Reese Witherspoon - biographyReese Witherspoon is an actress who stormed into the sparkling world of Hollywood and boldly took one of the places along with the most famous film stars. Net worth: $400 million.
ChildhoodHer full name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon. She was born on March 22, 1976, in New Orleans, in the family of John and Betty Witherspoon.
Reese’s father was a military surgeon, while her mother was a Registered Nurse, who later became a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing. In the autumn of 1976 mister, Witherspoon got a new assignment, so his wife Betty with their little daughter followed him to Germany. On return, the family settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where the young actress grew up.
When she was still a young child, Reese was lucky to have been selected as a model for a florist's television advertisements, after which she started taking acting lessons.
The girl was a brilliant student and was very popular at school, so much that her classmates imitated her, and everyone wanted to be friends with her. At the same time, Reese was not at all arrogant or haughty, as she willingly helped her school friends and tried to be nice with everyone. She was fond of sports, did gymnastics, and was a cheerleader.
Reading was another hobby of hers, that is why after graduating from school, she easily entered Stanford and chose a major in English literature. A year later, though, she realized that she had to make a choice: either stay at the university and get on with her studies or follow the call of her heart. That is how Reese left the prestigious Stanford University.
Acting careerHer pathway to fame was neither long nor thorny, as compared to most movie stars. Reese did not have to camp out on the doorsteps of agencies and go to countless castings. The very first ones where she went, accompanying her friend, and not even hoping for good luck, were the most fortunate. Reese was in the right place at the right time and got her first film role.
The Man in the Moon was a film about the first love and impediments that the young characters must overcome on their way to happiness. Reese coped well with her first role and got the next one instantly. From 1991 to 1998 the actress starred in several films, each of which, as a brand-new shiny coin, went to the piggy bank of her acting success as a young star.
Jack the Bear, Twilight, and Cruel Intentions were her first successes, as well as the Young Artist Award, while her partners on the filming set were Sam Waterston and Patricia Arquette, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Newman.
Reese hit popularity right after her first appearance on the screen. The touching image of a fragile blonde girl was so very American, and besides, it fit the new standards of appearance and behavior accepted in society. Daring beauties with seductive curves were left in the past, as time demanded new heroines - good American girls.
According to Zoomboola.com, 2001 brought Reese one of her most prominent acting successes - the leading role in the comedy Legally Blonde. The picture was a smashing success, and although the role of Elle Woods was originally supposed to be given to Tori Spelling, at the last moment the film producers offered the role to Reese and certainly did not regret it. A curious fact is that when she signed the contract, Reese set a condition that she would keep all the outfits and accessories after the shooting of the film.
The story of a blonde whose frivolous appearance hides a sharp mind and a character made of steel brought about $150 million to the filmmakers. The audience liked the image of the glamorous lawyer Elle Woods so charmingly and sarcastically embodied by Reese on the screen so much that it was decided to start working on a sequel. The filming of the second part ended in 2003, and Witherspoon herself was one of the film producers.
The proposals that followed the role of Elle Woods hit the actress like a meteor shower, and despite the fact that she liked to do comedy projects, Reese decides to try herself in dramatic roles.
The biopic Walk the Line was released in 2005. The tragic story of the legendary country singer John Cash was doomed to become a success - the acting duo of Reese and Joaquin Phoenix melted the hearts of the harshest critics.
In the film, Reese had to sing herself, that is why she took lessons for six months; the dramatic talent of the actress was also unexpected for many. Later on, Reese has repeatedly proved that she can cope with any role, and for the role of June the actress received many awards and accolades, including an Oscar.
Reese's next victory was starring in the film Water for Elephants, where her partners were Christoph Waltz and Robert Pattinson. The fragile-bodied actress, radiating a gentle glow, she was meant to become the circus rider, Marlena. This touching love story with a happy ending against the background of the gloomy scenery of the Great Depression did not receive any awards from film critics, but it was loved by the audience.
Over the next few years, the actress starred in the films This Means War, Mud, Devil's Knot, and The Good Lie. In Reese’s list of acting achievements, one will not find the same type of roles; she outgrew the blonde bimbo, in which the critics predicted she’d be stuck as a lifelong role.
2014 was a tough year for the actress. The decision to appear in the drama Wild almost brought her to a nervous breakdown. The path that Cheryl had to overcome, Reese overcame as well, as she fully got into the image of a woman who lost everything. Playing this role, Reese greatly empathized with her character. 1770 kilometers of someone else's life turned out to be way too heavy a burden for the actress, that is why at the end of the shooting she had to take a vacation.
However, Reese did not rest for long, as a year later she appeared on the screen again, and again in an unexpected way. The positive and unpredictable comedy Hot Pursuit where the actress performed the role of the police officer became a gift for both the fans of the actress and for Witherspoon herself, who often said that she adores playing comedies.
In 2018, the actress played one of the main roles in the film A Wrinkle in Time, where she was joined on the set by Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine. She also played the main role in the film “Home Again”, where her partner was the superb Michael Sheen.
Reese Witherspoon: personal lifeReese knew her first husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, from the time of the shooting Cruel Intentions. The celebrity couple was together for 10 years and broke up due to Ryan’s alcoholism, who had a hard time accepting his wife’s successes amid his own failures. With Phillippe, Reese gave birth to a daughter, Ava, in 1999, and a son, Deacon, in 2003.
Ava is studying at a New York University; she wants to become a designer, while Deacon goes to school.
The second husband of the actress became Jim Toth, a successful owner of his own talent agency in Hollywood. Reese and Jim dated for the year, the wedding was in 2011, and in 2012 they had a son, Tennessee.
Reese Witherspoon at presentReese continues to act in the TV show Big Little Lies, alongside her good friend Nicole Kidman. Also in 2019, the premiere of the new series "Morning Show", in which Reese Witherspoon starred with Jennifer Aniston, took place. A year later, on Hulu, viewers were able to watch the Little Fires Everywhere series, in which Witherspoon played one of the main roles. The series was praised by critics and viewers.
Although the actress is the spokeswoman for Avon cosmetic products, she is actively involved in charity work and is planning to start a foundation to help children.
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