Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon

Born

3/22/1976, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Birth Name

Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon

Gender

Female
9.4
out of 10
User Rating
217 votes

Biography

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Reese Witherspoon is an Oscar-winning actress from New Orleans, Louisiana, who started her show business career on television when she was a teenager. Born in 1976, Witherspoon began modeling at age six in the Deep South. After graduating high school, she studied at Stanford University for a year,…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Reese's Acknowledgements

      2007
      Ranked #49 in FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      Named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
      Ranked #80 on Forbes list of The Top 100 Celebrities

      2006
      Ranked #75 on Forbes list of The Top 100 Celebrities
      Tied with Lindsay Lohan for 12th on Entertainment Tonight's Hot List

      2003
      Ranked #1 on E!'s Hollywood's Hottest Blondes

      2001
      Named one of People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People
      Named one of E!'s Top 20 Entertainers of 2001

      She has also been named one of Rolling Stones', "People of the Year" along with Eminem and Kelly Osbourne.

      Ranked #16 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM"

    • Reese has said that her first child Ava--who was born when she was 23--was the first baby she ever held in her life.

    • Reese was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2000 for the movie Election. The category was Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical.

    • Reese won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 2005 for the movie Walk the Line, in which she played June Carter Cash. She also won the Best Actress Oscar for this role.

    • In 1989, Reese appeared in a TV commercial for Ames.

    • In 2001, Reese appeared in the music video for "A Perfect Day" by Hoku. In 1999, she appeared in the music video "Every You, Every Me" by Placebo.

    • Reese is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.

    • Reese attended a tribute to Dolly Parton at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, in December 2006. This was the first time Reese had been seen out since splitting from her husband Ryan Phillippe.

    • Reese is mentioned in Bowling For Soup's song "High School Never Ends", as prom queen.

    • Reese's dress that she wore at the Golden Globes in 2006 was also worn by Kirsten Dunst at the Golden Globes in 2003.

    • Reese was the first person to host Saturday Night Live after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

    • Reese met Ryan Phillippe when she was 21. He proposed to her in December of 1998, while they were vacationing at The Planter's Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. They were married on June 5, 1999. Reese's wedding ring was an early 1990s Asher-cut-diamond, and there are only a few like it in the world. In October of 2006 they separated after seven years of marriage. They had two children together; Ava Elizabeth Phillippe was born on September 9, 1999, and Deacon Phillippe was born October 23rd, 2003.

    • Reese is contracted to be Stephanie Plum in the movie One for the Money, a movie based on the book written by Janet Evanovich.

    • In June 2006, she sued Star magazine in the US because it allegedly ran a false story saying she was expecting her third child, which was untrue.

    • During the filming of Legally Blonde 2 when Sally Field first came onto the set, Reese had one of her most embarrassing moments. She says, "I went 'I can't believe you're here!' and I fell down."

    • In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter named Reese the highest-paid Hollywood actress. Julie Roberts held this title before. Reese commands $15 million to $20 million a movie.

    • When her daughter Ava was 3, Reese told Seventeen magazine that she needed to wear washable clothes because she was always at risk of being attacked with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    • Reese was nominated for 'Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series' at the American Comdey Awards, after her appearance on Friends.

    • Reese won a MTV Movie Award for 'Best Comedic Performance', for Legally Blonde.

    • Reese won a 2006 Golden Globe Award in the category 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy', for Walk The Line.

    • Reese used her real voice in the making of Walk the Line.

    • Reese was a gymnast for seven years.

    • Reese can trace her family tree back to Scotland in the United Kingdom.

    • Reese's daughter, Ava, is named after Ryan Phillippe's grandmother.

    • Reese's ancestor, John Witherspoon, signed the Declaration of Independence.

    • When Reese was eleven she was ranked number one in Ten-State Talent Fair.

    • The first four years of Reese's life were spent in Germany.

    • She is 5' 2" tall.

    • Reese started modeling when she was seven years old.

    • Reese has said that drama in high school prepared her for acting.

    • Reese enjoys dancing, and sometimes tries to teach her daughter Ava how to dance. They were spotted boogeying in public at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles in October.

    • Reese got in trouble in 5th grade when she was passing inappropriate notes. She ended up with 2 weeks of detention.

    • As a teen, Reese would ride around in her dad's vintage Cadillacs.

    • Reese graduated from Harpeth Hall in 1994 in Nashville. She was a cheerleader.

    • Reese grew up in Nashville, the home of country music, and always had dreams of becoming a country singer. She even used to tell people she would be the next Dolly Parton.

    • Reese has a bulldog named Frank Sinatra and a French bulldog named Coco Chanel. Frank also appeared in the Reese' movie Legally Blonde.

    • Reese refused the lead roles in horror movies, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Urban Legend. She always puts her daughter's opinion into consideration when she chooses a movie role.

    • Reese collects antique linens and is crazy about old embroidery.

