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Where Is the Original Cast of Broadway’s Legally Blonde Now?

On April 29, Legally Blonde The Musical commemorates 11 years since officially opening on Broadway at the Palace Theatre.

The musical, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the iconic 2001 movie, tells the story of sorority sister Elle Woods, who decides to attend Harvard Law School in a plot to win her ex-boyfriend Warner back. Along the way, Elle learns the power of the law and becomes an impassioned and successful attorney, defending fellow Delta Nue and exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Though many judge a book by its cover, Elle subvers expectations while remaining true to herself.

Legally Blonde made its world premiere in San Francisco, moving to Broadway April 3, 2007, for previews and officially opening April 29, 2007. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the original cast included Laura Bell Bundy as Elle, Christian Borle as Emmett, and Richard H. Blake as Warner. Written by Heather Hach with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, the production earned seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and ten Drama Desk Award nominations.

A filmed version of the musical aired on MTV in October 2007, and a reality series Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods debuted the next summer, as the production sought out a leading lady to replace Bundy upon her exit.

Here’s a look at the achievements and work of the original cast since Legally Blonde closed:

Laura Bell Bundy, Elle Woods

Laura Bell Bundy in Legally Blonde. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Since Bundy’s days onstage as Elle Woods, the actor has kept busy. She has co-starred The CW’s Hart of Dixie—where she also brought her singing chops as the town’s local cabaret aficionado—guest starred on How I Met Your Mother, and had a series regular role on Anger Management. She has also released five albums. Bundy has expanded her legacy with Legally Blonde as of late, directing productions of the musical at regional houses including the Lexington Theatre Company in Kentucky. Earlier this season, she produced a beneft concert called Double Standards at New York’s Town Hall to promote women’s rights, health, and empowerment. Next up, she’ll play Charity Hope Valentine in an upcoming Los Angeles production of Sweet Charity.


Christian Borle, Emmett Forrest

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Since he originated the role of Emmett, Borle’s star has continued to rise and he is now a two-time Tony Award winner. He starred as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, for which he won his first Tony, followed by Shakespeare in the musical comedy Something Rotten!, which earned him a second Tony. Last season, he originated two separate roles: Marvin in the revival of Falsettos and Willy Wonka in the stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, earning another Tony nomination for the former. Borle has also been busy on screen, playing Tom in NBC’s Smash, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music Live!, George Darling/Smee in Peter Pan Live!, as well as a musical guest appearance in the Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls alongside Sutton Foster. Up next, Borle will star in Encores! production of Me and My Girl and will guest star on Season 5 of TVLand’s Younger, again alongside Foster.

Richard H. Blake, Warner Huntington III

Christian Borle, Laura Bell Bundy and Richard H. Blake in Legally Blonde. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Currently starring in A Bronx Tale The Musical as Lorenzo, Blake has continued to prosper in theatre since leaving the halls of Harvard Law. He played the roles of Sergei and the Escapologist in Matilda The Musical before developing A Bronx Tale during its pre-Broadway tryout at Paper Mill. He has also appeared in the films Life of an Actress: The Musical and Ascent to Hell and has appeared on television in episodes of Elementary and Kevin Can Wait.

Orfeh, Paulette

Orfeh and Laura Bell Bundy star in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. Photo by Paul Kolnik

As the manicurist who dreamt of Ireland, Orfeh returned to Broadway with a bang, having made her debut in the original production of Footloose. Though she’s kept busy with concert engagements and with some film work (including Life of an Actress: The Musical), Orfeh just wrapped the pre-Broadway tryout of Pretty Woman The Musical, helmed by director Jerry Mitchell, set to premiere on Broadway this summer.

Andy Karl, UPS Kyle and others

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After exiting Legally Blonde, Karl immediately followed it up by starring opposite Allison Janney in the musical adaptation of 9 to 5 on Broadway. He then played Neville Landless/Mr. Victor Grinstead in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which also starred Chita Rivera. He worked Off-Broadway in The Last Seder in 2012 before moving on to play Rocky Balboa in Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Rocky, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He then returned to Roundabout in One The Twentieth Century opposite Kristin Chenoweth as Bruce Granit, yet another comedic role, and earned a second Tony nomination. But it was his work in the musical adaptation of Groundhog Day that earned Karl award gold: He won the Olivier for his work as Phil Connors and a 2017 Tony nominations for his performance when the show transferred to Broadway.

