Jennifer Joanna Aniston


Date of Birth:11 February 1969
Birthplace:Sherman Oaks, California
First Name:Jennifer
Middle Name:Joanna
Last Name:Aniston
Height:5' 6" (168 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Dyed Blonde
Star Sign:Aquarius
Claim to Fame:Rachel on Friends
Occupation:American actress
Occupation Category:Actress
Alternative Names:Jen Aniston, Jen, Jenny

Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born Feb. 11, 1969 (42 years ago)) is an American actress. She became famous in the 1990 (21 years ago) for her role as Rachel Green in the popular US sitcom Friends, a role for which she won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

She has starred in several Hollywood films. While most of her movie roles have been in comedies such as Bruce Almighty, Office Space, Rumor Has It, and the romantic comedies Along Came Polly and The Break-Up, she has also appeared in movies from other genres, such as the comedy-horror Leprechaun and the crime thriller Derailed. The most recent movies that she has starred in are Marley & Me and He's Just Not That into You.

Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of the actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston's father is a Greek American, born Yannis Anastassakis, on the island of Crete, Greece, while her mother is of Italian-Scottish descent and was born in New York City. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick (older) and Alex Aniston (younger). Aniston's godfather was the actor Telly Savalas, her father's best friend. She lived in Greece for one year as a child with her family, and they later relocated to New York City. Her father has appeared in the soap operas Days of our Lives, Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow. Aniston attended the New York Rudolf Steiner School and graduated from Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She worked in Off Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's Grave. She supported herself with several part-time jobs, including working as a telemarketer and bike messenger. In 1989 (22 years ago), she moved to Los Angeles, California.

Aniston moved to Hollywood and was cast in her first TV role in 1990 (21 years ago), 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 TV adaptation of the 1986 (25 years ago) hit movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The series, however, was quickly canceled. Aniston then appeared in two more failed TV comedy shows, The Edge and Muddling Through, and guest-starred on Quantum Leap, Herman's Head, and Burke's Law. After the string of canceled shows, along with her appearance in the critically derided 1992 (19 years ago) horror film, Leprechaun, Aniston considered giving up acting. Aniston's plans changed, however, after auditioning for Friends, a sitcom that 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 Courtney Cox was discovered to be best suited for the part of Monica. Thus, Aniston was cast as Rachel Green. She played the character of Rachel from 1994 (17 years ago) until the show ended in 2004 (7 years ago).

The program was successful and Aniston, along with her co-stars, gained wide renown among TV viewers. Her hairstyle at the time, which became known as the "Rachel", was widely copied. Aniston received a salary of one million dollars per episode for the last two seasons of Friends, as well as five Emmy nominations (two for Supporting Actress, three for Lead Actress), including a win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. According to the Guinness World Book of Records (2005, 6 years ago), Aniston (along with her female costars) became the highest paid TV actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the tenth season of Friends.

Jennifer Aniston was cast in a Heineken commercial which was later banned due to branding issues. Later, in 1994 (17 years ago), Microsoft invited Aniston, along with Friends co-star Matthew Perry, to shoot a 30-minute promotional advertisement for their new operating system, Windows 95. She gained critical acclaim for her performances in The Object of My Affection (1998, 13 years ago), a comedy drama about a girl who falls for a gay man, and in the low-budget 2002 (9 years ago) film, The Good Girl, directed by Miguel Arteta, playing an unglamorous cashier in a small town. The latter movie opened in relatively few theaters—under 700 in total—taking $14M in the U.S. box office. In late 2005 (6 years ago), Aniston appeared in two major studio films, Derailed and Rumor Has It.

In addition to her career as a TV actress, Aniston has enjoyed a very successful movie career. Her biggest box office success to date was her appearance in 2003's Bruce Almighty, in which she played the girlfriend of title character Jim Carrey. Aniston then starred in the 2004 (7 years ago) film, Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller. In 2006 (5 years ago), Aniston appeared in the low-budget drama, Friends with Money, which was first shown at the Sundance movie Festival, received a limited release. Aniston's next film, The Break-Up, which was released on Jun. 2, grossed approximately $39.17 million during its opening weekend, despite lukewarm reviews.

