THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
winning performance as â€˜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,
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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