Bringing Christmas Cheer
With Vince Vaughn, Witherspoon stars in Four Christmases, about a couple that embarks on visiting all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. The film opens at No. 1, raking in $31.7 million in its first weekend at the box office. "He and I would be like 'OK, I'm going to say this, then you do that' and then … I'd try not to crack up," she tells USA Today of improvising scenes with Vaughn.
Reese Moves On
After splitting with boyfriend of two years Jake Gyllenhaal in November, Witherspoon quietly moves on with Hollywood agent Jim Toth. "Friends are very surprised how quickly she's moved on from Jake and how fast things have progressed with Jim," says a pal of the actress. "She takes relationships very seriously. Even she's surprised at how fast she fell for him."
Witherspoon unveils her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – in time for her latest release How Do You Know. "Ava and Deacon said, 'Mom, do you have a star?' and I said, 'No, I don't,'" the Oscar winner recounts at her unveiling. "They said, 'Well, they'd better hurry up while you're still alive so you can enjoy it!'"
Reese Says Yes!
Capping off her whirlwind romance, Witherspoon accepts boyfriend Jim Toth's marriage proposal. "Jim knows Reese is the one for him," a source tells PEOPLE of the Hollywood agent. "It's what he's been waiting for."
A Second Chance
Days after celebrating her 35th birthday, Witherspoon ties the knot with Toth, 40, in a private ceremony at the actress's ranch estate in Ojai, Calif. The bride, who wore a Monique Lhuillier gown, exchanges vows with her groom in front of her children, as well as Renée Zellweger, Sean Penn with Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr.
Stamp of Approval
Alongside Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz and an elephant named Tai, Witherspoon makes her way into the No. 3 box-office spot with Water for Elephants. Based on Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, the real-life newlywed portrays a lovelorn circus performer who falls for an earnest veterinarian (Pattinson). "I mean, he's just so good looking and he's a really nice person," she gushes to PEOPLE of her heartthrob costar.
Baby on the Way
News of Witherspoon's pregnancy breaks just days before her 36th birthday. A friend of the actress, who is already mom to daughter Ava, 12, and son Deacon, 8, tells PEOPLE that Witherspoon and her new hubby Jim Toth are "thrilled" to be having their first child together.
Witherspoon and husband Toth are arrested and jailed after the CAA agent is pulled over in Atlanta for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and the actress is cited for disorderly conduct after failing to obey the arresting officer. "I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," Witherspoon says in a statement, acknowledging reports she told the officer, "Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am." "The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am ... I'm very sorry for my behavior," the statement continues.
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- Reese Witherspoon
- Real Name
- Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
- Date of Birth
- March 22, 1976
- Birth Place
- New Orleans, La.
Jim Toth, husband (2010 to present)
Jake Gyllenhaal, ex-boyfriend (2007 to 2009)
Ryan Phillippe, ex-husband (1997 to 2006; divorced finalized in 2008)
Mark Wahlberg (briefly dated in 1996)
Chris O'Donnell (linked in 1993)
Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, daughter (9/9/1999)
Deacon Phillippe, son (10/23/2003)
Tennessee James Toth, son (9/27/2012)