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Also Known As: Jennifer Joanne Aniston Died:
Born: February 11, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sherman Oaks, California, USA Profession: actress, director, producer, telemarketer, waitress, bike messenger

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Thanks to a rare combination of winsome girl-next-door charm and vulnerability, as well as wholesome sex appeal and whip-smart comic timing, actress Jennifer Aniston found television stardom playing Rachel Green, the spoiled rich girl making her way in life as a waitress turned fashion buyer on the hit sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). One of the most popular television actresses of her era, Aniston emerged from relative obscurity after toiling on several comedy series that failed to survive long enough to make an impression. But with "Friends," Aniston suddenly found herself at the top of the celebrity heap while dominating much of the publicity of an ensemble cast that boasted the likes of Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry. Meanwhile, she began a strong second career in features that allowed her to display a wider array of talent. Aniston essayed both dramatic and comedic roles in films like "The Object of My Affection" (1998), "Office Space" (1999) and "The Good Girl" (2002), which confirmed that she was not to be confined by mere sitcoms. But aside from her career, she was the subject of sometimes unfortunate tabloid coverage - mainly over her very public divorce from husband Brad Pitt, as well...

Thanks to a rare combination of winsome girl-next-door charm and vulnerability, as well as wholesome sex appeal and whip-smart comic timing, actress Jennifer Aniston found television stardom playing Rachel Green, the spoiled rich girl making her way in life as a waitress turned fashion buyer on the hit sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). One of the most popular television actresses of her era, Aniston emerged from relative obscurity after toiling on several comedy series that failed to survive long enough to make an impression. But with "Friends," Aniston suddenly found herself at the top of the celebrity heap while dominating much of the publicity of an ensemble cast that boasted the likes of Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry. Meanwhile, she began a strong second career in features that allowed her to display a wider array of talent. Aniston essayed both dramatic and comedic roles in films like "The Object of My Affection" (1998), "Office Space" (1999) and "The Good Girl" (2002), which confirmed that she was not to be confined by mere sitcoms. But aside from her career, she was the subject of sometimes unfortunate tabloid coverage - mainly over her very public divorce from husband Brad Pitt, as well as her shorter relationships with Vince Vaughn and John Mayer - confirming that Aniston was in a celebrity class all her own.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Five (2011)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Storks (2016)
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 Mother's Day (2016)
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 Cake (2014)
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 Life of Crime (2014)
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 Sellebrity (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Debuted on TV series "Molloy" (Fox) playing the spoiled stepsister of the title character
1990:
Cast as Jeannie Bueller in "Ferris Bueller" (NBC), a TV adaptation of the 1986 hit movie
1990:
Made TV-movie debut on "Camp Cucamonga" (NBC)
1992:
Cast as a regular on the Fox sketch variety series "The Edge"
1992:
Appeared on two episodes of Fox sitcom "Herman's Head"
1993:
Made feature debut in cult horror hit "Leprechaun"
1996:
Made guest appearance on the short-lived Fox series "Partners" opposite her then-boyfriend Tate Donovan
1996:
Returned to features in Edward Burns' "She's the One"
1998:
Played a pregnant woman who falls in love with her gay roommate (Paul Rudd) in "The Object of My Affection"
2001:
Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in "Rock Star"
2003:
Played the girlfriend of title character (Jim Carrey) in "Bruce Almighty"
2004:
Co-starred with Ben Stiller in the romantic comedy "Along Came Polly"
2005:
Co-starred with Clive Owen in the Hitchcockian thriller "Derailed"
2005:
Co-starred with Kevin Costner in the Rob Reiner-directed "Rumor Has It"
2006:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn (who also wrote and produced) in "The Break Up"
2007:
Appeared in the season finale of Courteney Cox's FX series "Dirt" as a rival magazine editor
2007:
Made co-directorial debut with the short "Room 10"; part of the Glamour Reel Moments short film series; screened film at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films
2008:
Formed the production company Echo Films with a first-look deal with Universal
2008:
Co-starred with Owen Wilson in the feature adaptation of the bestselling book "Marley and Me"
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for the feature adaptation of the bestselling book "He's Just Not That Into You"
2009:
Co-starred with Steve Zahn in the comedy "Management"
2009:
Guest starred on NBC's "30 Rock" as Liz Lemon's old college roommate who stalks Jack Donaghy
2010:
Played a woman tracked down by her ex-husband (Gerard Butler) in the action comedy "The Bounty Hunter"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Jason Bateman in the romantic comedy "The Switch"
2010:
Guest-starred as Jules' (Courteney Cox) therapist on the second season premiere of "Cougar Town" (ABC)
2012:
Directed a segment for "Five," a Lifetime anthology focusing on breast cancer
2012:
Co-starred with Paul Rudd as a married couple who try to escape modern society in "Wanderlust"
2013:
Starred in comedy thriller "Life of Crime"
2014:
Co-starred in Peter Bogdanovich's ensemble comedy "She's Funny That Way"
2014:
Co-starred in comedy sequel "Horrible Bosses 2"
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Education

