REESE WITHERSPOON (Mel Ames) is considered to be one of
the industry's most promising young actresses.
Witherspoon most recently earned rave reviews for her performance
as a white-trash bad girl in the independent feature, FREEWAY.
Produced by Oliver Stone, and directed by Matthew Bright, this
twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood" premiered at
the Sundance Film Festival and aired to record-breaking ratings
This Fall, Witherspoon stars in the New Line comedy, "Pleasantville,"
from a script by Gary Ross ("Big"), who also makes his
directing debut. Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire play modern-day
siblings who find themselves mysteriously trapped in the wholesome
world of a 1950's sitcom, with William H. Macy and Joan Allen
as their parents.
She recently completed work on the MTV feature "Election,"
a black comedy co-starring Matthew Broderick. In this Alexander
Payne ("Citizen Ruth") directed feature, Witherspoon
stars as a manipulative high school senior who is running for
the office of student body president.
Witherspoon attracted the attention of audiences and critics alike
with her feature film debut as the lead in Robert Mulligan's coming
of age drama, "The Man in the Moon." At the age of 14,
her performance as Dani, the coltish free spirit who suffers the
agonies of young love, was "unforgettable" (USA Today)
and "tumultuously flawless" (The Hollywood Reporter).
"Her first kiss," declared Roger Ebert, "is one
of the most perfect little scenes I've ever seen in a movie"
(Siskel & Ebert).
Witherspoon went on to play the lead in Disney's dramatic adventure,
"A Far Off Place" and starred opposite Patricia Arquette
in Diane Keaton's critically acclaimed Lifetime feature, "Wildflower."
She appeared in Danny DeVito's family drama, "Jack the Bear"
and starred as prom queen turned hostage, Wendy Finster, in the
contemporary satire "S.F.W."
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Witherspoon entered Stanford
University as a freshmen in 1995. To experience other aspects
of the filmmaking process, she has interned in post-production
at Disney and worked in pre-production with Carl Franklin on "Devil
in a Blue Dress." She has also participated in the Sundance
Institute's June Lab, as the lead in Teresa Connelly's mother/daughter
piece "Polish Wedding."
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