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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, film producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at an early age with an uncredited role in the 1987 film Mac and Me; her first significant film role came in the 1993 horror-comedy Leprechaun.

Since her career progressed in the 1990s, she has become one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. Films with her in the leading role have grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide, with 12 of them earning at least $100 million.

Aniston rose to international fame for her role as Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), for which she earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards. She has since played starring roles in numerous dramas, comedies and romantic comedies. Her biggest box office successes include Bruce Almighty (2003), The Break-Up (2006), Marley & Me (2008), Just Go with It (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), and We’re the Millers (2013), each of which grossed over $200 million in worldwide box office receipts. Some of her most critically acclaimed film roles include Office Space (1999), The Good Girl (2002), Friends with Money (2006), Cake (2014), and Dumplin’ (2018). She returned to television in 2019, producing and starring in the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show, for which she won another Screen Actors Guild Award.

Aniston has been included in numerous magazines’ lists of the world’s most beautiful women. Her net worth is estimated as $300 million. She is the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the co-founder of the production company Echo Films, established in 2008. She has been married twice: first to actor Brad Pitt, with whom she was married for five years, and later to actor Justin Theroux, whom she married in 2015 and separated from in 2017.

Early Life

Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in the Sherman Oaks neighbourhood of Los Angeles to Greek-born actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. One of her maternal great-grandfathers, Louis Grieco, was from Italy. Her mother’s other ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, and a small amount of Greek. Her father’s ancestry is from the Greek island of Crete. Aniston has two half-brothers: John Melick, her older maternal half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother. Her godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of her father’s best friends.

As a child, she moved to New York City. Despite her father’s television career, she was discouraged from watching television, though she found ways around the prohibition. When she was six, she began attending a Waldorf school. Her parents divorced when she was nine.

Having discovered acting at age 11 at the Waldorf school, Aniston enrolled in Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she joined the school’s drama society and where Anthony Abeson was her drama teacher. She performed in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.

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Personal Life

She was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 until they divorced in 2005. They acted together in the episode “The One with the Rumor” on Friends. She began a relationship with Justin Theroux in 2011. The couple married in 2015 in Bel Air, Los Angeles.

On February 15, 2018, Aniston and Theroux announced separating after two years of marriage and seven years as a couple.


1988Mac and MeDancer in McDonald’sUncredited
1993LeprechaunTory Reding
1996She’s the OneRenee Fitzpatrick
1996Dream for an InsomniacAllison
1997‘Til There Was YouDebbie
1997Picture PerfectKate Mosley
1998The Thin Pink LineClove
1998Waiting for WoodyHerselfShort film
1998The Object of My AffectionNina Borowski
1999Office SpaceJoanna
1999The Iron GiantAnnie Hughes (voice)
2001Rock StarEmily Poule
2002The Good GirlJustine Last
2003Bruce AlmightyGrace Connelly
2004Along Came PollyPolly Prince
2005DerailedLucinda Harris / Jane
2005Rumor Has ItSarah Huttinger
2006Friends with MoneyOlivia
2006Room 10Co-DirectorShort film
2006The Break-UpBrooke Meyers
2008Marley & MeJenny Grogan
2008Burma: It Can’t WaitProducerShort film
2008ManagementSue ClaussenAlso executive producer
2009He’s Just Not That into YouBeth Murphy
2009Love HappensEloise Chandler
2010The Bounty HunterNicole Hurley
2010The SwitchKassie LarsonAlso executive producer
2011Just Go with ItKatherine Murphy / Devlin Maccabee
2011Horrible BossesDr. Julia Harris
2012WanderlustLinda Gergenblatt
2012$ellebrityHerselfDocumentary film
2013We’re the MillersSarah “Rose” O’Reilly
2013Life of CrimeMargaret “Mickey” DawsonAlso executive producer
2014Horrible Bosses 2Dr. Julia Harris
2014She’s Funny That WayJane Claremont
2014CakeClaire SimmonsAlso executive producer
2014Journey to SundanceHerselfDocumentary film
2016Mother’s DaySandy Newhouse
2016StorksSarah Gardner (voice)
2016Office Christmas PartyCarol Vanstone
2017The Yellow BirdsMaureen MurphyAlso executive producer
2018Dumplin’Rosie DicksonAlso executive producer
2019Murder MysteryAudrey SpitzAlso executive producer

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