By EW Staff
Updated October 17, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Reese Witherspoon: Andrew MacPherson/Corbis Outline

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”).