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Academy Award-winning Actress

Reese Witherspoon is an American actress who has won an Academy Award and established herself as one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses in recent years.

She is a young and successful GI kid.

Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, John Witherspoon, served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S Army reserves. Reese is a direct descendant of Scotland-born John Witherspoon, the sixth president of Princeton University and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence.

As a small child, Reese lived in Wiedsbaden, Germany while her father was stationed with the U.S. military. Upon returning to the United States, she settled in Nashville, Tennessee.

Witherspoon's films include Freeway, Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville, Twilight, Election, Legally Blonde; Sweet Home Alabama, and Legally Blonde 2. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention and praise for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, for which she earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.

Today, Witherspoon owns Type A Films production company. She is also actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. She serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chairman of the charitable Avon Foundation.

"I just don't see any of it as that remarkable," she told Interview Magazine. "I grew up in an environment where women accomplished a lot."

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