Name: Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon
Career Type: Actress.
D.O.B: March 22, 1976
Place of Birth: Nashville, Tenn, USA
Height: 168cm (5'6" )
Weight: 122 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Husband: Ryan Phillippe
Kid: Ava Elizabeth (Sep 9, 1999)
isn't always easy seeing your boyfriend like you know in a
bathtub with some girl or kissing some other girl. Well I
guess its part of the job."
Witherspoon made her feature debut in "Man in the Moon." Starring
opposite Sam Waterston, she earned wide critical acclaim as
a 1950s tomboy who falls in love for the first time. She followed
this performance with a sparkling performance in "Jack the Bear"
as a 12-year-old hippy, circa 1970, opposite Danny DeVito and
Gary Sinise. Next, Director Diane Keaton invited Witherspoon
to play the lead role in the telefilm, "Wildflower, " with Patricia
Arquette and Beau Bridges. She starred as a 1940s teenager whose
sympathy and encouragement changes the life of an epileptic
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her performance in the NBC Movie, "Desperate Choices: To Save
My Child, " Witherspoon starred as Nonnie Parker in the Walt
Disney motion-picture "A Far Off Place." In this film, she embarks
on a voyage of self discovery, journeying across Africa's Kalahari
Desert. To prepare for the role, she had to perfect the Bushman
language by studying with a Matabele tribe.She also starred
in the CBS mini-series, "Return to Lonesome Dove" as the salty
Ferris Dunnegan with Jon Voight and Barbara Hershey.Afetr the
great hit of the movie Fear (1996), Reese started to work in
a lot of box-office hits, such as Pleasantville (1998) and Cruel
Intentions (1999). Her most courageous part is yet to come:
she will play Evelyn, the girlfriend of a crazed yuppie, in
the horror American Psycho (2000), based on the polemic novel
by Bret Easton Ellis.Reese Witherspoon is married to actor Ryan
Phillippe and she recently had a baby.
Witherspoon was called to play the female lead in I Know
What You Did Last Summer (1997) , but she refused the part.
Majored in English Literature at Stanford University; on
leave from her studies as of 1998
Shortly after she started acting she had an audition for
a role in "Cape Fear." She was supposed to meet with Robert
De Niro and Martin Scorcese for the auditon, but at the
time didn't really know who they were. On the plane she
was talking to the man next to her about her audition, and
the man started to rave to her about De Niro and Scorcese.
This made her so nervous that she completely blew the audition
and the role eventually went to Juliette Lewis.
(9 September 1999) daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe born
Reese refused the lead roles in two horror movies, they
were Scream (1996) and Urban Legend (1998).
Was stood up by her date for the high school prom. She went
anyway, with her dad.
Off-screen, major changes in Reese's personal life began
with her twenty-first birthday party in 1997. Out of three
hundred guests, one in particular stood out in her mind
- fellow actor Ryan Phillippe. As he tells it, he wasn't
even sure he was invited but went anyway for the free beer.
They hit it off immediately, but Ryan had to leave the next
day to begin filming for I Know What You Did Last Summer.
It was weeks of letter-writing and phone-calling before
they ever actually had their first date. Finally Reese made
the decision to visit him in North Carolina and over a few
days they got to know each other very well and have been
together ever since. "He seemed so sincere and so not into
himself. Too many young actors are so obsessed with themselves,
it makes a relationship near impossible." They moved in
together shortly afterwards and became engaged in December
of 1998. On March 2, 1999, they announced their engagement
and the fact that they were expecting a baby in Fall 1999
Was considered for the role of Juliet in Romeo + Juliet
Dated Chris O'Donnell
One of her ancestors, John Witherspoon, signed the Declaration
At age 11 (in 1987) won the "Ten-State Talent Search"
the break-up scene she had to do with Ryan Phillippe in
Cruel Intentions (1999)]: "I literally beat him up when
we had to do the breakup scene.We'd gotten so tired and
we'd done the scene so many times. He was off camera giving
me my lines and he started to ad lib - which is a bad thing
when you're doing this kind of scene, and talking like,
'I never loved you! You're not attractive!' Terrible things.
I got upset. I just hauled off and socked him in the face.