Michael Rupert, Professor Callahan

Michael Rupert in Legally Blonde. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Rupert has been flying under the radar since departing Legally Blonde. He performed in the Off-Broadway play 7th Monarch in 2012 and played Judge Pitkin in the 2014 Broadway revival of On The Town. But he did turn out to support fellow Legally Blonde alum Borle when Falsettos was revived in 2016. Rupert originated the role of Marvin on Broadway in 1992.

Nikki Snelson, Brooke Wyndam

Nikki Snelson in Legally Blonde

Though we haven’t seen much of the jump-roping queen since Legally Blonde. Snelson does star in the upcoming small screen series Ms. Guidance alongside other theatre names, including Tyler Hanes (Cats) and Amber Gray (The Great Comet).

Kate Shindle, Vivian Kensington

Kate Shindle, Richard H. Blake, Laura Bell Bundy and Michael Rupert in Legally Blonde at the Golden Gate Theatre, which ends its pre-Broadway run. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ladies and gentleman, your Actors’ Equity Association President! After hanging up her gavel, Shindle starred as the Mad Hatter in Broadway’s short-lived Wonderland. She then tried her hand at producing, working on A Christmas Story. Most recently, Shindle was onstage in the national tour of Fun Home as Alison and continues to serve the community as the president of the union of actors and stage managers.

Leslie Kritzer, Serena

Leslie Kritzer in her Clarence Derwent Award-winning performance in Legally Blonde. Photo by Joan Marcus

The inventor of The Bend and Snap, Kritzer left Legally Blonde for a role in 2008’s A Catered Affair on Broadway. She then took to the smaller stage in Rooms: A Rock Romance Off-Broadway in 2009, before returning to the Main Stem as a performer in Sondheim on Sondheim in 2010. Kritzer followed that up with a slew of Off-Broadway work, including NEWSical the Musical, Closer Than Ever at the York, The Memory Show, Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, Gigantic at the Vineyard, and The Robber Bridegroom at Roundabout. In between, she replaced as Bea in the company of Broadway’s Something Rotten!.

Annaleigh Ashford, Margot

Annaleigh Ashford

Audiences first encountered the comedic genius of Ashford as the dim-witted Margot, but now she is an icon of Broadway. She replaced as Jeanie in the most recent Broadway revival of Hair before taking on the role of Maureen in the Off-Broadway revival of Rent at New World Stages in 2011. She was featured in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Dogfight and originated the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots on Broadway, for which she earned a Tony nomination. But it was her featured role as Essie Carmichael in the revival of You Can’t Take It With You that earned Ashford her Tony Award. After that, she starred alongside Matthew Broderick in Sylvia and was last seen last season as Dot/Marie in the limited engagement revival of Sunday in the Park With George and spent her summer in the Park playing Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She’s also been busy on television and in film, with roles on Nurse Jackie and as a series regular on Masters of Sex. In 2016, she played Columbia on Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’ Do the Time Warp Again!.

DeQuina Moore, Pilar

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Following Legally Blonde, Moore went on the road with the national tour of Flashdance: The Musical as Kiki and then as Nicki in the 2016 national tour of The Bodyguard. She’s also appeared in films such as Madea’s Big Happy Family and Joyful Noise.

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With all the Legally Blonde sequel talk we’ve had this year, it’s nice to see at least one of the film’s stars looking back to the original and sharing a few details about what went on behind the scenes of the 2001 movie.

And now, thanks to Matthew Davis – aka Warner Huntington III – we know that Warner and Vivian Kensington’s relationship didn’t just unfold on screen, as the actor recently admitted that he actually had a “huge crush” on co-star Selma Blair during filming.

“I absolutely loved and adored Selma,” Davis told “I developed a crush on her at the time but she was with someone else — I think she was dating the guy from Rushmore but he was coming around and I was kind of like, ‘who is this guy?!'”


