Friday, December 9, 2011

Actress Reese Witherspoon

In the movie Water for Elephants, a drama set in a traveling circus in the 1930s, the hero, Jacob (played by Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame) tells his love interest, a performer named Marlena, "You're a beautiful woman. You deserve a beautiful life."

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, who played Marlena (she is depicted above in that role), is a beautiful woman who has had a beautiful life. She made her big cinema debut as Dani Trant, a teenager in love with an older boy, in another period drama, 1991's The Man in the Moon, set in 1950s Louisiana. In 1999, her performance as an overachieving candidate for high school student body president in Election won her eight nominations for her acting as well as three awards from film critics societies, including the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Actress.

She went on to do some lighthearted fare, including the role of society girl-turned-law student Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and in Legally Blonde 2 - Red White and Blonde, a sequel that took Elle to Washington as a congressional aide.

Ms. Witherspoon, who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, has appeared in Cruel Intentions, a modern film adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, as well as in a 2002 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Bering Earnest.  Her performance as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line earned her seventeen awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Fun fact: Reese Witherspoon is a descendant of New Jersey patriot and Declaration of Independence signer John Witherspoon.

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