Posted on January 21, 2015
She’s always been one of America’s sweethearts but she challenged that perception when she was arrested for her drunken rant against a police officer after using the “Don’t you know who I am?” line. However, with both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe already under her belt, there’s no denying she’s got talent.
Born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to John Witherspoon and Betty Reese.
She meets Ryan Philippe at her 21st birthday party.
Stars in Pleasantville with Tobey Maguire, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Don Knotts.
She and Philippe get engaged.
Stars in Cruel Intentions with Ryan Philippe, Selma Blair, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The movie is an adaptation of the French 18th century novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
Marries actor Ryan Philippe at Old Wide Awake Plantation in South Carolina.
Daughter Ava Elizabeth Philippe is born.
Stars in Election.
Appears in American Psycho with Christian Bale.
Stars in Legally Blonde with Luke Wilson and Selma Blair.
Stars in Sweet Home Alabama with Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, and Candice Bergen.
Stars in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde with Luke Wilson, Sally Field, and Bob Newhart.
Son Deacon Phillippe is born.
Stars in Vanity Fair.
Stars in Just Like Heaven with with Mark Ruffalo.
She wins the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her role in Walk the Line. Walk the Line also wins Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.
Wins the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Walk the Line.
She and Philippe announce their separation.
She files for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The same month, filming on Rendition begins.
Philippe files for joint physical custody of their two children.
Their divorce is finalized. The same month, paparazzi photos show her vacationing in Rome with her rumored-but-not-confirmed boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal.
Rendition hits theaters also starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Omar Metwally, Meryl Streep, and Alan Arkin. It receives bad reviews, with USA Today writing: “Reese Witherspoon is surprisingly lifeless. She customarily injects energy and spirit into her parts, but here, her performance feels tamped down.”
She and Gyllenhaal go to Italy for Gyllenhaal’s sister Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wedding to Peter Sarsgaard.
She and Gyllenhaal reportedly break up.
She begins dating Jim Toth, co-head of motion picture talent at her talent agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
They announce their engagement.
They marry in Ojai, California at her estate.
Their son Tennessee James Toth is born.
While in Atlanta filming The Good Lie, she and Toth are pulled over and Toth is found to have a blood alcohol above the legal limit. He is arrested and charged with a DUI. Witherspoon is arrested for disorderly conduct after she gets out of the car against his orders and tells the police officer she “is an American citizen”. She also says “Do you know my name?” and when the officer says he doesn’t need to know it she responds, “You don’t need to know my name?” He says, “Not quite yet” and she says, “Oh, really? You’re about to find out who I am.”
Two days after her arrest, she attends the New York premiere of Mud in which she stars alongside Matthew McConaughey and Sam Shepard.
She issues a statement about her arrest: “Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
Toth appears in court and pleads guilty. He is ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and one year of probation. Reese is fined $213.
Mud opens in theaters.
The Good Lie is released, starring Reese as an American woman who helps four Sudanese refugees after they win a lottery for relocation to the United States.
Gone Girl is released starring Ben Affleck. Reese is a producer on the film.
Star in Wild, a movie about a woman who goes on a hike covering over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother, played by Laura Dern, dies. It is based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed called Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.
She is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Actress for Wild.
Stars in the Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice alongside Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and Katherine Waterston. The movie is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.
She loses the Golden Globe to Julianne Moore, who wins for Still Alice.
She is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Wild.