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He continued: “She was the funniest person on set. I love a very dry, dark sense of humour, so she had me in stitches the whole time.”

Davis also went on to reveal that he completely “fanboyed out” when he met the film’s lead Reese Witherspoon too as he was just starting out in Hollywood and was a “huge fan” of the actress.

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“I fanboyed out on her and embarrassed myself,” he said. “I felt starstruck by all this because it happened so quickly and I hadn’t adjusted. I definitely wasn’t cool. At the first table read, I just kept going on and on about how much I loved her work, fawning all over her.

“I remember turning beet-red and later getting back in my car and just slapping my forehead, feeling like a fool.”

It wasn’t all bad though, as the film has grown to be a veritable classic even though Matthew admitted in the chat that “no one had any idea how huge it was going to be”.

Which means that even after starring in a show like The Vampire Diaries for several seasons, to a lot of people he is just Warner.

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Emma Flannery is Elle Woods, with Tuco in the role of Bruiser, in the PAD production of the musical “Legally Blonde.” (Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr./Washington University)

With her pink suits, chippy chihuahua and Greek chorus of sorority sisters, Elle Woods seems to have it all. But when her well-bred boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, leaves UCLA for Harvard Law, Elle’s dreams for the future come crashing down.

“Elle is certain that Warner will propose,” explained Annamaria Pileggi, professor of the practice in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, who will direct Elle’s story, the musical “Legally Blonde,” in Edison Theatre Oct. 25 to Nov. 3.

“Instead, Warner breaks up with her,” Pileggi continued. “She’s not serious enough. ‘I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn,’ he says. Elle is devastated.”

But with support from her fellow Delta Nus, and inspiration from the latest “Town and Country,” Elle soon concocts a plan.

“She’s going to Harvard, too.”

Jamie Hendler as Paulette, with Meatball in the role of Rufus.

‘We’re all multivalent’

“Legally Blonde” is adapted from the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown, which inspired the hit film with Reese Witherspoon and is loosely based on Brown’s own experiences at Stanford Law School.

Pileggi noted that, for all Elle’s bubble-gum tones and fashionable affectations, “Legally Blonde” raises serious questions about personal identity, social expectations and what it means to be authentic.

“Can a serious woman write with a fluffy pen?” Pileggi asked. “Yes, she can. We’re all multivalent, we don’t have to be just one thing. People encompass many truths.”

After buckling down for LSATs, Elle storms Harvard admissions with a squad of cheerleaders and a recommendation from Oprah herself. But as the semester begins, Elle’s open manner and exaggerated style are mocked by more buttoned-down classmates — most cruelly by Vivian Kensington, Warner’s new girlfriend.

“All Vivian sees is a stereotype,” Pileggi said. “But through the journey of the play, Elle comes to understand that she’s stronger, more intelligent and more independent than she’d realized. She doesn’t have to define herself by the man whose arm she’s on. She gets to be who she is.

“I think that’s a message we all need to hear,” Pileggi concluded. “We’re not just this or that. We’re not defined by how other people see us. We don’t have to fit ourselves into a single box. Being human is a complex proposition.

“You can be a feminist and still love pink.”

Jamie Hendler and Ethan Thomas as Paulette and Kyle.

Cast and crew

The cast of 26 stars Emma Flannery as Elle, with Max Shteiman and Isabel Koleno as Warner and Vivian. Aidan Stern is Emmett, the teaching assistant who treats Elle kindly. Taylor Emerson, Hayley Emerson and Leighanne Guettler-James are sorority sisters Serena, Margot and Pilar. Jamie Hendler and Ethan Thomas are Paulette the hairdresser and Kyle the UPS driver.

Professor Callahan, who grants Elle a prestigious internship, is played by Stephen Reaugh. Enid, a fellow intern, is played by Emma Thorp. Exercise queen Brooke Wyndham is played by Isabella Gonzalez, with Nina Silverstein as Brooke’s stepdaughter, Chutney; Nathaniel Holmes as the pool boy Nikos; and Jens Tulio Damgaard as Nikos’ boyfriend, Carlos.

