Reese Witherspoon: A Look Through the Years

In honor of her 37th birthday on March 22, we're looking back at how she went from a scene-stealing teen to an Oscar-winning mom of three (23 Photos)

Kim Potts on Mar 22, 2013 at 9:31AM

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Reese Witherspoon: A Look Through the Years

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To the 'Moon'

On a lark, Witherspoon and some school pals decided to audition at an open casting call for the 1991 big-screen drama The Man in the Moon. But instead of the minor role she was hoping to land, 14-year-old Witherspoon nabbed one of the leads, playing country girl Dani, who falls in love for the first time with her 17-year-old neighbor, Court (Jason London, pictured). The sweet, heartbreaking family movie, in which the teen co-starred with seasoned actors like Sam Waterston and Tess Harper, put Witherspoon on the radar of film fans, critics and her fellow actors, thanks to her scene-stealing performance. Harper, who played Witherspoon's mom, said the cast of the movie saw her potential and referred to her as their "Little Meryl."

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