Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy Award-winning
American actress. She grew up in Greece, California, and New York
City, and began appearing in stage productions in the late 1980s.
After several lesser known film and television roles during the
early 1990s, Aniston came to fame playing Rachel Green on the highly
popular television sitcom Friends. She has since established a film
career, having starred in several Hollywood features, including
Bruce Almighty and Rumor Has It. Aniston also received scads of
(unintended) publicity for the breakdown of her marriage and eventual
divorce from actor Brad Pitt, and for a later rumored relationship
with actor Vince Vaughn.
Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California to actor John Aniston
(originally Ioannis Anastasakis) and his then-wife Nancy Dow, who
was also an actress; she has two half-brothers, John Melick and
Alex Aniston. Aniston's father is Greek and her mother has Scottish
and Italian ancestry. Aniston's godfather was the late Greek American
actor Telly Savalas, who was her father's best friend, and Aniston
spent some of her childhood in Greece, but most of it in New York
City, where her father appeared in the soap operas Love of Life
and Search for Tomorrow. In 1985, the family moved to Los Angeles,
where Aniston's father starred on the soap opera Days of our Lives.
Aniston attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music &
Art and Performing Arts, and was a member of the drama club; among
her high school friends was future human rights activist Chastity
Bono. Aniston's desire to become an actress grew as she worked in
Off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's
Grave. During this time, she supported herself with several part
time jobs, including working as a telemarketer and bike messenger.
Aniston appeared as a "Nutri-System" girl on The Howard
Stern Radio Show in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She moved to
Hollywood and was cast in her first television roles in 1990, starring
as a regular on the short-lived series Molloy and in the TV movie
Camp Cucamonga. She also co-starred in Ferris Bueller, a television
adaptation of the 1986 teen movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the
same year; the series was quickly cancelled. Aniston then appeared
in two more failed sitcoms, The Edge and Muddling Through, and guest-starred
on Quantum Leap, Herman's Head and Burke's Law. After this string
of canceled shows, along with her appearance in the critically-derided
1993 horror film, Leprechaun, Aniston seriously considered giving
Aniston's plans changed, however, after auditioning for Friends,
a sitcom which was set to debut on NBC's 1994-1995 fall line-up.
The producers of the show originally wanted Aniston to audition
for the role of Monica Geller, but she persuaded them that she was
better suited for the role of Rachel Green. She was cast in the
role and played the character from 1994 until the show ended in
2004. The program was very successful and Aniston, along with her
co-stars, gained wide renown among television watchers. Her hairstyle
at the time, which became known as a "Rachel", was widely
copied (see also Dido flip). Aniston received a salary of one million
dollars per episode for the last three seasons of Friends, as well
as five Emmy nominations, including a win for "Outstanding
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series".
Aniston has starred in several theatrical films, including the
cult hit Office Space. She gained the most critical acclaim for
her role in the low-budget 2002 film, The Good Girl, playing an
unglamorous cashier in a small town. Jennifer's biggest box office
success was her appearance in 2003's Bruce Almighty, in which she
played the girlfriend of title character (Jim Carrey); the film
grossed $243m at the United States box office. Aniston's 2004 film,
Along Came Polly (opposite Ben Stiller), also did well at the box
In late 2005, Aniston headlined two major studio films, Derailed
and Rumor Has It, both of which performed fairly at the box office,
grossing over $30 million each. In the same year, she appeared in
a European Heineken television commercial frequently aired before
UEFA Champions League. In 2006, Aniston appeared in the low-budget
drama, Friends with Money, opposite Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack
and Catherine Keener. Aniston's next role will be in the comedy
The Break-Up, which will be released on June 2, 2006. She is also
currently slated to star in The Senator's Wife, Wanted and Diary,
and was recently chosen to voice the chicken that's smart and sensible
in DreamWorks Animation's Punk Farm (film)
Aniston has previously dated musician Adam Duritz and actor
Tate Donovan. Her high-profile relationship with actor Brad Pitt
was frequently publicized in the media. She married Pitt on July
29, 2000, in a lavish Malibu wedding. The two separated on January
7, 2005, and Aniston officially filed for divorce on March 25, 2005.
The divorce was finalized on October 2, 2005.
Since the couple's divorce, Aniston has been romantically linked
with actor Vince Vaughn; however, she has not discussed her romantic
life with the media and the two have not officially confirmed their
Jennifer moved to New York from Greece. Her original family name
is Anastassakis. This was once used in an episode of Friends where
Monica and Chandler get married.
Telly Savalas is her godfather.
She has played many characters as a waitress: Friends, Office Space,
The Iron Giant and Along Came Polly.
She once auditioned to be a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
Before hitting it big, she was a telemarketer and waitress.
Jennifer has turned down roles in Heartbreakers, Bewitched and
I Heart Huckabees.
2009 Punk Farm (film)
2006 The Break Up
2006 Friends with Money
2005 Rumor Has It
2004 Along Came Polly
2003 Bruce Almighty
2002 The Good Girl
2001 Rock Star
1999 The Iron Giant
1999 Office Space
1998 The Object of My Affection
1997 Picture Perfect
1997 'Til There was You
1996 She's the One
1996 Dream for an Insomniac
1995: Screen Actors Guild Award: Outstanding Ensemble Performance
in a Comedy Series, Friends
2001: People's Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer,
2001: Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality-
2002: Emmy Award: Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Friends
2002: People's Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer,
2002: Hollywood Film Festival: Actress of the Year
2002: Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
2002: Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality-
2003: Golden Globe Award: Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Friends
2003: People's Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer,
2003: Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
2003: Teen Choice Award: Choice Movie Actress- Drama/Action Adventure,
The Good Girl
2003: Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality-
2004: Logie Awards: Most Popular Overseas Star, Friends
2004: People's Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer,
2004: Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
2004: Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality-
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