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And while she took home the Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of June Carter in biopic Walk the Line, she's often better recognised for her fine-tuned comedic skills; her This Means War co-star Tom Hardy described working with her as a "master class in the comedy genre".
At 35, and still at the peek of her beauty, she is cognisant of the declining screen value for ageing actresses, saying sagely, "I think it's hard to imagine being in your early 30s and your career being over.
Born in New Orleans to Catholic parents – her mother a nursing professor and her father an ENT specialist – she was raised with a typical Southern gentility which often makes her stand out from the brasher elements of Hollywood.
As an infant, her father worked as a surgeon with the US military in Germany, where the family spent four years before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.
She took her first lead role in a romantic drama, The Man in the Moon, at the age of 14.
Throughout all her subsequent film success, achieving box-office highs with Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, she has remained close to her family, to this day never forgetting to credit her mother for guiding her through life.
In This Means War, her character's best friend urges her to choose between her suitors by having sex with them both.
Going on to spend just one year studying English literature at the prestigious Stanford University, she left to pursue acting, having already been bitten by the bug at the age of seven, when she appeared in a local florists' commercial.Now that she's tried on the dating game for size, if only on screen, Witherspoon can't help but glance down contentedly at her wedding ring as we debate the changing face of sexual politics and internet dating."I just find dating nerve-wracking, and really, I don't date.I went from being married and then I was married again, so I didn't really date much," says the actress, who was wed for eight years to Ryan Phillippe, with whom she has two children; their marriage ended in divorce in 2007.I hope to have as long lasting a career [as the men]."Witherspoon has recently completed work on the Mississippi drama Mud; she'll also portray 1950s artist Margaret Keane in Bug Eyes, and she's co-starring with Colin Firth in next year's satanic thriller Devil's Knot."I have a production company, but I don't personally make a lot of movies," says the actress, who presides over the flourishing Type A Films, which she set up after getting a taste for the business side of film-making after executive producing Legally Blonde 2 in 2003.
"I personally usually make one movie a year, because I have another full time job, which is being a mother."Witherspoon has long refused to be a victim of her own celebrity, to which end paparazzi frequently snap her going about her normal day, be it jogging in the park, shopping in the supermarket or collecting her children Ava, 12, and Deacon, eight, from school.But something in him prefers the dark, and some of us prefer to watch him there.½ DEMOLITION Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis.