Jennifer Joanna Aniston Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American film, television and voice actress, film director and producer.
She is best known for her role as Rachel Green on the television series Friends (1994-2004), for which she was awarded an Emmy Award (2002) and a Golden Globe Award (2003) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. as well as the "US Screen Actors Guild Awards" (1996) in the nomination "Best Performing Ensemble in a Comedy Television Series" (shared with Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer).
Place of Birth. Education. Aniston was born on February 11, 1969 in the town of Sherman Oaks (California, USA) in the family of an American actor of Greek origin John Aniston and Nancy Doe, an actress with Scottish and Italian roots. Jennifer has two brothers - John Melik (older) and Alex Aniston (younger). Aniston's godfather is the Greek-American actor Telly Savalas, her father's best friend. Her grandfather (named Anastassakis) came to the US from Greece and became the owner of the diner.
Aniston attended the Steiner School in New York. Her acting talent showed up in the school drama club. In the same school, her ability to draw was also manifested.
When the girl was 9 years old, her parents divorced. She stayed with her mother, but often visited her father in Los Angeles, where John Aniston played one of the main roles in the TV series Days of Our Lives. At the age of 11, Jennifer began to play in the drama circle of the Rudolf Steiner school. She continued her professional studies in 1987 at the New York School of the Arts LaGuardia, after graduating from which she took part in several Broadway productions ("For Dear Life", "Dancing on Checker's Grave" and others). During this period, Aniston also worked as a courier and was engaged in telephone marketing.
Film career. Aniston was on the Howard Stern radio show in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She moved to Hollywood and in 1990 landed her first television role in the TV series Molloy, as well as a role in the television movie Camp Cucamonga. In addition, she starred in Ferris Buhler's Day Off (1990), The Edge (1992) and Breaking Out (1994), and also appeared as a guest actress in the television series Quantum Leap, Herman's Head. and Burke's Law. After a string of canceled series, as well as her appearance in the critically acclaimed horror film The Leprechaun, Aniston was seriously considering ending her career as an actress.
However, Aniston's plans changed when she came to the casting of Friends, which started on NBC in 1994. The show's producers originally wanted to cast actress Courteney Cox as Rachel Green, but Courteney said she sees herself as Monica Geller. After Jennifer appeared on the set, it became clear to everyone that she was perfect for the role of Rachel Green. She played this character throughout the series from 1994 to 2004. The series became very successful, and Aniston, along with the rest of the leading actors, gained fame among television viewers. Her hairstyle was copied by women all over the world. In the last two seasons of Friends, Jennifer received a salary of $1 million per episode. For participation in this show, the actress was nominated five times for "Emmy" (and won once) in the nomination "Best Actress in a Comedy Series". In 2003, for the role of Rachel Green, Aniston was awarded the Golden Globe Award.
In between filming "Friends" Aniston starred in various films. Her first notable work was a minor role in the independent comedy Only She's the One, which also starred Cameron Diaz. In 1997, Jennifer played her first major role in a big movie - in the romantic comedy "Portrait of Perfection". The film received mixed reviews from critics, but Aniston's performance in it was rated positively. At the same time, Jennifer starred in the films "The Elusive Ideal" (1997) with Sarah Jessica Parker, "The Thin Pink Line" (1998) and "Office Space" (1999), she also voiced the main character of the cartoon "Steel Giant" (1999) . In 1998, the actress played a woman in love with a homosexual in the tragicomedy The Object of My Admiration, and in 2002 she played the role of an unattractive supermarket cashier in the independent drama The Good Girl. Aniston's work in these films received critical acclaim and proved that she could play more serious roles.
