Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Posted March 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Happy birthday to actress Reese Witherspoon! Today the star turns 42.

She was born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She chose to go by the name “Reese,” which is her mother’s maiden name. Witherspoon briefly studied at Stanford University as an English literature major before leaving to pursue an acting career.

Since her breakout roles in Election and Legally Blonde, Witherspoon has found great success both on screen and behind the scenes as a producer. In 2006, she won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the film, Walk the Line. Unhappy with the roles she was seeing, Witherspoon decided to take matters into her own hands and formed her own production company. One of the first films she produced was Wild, in which she also starred. The role would earn her second Academy Award nomination.

Most recently, Witherspoon can be seen on the big screen in the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time. She also just started production on the second season of her HBO series, Big Little Lies, in which she stars and produces. The second season will welcome Hollywood icon Meryl Streep to the cast. She may be excited to learn that the acting legend is her 12th cousin four times removed.

How are you related to Reese Witherspoon? Explore her family tree and share your connection to the star.

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