REESE WITHERSPOON's (Juniper) extraordinary performance as 'June Carter Cash' in Walk the Line earned her the 2006 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, as well as a BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, New York Film Critics Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award, People's Choice Award among others.
Witherspoon most recently starred in This Means War with Tom Hardy and Chris Pine; Water for Elephants with Robert Pattinson and Christopher Waltz; How Do You Know, directed by James L. Brooks with Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson; and in Dreamworks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens. She will next be seen starring opposite Colin Firth in Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot.
Her illustrious career began when, at the age of 14, she hoped to be an extra in Robert Mulligan's coming-of-age drama, The Man in the Moon, and unexpectedly landed the lead. She went on to star in such films as Rendition, Just Like Heaven, and as one of the most indelible characters in English literature, the social climbing 'Becky Sharpe,' in Mira Nair's revisionist take on the Thackery novel, Vanity Fair. She captured the hearts of girls everywhere with her endearing performance as 'Elle Woods' in the surprise hit Legally Blonde and again two years later as both producer and star in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.
Additional film projects include the hit comedies hit comedies Four Christmases and Sweet Home Alabama; Alexander Payne's Election, where her role as the indelible 'Tracy Flick' earned her a Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics as well as a Golden Globe Nomination; the teen cult classic Cruel Intentions; Pleasantville, written and directed by Gary Ross; the pulpy thriller, Fear opposite Mark Wahlberg; and Freeway, the wildly conceived modern version of "Little Red Riding Hood," produced by Oliver Stone and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Witherspoon's production company, TYPE A FILMS, in addition to producing Legally Blonde 2 and Four Christmases, produced the modern fairy-tale Penelope, starring Christina Ricci and James McAvoy.
Witherspoon currently serves as Avon's Global Ambassador and Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women representing a company with a conscience and strong rights for Women's Empowerment. Witherspoon strongly supports the passage of the International Violence Against Women's act, which creates a comprehensive approach to combat violence. Although low key about her ongoing charity work, Witherspoon has been active on behalf of the Rape Treatment Center at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Save the Children. She currently serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund, with whom she has been involved for many years, raising money and awareness for their many programs. Last year she went to New Orleans with a group of women to open the first "Freedom School" there, and they have since endowed thirteen more community centers in the area.
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