Actress Reese Witherspoon

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 11, 2001

I saw Reese Witherspoon interviewed on a talk show, and she mentioned that she's from Tennessee. What part of the state is she from?
—Jennifer J., Tennessee

The 25-year-old actress is a native of Nashville. Her father is a doctor and her mother a nursing professor, but Witherspoon never thought about medicine as a career. At 7, she turned to her mother and said that she wanted to be an actress. Her mom enrolled her in acting classes at a local community college. Before long, Witherspoon was getting parts in commercials and television. She made her first feature film splash at 14 with The Man in the Moon and pursued her career while earning impressive grades in high school. Witherspoon was accepted into Stanford University but left after a year to continue acting. She's starred in such films as Election and Legally Blonde. She married Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Philippe, with whom she has a 2-year-old daughter named Ava Elizabeth. Next up for her is The Importance of Being Earnest, co-starring Rupert Everett and Dame Judi Dench.