Reese Witherspoon, born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976 is an actress and producer with a net worth of $80 million. She began her career in 1990 in The Man in the Moon, and was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress. Later that year she starred in the cable TV movie Wildflower. In 1992, she appeared in another TV movie Desperate Choices: To Save My Child, and in the next year on a CBS mini series titled Return to Lonesome Dove. In 1996 she starred in two major movies, Fear alongside Mark Wahlberg, and Freeway with Brooke Shields. In 1996 she began dating actor Ryan Phillippe, who she starred in Cruel Intentions with in 1999. In 1998 she starred in the film adaptation of the novel Election, for which she won Best Actress from the National Society of Film Critics and the Online Film Critics Society. She also gained a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination.
In 2000, she appeared in American Psycho and made guest appearances in Little Nicky, and an episode of season six of the TV show Friends. In 2001, Witherspoon's career made another peak with the feature film Legally Blonde, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Her next feature film was Sweet Home Alabama in 2002, which starred actors John Lucas and Patrick Dempsey. The sequel to Legally Blonde released in 2003, which grossed $90 million at the box office and paid Witherspoon $15 million, making her one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses. In 2004 she starred in the film Vanity Fair, which received excellent reviews. In 2004, she starred in Walk The Line, the film portrayal of the life of singer/songwriter Johnny Cash, for which she won several wards including a Golden Globe, Academy Award, and awards from the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA.
In 2006, Witherspoon separated from her husband Ryan Phillippe, with whom she had two children. In 2007 she began dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal, her costar in the film Rendition. The were rumored to have split in November of 2009, but have denied to comment on the status of their relationship.