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REESE WITHERSPOON's winning performance as ‘Elle Woods' drove Legally Blonde to almost $100 million in domestic box-office, making it one of the most successful films of 2001. Witherspoon earned Golden Globe and Golden Satellite Nominations for Best Actress, and the movie was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy.

Prior to Legally Blonde, Witherspoon was best known for her performance as the over-achieving but endearing high school mastermind, "Tracy Flick," in Alexander Payne's satirically edged comedy, Election. The role earned Witherspoon the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics as well as a Golden Globe Nomination. 

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Witherspoon first attracted attention with her memorable feature film debut in Robert Mulligan's coming-of-age drama, The Man in The Moon. She went on to play the lead in the dramatic adventure, A Far Off Place, and starred opposite Patricia Arquette in Diane Keaton's critically acclaimed Lifetime feature, Wildflower.

In 1995, Witherspoon starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Fear, and received rave reviews for her performance in Freeway, produced by Oliver Stone and directed by Matthew Bright. Witherspoon's other credits include Gary Ross' Pleasantville, Robert Benton's Twilight, and Cruel Intentions, Best Laid Plans, and American Psycho.

Witherspoon just wrapped Sweet Home Alabama, a contemporary romantic comedy directed by Andy Tennant. She stars as a New York City fashion designer, who, upon accepting a marriage proposal from her ideal man, must rush home to rural Alabama to extract a divorce from her high school husband and confront the town she hasn't seen in eight years.

Witherspoon has launched a production company, TYPE A Films, housed at Intermedia, where she has a number of feature film projects in development.

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