Reese Witherspoon: The Biography

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She's an Oscar-winning actress, a devoted mother, and a down-to-earth Southern belle. And she's only thirty years old. In this fascinating biography of Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Brown chronicles Witherspoon's participation in local talent shows, her Hollywood debut, and her Academy Award for Best Actress. Brown also highlights the actress's emphasis on maintaining her values in an industry that often has none. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was astonishingly ambitious from a young age. By seven, she appeared in ...

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Overview

She's an Oscar-winning actress, a devoted mother, and a down-to-earth Southern belle. And she's only thirty years old. In this fascinating biography of Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Brown chronicles Witherspoon's participation in local talent shows, her Hollywood debut, and her Academy Award for Best Actress. Brown also highlights the actress's emphasis on maintaining her values in an industry that often has none. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was astonishingly ambitious from a young age. By seven, she appeared in commercials and was already taking adult acting classes. In 1990 she earned her first starring role in the film Man on the Moon, and suddenly Hollywood took notice. Brown delves into Witherspoon's decision to put a hold on her acting career to pursue an education — a hold that couldn't last when the scripts kept rolling in — her work with her production company Type A, and, of course, her high-visibility relationship with Ryan Phillippe, whom she met at her 21st birthday party. The first-ever biography of the star, Reese Witherspoon gives fans a close-up look at Hollywood's golden girl.

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By-the-numbers biography of the A-list actress. Sirius Satellite Radio producer Brown relies primarily on previous interviews with Reese Witherspoon to gain insight into her career. Cataloguing her work from The Man in the Moon (shot when the actress was 14) through a nude scene in Twilight to her star-making turn in Legally Blonde and Oscar-winning role in Walk the Line, the author doesn't stray far in style or content from Witherspoon's IMDb listing. Along the way, Brown also describes Witherspoon's unremarkable personal life, including her brief time at Stanford University, her marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe, the birth of their two children and her divorce. The author reveals no surprises and takes great pains to paint her subject as a talented and hardworking professional, as devoted to craft as she is to being a traditional southern lady amid the distractions of Hollywood. Brown points out that Witherspoon goes to church and tries to keep her workload to one movie per year in order to spend more time with her children. The most provocative revelation here is that the actress harbors the desire to direct. The very Hollywood prose is innocent of the difference between an adjective and an adverb (at one point Witherspoon and Phillippe are "arguing so loud everyone at the party could hear"), and Brown has an annoying habit of referring to famous people by their first name, even when they're as peripheral to the narrative as Robert De Niro or Martin Scorsese. The 15-page filmography and awards tally that close the text could serve adequately as an abridged version of the entire book. This very slight portrait offers little for all but the most devoted, or ill-informed, of Witherspoon'sfans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560259886
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Brown has been a pop culture fanatic from the day she started watching Entertainment Tonight religiously after school. She is the author of Lindsay Lohan – The “It” Girl Next Door (Simon & Schuster, 2004) and Emma Roberts: Simply Fabulous, (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

Her writing appears frequently in Seventeen and USA Weekend. She was most recently the Deputy Features Editor at Inside TV. Prior to that, she was a staff writer at US Weekly. She got her start as a college intern at Rolling Stone and began her professional journalism career as the Entertainment Editor at CosmoGIRL!.

Throughout her career, Lauren has interviewed a wide range of popular celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kutcher, Kirsten Dunst, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jack Black.

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Table of Contents


The Most Unusual Star in Hollywood     1
The Makings of a Star     7
High School with Hollywood for Homework     17
Big Actress on Campus     21
Pleasantville     31
The Ballad of Reese and Ryan     39
Cruel Intentions Turn into Pleasant Surprise     47
And Baby Makes Three...     51
Meet Tracy Flick     61
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You     71
Elle Woods Saves the Day     77
A Rocky Romance     89
Home Sweet Home     95
Baby Makes Four     105
Welcome Deacon     113
Heaven on Earth     121
Reese Walks the Line     125
Reese's New Man: Oscar     139
"Kaput" Goes the Marriage     147
Reese vs. Hollywood     157
What's Next?     163
Filmography and Television Appearances     167
Awards and Honors     179
About the Author     184
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

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    i absolutely love Reese Witherspoon. She is one of my favorite actresses. when i picked up this book, and started to read it, I couldn't put it down. if you like interesting books, and you don't want to waste your time, pick up this book. You won't regret it. i Promise.

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