Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, a.k.a. Reese Witherspoon, an actress and producer made her presence felt with her lead role in the film ‘The Man in the Moon’ in 1991. She shot to prominence for her role in box office hit Legally Blonde in 2001. Her popularity graph grew with the 2002 block buster ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. Her portrayal of Carter Cash in ‘Walk the Line’ was much appreciated which went on to earn her an Academy award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award, in 2005.
Reese was born on March 22, 1976, in New Orleans. Her father, Dr John Witherspoon was a military surgeon, and she spent initially four years of her life in Germany, where her father was posted. Her mother was a registered nurse who later qualified to Ph. D in paediatric nursing. At an early age of 7, she stepped in the modelling world, and hit the local television screens commercials. Then, at the age of 11, she topped at the Ten-State Talent Fair. She had an academic side in her, and she secured good grades in studies; she loved reading books.
In 1991, Reese walked to auditions for ‘The Man in the Moon’, and walked away with the role of Dani Trant, for which she was applauded for her memorable performance. In 1996 she acted out in a thriller ‘Fear’ and a black comedy, ‘Freeway’. Then came, ‘Election’ in 1998, where she played the role of ambitious over-achiever, and bagged the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics, and a first Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award. But her career graph sore higher from her role in ‘Legally Blonde’, which was a box-office hit, and she got her second nomination for Golden Globe and a MTV Movie Award for her performance. Her next big hit came with ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, and the movie garnered over $35 million, in the first opening week. Then she got accolades for ‘Walk in Life’, which landed her among others, an Academy Award.
In April19.2013, she was arrested when the car she was in, weaved across a double line on Peachtree Street. Though she was not driving, but was arrested for disorderly conduct by the police officer.
Reese Witherspoon’s net worth as an actress and producer, stand at $80 million. In 2006, trouble brew at home and she separated from her husband Ryan Phillippe, with whom she had two children. She later developed relations with Jake Gylenhaal.