Rudolph Steiner School: New York , New York -
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1987

Notes

"You have to be very careful, because you want to make the right choice. You want to hang around for a while."---Jennifer Aniston on selecting film projects USA Weekend July 25-27, 1997

"When somebody follows you 20 blocks to the pharmacy, where they watch you buy toilet paper, you know your life has changed."---Aniston on fame as quoted in People August 11, 1997

"Q: What's the most gratifying thing about acting?

Aniston: There's always another hurdle to go, which I love. I kind of love the challenge because I never want to get stagnant and comfortable."---Aniston, quoted in USA Today July 24, 1997

"I'm baffled. I mean, you think you're just the most uninteresting person in the world, and then all this happens, and you have to wonder, is any of it real?"---Jennifer Aniston Rolling Stone March 7, 1996

"I don't admit to that...Then let me apologize to [director] Mark Jones, who is really a sweetheart. But that was my first experience, and I just didn't know what I was doing. I'm awful. [Sighs] Oh, it was such an uneventful experience."---Aniston on her first role in the low-budget thriller "Leprechaun" quoted in US weekly April, 1997

"It's a strange thing to be watched, talked about and have people making up stories about you, Some of what is written is really hurtful. The good thing is that as a cast we are very close and protective of each other. We've had each other to hold on to during this scary explosion."---Aniston quotes in the London Times July 3, 1997

"On some level, everything Jennifer does as an actor has to do with being a human being, What makes her special isn't peculiar to youth. I could see her working into her 60's."---director Glenn Gordon Caron to US April, 1997

"My memories as a child are about just going from place to place and taking care of adults."---Jennifer Aniston on being the child of divorced parents in US April, 1997

"I was happy as a pig in shit. I was working and it felt amazing that I was even doing that!"---Jennifer Aniston on her early TV career as quoted in Empire January, 1998

"I was 23 years old when we started. Now here we are in our 30s and some of us have been married and some babies have been born. ... What's so weird about this show is that so much of our lives get in there. ... Whether it was a relationship thing or a parental thing, a situation in our lives is somehow always being played out on the show. ... It did feel like I was growing up in front of everybody."---Aniston on saying Goodbye to Friends People April 19, 2004

Aniston was the cover girl for People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2004

"Her emphasis is the home, friends and family," Pitt says. "We all kind of crowd around her like moths to the flame. She's like a magnet; she brings a lot of people together that way. Jen's the fireplace; she provides the warmth."---Brad Pitt on his wife quoted in Vanity Fair June 2004

"There's something that radiates from her that is so warm and generous in a very real way. It just makes her more beautiful."---Ben Stiller, Aniston's co-star in "Along Came Polly" to People, May 9, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Charlie Schlatter. Actor. Dated when they co-starred on "Ferris Bueller" in 1990.
companion:
Daniel MacDonald. Actor. Dated in the 1990s; broke up just before Aniston was cast in "Friends".
companion:
Adam Duritz. Musician. With band Counting Crows; dated briefly in 1995.
companion:
Tate Donovan. Actor. Together since November 1995; born on September 25, 1963; separated c. April 1998.
husband:
Brad Pitt. Actor. Married on July 29, 2000 in Malibu, California.
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father:
John Aniston. Actor. Born c. 1933; appeared in NBC daytime serial "Days of Our Lives"; divorced from Aniston's mother in 1980, leaving her for another woman; family name was originally Anastassakis.
mother:
Nancy Aniston. Photographer, former actor and model. Born c. 1936; had been previously married before her 1965 marriage to John Aniston; divorced from Aniston in 1980; because of comments made in a TV interview c. 1995, daughter has ceased contact; wrote book "From Mother and Daughter to Friends" (1999).
godfather:
Telly Savalas. Actor. Born on January 21, 1924; died on January 22, 1994.
half-brother:
John Melick. Assistant director. Born c. 1959; mother, Nancy Aniston.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"From Mother and Daughter to Friends" Prometheus Books

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