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Elle Woods is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Amanda Brown's novel, Legally Blonde, and the film series. Portrayed by Reese Witherspoon, Woods is a bubbly and attractive sorority girl from California, attending and eventually graduating from Harvard Law School.
Before attending Harvard Law School, Woods was a fashion merchandiser and the girlfriend of Warner Huntington III. Warner and Elle broke up after Warner stated that he needed to marry someone more serious if he was going to become a senator by the time he was thirty.
As a young girl, Woods' parents have encouraged her to pursue something using her attractiveness to advantage. She eventually took up fashion merchandising, and pursued a career in that, before dating Warner Huntington III.