Born : 3-3-1976
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana
Career Start: The Man in the Moon
Witherspoon was selected as a fashion model for a florist’s television advertisements at age seven, which motivated her to take acting lessons. At age eleven she took first place in the Ten-State Talent Fair Witherspoon received good grades in school; she 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.”
Witherspoon delivered a breakthrough turn as a sensitive and sassy hostage in the controversial Gen-X satire “S.F.W.” (1995) which signaled her move toward more risky, complex roles. She was stalked by a pre-“Boogie Nights” Mark Wahlberg in James Foley’s “Fear” (1996), and kissed her nice girl image good-bye in “Freeway” (1996), where she played a gun-toting, trash-mouthed juvenile delinquent, snarling and pouting her way through a modern-day “Little Red Riding Hood.” Developing a varied and rewarding career seemed to come naturally to the young actress, who held the lessons taught by her mother and grandmother to heart, avoiding roles that catered to dumbed down female teen stereotypes. After she portrayed the wayward daughter of Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman in “Twilight” (1998), her all-American fresh-scrubbed look and pert demeanor found its way into Gary Ross’ “Pleasantville” (1998), where she and Tobey Maguire starred as 1990s teens who travel back in time to introduce a bold new life force to a 1950s black-and-white world. By the time those films hit theaters, Witherspoon had a bold new force in her own life, having met up-and-coming actor Ryan Phillippe at her 21st birthday party in the spring of 1997. The couple was an instant item and became engaged in late 1998.
I love Reese, I have always loved her charm and how goofy she can be. My favorite films are Legally Blond, Cruel Expectations, Sweet home Alabama, and Monsters vs Aliens. She is great on the screen and continues to grow and expand her roles from the ones that we are used to seeing her in. She is a great role model and I expect to keep seeing flourish in her career and wish her nothing but the best.
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