Born in the Big Easy in 1976, Reese Witherspoon was raised east of the Mississippi in Nashville, where she quickly gravitated to the spotlight. By age 14, the talented southerner landed the lead in the 1991 feature film, The Man in the Moon. And her coming of age years would bring even bigger successes, including the Catalonian International Film Festival award for Best Actress for her role in the crime film Freeway (1996). The award and a number of other notable accomplishments played a major part in her decision to leave Stanford University after a year of studying English literature – and the decision paid off. Witherspoon quickly became one of Hollywood’s most recognized actresses with a string of film credits in the late 1990s, such as Pleasantville, Election, and Cruel Intentions. It was the 2001 box-office hit, Legally Blonde, and her portrayal of Elle Woods that catapulted Witherspoon into Hollywood royalty, spawning a sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, in which she not only starred but also produced. Witherspoon became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, reportedly commanding up to $20 million per film. Her portrayal of country singer June Carter, opposite of Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, in the 2005 biopic Walk the Line garnered her an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for her performance. Reese continued her success with roles in Rendition (2007), Penelope (2008), Four Christmases (2008), This Means War (2012), Mud (2012), and the 2013 crime tale, Devil’s Knot. She was married to her Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Philippe in 1999, divorcing in 2007. The couple has two children. She’s currently married to talent agent Jim Toth. They welcomed a son in 2012.