Rounding out the cast, in a variety of roles, are Alisha Duvall, Kyla Kikkawa, Natalie Hall, Sarah James, Sofia McGrath, Catherine Herlihy, Amanda Sherman, Alim Merchant, Benjamin Hartmann, Walker Sexton and Evan Moss.

The canine roles of Bruiser and Rufus are played by Tuco and Meatball, respectively.

Music and lyrics are by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin; the book is by Heather Hach. Set designers are Margery and Peter Spack, with costumes by Mona Jahani and props by Emily Frei. Lighting and sound are by Sean M. Savoie and Jon Zielke. Emily Parise is dramaturg; Emily Finck is assistant director.

The music director is Henry Palkes. Choreography is by Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal. The stage manager is Josh Sarris; hair and makeup are by Julia Praeger; the technical director is Mike Loui.


Performances take place in Edison Theatre, located in Mallinckrodt Center, 6465 Forsyth Blvd. Tickets are $20, free for WashU students and $15 for other students, seniors and Washington University faculty and staff. Tickets are available through the Edison Theatre Box Office.

American Sign Language interpretive services will be provided for the Sunday, Nov. 3 performance.

For more information, call 314-935-6543.

Legally Blonde 3: Release date, plot, cast, rumors and everything else we know

Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods has come a long way.

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Reese Witherspoon is finally making a third installment of the Elle Woods story. Following on the hot-pink heels of 2001’s Legally Blonde and 2003’s less popular Legally Blonde: Red, White and Blonde, Legally Blonde 3 is hitting the big screen in early 2020. Here’s everything we know so far.

The plot: What’s it about?

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Reese Witherspoon, the movie’s star, confirmed Legally Blonde 3 in June 2018.

“It’s true… #LegallyBlonde3,” Witherspoon posted on Instagram alongside a video of Elle Woods floating across a pool in a pink bikini. Giving details to CNET sister site ET in June 2019, Witherspoon said she wants Elle to “go on a hero’s journey” like she does in the original movie. ” a script, but we haven’t shot anything,” Witherspoon said at the time.

As of October 2019, however, Witherspoon was cautioning that the movie may not happen.

“It’s just a development project right now, so we’ll see,” Witherspoon told ET at a screening of Apple TV Plus’ The Morning Show on Oct. 30.

Cast and crew: Who’s in it?

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According to IMDb, the official cast of Legally Blonde 3 so far includes:

  • Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods
  • Jessica Cauffiel as Margot
  • Alanna Ubach as Elle’s other sorority sister Serena McGuire

” some returning characters and some new characters,” Witherspoon told ET in June 2019. “I love Jennifer Coolidge and Luke Wilson and Selma Blair … if we end up doing it, hopefully they end up all being there,” she added in October.

Luke Wilson, who plays Elle’s love interest Emmett Richmond, told ET in June he’d “definitely be up for it.”

“I can’t imagine anything that would be more fun,” he said about returning for the sequel.

“It’s all up to Reese,” Jennifer Coolidge, who played Paulette Bonafonte, said. “I would do another one.”

“Yes!” Ali Larter, who played Brooke Taylor-Windham, said when asked if she would go back.

“Nothing confirmed yet; we’ll see,” Matthew Davis, who played the much-hated Warner Huntington III, said.

“I’d be there in a heartbeat if I was asked,” Regina King of Legally Blonde 2 said.

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Jessica Cauffiel, who played Elle’s sorority sister Margot, revealed on Instagram that she would be coming “out of retirement” to join the sequel.

Witherspoon has also signed on as one of the movie’s producers, according to IMDb.

Release date: When can I see it?

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The movie’s coming out on Valentine’s Day 2020, MGM Studios confirmed on Instagram. MGM confirmed in November 2019 that the release date has been pushed back to May 8, 2020, however.

Rumors: What could the movie cover?

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The first film covered Elle’s run at Harvard Law School, while the second focused on her move from Boston to Washington DC to lobby for a bill outlawing animal testing for cosmetics. At the end of the second installment, Elle hinted to new husband Emmett that she might want to live in the White House.

