The Reese Witherspoon Lesson: Never Ask, 'Do You Know Who I Am?'

Actress Reese Witherspoon in New York on April 22 after some time to reflect Photograph by Film Magic/Getty Images

A question so condescending, so pompous—and yet delivered with such frequency that workers in the service industry actually keep a stock answer ready for it, as if holstered and prepared to fire. Cleopatra may have posed a version of it. So did King Lear, during an egomaniacal tantrum. But not Reese Witherspoon, the supposedly anti-Hollywood starlet who floats on down-home, Southern-bred charm? Yep, afraid so.

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