8. Reese Witherspoon

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Witherspoon is an Academy Award winner who seamlessly goes from comedy to drama, and is equally brilliant at both genres. Witherspoon’s big breakout film was “Election,” in which she played a scheming student who was obsessed with winning a high-school election, and that film embodied everything Witherspoon is, tough, uncompromising and relentless. And that package comes in a woman who is 5’1″.