In Legally Blondes — the forgotten spinoff of the series that went straight to DVD and the Disney Channel — it’s stated that Elle has become a successful lobbyist in DC. That 2009 film followed a set of teen identical twins with British accents who were supposed to be Elle’s cousins.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the third movie will cover Elle’s journey from a lobbyist into the White House itself.

Originally published Sept. 16.
Updates, Sept. 19: Adds info on Witherspoon’s producer role; Nov. 4: adds Witherspoon’s warnings that the movie is still just a development project, and comments on wanting Coolidge, Wilson and Blair back; Dec. 6: Adds new release date.

11 Things You Never Noticed About ‘Legally Blonde’

More than 15 years later, Legally Blonde stands as one of the most delightfully feminist movies of the ’00s that keeps delivering unto its fans new and exciting treats. This time around, we’re looking at things you never noticed in Legally Blonde, be it goofs, continuity errors, or little things about the actors and their characters that helped make the performances as memorable as they really are. There’s so much to unpack and so little time to do it. Let’s get to bending and snapping our way through these previously unnoticed things, shall we?

Whether you’re a diehard fan or a casual admirer of Legally Blonde, there are some facts you may know right off the bat, like the factoid that the film’s star Reese Witherspoon kept all 60 of her outfits from the film so they couldn’t be bought online or the fact that this film was based on a book written by Amanda Brown and it was inspired by her own time at law school. But there’s just so much more to know and honestly? I can’t just let you live in ignorance any longer.

And with that, let’s look at some of the low-key great things you may have never noticed about Legally Blonde. Let’s the bending and snapping commence.


1. Elle’s LSAT Prep Questions Are Real

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According to IMDb, the LSAT questions Elle’s sorority sister Amy is reading her an actual LSAT question a 2000 test.

2. Reese Witherspoon Worked With Some Of Her Co-Stars Before


Think Elle’s got good chemistry with her frenemy Vivian and her BFF Serena? That’s probably because in real life, Witherspoon had previously worked with Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions and Alanna Ubach in Freeway.

3. Technically, Reese Witherspoon Isn’t In The Entire Film


In the opening scene, we see Elle brushing her hair and it’s shot so we don’t see Elle’s face. This is a stand-in for Elle because, according to IMDb, Witherspoon was still in on location in England for The Importance of Being Earnest.

4. Legally Blonde Had A Different Ending


Marie Claire reported in 2015 that Legally Blonde could have ended differently. The original ending of the film would have shown Elle kissing Emmett on the courthouse steps and then cutting to her and blonde Vivian handing out pamphlets for the Blonde Legal Defense Fund. Test audiences hated it, so the final scene, the keynote speech at graduation scene, was written instead.

5. That Graduation Scene Was Not Shot At Harvard

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You can thank Witherspoon’s Importance of Being Earnest shooting schedule for this one, too. That graduation scene was shot at Dulwich Boys College in England, Buzzfeed notes.

6. Reese Witherspoon Joined Law School & A Sorority As Prep


Okay, so she didn’t officially go to law school or join a sorority, but that doesn’t mean Witherspoon wasn’t serious about preparing. In order to get into Elle’s headspace, Buzzfeed states, Witherspoon attended law classes at Loyola Law School and attended some dinners with USC sorority sisters.

7. Warner Goofs When He Tells Elle His Political Dreams

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IMDb casually reminds us that Warner actually can’t “be a senator by the time 30,” as he tells Elle during the break-up scene because U.S. Senators have to be over 30 years old.

8. The Actor Who Plays Warner Had A Huge Crush On Elle

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It turns out that Matthew Davis, who played Warner, actually had a huge crush on Witherspoon. It got so noticeable that it began to affect his performance and the crew had to pull him aside and as if he was OK. Cosmopolitan reported that he eventually told Witherspoon, who let him down gently and encouraged him to just get back to work.

9. Vivian Can Teleport?

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In one of the continuity spoofs spotted in the film, it appears that Vivian can both be in class and not be in class. According to IMDb, when Elle gets kicked out of Stromwell’s class, Vivian is in class. Then, when Elle goes to sit in the courtyard, Vivian walks by.

