Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon born March 22, is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades , including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award , she is among the highest-paid actresses in the world, as of Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in and , and Forbes listed her among the World's Most Powerful Women in Following a leading role opposite Mark Wahlberg in Fear , her breakthrough came in with a supporting role in Cruel Intentions and for her portrayal of Tracy Flick in the black comedy Election. She achieved wider recognition with her role as Elle Woods in the comedy Legally Blonde and its sequel , and for her starring role in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama Following a career downturn, during which her sole commercial success was the romantic drama Water for Elephants , Witherspoon made her career comeback when she produced the thriller Gone Girl and the drama Wild both , under her production company Hello Sunshine. She also starred as Cheryl Strayed in the latter, for which she received a second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Witherspoon also owns a clothing company Draper James , and she is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in
Reese Witherspoon began seriously pursuing her acting career after first enrolling at Stanford University. Witherspoon went on to win an Academy Award in for her role in Walk the Line. The daughter of a physician and a nurse, Witherspoon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was a debutante and attended Harpeth Hall, a private all-girls high school. On a bit of a whim in , Witherspoon answered a call for extras in her hometown newspaper. She wound up with the lead in her first feature film, The Man in the Moon , at just 14 years old. Her first year out of high school, Witherspoon considered abandoning acting altogether to follow her parents into the medical field. But in , her performance in the film Freeway earned her the Catalonian International Film Festival award for best actress. She deferred college for a year to focus on acting, then briefly studied English literature at Stanford University before deciding to return to work.
By Becky Freeth for MailOnline. The actress, 42, slipped back into Elle Woods' pink sequin bikini to announce the news on Instagram on Thursday. It's true! Reese Witherspoon confirmed that Legally Blonde 3 here in on Thursday.
By Adam S. Levy For Dailymail. Reese Witherspoon opened up on the indignities she faced as an up-and-coming actress two decades ago, including a studio head's belief she was a 'shrew' based on a character she played in a previous film, and a suggestion 'to dress sexy' to land a role. The Big Little Lies beauty, 43, opened up to The Hollywood Reporter for its Women in Entertainment issue Wednesday, revealing her performance as manipulative high school student Tracy Flick in the comedy Election initially dissuaded the entertainment exec from even considering her for a role in the film Legally Blonde. He thinks you really are your character from Election and that you're repellent,"' the Oscar-winner told the publication. Witherspoon said that she was not immediately put off by either suggestion due to the standards of the time, as well as financial considerations, as she had not yet broken out in her career. She continued: 'It's funny to think of all the things we were told to do back then because now you're thinking, "Oh God, if somebody told my daughter to do that, she'd be like, I really hope you're joking. The New Orleans native opened up about the audition process for the film to play the role of Elle Woods, a sorority beauty who attends law school.