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Born: Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon
March 22, 1976,
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Reese is her mother’s maiden name
Height: 5' 2"
Father: John, surgeon
Mother: Betty, pediatric nurse, professor in nursing
Spouse: Ryan Phillippe (June 5, 1999 - present)
They met at Reese's
21st birthday party.
Daughter: Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, born 9/9/99, named after Ryan's grandmother
Son: Deacon Phillippe, born 10/23/03
Education: Majored in English Literature at Stanford University;
on leave since 1998.
Diet: former vegetarian
Pet: English bulldog named Francis Albert
Reese Witherspoon was born on March
22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father was a military doctor,
so the Witherspoon family traveled during most of Reese's childhood
before settling in Nashville, Tennessee.
Although Reese did some modeling and
local commercials as a child, she didn't expect to become an actress.
She recalls "I had always just accepted that I would be a doctor
of some sort." But when she was fourteen, she heard that some extras
were needed for a movie that was filming near Nashville, went to
the audition, and ended up winning the lead role of Dani Trant in
the film, The Man in the Moon. The movie won rave reviews
from critics, and she was then cast in a few made-for-TV movies,
and went on to leading roles in Jack the Bear and Disney's
A Far Off Place.
Since then, Reese has starred
in many quality films alongside A-list actors. She can most recently
be seen in The Importance of Being Earnest, with Frances
O'Connor and Rupert Everett.
Reese lives with her husband, actor
Ryan Phillippe, and their two children, in Los Angeles.
"Being a Southern person and a blond--it's not a good combination. Immediately, when people meet you, they think of you as not being smart."
"I feel like there's a race being run for some unattainable goal - to be the best, the skinniest, the most beautiful. I just admit that's what I'll never be."