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Reese Witherspoon is on the verge of potentially getting another Oscar nomination for her role in "Wild," so it's almost humorous to think she was once called "washed up."

But, it was those two words that drove her into making better movies after a span of films that didn't resonate with viewers.

"I was just kind of floundering career-wise," she said in an interview with "60 Minutes," while speaking about that time in her career. "I wasn't making things I was passionate about."

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Not only was she suffering in the box office, but her personal life wasn't going according to plan, either. Though she had won an Oscar for "Walk The Line" and had a Hollywood marriage with Ryan Phillippe in the mid 2000s, the couple's marriage ended up falling apart. They divorced, and her world soon fell apart, too.

"I spent a few years just trying to feel better ... you can't really be creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs," she said.

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To make matters worse, sometime in 2012, Reese was thumbing through an issue of the New Yorker and stumbled upon an article listing actors that the magazine deemed were no longer stars. Her name was on that list.

"I thought I was reading, like, a profile on another actor," Reese Witherspoon recalls. "Then somewhere down at the end it said ... 'the people who are washed-up' -- I mean, it really hurt my feelings."

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But, it may have been the best thing for her. From that moment, she began rebuilding her life.

Fast forward to the present day: Reese is now happily married to agent Jim Toth and gave birth to their child in 2012, son Tennessee. A certain man named Oscar may be joining the family come February, too.

Seems like Reese is having the last laugh.