Jennifer Joanna Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California. Her birthday is February 11, 1969. Her parents are John Aniston and Nancy Dow, both are actors. She has been active in the entertainment industry since 1989. She grew up in New York City. Her godfather was the actor Telly Savalas, and her father best friend. She has two half brothers, John Melick and Alex Aniston. She is the middle child between an older and younger brother. As a child her family lived in Crete, Greece for a year before moving to New York.
Jennifer attended the New York Rudolph Steiner School and then graduated from Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She got her first work in Off Broadway productions. It wasn’t until 1989 that she moved to California.
In 1986 she co-starred in Ferris Bueller, a TV version of the 1986 hit movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Her first film role arrived in 1990, starring on the series Molloy and the TV movie Camp Cucamonga. After that she appeared in two more television shows The Edge and Muddling Through. She started guest starring in shows like Quantum Leap, Burke’s Law, and Herman’s Head. She was also in the 1992 horror film, Leprechaun. After that she considered giving up acting, but giving up wasn’t in the cards. Her audition for Friends won her the part. Believe it or not the producers of Friends originally wanted Jennifer to play Monica Geller, but Jennifer convinced them she was better suited to play Rachel Green. She played the role of Rachel Green from 1994 until 2004, when the show ended.
Her hairstyle was named the “Rachel” and people across the world began copying it. Jennifer was paid $2 million dollars for each episode of Friends, during the last two seasons. She also garnered five Emmy nominations and won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The Guiness Book of World Records of 2005, named Aniston and her female Friends costars the highest paid television actresses of all time.
After that she played roles in The Object of My Affection in 1998. Next she played roles in The Good Girl, Derailed, and Rumor Has It.
After becoming a TV actress she enjoyed a successful career in films like Bruce Almighty, a role in which she starred with Jim Carrey. Then she starred in in the 2004 film Along Came Polly. Friends With Money was her next choice role in 2006. There was a limited release of the movie and it was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival. After that she starred in The Break-Up.
It was 2007, when Aniston starred in her friend Courteney Cox Arquette’s series titled Dirt. Jennifer has also done work directing in a short film titled Room 10. Room 10 starred Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson. Jennifer is said to have been inspired by Gweneth Paltrow to direct, after she directed a film in 2006.
In 2007, Aniston, was listed on Forbes as the 10th richest woman in the entertainment industry. With the only stars coming before her being Oprah, J.K. Rowling, Madonna, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer was listed by Forbes as ahead of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and the Olsen twins. Her net worth is said to have accumulated to around $110 million dollars.
In 2007, Jennifer was also losted as the top-selling celebrity face in the entertainment industry. In 2008, she still landed the number 17 spot in Forbes Celebrity 100 list based on fame and earnings.
In her personal life she has been noted as having dated Adam Duritz and she was engaged to Tate Donovan. Of course we all know how she married Brad Pitt in 2000, in Malibu. January 7, 2005 they announced their separation. Aniston filed for divorce in March of 2005. The Pitt-Aniston divorce was a done deal by October 2, 2005. Since then Jennifer has been linked to Vince Vaughn and currently John Mayer.
Jennifer is also the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, which is her good friend Courteney’s child with husband David Arquette.
Jennifer is a supporter of many charities and good causes like Friends of El Faro, that helps raise money for an orphanage us Tijuana, Mexico. She had appeared in many advertisements on television for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hosptial. She has also taken part in Oprah’s Big Give and hosted 200’s Stand Up To Cancer show. She also directed and starred in a video “It Can’t Wait” campaign to free Burma. In 2007, she received GLAAD’S Vanguard Award.
She’s the One
Dream for an Insomniac
“Til There Was You
The Object of My Affection
The Iron Giant
The Good Girl
Along Came Polly
Rumor Has It
Friends With Money
Marley & Me
He’s Just Not That Into You
She has also done guest appearances for shows like Molloy, Quantum Leap, Herman’s Head, Burke’s Law, Muddling Through, Partners, Disney’s Hercules, South Park, Freedom: A Story Of Us, King of the Hill, Dirt, and 30 Rock.
- 1996: Screen Actors Guild Award: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Friends
- 2001: People’s Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer, Friends
- 2001: Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality- Female, Friends
- 2002: Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Friends
- 2002: People’s Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer, Friends
- 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- Female, Friends
- 2003: Golden Globe Award: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Friends
- 2003: People’s Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer, Friends
- 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- Female, Friends
- 2004: Logie Awards: Most Popular Overseas Star, Friends
- 2004: People’s Choice Award: Favorite Female Television Performer, Friends
- 2004: Teen Choice Award: Choice TV Actress- Comedy, Friends
- 2004: Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden: Best Foreign TV Personality- Female, Friends
- 2006: Teen Choice Award: Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Vince Vaughn), The Break-Up
- 2007: People’s Choice Award: Favorite Female Movie Star
- 2007: GLAAD Media Awards: Vanguard Award