Actress, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
If you judged Reese Witherspoon from the sunny, likable women she has played on film, you’d actually be right. She is a genuinely nice person with strong family values.
She started acting as a child and has pretty much acted continuously since then, taking a short break to attend a year at Stanford University, studying English literature. She earned fame and some minor awards with her roles in Election and Legally Blonde, and then took a break from acting for a few years to get married and have two children.
She returned to the screen in 2002 to become one of the highest-paid actresses in the business, earning $15-20 million for each of her starring roles in films. In 2005 she portrayed June Carter in Walk the Line, singing all of her own vocals in front of a live audience, and won an Academy Award for that performance.
In recent years Witherspoon has taken on other projects – she started her own film production company, and then created a fashion line of accessories and home décor inspired by the American South.
Witherspoon has been generous with her wealth, choosing to focus on helping women and children through organizations such as Save the Children, which provides education for children all over the world, the Children’s Defense Fund, a group that speaks for and helps children, especially poor children and children with disabilities. She was recently honored for her support of the Malala Fund, which promotes education for young girls. The Malala Fund was started by Malala Yousafzai, who, at seventeen years old, was the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Witherspoon is currently focusing her efforts on supporting women in such issues as preventing domestic violence as the Avon Global Ambassador & Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women.