Also a successful film with the participation of the actress was the fantastic comedy "Bruce Almighty" (2003), in which she played the role of the girlfriend of the protagonist Jim Carrey. In 2004, she co-starred with Ben Stiller in the comedy Here Comes Polly. At the end of 2005, Aniston appeared in the lead roles in the films The Price of Treason and Rumor Has It, which had good box office receipts, bringing more $30 million each. In 2006, the low-budget film "Friends with Money" was released in limited release, in which, in addition to Aniston, Catherine Keener, Joan Cusack and Frances McDormand also played the main roles. The next film with the participation of Aniston "American Divorce" was coolly received by critics, but collected over $100 million at the US box office.
Also, in 2006, Aniston directed the short film "Room 10" with Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson. According to the actress, she was inspired by the directorial experience of Gwyneth Paltrow.
On December 25, 2008, the comedy "Marley and Me" was released, where Owen Wilson became Jennifer Aniston's partner. Her worldwide gross was $242 717 113. Aniston's next film was the romantic comedy Promise Doesn't Mean Marriage. On the first weekend, the picture collected $27.5 million and took first place in the chart. Although reviews of the film were mixed, the work of Aniston, as well as her co-stars Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore, was praised positively.
In March 2010, the premiere of the film "Bounty Hunter" with the participation of Jennifer and Gerard Butler took place. The picture was scolded to smithereens by critics, but collected at the box office over $130 million. Aniston's next film, the comedy melodrama More Than a Friend, failed at the box office and received mixed reviews, however, was rated higher than Bounty Hunter.
On February 11, 2011, the romantic comedy Pretend My Wife was released. In this film, a successful plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler) asks his secretary (Aniston) to pretend to be his wife so he can prove his integrity to his girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker).
In the summer of 2011, the comedy Horrible Bosses was released with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. According to the plot of the film, three friends decide to kill their tyrant bosses. Jennifer plays the role of a horny dentist who harasses one of the main characters (Charlie Day).
On February 22, 2012, Jennifer Aniston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On February 24, 2012, the comedy Wanderlust premiered. The film was directed by David Wayne and produced by Judd Apatow.
On August 3, 2013, the premiere of the comedy "We are the Millers" took place. Jennifer's partner was Jason Sudeikis, with whom she also starred earlier in the films Horrible Bosses and Bounty Hunter.
On September 14, 2013, the crime comedy Steal My Wife premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jennifer's partners in the film were Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins.
In early 2014, the filming of "Horrible Bosses 2" began - the continuation of the first part of 2011, which was a huge success.
On September 8, 2014, the premiere of the drama "Cake" took place at the Toronto International Film Festival. The actress played the role of a girl suffering from chronic pain named Claire, who, in a support group, learns about Nina, who committed suicide. To better understand the motives of her act, Claire meets her family, in particular, her husband Roy, played by Sam Worthington. The film was warmly received by critics. For this film, she received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and / "Golden Globe", but lost the award to Julianne Moore.
In 2016, Garry Marshall's romantic comedy Horrible Ladies was released, starring Aniston, who played the role of a divorced mother of two. The film was critically acclaimed and was a moderate commercial success.
In December 2018, Netflix released the musical comedy Plump, in which Aniston executive produced and starred. In the same year, she began working on two more Netflix projects, the comedy, Murder Mystery, which premiered on June 14, 2019, and The First Ladies.
On November 1, 2019, Aniston returned to television, starring in the drama The Morning Show. For her role in it, Aniston received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Series Drama and two Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Series - Drama.
Personal life. Aniston has previously dated musician Adam Duritz and actor Tate Donovan. Her relationship with actor Brad Pitt was often covered in the press. She married Pitt on July 29, 2000 in Malibu. The couple announced their separation on January 7, 2005, March 25, Aniston filed for divorce, and they divorced on October 2 of the same year.
Since May 2011, Aniston has been dating actor Justin Theroux. They starred together in the comedy Wanderlust. On August 10, 2012, after 15 months of dating, the couple announced their engagement on Theroux's 41st birthday. On the night of August 5-6, 2015, they secretly got married in their own home in Los Angeles. On February 15, 2018, Aniston and Theroux announced their separation in a statement to The Associated Press.