    • Steve Dontanville, from the William Morris Agency, is still her agent. They first got together after Man on the Moon, when she was only 14 years old.

    • Reese's GAP ad was on a 6-story high building on Sunset Blvd.

    • Reese appeared in a television commercial when she was seven years old for a local Nashville Florist.

    • Reese has moved her current Production Company "Type A Films" to Universal Pictures. She signed a 2 year first-look production pact with Universal. They have already picked up a romantic comedy pitch Sports Widow for Reese to star and produce in.

    • Reese's Mother, Betty, has a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing and her Father, John, is a surgeon. Also has an older brother, John D. Witherspoon.

  • Quotes

    • Reese: I want to not perpetuate any more of this kind of garbage that's out there in the media about women falling in love blindly. No one's life is perfect, and I'm sick of whatever tabloid stuff or this or that story tries to portray. My life is just as realistic as everybody else's. Whoever thinks someone has a perfect life, I'm so eager to dispel that.

    • Reese: (on meeting her husband Jim Toth) It happened out of the blue. This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me. He was like, 'You don't know me.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I know. I don't know you!' Jim came over and said, 'Please excuse my friend. He's just broken up with someone.' Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation. That's just kind of who he is, a really good person.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (on her children's reaction to her film Monsters vs Aliens) I took my kids to see it a couple of weeks ago. As I was driving home from the theater I said to my children in the back seat, 'So, what do you think is the message in this movie?' My daughter Ava, 9, really thoughtfully said, "I think it's about never letting someone underestimate you and always living up to your true potential." I said, 'That is so astute, yes, Ava, that is exactly what the message is.'..(then she asked her son Deacon…) I think it's about ... I think it's about when octopus aliens come to your planet you got to make sure you kill them.'

    • Reese Witherspoon: (about not being rebellious as a younger adult) I didn't really have many friends, and I had a baby. Nobody who was 22 had a baby.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (about her kids at Christmas) They each get one thing that they really want. They have to write it down. But sometimes the gift is too big. It has to be able to fit in Santa's sleigh!

    • Reese Witherspoon: (on giving Christmas gifts to her children) I'm a little strict about that kind of stuff. I think kids do best when they only have a couple of things that they really enjoy. I try and stay away from the gluttony of things. They don't appreciate it as much. When they only get one or two things, they really like it.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (revealing she's not yet ready to marry Jake Gyllenhaal) Family is all we have in life, but I don't know how I feel about marriage. Obviously, I'm not far enough out of being married to think about doing it again. You sort of reconstitute your family. You find a family with people who come into your life for a reason.

    • Reese witherspoon: (on working with Vince Vaughn in "Four Christmases") Vince is the funniest person I've ever worked with in my entire life. There were days when we were shooting things, I would laugh so hard it would ruin the take, and I was afraid I was going to pee on myself, it was so funny.

    • Reese Witherspoon: My grandmother was one of the greatest inspirations in my life. She taught me how to be a real woman, to have strength and self-respect, and to never give those things away. And those are a lot of qualities I saw in June Carter [my character in Walk the Line]. People used to ask June how she was doin', and she would say, "I'm just tryin' to matter!" And I know what she means, you know? I'm just trying to matter and live a good life and make work that means something to somebody.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I'll be honest with you. Comedy is what I want to see at the movies these days. Life is frickin' hard, man! When I go to the movies, I want to see people smiling, enjoying themselves, and having some fun. I've made other kinds of movies, for sure, but it's pretty apparent to me that [comedy] is what people want. I enjoy those kinds of movies.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (on what was going through her head when she had just won the Oscar for Best Actress) Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! I hope I don't have to say anything! You know, it's really hard for me. One of the hardest things about this movie (Walk The Line) was talking in front of a large group of people- or singing in front of a large group of people. I'm used to a filmmaking experience which for me has always been very small and intimate, with never more than 50 people watching your performance. So for me it was a great sort of accomplishment to just learn to stand in my own shows, and in my own self, and be proud of myself... it's different for me.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I came from a wonderful family- very intelligent people, very eccentric people, a wonderful southern family. I've been very lucky and blessed that there was a lot of love in my family, no matter what else was going on. We all love each other very much, so it really is a gift and I think that's a huge part of how I was able to achieve what I did.

    • Reese Witherspoon: The thing that bugs me about today's kids is that everyone gets MVP. Everybody receives the award! No! That's not right! I vividly remember the two weeks of crying when I didn't make the volleyball team. It made me interesting.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I'm a big organizer person. I can spend a good three hours on my sock drawer. It's fantastic!

    • Reese Witherspoon: (describing the kissing scene between her & Vince Vaughn in "Four Christmases") When we shot the kissing scenes, the top of my head hits Vince's armpit! I had an apple box and a platform that I dragged around with me and stood on it.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I'm a fast-talking, sharp-shooting, tough girl. I like to think that I'm really tough on the outside, with a caramel-sweet center.

