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Legally Blonde at 20: Ten facts about the movie you might not know

Legally Blonde at 20: Ten facts about the movie you might not know
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On this day in 2001, Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen, was dumped by her boyfriend and decided to follow him to law school to prove to the world that there is more to her than just looks. Yes, folks, it has been 20 years since Elle Woods got into Harvard, won her first case, and started the bend-and-snap trend!

Of course, we are referring to Legally Blonde —  a film that is now considered a cult classic and one of the best comedies of the aughts. It was dubbed a feminist masterpiece and cemented Reese Witherspoon and other cast members as A-list celebrities. It was such a hit, the film was nominated for several awards and the box office success led to a 2003 sequel, a hit Broadway musical, and a soon-to-be-released third movie. 

In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, we decided to share ten random facts about the movie you might not know. But first, here’s a video montage of the best quotes from the film.

Ten fun facts about Legally Blonde

Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Katherine Heigl, Christina Applegate, Milla Jovovich, and Jennifer Love Hewitt were all considered for Elle Woods played by Reese Witherspoon.

To prepare for her role as Elle Woods, Reese Witherspoon spent two weeks studying the behavior of sorority girls, as she did not wish to portray a stereotypical airhead sorority image.

A perfect score on the LSAT exam is 180, therefore Elle's score of 179 puts her in the top 0.1 percent.

Reese Witherspoon kept all her costumes from the movie.

Reese Witherspoon wears forty different hairstyles throughout this movie.

The chihuahua who played Bruiser was named Moonie. He died on March 10, 2016, at the age of eighteen.

On her first day, Elle comments that "Whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed." This is a reference to Josie and the Pussycats (2001), in which teenagers are brainwashed into thinking "orange is the new pink".

Elle Woods was named after Elle Magazine. Amanda Brown, the author of Legally Blonde, the novel on which this movie was based, was a big fan of the publication.

The Taco Bell advertisement on television was real and ran nationally.

When Elle Woods arrives for the first time at Harvard in her hot pink outfit and convertible, one of the students refers to her as "Malibu Barbie" as she steps onto the campus. Mattel later released a promotional Legally Blonde-themed Barbie doll for the release of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003).

Barry King / Contributor / FilmMagic / Getty Images

Source: Barry King / Contributor / FilmMagic / Getty Images

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