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Reese Witherspoon          

Academy Award-Winning Actress & Producer, Founder of Draper James

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976, Reese Witherspoon began seriously pursuing her acting career after enrolling at Stanford University. Her early critical successes included roles in films such as Pleasantville and Election, but it was her portrayal of Elle Woods in the box-office hit Legally Blonde that marked a turning point in her career.

Witherspoon went on to win an Academy Award in 2005 for her role in Walk the Line, a biographical musical film about the love story of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Recent films include Water for Elephants, This Means War and Wild for which she received another Oscar nomination. In 2017, she produced and starred in David E. Kelley's HBO series, Big Little Lies.

She stars alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston in the Apple TV+ series, The Morning Show, which offers an inside look at the lives of the stars of a morning show and the unique challenges they face.

Witherspoon began her career in local commercials. Her first role was in a 1991 made-for-TV movie called Wildflower, directed by Diane Keaton and starring Beau Bridges, William McNamara, and Patricia Arquette. That same year, at age 14, Witherspoon attended an open casting call for The Man in the Moon, intending to audition as a bit player. She was instead cast in the lead role, immediately capturing the attention of critics.

She has since built up an impressive filmography, playing both comedic and dramatic roles, including performances as Vanessa in Freeway and Tracy Flick in Election. She was the voice of the animated character Greta Wolfecastle in The Simpsons episode The Bart Wants What It Wants. She also played Jill Green, Rachel's sister, in season six of "Friends."

She achieved fame and a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for her role as a fashion designer major who decided to become a law student to follow her ex-boyfriend in the 2001 film Legally Blonde, and became a leading environmental lawyer in its sequel Legally Blonde 2, for which she received a reported $15 million paycheck, making her one of Hollywood's top-paid actresses.

She has garnered critical praise and awards for her turn as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. Carter Cash, who died in 2003, personally approved of Witherspoon to play her. Witherspoon won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, NYFCC, the FFCC, the SFFCC Award for Best Actress, the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) for best actress in a lead role, the British Academy's BAFTA for best actress in a lead role, the "Favorite Leading Lady" at the 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards, and the Academy Award for Best Actress for this role.

Recently, Witherspoon has been featured as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Her article was written by friend and fellow costar in the Legally Blonde movies, Luke Wilson.

Witherspoon also runs a production company, Type A Productions. Some believe the company is named after her childhood nickname "Little Miss Type A," but she clarified the misconception in Interview: "People think I named it after myself ... But it just isn't who I am at all. It was actually an in-joke with my family because at 7 I understood complicated medical terms, such as the difference between type A and type B personalities. But I just wished I'd named the company Dogfood Films or Fork or something. You carry that baggage all your life."

In 2015 Witherspoon was named a Glamour Women of the Year.

Witherspoon has been an important figure in the Time's Up movement, which focuses on gender equality and anti-harassment in the entertainment industry.


Reese Witherspoon – Independent Spirit Awards 2014 | 2014 ...

Reese Witherspoon – Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Reese Witherspoon looks super chic while walking the carpet at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit ...

Reese Witherspoon to Star in, Produce Disney’s New Tinker Bell Movie

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in and produce “Tink,” a live-action Tinker Bell movie in development at Disney, which is already developing a separate project under the same title with Elizabeth Banks, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Reese Witherspoon Honored With American Cinematheque 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

American Cinematheque said that Reese Witherspoon will receive the organization’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Oscar-winning actress will be honored at Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala Friday, October 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City. The ceremony will include tributes from Witherspoon’s friends and colleagues, with participants to be announced closer to the event.

‘Cruel Intentions’ Revival Series Lands Formal Pilot Order at NBC

NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil, the character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the ’90s flick, as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey who is the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe in the film), and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.

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