    • Reese Witherspoon: When I was a question on Jeopardy, that's when I felt famous.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (about her Oscar for her film "Walk the Line") It looks real purdy on my bookcase. When people come over to the house, I tell them, "You can touch it, but you have to give a speech."

    • Reese Witherspoon: (about her 8-year-old daughter Ava) She really thinks that the coolest person in the world is Miley Cyrus. She has no idea I'm in show business. I'm trying to keep that on the down-low so I don't get hounded for concert tickets.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (about her famous character from the "Legally Blonde" films) I am still enamored with Elle. She almost magically finds that she can relate to every single person on one level or another. She doesn't think she's above or below anyone. She sees each person as an individual and looks for the good in everyone, and I think that's what's so great about her.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I just try to take care of the kids first. I try to sort out their lives and their school and make sure everything's good with their lives. If the kids are happy, the parents are happy. So once I have all that kind of sorted, it's much easier to get on with my life and that kind of thing. My daughter's starting school this year. She starts kindergarten, so I took a little time off just to be there for her. I'm sure she'll be fine, and I won't. I'll be crying, and she'll be like, "Get out of here." So yeah, it's important to take breaks.

    • Reese Witherspoon: Why do Southern women make bad prostitutes? Cuz we have to write so many thank-you notes.

    • Reese Witherspoon (On the coverage of young stars): Everybody is hung out to dry now. It's one thing if you're up for it and you want it, and you go out without your panties on. But if you're wearing your panties – gosh darn it, leave me alone!

    • Reese Witherspoon: I am so blessed to have my family...it didn't matter if I was making my bed or making a movie. My parents never hesitated to say how proud they were of me, and that means so much to a child.

    • Reese Witherspoon: When I had a kid, it clarified a lot of things to me. I'm not a supercool person. And I've never had the most friends.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (On Walk the Line.) I loved the beginning where we get to fight like cats and dogs. We had so much fun doing that! Well, I don't know if he enjoyed it as much as I did. I love having that antagonistic relationship in the beginning, and being equally as strong as each other and bullheaded. It kind of reminded me of a Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn-type movie.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I feel like there's a race being run for some unattainable goal--to be the best, the skinniest, the most beautiful. I just admit that's what I'll never be.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (On her school experience) I thrived in a school environment. I always did the extra credit. I would do it even before the teachers assigned it.

    • Reese Witherspoon: There's something about laying on the floor with your kids and hearing their belly laugh, or hearing their deep-down fears. That's what life's about.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I take motherhood seriously... I just try to take care of the kids first, sort out their lives and make sure everything is good...If the kids are happy, the parents are happy!

    • Reese Witherspoon: As a child, I had private ideas and private dreams I never told anybody about... I never expected the kind of success I've gotten. I haven't accepted it totally.

    • Reese Witherspoon: Singing in front of thousands of people made me as nervous as thinking about childbirth.

    • Reese Witherspoon: Love is a beautiful thing, but you've got to nurture it through the 50 things that come during the day.

    • Reese Witherspoon: (About her daughter Ava) I love taking Ava to school and participating in snack time. I get jealous when other people get to spend time with my kid!

    • Reese Witherspoon: (Talking about the movie Walk The Line) This film is really important to me. It's about where I grew up, it's about the music I grew up listening to, so it's very meaningful.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I think it's an interesting time. There's a lot of interesting women's roles, and there can be more, and there will be more. The success of each woman in this business creates more success for more women. I just try to do my best and try to create more opportunities for women.

    • Reese Witherspoon: Creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, 'I'm stupid, isn't it cute?' makes me want to throw daggers. I want to say to them, 'My grandma did not fight for what she fought for just so you can start telling women it's fun to be stupid. Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It's not okay.'

    • Reese Witherspoon: The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily anything true to ourselves. And it's a power - not being yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another prop.

    • Reese Witherspoon: Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.

    • Reese Witherspoon: I'm definitely happy with the way my career has gone, the success; but I even feel glad that I've experienced some failure in my life. That gives you perspective and humility about this business; it's good to realize that you're always just one movie away from not being in Vogue anymore.

    • Reese Witherspoon: Being a Southern person and a blonde, it's not a good combination. Immediately, when people meet you, they think of you as not being smart.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of my favorite actresses...

    10
    I first saw Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde when it was released on DVD. At the time, that was my favorite movie. It was funny and had a great storyline. I also liked it because of Reese. She played the role of Elle Woods perfectly! She could seem ditzy and smart, and knew how to have a good time throughout the movie. Some other good movies of Reese's that I recommend would be Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde (though it isn't as good as the first), and Just Like Heaven. Along with acting, Reese can sing. She sang a few songs in Walk the Line. She isn't the best singer, but she's pretty good.moreless
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    10
    I think Reese Witherspoon is a very good talent Actress. It's seem like she know how to use and play her character the right way. She can be really funny and she can really be serious. Walk the line had to be my favorite film with her in it. She really deserve an oscar for playing June carter. I look forward to see more of her movie with many years to come.moreless
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