In 2007 (4 years ago), Aniston guest starred in an episode of Courteney Cox (12 walls) Arquette's series Dirt. Aniston played Arquette's snobby rival Tina Harrod. In addition to acting, Aniston has also directed a hospital emergency room-set short movie named Room 10, starring Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson; Aniston has noted that she was inspired to direct by actress Gwyneth Paltrow (6 walls), who directed a short movie in 2006 (5 years ago).

Forbes listed Aniston as the 10th richest woman in the entertainment industry for the year 2007 (4 years ago). She is behind such powerhouses as Oprah Winfrey, J. K. Rowling, Madonna, Mariah Carey (29 walls), Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez (30 walls) and is ahead of Britney Spears (80 walls), Christina Aguilera (88 walls) and the Olsen twins. Aniston's net worth is approximately $110 million. Aniston was also included in the annual Star Salary Top 10 of trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter for 2006 (5 years ago). According to Forbes in Oct. 2007 (4 years ago), Aniston was the top-selling celebrity face of the entertainment industry. In 2008 (3 years ago), Aniston landed the seventeenth spot on Forbes Celebrity 100 list based on "earnings and fame." Forbes listed Aniston's earnings as $27 million.

Aniston appeared in the third episode of Season 3 of NBC's 30 Rock playing Liz Lemon's old college roommate who stalks Jack Donaghy.

Aniston appears naked in a series of photographs that are published on the cover and inside pages of the Jan. 2009 (2 years ago) issue of GQ. She tells the magazine that she feels more comfortable today than she did in her twenties or early thirties. "I'm healthier. I'm more at peace in my mind and with my body," Aniston says.

Aniston at the 2008 (3 years ago) premier of Marley & Me.
This file is a candidate for speedy deletion. It may be deleted after Wednesday, 12 Aug. 2009 (2 years ago).On dec. 25, 2008 (3 years ago), Marley & Me, in which Aniston starred alongside Owen Wilson, was released. It set a record for the largest Christmas Day box office ever with $14.75 million in ticket sales.It earned a total of $51.7 million over the four-day weekend and placed #1 at the box office, a position it maintained for two weeks. As of Feb. 15, 2009 (2 years ago) its total worldwide gross was $161,608,269.

Her next movie in wide release, He's Just Not That into You, opened in Feb. 2009 (2 years ago). The movie made $27.5 million, ranking #1 at the box office in its opening weekend. While the movie received mixed reviews, Aniston along with Jennifer Connelly (12 walls), and Ben Affleck (7 walls) are often praised by critics as being the stand-outs in the film.

As of 2009 (2 years ago), Aniston's movies have grossed $900,618,847 in the United States.

In Jul. 16, 2009 (2 years ago) Jennifer Aniston was nominated for the 2009 (2 years ago) Emmy Awards for her work in 30 Rock.

Aniston dated her Ferris Bueller costar Charlie Schlatter in 1990 (21 years ago). She began a relationship with Daniel MacDonald in 1991 (20 years ago). They broke up in 1994 (17 years ago) shortly before she was cast in Friends. She briefly dated musician Adam Duritz in 1995 (16 years ago). From 1995 (16 years ago) to 1998 (13 years ago), she was romantically involved with actor Tate Donovan and the couple were reportedly engaged.

