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Reese Witherspoon

Highest Rated:   100% Everything Is Copy (2016)
Lowest Rated:   7% Hot Pursuit (2015)
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Birthplace:   New Orleans, Louisiana
As one of the most impressively talented members of the emerging New Hollywood of the early 21st century, Reese Witherspoon has proven that she can do far more than just pose winsomely for the camera. Born March 22, 1976, in Nashville, TN, Witherspoon was a child model and acted in television commercials from the age of seven. She had a part in the 1991 Lifetime cable movie Wildflower before making her 1991 film debut in the coming-of-age story The Man in the Moon (1991). The 14-year-old Witherspoon made an immediate impact on critics and audiences alike, netting widespread praise for her portrayal of a tomboy experiencing love for the first time.While still in high school, Witherspoon completed two more feature films, Jack the Bear (1993), starring Danny De Vito, and Disney's A Far Off Place (1993), which required the actress to spend several months living in the Kalahari Desert. Following a supporting role in the 1993 CBS miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove and a lead in the critically disembowelled S.F.W., Witherspoon temporarily set aside her career to study English literature at Stanford University. She then returned to film as the abused girlfriend of a psychotic Mark Wahlberg in the thriller Fear (1996). In the same year, she had to deal with yet another crazed male in Freeway, a satirical version of Little Red Riding Hood in which Witherspoon co-starred with Kiefer Sutherland, who took on the role of the aforementioned crazed male.Her career began to take off in 1998, with roles in two high-profile films. The first, Twilight, saw her sharing the screen with Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Newman. The film received mixed reviews and lackluster box office, but Pleasantville, her other project that year, proved to be both a critical and financial hit. The actress won wide recognition for her leading role as Tobey Maguire's oversexed sister, and this recognition -- along with critical respect -- increased the following year with another leading role, in Alexander Payne's acclaimed satire Election. Starring opposite Matthew Broderick, Witherspoon won raves for her hilarious, high-strung portrayal of student-council presidential candidate Tracy Flick. The character stood in stark contrast to the one Witherspoon subsequently portrayed in Cruel Intentions, Roger Kumble's delightfully trashy all-teen update of Dangerous Liaisons. As the virginal Annette, Witherspoon was convincing as the object of Ryan Phillippe's reluctant affection, perhaps due in part to her real-life relationship with the actor, whom she married in June 1999.After turning up in an amusing minor role as serial killer Patrick Bateman's burnt-out yuppie girlfriend in American Psycho (2000), Witherspoon again pleased critics and audiences alike with her decidedly Clueless-esque role in 2001's Legally Blonde. Her star turn as a seemingly dimwitted sorority blonde-turned-Harvard law-school-prodigy unexpectedly shot the featherweight comedy to number one, despite such heavy summer contenders as Steven Spielberg's A.I. and the ominously cast heist thriller The Score. The 18-million-dollar film went on to gross nearly 100 million dollars, proving that Witherspoon had finally arrived as a box-office draw.Though she would test out her chops in the Oscar Wilde adaptation The Importance of Being Earnest, Witherspoon's proper follow-up to Legally Blonde came in the form of 2002's Sweet Home Alabama, a culture-clash romantic comedy as embraced by audiences as it was rejected by critics. As with Drew Barrymore before her, Witherspoon used her newfound standing among the Hollywood elite to start her own production company, Type A Films, as well as to up her asking price to the rarefied 15-million-dollar range for the sequel to Legally Blonde. Though Blonde 2 didn't perform quite as well as the first film, the power player/doting mother of two wasted no time in prepping other projects for the screen, taking the lead in 2004's elaborate costume drama Vanity Fair as Beck

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Wrinkle in Time
  • Mrs. Whatsit
2018
32% Home Again
  • Alice
$17M 2017
73% Sing
  • Rosita
$270.4M 2016
100% Everything Is Copy
  • Actor
2016
7% Hot Pursuit
  • Cooper
$26.9M 2015
74% Inherent Vice
  • Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball
$6.2M 2015
90% Wild
  • Producer
$24.7M 2014
88% Gone Girl
  • Producer
2014
88% The Good Lie
  • Carrie
2014
24% Devil's Knot
  • Pam Hobbs
$0.2M 2014
98% Mud
  • Juniper
$21.6M 2013
26% This Means War
  • Lauren
$54.8M 2012
60% Water for Elephants
  • Marlena
$58.8M 2011
32% How Do You Know
  • Lisa
$30.3M 2010
No Score Yet Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space
  • Actor
2009
73% Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Susan Murphy/Ginormica
$198.4M 2009
25% Four Christmases
  • Producer
  • Kate
$120.2M 2008
No Score Yet Legally Blondes
  • Producer
2008
47% Rendition
  • Isabella El-Ibrahimi
$9.7M 2007
53% Penelope
  • Producer
  • Annie
$10.1M 2006
82% Walk the Line
  • June Carter
$119.4M 2005
56% Just Like Heaven
  • Elizabeth Masterson
$48.3M 2005
51% Vanity Fair
  • Becky Sharp
$16.1M 2004
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde
  • Executive Producer
  • Elle Woods
$89.9M 2003
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Melanie
$127.3M 2002
58% The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Cecily
2002
56% The Party's Over
  • Actor
2001
68% Legally Blonde
  • Elle Woods
$95.1M 2001
15% The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Serena
2001
22% Little Nicky
  • Holly
$38.6M 2000
68% American Psycho
  • Evelyn Williams
2000
43% Best Laid Plans
  • Lissa
1999
92% Election
  • Tracy Flick
1999
49% Cruel Intentions
  • Annette Hargrove
1999
84% Pleasantville
  • Jennifer Wagner/Mary Sue Parker
1998
59% Twilight
  • Mel Ames
1998
43% Overnight Delivery
  • Ivy Miller
1998
76% Freeway
  • Vanessa
1996
39% Fear
  • Nicole Walker
1996
12% S.F.W.
  • Wendy
1994
29% Jack the Bear
  • Karen Morris
1993
40% A Far Off Place
  • Nonnie Parker
1993
No Score Yet Desperate Choices: To Save My Child
  • Cassie
1992
No Score Yet Wildflower
  • Ellie Perkins
1991
89% The Man in the Moon
  • Dani Trant
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Big Little Lies
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Madeline Martha Mackenzie
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Actor
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
26% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
64% The Muppets
2015-2016
  • Herself
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2001
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2002

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