Jennifer Aniston Biography

Jennifer Aniston is an American actress and film director, who gained international fame as ‘Rachel’ in the popular sitcom, ‘Friends’. Read this biography to learn more about her profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Jennifer Aniston

Quick Facts

Gender: Female
Birthday: 11 February 1969
Nationality: American
Famous: Actresses
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Spouse/Ex-: Brad Pitt, Justin Theroux
Father: John Aniston
Mother: Nancy Dow
Education: LaGuardia Community College, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Awards: Emmy Award, GLAAD Media Award, Golden Globe Award, Hollywood Film Festival, Logie Awards of 2004, Screen Actors Guild Award, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Drama, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Comedy, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist, GLAAD Vanguard Award, Golden Schmoes Awards, Gracie Awards, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, People Magazine Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Spike Guys' Choice Awards, Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist, People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist, People's Choice Award for Favorite Country Artist, People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist, People's Choice Award, People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, Crystal Award

Jennifer Aniston’s claim to fame was her 1990’s portrayal of ‘Rachel Green’, who was idolized for her whip-smart comic timing and irresistible charm in the internationally recognized sitcom, ‘Friends’. She has won innumerable awards and honors for the same and has also enjoyed a successful Hollywood career, working with some of the biggest production houses, banners and actors. Most of her films have been critical and commercial hits like ‘Leprechaun’, ‘She’s the One’, ‘Office Space’, ‘Bruce Almighty’, ‘Marley & Me’, ‘The Bounty Hunter’ and ‘Horrible Bosses’. She has dated a number of co-stars like Charlie Shlatter, Brad Pitt and recently, Justin Theroux. She became the first-ever GQ Woman of the Year and is considered to be the woman who has the most sought-after body shape even after forty. What started off as a high-school passion for drama, turned out into a serious career choice, which changed the course of her life forever. After a decade on one of America’s most unforgettable series, Aniston went on to don a number of memorable roles in multifarious movies, which eventually catapulted her to irreplaceable fame and status in the world of Hollywood. If you would like to learn more about her life and career, scroll further.

Childhood & Early Life

Jennifer Aniston was born, Jennifer Joana Aniston, on February 11, 1969 in Los Angeles. She is of Greek-American descent, though her maternal great-grandfather was an Italian immigrant.
She lived in Greece for about a year and then moved to New York City. She attended the Rudolf Steiner School and soon, graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.
She began starring in Off-Broadway productions such as ‘Dancing on Checker’s Grave’ and ‘For Dear Life’ and worked a number of odd jobs like waitress, telemarketer and messenger.
Before her career kick started, she moved to Los Angeles in 1989.


She first appeared in a television series, ‘Molloy’ and then for her first television-film, ‘Camp Cucamonga’ in 1990. She then appeared in two failed television comedy series, ‘The Edge’ and ‘Muddling Through’.
She debuted in the 1992 film, ‘Leprechaun’, which was negatively reviewed by critics.
She wanted to audition for the role of ‘Monica Geller’ for Friends but was cast as ‘Rachel Green’ in 1994. The program became a huge hit and Aniston, along with her co-stars, gained immense reputation around the world. At the time, she along with her other female co-stars, became the highest TV paid actresses at the time.
She appeared in a couple of episodes of ‘30 Rock’ and ABC’s sitcom, ‘Cougar Town’.
In 1997, she starred in ‘Picture Perfect’ and continued to receive mixed reviews for films like ‘The Thin Pink Line’ (1998), ‘The Object of My Affection’, ‘The Iron Giant’ (1999) and ‘Office Space’ (1999).
Her biggest Hollywood blockbuster to date was 2003’s ‘Bruce Almighty’, where she played the live-in girlfriend of Jim Carrey.
In 2006, she directed a short film called ‘Room 10’, inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s directorial debut.
On December 25, 2008, her most-awaited film yet, ‘Marley & Me’, based on a Novel, became a worldwide hit and placed number 1 at the box office for two weeks.
In 2008, she and her partner, Kristin Hahn, formed their own production company; ‘Echo Films’.
In 2009, she starred in ‘He’s Just Not That in to You’, which also did well.
In 2010, she starred opposite Gerard Butler in the film, ‘The Bounty Hunter’, which was a modest box-office success. By June 20, 2010, her movies had grossed more than $1 billion in the country and $1.7 billion worldwide.
Apart from her works in films, she has appeared in a number of commercials and music videos.

Major Works

Jennifer Aniston’s biggest work till date is her role as ‘Rachel Green’ in one of the world’s best sitcoms, ‘Friends’. The series has been broadcasted in more than a 100 countries and was translated in over 15 languages.
‘Friends’ ran for over a decade and the final episode of the show was watched by an estimated 51.1 million viewers.

Awards & Achievements

People’s Choice Awards for ‘Friends’, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Screen Actors Guild Awards for ‘Friends’, 1996
1 Emmy Award, 6 Emmy Awards Nominations, 2002
Hollywood Film Festival Actress of the Year, 2002
SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by A Female Actor in a Comedy Series, 2002
1 Golden Globe Award, 2 Golden Globe Awards Nominations, 2003
Logie Awards for Most Popular Overseas Star, 2004
Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, 2009
MTV Movie Awards, 2012
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, February 22, 2012.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1990, Jennifer Aniston dated actor Charlie Schlatter but broke up with him. She eventually dated Daniel McDonald and musician, Adam Duritz.
She had a septoplasty done in 1994, which was done the second time in 2007.
She was engaged to Tate Donovan in 1996, but called off the engagement in April 1998.
She married actor, Brad Pitt in a hushed ceremony on July 29, 2000 and their marriage was considered a success. However, they filed for divorce and it was finalized on October 2, 2005 after there were speculations that Pitt was dating Angelina Jolie.
After the divorce, she started dating Vince Vaughn and split in March 2009.
In May 2011, she began dating Justin Theroux, with whom she purchased a home in Los Angeles’ posh Bel-Air neighborhood for $22 million. On August 12, 2012, the couple formally announced their engagement.
She is the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, the daughter of Friends co-star, Courtney Cox and David Arquette.
After the success of ‘Friends’, Aniston’s hairstyles in the first two seasons came to be known as ‘The Rachel’, and remains popular to this very day in hair salons and parlors.

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