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Remember the days when a young pre-Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon would do movies like Pleasantville and Cruel Intentions? She was so vibrant and perky; she looked like someone who would probably enjoy playing online games like www.foxybingo.com. It’s amazing how she evolved from a “teen queen” to the serious actress she is today. This transformation certainly required a huge amount of focus on her part and an undying dedication to her craft.
Witherspoon’s breakthrough came when she starred in a film about Elle Woods, a fashion conscious Harvard Law student, in Legally Blonde. Critics praised her performance in the movie, while some called her “the next Meg Ryan.” And they were right. She followed Legally Blonde with a string of romantic comedies namely The Importance of Being Earnest and Sweet Home Alabama. The former was a critical success while the latter had a great showing in the box office, garnering $180 million. This made Reese Witherspoon a bankable star and placed her name in Hollywood’s A-list.
During the mid-2000s, Witherspoon shifted her attention away from romantic comedies to make serious films. In 2005 she played June Cash, country legend singer Johnny Cash’s wife, in Walk the Line. She swept almost all the Best Actress awards for the film including the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Satellite, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Awards.
However, after winning the Best Actress award, Witherspoon failed to maintain her “bankable” status. Following Walk the Line, she went back to the genre she became famous for: romance movies. Unfortunately, the reception was not the same as before. She starred in three “so-so” films: How Do You Know (2010), Water for Elephants (2011) and This Means War (2012). All failed to make the standards that were expected of them.
Right now, Reese is currently doing a movie adaptation of the controversial book, The Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt. This is a good chance for her to redeem herself and show everyone that she still has “it” in her.