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How Many Children Does Reese Witherspoon Have?

Titi Dokubo
May 23, 2022
07:40 P.M.

Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award-winning actress and a mother of three who became a first-time mother at 22. She once revealed that her first pregnancy was a terrifying time in her life.


The actress who entered the entertainment industry at seven as a model was born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976. At 11, she won a talent fair and landed her first significant acting role in a movie released in 1991.

The actress ended up starring in "The Man in the Moon" in 1991 after she answered a call for extras in her hometown newspaper on a whim. She was 14 at the time.

Reese Witherspoon at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 27, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 27, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

After high school, she wanted to join her parents in the medical field, but when she won an award for best actress in 1996, she decided to focus on acting.

Witherspoon went on to study English literature at Stanford University and established herself as a talented actress. In 1999 while starring in "Cruel Intentions," she started dating and had her first daughter that year, followed by her son Deacon in 2003.


On May 22, 2022, Deacon, 18, headed to prom and took to his social media to show off his looks in a gray two-button suit paired with a matching tie, white shirt, and a bright pink boutonniere.



Witherspoon has three kids, two of whom she shares with her ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe. She welcomed her daughter, Ava, on September 9, 1999, her son, Deacon, on October 23, 2003, and her last son, Tennessee Toth, on September 27, 2012.

Witherspoon and her kids share a strong resemblance that sometimes people mistake her for her daughter, and the actress loves it because it makes her feel young.


In an interview with Gayle King, Witherspoon revealed how much her kids mean to her. She said:

"My first, most important priority is my kids. If I told you how much space in my brain they take up every day— do you even think they know, Gayle? I don't even think they know."

However, watching her kids grow makes her want to cry because she never expected the kind of relationship she has with them, but it's rewarding, and she is grateful they are in her life.



Witherspoon is currently married to the talent agent, Jim Toth, who she met at a friend's house, and they began dating in January 2010 after her divorce from Phillippe.

However, they went public with their relationship two months later. In December 2010, she confirmed that they were engaged, and they tied the knot at her ranch on March 26, 2011.



Witherspoon and Phillippe, who got married in 1999, shocked their fans when they announced their separation in 2006. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

The couple blamed their being young when they married as the reason for their divorce. However, there were rumors that Phillippe cheated on her, but they were never proven to be true.


In March 2006, she thanked Phillippe for his support when she won Best Actress at the 78th Academy Awards. However, he openly addressed their pay disparity when they co-presented at the 74th Academy Awards four years before that.

Despite their past, Witherspoon and Phillippe, who have both moved on, are always there for their kids. In 2021, they posed together with Deacon as he celebrated his 18th birthday.

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