In 1998 (13 years ago), she began dating actor Brad pitt (15 walls) and married him on Jul. 29, 2000 (11 years ago), in a lavish Malibu wedding. For a few years their marriage was considered the rare Hollywood success. However, the couple announced their separation on Jan. 6, 2005 (6 years ago). Pitt became involved with actress Angelina Jolie (147 walls), though Pitt has denied cheating on Aniston with her. Pitt and Aniston were seen together publicly after announcing their separation, even at a dinner party for Aniston's birthday, and friends of the couple had declared they were reconciling. Aniston, however, filed for divorce on Mar. 25, 2005 (6 years ago). It was finalized on Oct. 2, 2005 (6 years ago). Media reports speculated that the split was due to Aniston's refusal to have children with him. Aniston denied that this was the cause of their split in an August, 2005 (6 years ago) Vanity Fair interview, stating, "...I've always wanted to have children, and I would never again give up that experience for a career."

Aniston revealed that her divorce prompted her to reach out to her mother, Nancy, from whom she was estranged for nearly a decade. They initially became estranged when Nancy talked about her daughter on a TV show and later wrote a book entitled, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir (1999, 12 years ago). Aniston has also stated she was devastated by the death of her longtime therapist, whose work helped make her separation from Pitt easier. Aniston said her relationship with Pitt, which she does not regret, was "seven very intense years together" and that "it was a beautiful, complicated relationship."

Following her divorce, Aniston began a relationship with actor Vince Vaughn, with whom she costarred in The Break Up. Relationship troubles were reported in sep. 2006 (5 years ago), followed by a confirmed split in dec. of that year. She briefly dated male model Paul Sculfor for a few months in 2007 (4 years ago). In Apr. 2008 (3 years ago), she began dating singer John Mayer. The couple had broken up after a seven-month courtship in August, but resumed the relationship in October, before splitting again in Mar. 2009 (2 years ago).

Aniston has had two septoplasties to correct her deviated septum—one which was incorrectly done in 1994 (17 years ago) and the second in Jan. 2007 (4 years ago). Septoplasty is a surgical operation that helps alleviate a common condition that can lead to breathing difficulty and trouble sleeping.

She is the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, the daughter of her good friends, actors Courteney Cox (12 walls) Arquette and David Arquette.

Camp Cucamonga
She's the One
Dream for an Insomniac
Picture Perfect
'Til There was You
The Object of My Affection
The Iron Giant
Office Space
Rock Star
The Good Girl
Bruce Almighty
Along Came Polly
Rumor Has It...
The Break-Up
Friends with Money
Room 10
Marley & Me
He's Just Not That into You
Love Happens
The Baster
The Bounty
Nineteen Minutes

Ferris Bueller
The Edge

1996 (15 years ago): Screen Actors Guild Award: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Friends
2000 (11 years ago): TV Guide Awards: Editor's Choice
2001 (10 years ago): People's Choice Award: Favorite Female TV Performer, Friends
2001 (10 years ago): Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality- Female, Friends
2002 (9 years ago): 54th Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Friends
2002 (9 years ago): People's Choice Award: Favorite Female TV Performer, Friends
2002 (9 years ago): Hollywood movie Festival: Actress of the Year
2002 (9 years ago): Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
2002 (9 years ago): Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality- Female, Friends
2003 (8 years ago): Golden Globe Award: Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy, Friends
2003 (8 years ago): People's Choice Award: Favorite Female TV Performer, Friends
2003 (8 years ago): Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
2003 (8 years ago): Teen Choice Award: Choice Movie Actress- Drama/Action Adventure, The Good Girl
2003 (8 years ago): Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality- Female, Friends
2004 (7 years ago): Logie Awards: Most Popular Overseas Star, Friends
2004 (7 years ago): People's Choice Award: Favorite Female TV Performer, Friends
2004 (7 years ago): Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
2004 (7 years ago): Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality- Female, Friends
2005 (6 years ago): ShoWest Convention Awards: Female Star of the Year
2006 (5 years ago): Teen Choice Award: Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Vince Vaughn), The Break-Up
2007 (4 years ago): People's Choice Award: Favorite Female Movie Star
2007 (4 years ago): GLAAD Media Awards: Vanguard Award
2007 (4 years ago): CineVegas International movie Festival: Best Short movie for Room 10
2009 (2 years ago): 61st Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, 30 Rock (TBA)


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