Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. She is the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and became recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television.
Aniston has played the female protagonist in a number of comedies and romantic comedy films. Her box office hits 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 have grossed over $200 million in worldwide receipts. Her most critically acclaimed roles were in The Good Girl (2002), for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, and the drama Cake (2014), for which she received nominations for the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. Her other notable films include Along Came Polly (2004) and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). She is the co-founder, in 2008, of the production company Echo Films.
In 2012, Aniston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. In 2007, she was ranked as the 11th richest woman in the entertainment industry with an estimated fortune of $110 million. She has also been included in magazines' lists of the world's most beautiful women. In 2004, Aniston was named "The Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine, and Men's Health magazine voted her the "Sexiest Woman of All Time" in 2011.
Jennifer Joanna Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek and a native of Crete, while her mother was born in New York City. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was an Italian immigrant and her mother's other ancestry is Scottish, Irish and a small amount of Greek. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick, her maternal older half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother. Aniston's godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of her father's best friends.
As a child, Aniston lived in Greece for a year with her family. They moved to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, then to New York City. Despite her father's television career, Aniston was discouraged from watching TV, though she found ways around the prohibition. When she was six, Aniston began attending the Rudolf Steiner School, a Waldorf educational school that applied the Rudolf Steiner philosophy. During that time, Aniston's father and mother split when she was nine years old. Her father is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which he originated in 1985. Her mother appeared in two 1960s TV series, The Wild Wild West and The Beverly Hillbillies.
Meanwhile, after discovering acting at eleven while attending Rudolf Steiner, Aniston enrolled and graduated at Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she joined the school's drama society.
Full Name at Birth
Jennifer Joanna Aniston
Jennifer Joanna Aniston Theroux
Date of Birth
"The Rachel" Haircut
Bel Air, California, U.S.
Actress, Film Director, Producer And Businesswoman.
Claim to Fame
Friends, Cake, Mother's Day
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Creative Artists Agency
Living Proof S/S 2013
(1997) Print ad (with Matthew Perry): Microsoft
(1997) TV commercial: Lynx deodorant
(1995) Print advertising: "Got Milk?" campaign (with Lisa Kudrow)
(1998) TV commercial: L'Oréal Elnett hairspray
(2002) Print advertisement: Damiani jewelry
(2001) TV commercial: Heineken bee
(2013) Series of TV commercial for "Aveeno" Positively Radiant daily moisturizer
(2013) Print ads for Living Proof hair care products
(2013) Print ads for Aveeno Active Naturals lotion and sunscreen
(October 2013) Print ad for Women's Cancer Research Fund and Saks Fifth Avenue
(2014) Print ads for Aveeno's Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.
2 to 4
7 (US), 38.5 (EU), 5.5 (UK), 240 (J)
Other Family Members
Courteney Cox Arquette
, Lisa Kudrow
, Matthew Perry
, David Schwimmer
, Matt LeBlanc
, Andrea Bendewald
, Kristin Hahn
, David Arquette
, Drew Barrymore
, Cameron Diaz
, Demi Moore
, Sheryl Grow
, Reese Witherspoon
, Jake Gyllenhaal
, Ellen DeGeneres
, Laura Dern
, Adam Sandler
, Chelsea Handler
Dolly (Dog - White German Shepherd)
Norman (Dog - Welsh Corgi Terrier Shepard Mix)
Favorite TV Shows