Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award, she is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world as of 2019. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2015, and Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Witherspoon began her career as a teenager, making her screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991). Following a leading role opposite Mark Wahlberg in Fear (1996), her breakthrough came in 1999 with a supporting role in Cruel Intentions, and for her portrayal of Tracy Flick in the black comedy Election. She gained wider recognition for her role as Elle Woods in the comedy Legally Blonde (2001) and its 2003 sequel, and for her starring role in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama (2002). In 2005, she garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the biographical musical film Walk the Line, which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Witherspoon then starred in several critically and commercially unsuccessful comedies, during which her sole box-office success was the romantic drama Water for Elephants (2011). She made a comeback by producing and starring as Cheryl Strayed in the drama Wild (2014), which earned her a second nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Witherspoon has since begun work in television, by producing and starring in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies (2017–2019), the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show (2019–present), and the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere (2020). For the first of these, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series.
I was watching This Means War the other night 2012 which stars Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine as the main leads which wasn’t a bad film, l enjoyed it anyway. I have followed Reese’s acting career since the first film l saw her in which was The Man in the Moon 1991 followed by S.F.W 1994. Since then, l have seen her in maybe 35+ films and l am a fan of hers. How about you? Fan or not?
Below are 15 of my personal favourites of hers that l have seen to date.
The Man in the Moon 1991
Dani, a 14-year-old girl, falls in love with Court Foster who is her neighbour. However, their journey of love is not smooth as they struggle to cope up with each other’s feelings.
A Far Off Place 1993
A gang of poachers kill everyone in the farm; the only two survivors are Nonni and Harry. Their only way to escape them is a walk through the Kalahari Desert. Will they survive all the calamities?
Nicole Walker, a 16-year-old girl, meets the charming David McCall at a nightclub, and the two fall in love with each other. However, things take a turn when David reveals his darker side to Nicole.
David and his twin sister, Jennifer, are transported into ‘Pleasantville’, a black and white TV show. The two must stay in character while completely changing the town’s dynamics.
Cruel Intentions 1999
Kathryn makes a bet with her stepbrother Sebastian to sleep with the headmaster’s daughter named Annette. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Sebastian really falls in love with Annette.
Legally Blonde 2001
Elle’s boyfriend breaks up with her for a smarter girl as he plans to become a politician and joins Harward law school. Elle gets enrolled in the same school in an effort to teach him a lesson.
Sweet Home Alabama 2002
Melanie is engaged to the most eligible bachelor in the city. However, secrets from her past continue to haunt her, including Jake, the man she married in high school who refuses to divorce her.
Walk the Line 2005
Johnny Cash, an aspiring musician, receives a golden opportunity to tour with the famous June Carter. As Johnny’s musical career takes a flight, his marriage with Vivian starts falling apart.
A CIA analyst finds himself puzzled when he witnesses the worst investigation of his career after he sees an Egyptian being tormented in a secret detention unit.
Water for Elephants 2011
Jacob joins a travelling circus as a vet after the death of his parents. Their boss has a violent streak that keeps everyone at bay, including his wife, Marlena. Jacob soon falls in love with Marlena.
This Means War 2012
CIA agents and best friends, Frank and Tuck discover that they are in love with the same woman. Each of them then decides to win her over using his own skills.
Ellis and Neckbone, two young men, chance upon a fugitive who is on the run. The boys decide to help the man and reunite him with his lover.
Cheryl Strayed, a recently divorced woman, decides to start a new life by hiking along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. She begins to discover herself as she goes along her trek.
The Good Lie 2014
After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavors to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist-okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel-who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.