Reese Witherspoon is an actress, singer, producer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She has appeared in over a dozen television programs and over three dozen films. She has been nominated for and/or won awards and honors throughout her career. She gained fame for her roles in Legally Blond and then Sweet Home Alabama. Subsequent roles have added to her fame and accolades.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born in 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father was a doctor and in the United States Army Reserve. Her mother was a nurse and a professor of nursing. Reese has an older brother. While her father was in the military, they lived in Germany for four years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Harpeth Hall School. She then was an English major at Stanford University for a year before leaving to pursue acting. When she was seven years old, she had begun this part of her journey by appearing in television advertisements and then later other television and film appearances.
In 1991, she was cast in the film The Man in the Moon. Other films led to television’s miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove. More roles later led to her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. She did have to sing in front of audiences for this role as well. Later in 2013, Reese recorded a cover of a Sinatra duet with Michael Buble To Be Loved. She has continued to act and perform in a variety of genres of television and film.
Reese owned the production company Type A Films before gaining full control of the production company Pacific Standard in 2016. In 2015, she had launched a fashion, accessory, and home decor line named Draper James. In 2016, she, also, co-formed Hello Sunshine to tell female driven stories on film, television, and other forms of media. In 2017, Reese became the storyteller-in-chief of Elizabeth Arden, Inc.
Reese was married to actor Ryan Phillippe from 1999 until 2007. They had a daughter and later a son. She married Jim Toth in 2011. They had a son in 2012. Reese has three children.
Philanthropy for women and children’s charities and causes has been a big part of her life as well. She is a supporter of Save the Children. She is on the Board of the Children’s Defense Fund. In 2007, she became the Global Ambassador for Avon Products. The Avon Foundation supports women, focuses on breast cancer research, and the prevention of domestic violence. She supports the Child Mind Institute, which focuses on helping children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
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