Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an actress and producer. She is a 1994 graduate of Harpeth Hall School, in Nashville, TN, where she participated in Amnesty International and Spanish Club, among other activities. Witherspoon began acting while still in school, landing a lead role in The Man in the Moon in 1991. One of her big career breakthroughs was her starring role in 2001’s Legally Blonde, after which she began receiving increased positive press and numerous awards. Other films of note include Pleasantville, Election, Sweet Home Alabama, Walk the Line (for which she learned to sing), and Wild (for which she was also producer). Witherspoon also owns the production company Pacific Standard. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
- Young Hollywood Award for Best Breakthrough Performance – Female for Pleasantville. 1999
- MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance for Legally Blonde. 2002
- Academy Award for Best Actress for Walk the Line. 2006
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Walk the Line. 2006
- Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical for Walk the Line. 2006
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Walk the Line. 2006