10. The “Bend-And-Snap” Scene Could Have Been A Musical Number

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During her interview with Instagram to celebrate Legally Blonde’s anniversary, Witherspoon opened up about a variety of things about the film, including the infamous “bend-and-snap” scene. According to Witherspoon, that was a full-length musical number before it got cut down.

11. Women Are Going To Law School Because Of Elle Woods


The lasting effect of Legally Blonde is the one thing you wouldn’t notice while watching the film. In that same anniversary Instagram interview, Witherspoon reported that women tell her all the time they went to law school because of Elle Woods.

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‘Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and produced by Marc E. Platt. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as a sorority girl who struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend by earning a law degree, along with Luke Wilson as a young attorney she meets during her studies, Matthew Davis as the ex-boyfriend, Selma Blair as his new fiancée, Victor Garber and Holland Taylor as law professors, Jennifer Coolidge as a manicurist, and Ali Larter as a fitness instructor accused of murder. The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown. Lutz based the film’s sorority culture on her own experiences at James Madison University.

In America, the film was released on July 13, 2001 and received generally positive reviews. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy and ranks 29th on Bravo’s 2007 list of “100 Funniest Movies”. For her performance, Witherspoon was nominated for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the 2002 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.’


In her senior year as a Southern California college student, girlish sorority president Elle Woods majors in fashion merchandising and is seriously in love with her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, who will attend Harvard Law School the following year. She excitedly expects him to ask her to marry him, but instead he breaks up with her.

Desperate to win Warner back, Elle studies for and passes the law-school entrance exam, applies to Harvard, and is accepted. Upon arriving at Harvard, her classmates disapprove of her because of her naivete, and she discovers that Warner is engaged to another student, Vivian Kensington. The only friend Elle makes is Paulette, a divorced manicurist. Elle later helps Paulette gain custody of her dog back from her ex-husband as well as seduce the delivery man on whom she has a crush.

After Vivian tricks Elle into attending a party in a Playboy Bunny costume, Elle has a discussion with Warner and finally realizes he will never respect her. Now determined to succeed on her own, Elle studies hard and wins an internship with Professor Callahan, as do Warner and Vivian. They work with Callahan and an associate, attorney Emmett Richmond, to defend Brooke Taylor-Windham, a famous fitness instructor accused of murdering her much older billionaire husband, Hayworth Windham. Brooke was once Elle’s fitness instructor and a member of her sorority. Elle believes Brooke is innocent, but Brooke’s stepdaughter, Chutney, and the household cabana boy say she is guilty, and that they saw Brooke standing over Windham’s dead body, covered in his blood, while Brooke testifies that she loved her husband and only found him after he had been shot to death.

Brooke refuses to provide Callahan an alibi, but when Elle visits her in prison, Brooke admits that she had liposuction on the day of the murder. Public knowledge of this fact would ruin Brooke’s reputation as a fitness instructor, so Elle agrees to keep it secret and refuses to reveal the alibi to Callahan. Impressed by her integrity, Vivian starts to befriend Elle, also admitting that Warner was put on Harvard’s wait-list and only got in because his father pulled some strings.

The case against Brooke begins to weaken when Elle deduces that the cabana boy is gay after he correctly identifies Elle’s shoe style. During the cross-examination, Emmett tricks him into identifying his boyfriend in court, proving that his testimony about having an affair with Brooke was a lie.

Impressed by her performance, Callahan discusses Elle’s future with her and then makes sexual advances on her, which Elle immediately rejects. Overhearing part of the conversation, Vivian is frustrated with Elle using her sexuality to gain her internship. Elle, also thinking that Callahan chose her for sexual reasons, decides to leave law school. Professor Stromwell, who once removed Elle from her class for being unprepared, gives her the confidence to continue. Meanwhile, Emmett explains Elle’s encounter with Callahan to Vivian and Brooke. Brooke is enraged by that and Vivian realizes her mistake. Before the trial continues, Brooke fires Callahan and hires Elle as her new attorney with Emmett supervising.

