Majored in English Literature at Stanford University;
on leave from her studies as of 1998.
Shortly after she started acting she had an audition for a role
in "Cape Fear". She was supposed to meet with Robert De
Niro and Martin Scorcese for the auditon, 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 Scorcese. This made her so nervous that she completely
blew the audition and the role eventually went to Juliette Lewis.
daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe born [9 September 1999]
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).
One of her ancestors, John Witherspoon, signed the Declaration
Her mother, Betty, has a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing and her dad,
John, is a surgeon.
Named one of People Magazine's '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
Is a vegetarian.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine
Went to Harpeth Hall School, a private school for girls in Nashville,
She won the 2001 Teens Choice Actress Comedy Award for her role
in 'Legally Blonde'
She runs a production company called "Type A Films" with
Appears in Entertainment Weekly's Most Powerful List sitting at
At the young age of 11 she won the "Ten State Talent Award"
She was a cheerleader in highschool and a debutant.
Reese is her mother's maiden name.
Has moved her current Production Company "Type A Films"
to Universal Pictures. Has signed a 2 year first-look production
pact with Universal. They have already picked up a romantic comedy
pitch "Sports Widow" for Reese to star and produce in.
She appeared in a television commercial when she was 7 for a local
Has been named one of Rolling Stones, "People of the Year"
along with Eminem and Kelly Osbourne.
She lived in Wiesbaden, Germany as a young child.
Her GAP ad appeared on a 6-storey high building on Sunset Blvd
Named one of E! 2002 Entertainers of the year.
Her daughter, Ava, is named after Ryan's grandmother.
Steve Dontanville from the William Morris Agency - is still her
agent. They got together after Man In The Moon.
She can trace her family all the way back to Scotland, UK.
Her wedding ring is an early 1990s Asher-cut-diamond, and there
are only a few like it in the world.
Has an older brother, John D. Witherspoon
Pregnant with second child, due December 2003. [April 2003]
Ranked #1 on E!'s Hollywood's Hottest Blondes (2003)
Son Deacon Phillippe was born [October 23rd, 2003]
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
(2001) in the film Out of Time (2003/I).
She collects antique linens and is crazy about old embroidery.
Ryan proposed to her in December of 1998 while the couple was vacationing
at The Planter's Inn in Charleston, South Carolina.
Used to model in the Sunday paper, modelling kids track suits and
such. She said it was creative for her when she was a kid. She was
paid $50 a day.
Started childrens acting classes at a community college at the
age of 7. By the age of 9 she was taking adult acting classes.
Her son is named after former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Deacon
Phillippe, a distant relative of her husband Ryan Phillippe.
Gymnast for 7 years
Named 'Favorite Female Film Star' by People Magazine (2004)
Is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.
[Asked about the ways she is discriminated against] "I get
discriminated against in three ways: I get discriminated against
because I'm blond, I get discriminated against because I'm an actress
and I get discriminated against because I'm from the South."
Neither she nor her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, use their real
first names - Reese's first name is Laura, Ryan's first name is
Was the first person to host Saturday Night Live after the September
11th terror attacks.
2004 - Vanity Fair ($15,000,000)
2003 - Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde ($15,000,000)
2002 - Sweet Home Alabama ($5,000,000)
2001 - Legally Blonde ($2,500,000)
1999 - Cruel Intentions ($250,000)
1996 - Fear ($200,000)