
Self
Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line (2006)

Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line (2006)

Movie
Annie
Penelope (2006)

Penelope (2006)

Movie
6
Elizabeth
Just Like Heaven (2005)

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Movie
6.71
June Carter
Walk the Line (2005)

Walk the Line (2005)

Movie
5.57
The Tony Danza Show (2004)

The Tony Danza Show (2004)

TV Show
Becky Sharp
Vanity Fair (2004)

Vanity Fair (2004)

Movie
6
Self
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

TV Show
5.15
Elle Woods
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

Movie
5.28
Melanie Smooter
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Movie
6.53
Self
American Idol (2002)

American Idol (2002)

TV Show
7.25
Cecily
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

Movie
10
Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)

Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)

TV Show
Elle Woods
Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Movie
6.1
Serena
The Trumpet Of The Swan (2001)

The Trumpet Of The Swan (2001)

Movie
Holly
Little Nicky (2000)

Little Nicky (2000)

Movie
4.73
Evelyn Williams
American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho (2000)

Movie
7.64
Herself
Rove (1999)

Rove (1999)

TV Show
Tracy Flick
Election (1999)

Election (1999)

Movie
7
Lissa
Best Laid Plans (1999)

Best Laid Plans (1999)

Movie
Annette Hargrove
Cruel Intentions (1999)

Cruel Intentions (1999)

Movie
5.41
Jennifer
Pleasantville (1998)

Pleasantville (1998)

Movie
6.25
TRL (1998)

TRL (1998)

TV Show
Ivy Miller
Overnight Delivery (1998)

Overnight Delivery (1998)

Movie
Mel Ames
Twilight (1998)

Twilight (1998)

Movie
6
Self / Self - Guest
The View (1997)

The View (1997)

TV Show
8
Debbie (voice)
King of the Hill (1997)

King of the Hill (1997)

TV Show
6.33
Vanessa Lutz
Freeway (1996)

Freeway (1996)

Movie
6
Nicole Walker
Fear (1996)

Fear (1996)

Movie
4.67
Jill Green
Friends (1994)

Friends (1994)

TV Show
6.65
Wendy Pfister
S.F.W. (1994)

S.F.W. (1994)

Movie
Ferris Dunnigan
Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

TV Show
6
Self - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

TV Show
6
Karen Morris
Jack the Bear (1993)

Jack the Bear (1993)

Movie
Nonnie Parker
A Far Off Place (1993)

A Far Off Place (1993)

Movie
Cassie Robbins
Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992)

Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992)

Movie
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

TV Show
5.75
Ellie Perkins
Wildflower (1991)

Wildflower (1991)

Movie
Dani Trant
The Man in the Moon (1991)

The Man in the Moon (1991)

Movie
6.5
Greta (voice)
The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons (1989)

TV Show
6.23
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1988)

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1988)

TV Show
Self - Host / The Little Mermaid / Anne Heche / Self - Host / Jackie Fong / Jerrilyn / Purr-sula / Various
Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live (1975)

TV Show
6.36
Self
The Oscars (1953)

The Oscars (1953)

TV Show
Today (1952)

Today (1952)

TV Show
Producer
Ashley's War

Ashley's War

Movie
Executive Producer
Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six

TV Show
Producer
The Cactus

The Cactus

Movie
Executive Producer
My Kind of Country

My Kind of Country

TV Show
Creator
Tiny Trailblazers

Tiny Trailblazers

TV Show
Producer
Run, Rose, Run

Run, Rose, Run

Movie
Executive Producer
The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me

TV Show
Executive Producer
Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

TV Show
Producer
Will Ferrell-Reese Witherspoon Wedding Comedy

Will Ferrell-Reese Witherspoon Wedding Comedy

Movie
Producer
Tink

Tink

Movie
Actress
Pyros

Pyros

Movie
Producer
In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood

Movie
2
Actress
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Movie
Producer
The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish

Movie
Producer
A White Lie

A White Lie

Movie
Elle Woods
Legally Blonde 3

Legally Blonde 3

Movie
Self
Movie House

Movie House

TV Show
Self
Digital Content

Digital Content

Movie
Producer
Fever

Fever

Movie

Ratings

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1976-03-22 (46 years old)

Birth name
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Place of birth
New Orleans, United States of America

Religion
Episcopal Church

Relationships
Ryan Phillippe (1999-01-01 - 2007-01-01), Jake Gyllenhaal (2007-01-01 - 2009-01-01)

Spouse
Jim Toth

Children
Ava Phillippe

Relatives
John Witherspoon

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, Риз Уизерспун, 리즈 위더스푼, Ρις Γουίδερσπουν, 瑞茜·威瑟斯彭, რიზ უიზერსპუნი

Awards
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award, Academy Award for Best Actress

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