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Reese Witherspoon: Life in pictures

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon has found success with critics as well as at the box office. Here’s a look at some of her big moments, on and off screen. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
‘The Man in the Moon’ | 1991
After spending her childhood modeling and acting in local TV commercials, Reese Witherspoon makes her film debut playing 14-year-old Dani Trant in “The Man in the Moon.” (MGM)
‘Pleasantville’ | 1998
Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire play 1990s siblings who are transported into a 1950s television series in the film “Pleasantville.” The breakthrough performance earned Witherspoon a Young Hollywood Award. (Ralph Nelson / New Line)
‘Cruel Intentions’ | 1999
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe star in the drama “Cruel Intentions.” Witherspoon and Phillippe married in 1999 and had two children, Eva and Deacon, but are now divorced. (Melissa Moseley / Columbia Pictures)
‘Election’ | 1999
Reese Witherspoon stars alongside Matthew Broderick in the 1999 comedy “Election.” Witherspoon’s performance as an ambitious student running for class president earned her a Golden Globe nomination. (Bob Akester / Paramount Pictures)
‘Friends’ | 2000
Stepping into the television sphere, Witherspoon played recurring character Jill Green, sister of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel, on NBC’s “Friends.” (Pictured here with David Schwimmer as Ross Geller.) (Warner Bros.Television)
‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde’ | 2001, 2003
Witherspoon’s performance as the smarter-than-she-looks law student Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” was her ticket to the A-list. The hit movie inspired a successful sequel, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (pictured), and a Broadway adaptation. (Tracy Bennett / MGM)
‘Sweet Home Alabama’ | 2002
On the heels of her success in “Legally Blonde,” Witherspoon stars as a bride caught between two grooms in the romantic comedy “Sweet Home Alabama.” The movie grossed more than $100 million at the box office. (Peter Iovino / Touchstone Pictures)
‘Vanity Fair’ | 2004
Reese Witherspoon stars as a social climber in “Vanity Fair,” adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel. (Frank Conner / Focus Features)
‘Just Like Heaven’ | 2005
Witherspoon stars as Elizabeth Masterson, a disembodied spirit who does not believe she is not currently corporeal, in DreamWorks Pictures’ romantic comedy “Just Like Heaven.” (Peter Iovino / DreamWorks Pictures)
‘Walk the Line’ | 2005
Reese Witherspoon plays June Carter alongside Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash in the biopic “Walk the Line.” Her performance garnered critical acclaim, and she won the lead actress Oscar. (Suzanne Tenner / 20th Century Fox)
Academy Awards | 2006
Witherspoon is all smiles at the Governors Ball after winning the Oscar on March 5, 2006. She won the lead actress award for her performance as June Carter in “Walk the Line.” (AMPAS /
‘Four Christmases’ | 2008
Reese Witherspoon as Kate and Vince Vaughn as Brad as they discover the pitfalls of holding a baby in the comedy “Four Christmases.” Critics were not kind to the movie, but audiences didn’t seem to care. (John P. Johnson / Warner Bros. Pictures)
‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ | 2009
Witherspoon took a voice acting turn as conscripted Monster Ginormica in DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters vs. Aliens.” (DreamWorks Animation)
‘How Do You Know’ | 2010
Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon play two sides of a romantic triangle in the romantic comedy “How Do You Know.” (David James / Columbia TriStar)
Reese Witherspoon, Jim Toth | 2011
Witherspoon and Hollywood talent agent Jim Toth married in 2011, and the couple have three children (two from Witherspoon’s previous marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe). (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
‘Water for Elephants’ | 2011
Reese Witherspoon stars as a circus performer alongside Robert Pattinson in “Water for Elephants.” (David James / Twentieth Century Fox)
Arrest | 2013
Witherspoon became agitated after her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Atlanta in April 2013, officials said. Witherspoon was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct. Both pleaded no contest. (Georgia Department of Corrections / AFP)
‘Inherent Vice’ | 2014
Witherspoon plays Penny Kimball, reuniting with Joaquin Phoenix (as Doc Sportello) in “Inherent Vice,” a comedy adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel. (Wilson Webb / Warner Bros.)
‘Wild’ | 2014
Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, who undertakes a life-changing, 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Oregon, in “Wild.” (Anne Marie Fox / AP)
‘The Good Lie’ | 2014
Reese Witherspoon and Ger Duany appear in “The Good Lie,” a film about a woman who tries to help a group of Sudanese refugees relocating to the United States. (Bob Mahoney / Associated Press)