Witherspoon began modeling and appearing in TV commercials at the age of 7, but she made her acting debut in 1991's "The Man in the Moon," playing a 14-year-old tomboy in the Southern drama.
Her first role led to bigger parts, including roles in 1993 in "Jack the Bear" with Danny DeVito and the Disney movie "A Far Off Place."
In 1996, she co-starred with Alyssa Milano and Mark Wahlberg in the thriller "Fear."
In 1998 Witherspoon starred in "Pleasantville."
A still from the 1999 film "Election," in which Witherspoon played an obsessive class presidential hopeful.
Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a sorority girl looking to win her boyfriend back by earning a law degree, in her breakout hit, 2001's "Legally Blonde."
A still from the film "Sweet Home Alabama" with co-star Patrick Dempsey.
In 2005, Witherspoon played June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." She received the Oscar for Best Actress for her role.
A still from the 2006 film "Penelope" featuring Witherspoon.
Witherspoon with Owen Wilson in the 2010 romantic-comedy "How Do You Know."
Witherspoon opposite "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson in the 2011 movie adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel "Water for Elephants."
Witherspoon with co-star Chris Pine in a scene from 2012's "This Means War." The movie also stars Tom Hardy.
In 2012 Witherspoon starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in "Mud."
In 2013 Witherspoon starred in "Devil's Knot," a movie about the murders of three young boys.
Witherspoon starred in "Wild" in 2014. She earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role.
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