Reese Witherspoon shared this picture of her school-aged days saying, “Yes, my dress has ‘Reese’ stitched to the front.” The actress was born Laura Jeanne Witherspoon, eventually taking on her mother’s maiden name “Reese” as her first name.
Witherspoon was born in New Orleans but raised in Tenessee with a traditional Southern upbringing. Her interest in acting began after she modeled for commercials and as a child was described as a Type A high achiever. Her first big role was the lead in The Man in the Moon at age 14. Witherspoon rose to prominence for her roles in Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde.