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Reese Witherspoon gives birth

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LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- "Legally Blonde" actress Reese Witherspoon has given birth to a boy whom she and her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, have named Deacon, a representative for the actress said Tuesday.

The boy was born on October 23. The couple, who were wed in 1999, have a 4-year-old daughter, Ava Elizabeth.

Further details were undisclosed. The birth was first revealed on celebrity TV show "Access Hollywood."

Witherspoon, 27, has been appearing in movies and on television since she was a teenager, and had her first breakout role in 1998's quirky drama "Pleasantville."

She gained star status as college sorority sister, Elle Woods, who sheds her ditzy image to attend Harvard Law School and graduate at the top of her class in 2001 comedy "Legally Blonde." A sequel, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde," was released this past summer.

Witherspoon and Phillippe starred together in 1999 drama "Cruel Intentions." Phillippe, 29, has been seen in recent movies like 2001 Oscar-nominee "Gosford Park" and last year's hit in the independent movie arena, "Igby Goes Down."

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