REESE WITHERSPOON HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speaker: Director James L. Brooks
2,425th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures
6262 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the W Hollywood Hotel
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actresses. Witherspoon grew up in Tennessee and returned to her roots to play June Carter Cash in the musical biopic, Walk the Line. Her performance earned her the 2005 Academy Award® for Best Actress, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the New York Film Critics Award, and many other honors. Witherspoon stars in Columbia Pictures,’ How Do You Know, a comedy from Academy Award®-winning writer-director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment). The film, also starring Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson, will be released in theaters December 17.
She most recently starred as the giant Susan in the DreamWorks Animation film Monsters vs. Aliens. In 2008, Witherspoon starred alongside Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases, which she also produced. Other recent film credits include the Gavin Hood-directed ensemble thriller, Rendition, in which she starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Saarsgard, and Alan Arkin.
Witherspoon’s career has been notable for her diverse range of roles, as demonstrated by her turn as a spirit who refuses to accept her death in the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven and as one of English literature’s most memorable characters, the social climbing Becky Sharpe, in Mira Nair’s revisionist take on the Thackery novel, Vanity Fair.
At the age of 14, Witherspoon was hoping to be an extra in Robert Mulligan’s coming-of-age drama, The Man in the Moon, and unexpectedly landed the lead. She followed with the dramatic adventure, A Far Off Place, and Diane Keaton’s critically-acclaimed Lifetime television feature, Wildflower.
In 1995, Witherspoon starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in the thriller, Fear. She received rave reviews for her performance in the independent feature, Freeway – a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood. Produced by Oliver Stone, the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and aired to record-breaking numbers on HBO.
Witherspoon worked with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon in Robert Benton’s dramatic thriller, Twilight, then displayed her gift for comedy in Pleasantville, written and directed by Gary Ross and co-starring Tobey Maguire.
In 1999, Witherspoon starred in Alexander Payne’s satirical comedy, Election, which earned her the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics as well as a Golden Globe Nomination. She followed with Legally Blonde, which took in $100 million in domestic box office and turned the young actress into a marquee name and international star.
Witherspoon went on to star in Sweet Home Alabama, which was one of the most successful female star-driven romantic comedies of the time. She then began a second career as a producer with Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. Witherspoon’s production company, Type A Films, went on to develop and produce Penelope, a modern fable starring Christina Ricci and James McAvoy, and has a slate of additional projects in the works.
Off screen, Witherspoon is involved in many charitable works. She has been active on behalf of the Rape Treatment Center at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Save the Children and currently serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund, raising money and awareness for their many programs. Last year she went to New Orleans with a group of women to open the first “Freedom School” and they have since endowed thirteen more community centers in the area.
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