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Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon made EW's Power List

Age 27

There is only one reason ''Legally Blonde 2'' grossed $90 million -- and it wasn't its sparkling Noël Coward-esque repartee. Witherspoon is a force of gravity for preteen girls; in fact, studios consistently point to her as one of two working actresses (Julia Roberts being the other) who can guarantee an audience. And she has wisely parlayed that power into a producing deal with Universal (to make ''Sports Widow'' and ''White Out'') while maintaining her indie grit (with an upcoming role in the Mira Nair- directed ''Vanity Fair'').

Originally posted Oct 14, 2003