And everybody in the crew was like 'Gasp! Can you believe
she did that?' And I'm screaming my lines and I just yelled
'Get out!' And then he ran off and threw up in a stairwell.
And I'm, like, sobbing, saying, 'I can't believe he said
those things to me!'And the director came in and said 'Oh
God, I can't believe it, that was so great! Can you do it
[on being an actress]: "The joy we get as actors is out
of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily
anything true to ourselves. And it's a power - not being
yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another
prop." - Femme Fatales, February 1998
[on having a baby]: "Obviously, this isn't the time in my
life that I would have chosen to do this, but I feel like
life gives you these challenges for a reason. I feel so
happy and glad to be in the place that I am. I really feel
blessed. This is something I need to face and take control
of. " - ET Online, April 9, 1999
[talking about her character in Election (1999)]: "I think
that's a good point. You don't realize how lonely my character
is until the third act; we had some really sad scenes where
nobody would sign her yearbook. In one of the scenes Paul
Metzler says, "Tracy, have a great summer, " and she's genuinely
moved and then she looks in her yearbook, and it says the
same thing. It's a theme in the movie. It's similar for
[talking about how she choose the films she will be in]:
"I have a weird process, but the main thing is like this:
I hear her voice in my head. There are a lot of wonderful
scripts my agents can't believe I pass on, but I do because
I can't hear the voice. It doesn't appeal to me then. I'm
really careful. Unless I hear the voice, I can't do it."
[talking about Ryan Phillippe]: "I'm lucky to find a person
to share my life, and the best friend I'll ever have."
[talking about motherhood and her baby]: "I feel good, I'm
proud of Election and very proud of this [her child]. It
couldn't be a better time. It's always the right time when
it happens. You make it the right time."
[talking about Pleasantville (1998)]: "We were thrilled
for just the three nominations we got , but obviously it's
a little sad. I went through so many press junkets with
people saying they loved it. And Joan Allen was robbed but
she can't get nominated every year. She's an inspiration
for every young actress. She has that calm and reserve about
herself and makes you think she appreciates the normal things
of everyday. Then she transforms into this character that's
[about her life]: "Many people worry so much about managing
their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing
their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the
best it can be. The rest will work itself out." - Animalhouse.com,
April 30, 1999
[on life in general]: "I'm definitely happy with the way
my career has gone, the success; but I even feel glad that
I've experienced some failure in my life. That gives you
perspective and humility about this business; it's good
to realize that you're always just one movie away from not
being in Vogue anymore." - Los Angeles Daily News, May 10,
[talking about Ryan Phillippe]: "We corresponded through
letters and phone conversations and really got to know each
other on a more intellectual level. And I think that really
built a really long-lasting bond so that when we finally
did see each other, I think it was love at first sight.
Or love at second sight. "-TV Guide Online, March 18, 1999
the Internet, it says that I'm married. Some Psycho Santa
has decided to tell the entire world that I'm married to
him. I've never been married in my whole life." -- Reese
Witherspoon to Dale Brasel in Detour Magazine, February
[talking about her film Election (1999)]:"There was a girl
in junior high. She was so perfect. She had all the boyfriends
and was the smartest girl in school. And she was rude to
me! This is my little revenge. I'm doing her in Election."
[talking about her upcoming film American Psycho (2000)]:"I
had read the book and had a long discussion with Mary Harron
(I) who's the director and screenwriter. To me it's a dark
satire about male response to the sexual liberation of women
in the early '80s. Women didn't need men, and that was a
new thing to these men, who wore designer suits and had
wonderful apartments. I think the story is about this man
who responds to his inadequacies with the only control he
can take, which is to put women in these horribly compromising
positions. Mary has this wonderful black tone about it.
pull this off." In addition to Christian Bale, it has Jared
Leto, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Mathisand Chloë Sevigny."
[talking about the movie business]: "The battles that we
face in this business aren't financial, but they are moral.
And I certainly think that the longer you can keep your
values, and your morality intact, and keep your head on
your shoulders about what is important at the end of the
day, you can get the most out of this business and really
emerge with something wonderful."
[on Ryan Phillippe]: "It isn't always easy seeing your boyfriend
like you know in a bathtub with some girl or kissing some
other girl. Well I guess its part of the job."- E! News
Daily, February 1999
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