Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Joanne Aniston (born February 11 1969) is an American actress, perhaps best-known for playing Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends, and her much-publicized marriage to Brad Pitt.

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Personal Life

Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, and is the daughter of Cretan-Greek actor John Aniston (originally Yannis Anastasakis, later americanized to John Aniston) and his then-wife Nancy Dow. Aniston's godfather is actor Telly Savalas, her father's best friend. Aniston spent much of her childhood in New York, where her father won a role in the soap opera Love of Life and later Search for Tomorrow. In 1985, the family moved to Los Angeles when John Aniston started on Days of Our Lives. Aniston's mother, from whom she is now estranged, is an actress of half Scottish, as well as English, and Italian descent; through her, Jennifer is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland. She is rumoured to also have Greek roots.

Aniston previously dated Adam Duritz and Tate Donovan in low-profile relationships. Her pairing with actor Brad Pitt was very high-profile in the media. She married Pitt on July 29, 2000, in a Malibu wedding. They separated on January 7, 2005, and Aniston officially filed for divorce on March 25, 2005. The divorce was made final on October 2, 2005. On August 25 2005, David Hesterbey was arrested for trespassing after allegedly entering Aniston's Malibu home.

In November 2005, Aniston was named GQ Magazine's Woman of the Year.

She is currently dating actor Vince Vaughn.

In December 2005, Aniston sued paparazzo Peter Brandt for taking photographs of her sunbathing topless in her backyard. She was photographed from more than a mile away.

Acting Career

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GQ Woman of the Year Cover

Attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts during 1987, Aniston was a member of the drama club. Her desire to become an actress grew as she worked in off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's Grave. She appeard as a "Nutri-System" girl on the Howard Stern Radio Show in the late 80s/early 90s. She moved to Hollywood and appeared in her first television roles in 1990, starring as a regular on the short-lived series Molloy and in the TV movie Camp Cucamonga. She also co-starred in the short-lived Ferris Bueller the same year, a television adaptation of the 1986 teen movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (it barely lasted a season). Aniston then starred in two more failed sitcoms, The Edge and Muddling Through and guest-starring on shows such as Quantum Leap, Herman's Head, and Burke's Law. After this string of flops, especially her appearance in the critically-derided horror movie Leprechaun, Aniston seriously considered giving up acting, until a script for a new sitcom on NBC's 1994-1995 fall line-up came her way.

In 1994, the producers of the new NBC show called Friends originally wanted Aniston to audition for the role of Monica Geller, but she persuaded them that the role of Rachel Green was more suited to her character. She played the character until the show ended in 2004. Although she's been in a handful of films, including the cult hit Office Space, Aniston first gained critical acclaim for her role in The Good Girl. In January 2005 her marriage to actor Brad Pitt came to an end, and she was thrust in the spotlight when Pitt started dating actress Angelina Jolie. Months later, Aniston began dating actor Vince Vaughn, though the two have kept quiet about their relationship.

It has been suggested Aniston may be in the running to be the female co-host of the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Greece, because of her Greek roots.

TV Work

Filmography

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