Elle begins shakily while cross-examining Chutney. Chutney testifies that she was home during her father’s murder, but did not hear the gunshot because she was in the shower washing her hair after getting her hair permed earlier that day. Elle gets Chutney to reconfirm her story, then reveals that washing permed hair within the first 24 hours would have deactivated the ammonium thioglycolate, and Chutney’s curls are still intact. Exposed, Chutney admits to killing Hayworth accidentally because she thought he was Brooke, whom she hated for marrying her father because she was Chutney’s age. Brooke is exonerated, and Chutney is arrested. After the trial, Warner tries to reconcile with Elle, but she rejects him, explaining that she needs a boyfriend who is less of a “bonehead” in her new career.

Two years later, Elle, who has graduated with high honors, is the class-elected speaker at the ceremony, and has been invited into one of Boston’s best law firms; Vivian is now Elle’s best friend and has called off her engagement with Warner, who graduated without honors and no girlfriend and with no job offers; Paulette has married her delivery man and is expecting a baby girl to be named after Elle; and finally, Emmett has started his own practice, is now Elle’s boyfriend, and will propose to her that night.

A few deleted scenes on the DVD special has one where there was a report that Chutney Hayworth committed suicide in prison on the morning of Elle’s Graduation. Also in the same prison facility Enrique serving time in prison for false testimony in the Brook Taylor Windham murder trial along with his new cellmate Professor Callahan was sentenced to prison due to raping one of his female students and interns.

Cast Edit

Reese Witherspoon…Elle Woods

Luke Wilson…Emmett

Selma Blair…Vivienne Kensington

Matthew Davis…Warner

Victor Garber…Professor Callahan

Jennifer Coolidge…Paulette

Holland Taylor…Professor Stromwell

Ali Larter…Brooke Taylor-Windham

Jessica Cauffiel…Margot

Alanna Ubach…Serena

Oz Perkins…Dorky David Kidney

Linda Cardellini…Chutney

Bruce Thomas…UPS Guy

Meredith Scott Lynn…Enid Hoopes

Raquel Welch…Mrs. Windham Vandermark

Samantha Lemole…Claire

Kelly Nyks…Arrogant Aaron

Ted Kairys…Gerard

Michael B. Silver…Bobby

Kimberly McCullough…Amy

Shannon O’Hurley…DA Joyce Rafferty

Greg Serano…Enrique

Francesca P. Roberts…Marina R. Bickford

Lisa Arch…Boutique Saleswoman (as Lisa Kushell)

Natalie Barish…Old Lady at Manicurist

Cici Lau…LA Nail Technician

Allyce Beasley…CULA Advisor

Kevin Cooney…Head of Admissions

Ted Rooney…Admissions Guy

David Moreland…Admissions Guy

Wayne Federman…Admissions Guy

James Read…Elle’s Father

Tane McClure…Elle’s Mother

Niklaus Lange…Annoyed 2L

Doug Spinuzza…Intense Ivan Berliner

Lisa K. Wyatt…Jail House Guard

Jason Christopher…Chuck

Corinne Reilly…Reporter

Victoria Mahoney…Reporter

Lacey Beeman…Nervous 1L Girl

Melissa Anne Young…Blonde Cheerleader (as Melissa Young)

Brody Hutzler…Grant

Chaney Kley…Brandon

John Cantwell…Maurice

Ondrea De Vincentis…Callahan’s Assistant

Terence Michael…Desk Clerk (as Terrence Michael)

Nectar Rose…Freshman Girl

Jodi Harris…Another Sister

Patricia Kimes…Blonde Biker

Sasha Barrese…Another Girl

Kelly Driscoll…Blonde Card Carrier

Elizabeth Matthews…Sorority Girl

Kennedy Stone…Sorority Girl



Zak Kroft- Crazy San Jose Sharks Fan (Cheering Let’s go Sharks outside the courtroom prior to the trial deleted scene)

Vincent Witel- Crazy San Jose Sharks Fan (Cheering Let’s go Sharks outside the courtroom prior to the trial deleted scene)

Howard Stern- As Himself