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REESE WITHERSPOON (Kate) grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. At the age of 14, she auditioned to be an extra in the coming-of-age drama "The Man in the Moon,” and unexpectedly landed the lead.

She went on to star in the movie "A Far Off Place” and the Lifetime feature "Wildflower,” directed by Diane Keaton. Audiences watched her come of age in a handful of films, including "Freeway,” "Fear” and "Twilight,” with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon.

In 1999, Witherspoon found the role that showcased her comedic skills for the first time, playing Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne's brilliantly reviewed satire, "Election.” She followed up with Gary Ross' "Pleasantville” and a star-making turn in the surprise comedy hit "Legally Blonde.”

Her next film, the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama,” was also hugely successful, and Witherspoon moved into producing, launching her company with the Elle Woods sequel, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde.” She followed that with a turn as Becky Sharpe in Mira Nair's "Vanity Fair,” and in the supernatural romantic comedy "Just Like Heaven.”

In 2005, Witherspoon's extraordinary performance as June Carter Cash in the musical biopic "Walk the Line” earned her the Academy Award® for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award®, the New York Film Critics Award, and many other honors.

She has since produced the independent feature "Penelope,” with Christina Ricci and James McAvoy, and appeared in the political thriller "Rendition.”

She is currently voicing a starring role in the 3D animated adventure "Monsters vs. Aliens,” slated for release in March, 2009, and working on a Pixar project for 2011. In 2007, Witherspoon signed on as the Global Ambassador for Avon, whose Foundation is the largest corporate supporter of women's causes in the world and, in 2008, she visited New Orleans to highlight the work of the Children's Defense Fund on the fundraising special "Idol Gives Back.”

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