Reese Witherspoon Trivia

Family and Friends:

  • She can trace her family all the way back to Scotland, UK. John Witherspoon, her Gifford-born "favourite ancestor", who attended Haddington Grammar School, obtained a Master of Arts from Edinburgh University in 1739, and was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. In the movie 1776 (1972), the role of Dr. John Witherspoon was played by James Noble.
  • Distant cousin of Daniel Morton
  • Her mother, Betty, has a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing and her dad, John, is a surgeon.
  • Reese is her mother's maiden name.
  • Has an older brother, John D. Witherspoon
  • Ryan Phillippe proposed to her in December of 1998 while the couple was vacationing at The Planter's Inn in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Neither she nor her ex-husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, use their real first names - Reese's first name is Laura, Ryan's first name is Matthew.
  • Her wedding ring is an early 1990s Neil Lane, Asscher-cut-diamond, and there are only a few like it in the world.
  • Announced on October 30, 2006 that she has separated and would file divorce papers against her husband, Ryan Phillippe, after seven years of marriage.
  • Filed for divorce against husband Ryan Phillippe, also demanding sole custody for their children Ava and Deacon, on 8th November 2006.
  • Daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe born [9 September 1999] is named after Ryan's grandmother.
  • Son Deacon Phillippe was born [October 23rd, 2003]. He is named after former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Deacon Phillippe, a distant relative of her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
  • Best friends with Selma Blair.
  • Friend of Renee Zellweger.


Career:

  • As extra credit for a high school class, she worked as an office production assistant for the film Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). Director Carl Franklin paid homage to her by featuring Legally Blonde in his film Out of Time (2003).
  • Steve Dontanville from the William Morris Agency is still her agent. They got together after The Man in the Moon (1991).
  • Shortly after she started acting she had an audition for a role in Cape Fear (1991). She was supposed to meet with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for the audition, but at the time didn't really know who they were. On the plane she was talking to the man next to her about her audition, and the man started to rave to her about De Niro and Scorsese. This made her so nervous that she completely blew the audition and the role eventually went to Juliette Lewis.
  • Refused the lead roles in two horror movies, Scream (1996) and Urban Legend (1998).
  • Was considered for the role of Juliet in Romeo + Juliet (1996).
  • She runs a production company called "Type A Films" with Debra Siegal
  • Has moved her production company to Universal Pictures. Has signed a two-year first-look production pact with Universal. The studio has already picked up a romantic comedy pitch, Sports Widow (2010), for her to star in and produce.
  • Her Gap ad appeared on a six-story-high building on Sunset Blvd,.
  • Was the first person to host "Saturday Night Live" after the September 11th terror attacks.
  • Was approached by a few companies to record music after she provided her own singing voice for Walk the Line (2005).
  • Has appeared in four movies bearing the names of songs: Jack the Bear (1993), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Just Like Heaven (2005) and Walk the Line (2005).
  • Was originally cast in the lead role in Bunny Lake Is Missing (2009), but backed out a few weeks before shooting began.
  • Named the first-ever Avon Global Ambassador and will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation (2007).


Childhood:

  • She lived in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a young child.
  • Went to Harpeth Hall School, a private school for girls in Nashville, Tennessee
  • As a child she appeared in her local Sunday paper modeling kids' track suits and such. She said that it was creative for her. She was paid $50 a day.
  • She appeared in a television commercial when she was 7 for a local Nashville florist.
  • Started children's acting classes at a community college at the age of 7. By the age of 9 she was taking adult acting classes.
  • Gymnast for 7 years
  • At the young age of 11 she won the "Ten State Talent Award"
  • She was a cheerleader in high school and a debutante.
  • Majored in English Literature at Stanford University; on leave from her studies as of 1998.


Awards and Honorable Mentions:

  • Named one of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001"
  • Named one of E!'s "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001".
  • Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
  • Appears in Entertainment Weekly's Most Powerful List sitting at #22
  • Has been named one of Rolling Stone's "People of the Year" along with Eminem and Kelly Osbourne.
  • Named one of E! 2002 "Entertainers of the Year".
  • Ranked #1 on E!'s Hollywood's Hottest Blondes (2003)
  • Named 'Favorite Female Film Star' by People Magazine (2004)
  • Is one of five actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), Renee Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006) and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006).
  • The year she won her Oscar for Walk the Line (2005) her husband Ryan Phillippe appeared in the movie that won "Best Picture": Crash (2004).
  • The dress she wore at the Golden Globes in 2006 was also worn by Kirsten Dunst at the Golden Globes in 2003
  • Is the second actress to win the best actress Oscar for portraying a female singer in a biography; the first was Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).
  • Named #40 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
  • Named #34 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
  • Her performance as Tracy Flick in Election (1999) is ranked #45 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $7 million, and The Hollywood Reporter named her the highest paid actress in Hollywood.
  • Mentioned in the song High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup, as "the prom queen".


Other:

  • She collects antique linens and is crazy about old embroidery.
  • She donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
  • Is a vegetarian.