- Associated Press - Thursday, September 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has given birth to her third child, naming him after a place close to her heart.

Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, the actress’s publicist, said Thursday that Miss “Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today. Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.”

The 36-year-old star of “Legally Blonde” and “Walk the Line,” for which she won the best-actress Oscar, lived in Tennessee when she was young.

Miss Witherspoon is already a mom to Ava, 13, and Deacon, 8, from her previous marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe. Mr. Toth is an agent for Creative Artists Agency.