Jennifer Aniston


 

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Date of Birth: Feb 11, 1969 in Sherman Oaks, California

Birth Name: Jennifer Joanna Aniston

Nickname:  Jen or Jenny

Height: 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)

Career Highlights: The Iron Giant, Office Space, The Object of My Affection

Best Known As: Rachel on the TV series Friends

 

Jennifer Aniston makes a good case for proving that acting talent can be absorbed by osmosis. From her father John Aniston’s stardom on Days of Our Lives to her godfather Telly Savalas, the actress was surrounded by plenty of inspiration from an early age. As Aniston attended the Rudolph Steiner School as a child, she was interested in many forms of art and proved to be a talented painter, eventually having one of her pieces displayed at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acting also appealed to her, and became her primary focus after graduating from New York’s prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in 1987. She took roles in off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker’s Grave before she began honing her skills in television acting with appearances on shows like Quantum Leap and Herman’s Head. Before long, Aniston’s film and television resumé had grown into a laundry list of one-time appearances, short-lived series, and B-level movies. By 1994, the handful of bit parts and failed shows on Aniston’s resumé had established her as a working actress but created little foreshadowing about her future as a star. Her upcoming audition for the role of Monica Gellar in a pilot for a sitcom at that point titled “Friends Like These,” however, would prove to be quite auspicious. The role in question would eventually be filled by Courteney Cox Arquette, as Aniston changed her mind and opted to try out for Rachel Green, a young suburbanite living on her own for the first time and working as a coffee-shop waitress in New York City. The rest, as they say, is history — “Friends Like These” would become Friends, the hugest sitcom in years, quickly making Aniston America’s sweetheart. Friends’ obsessive following churned up a particular interest in Aniston’s signature hairstyle. The shag cut known as “The Rachel” could be seen on heads all over the country. Even as the fad fell out of popularity in the salons, Aniston’s star continued to rise. Still adored on one of the most popular television shows in history, she moved to the big screen in romantic comedies like She’s the One (1996), Picture Perfect, ‘Til There Was You (1997), and The Object of My Affection (1998).

 

In the late ’90s, she also began dating actor Brad Pitt. Talk of Pitt’s recently ended engagement to actress Gwyneth Paltrow quickly dissipated as “Gwen and Brad” turned to “Jen and Brad.” The two young stars became the ultimate Hollywood power couple and celebrated with a star-studded wedding in July of 2000. The new millennium found Aniston at the top of her game. Raking in a million dollars an episode for her role on the still popular Friends and married to one of the hottest men in Hollywood, she seemed to have it all. Secure in her A-List position, she took the opportunity to work on low-profile films and cult hits, such as 1999’s Office Space, and 2000’s Rock Star. Aniston’s talent for dramatic roles was finally given a proper outlet when she played the lead in 2002’s The Good Girl, which found critics surprised and impressed with her range. She made no attempt to shy away from comedy, however, starring alongside Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty, and Ben Stiller in 2004’s Along Came Polly. In 2004, as Friends began what would be its final season, Aniston’s immediate future was filled with tremendous turmoil and change. Only a week into 2005, she and husband Brad Pitt legally separated, surrounded by rumors that Pitt had sparked a serious romantic connection with his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie. The media leapt onto the story, desperate to sate the public’s curiosity about how such a seemingly perfect union could come to an end. Rumors swilled about the circumstances of their break-up, citing everything from disagreements over children to taste in interior decorating. Aniston’s steady poise and willowy figure created a division in the public perception between herself and the more curvaceous and risqué Jolie.

 

Media frenzy buzzed around the breakup long after she and Pitt officially filed for divorce in March. Vendors even started selling T-shirts reading “Team Aniston” and “Team Jolie,” though most of the public seemed to side with the slighted Aniston. The actress plowed ahead, however, marking 2005 by starring with Clive Owen in the gritty thriller Derailed and with Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner in the comedy Rumor Has It…. 2006 brought the ensemble film Friends With Money, as well as another movie that would help put her divorce in the past…in more ways then one. While Pitt made headlines by becoming legal guardian of Jolie’s adopted children and father to a baby Jolie gave birth to in Namibia, Aniston starred alongside comedy and character actor extraordinaire Vince Vaughn in The Break-Up. The comedy cast the two as an ex-couple going to war over which of them should keep their beloved condo, but the real life connection between the actors was quite the opposite. Though reluctant to speak about their relationship publicly, Aniston and Vaughn appeared quite clearly to have become a couple, bolstering the success of The Break-Up and pleasing fans who were relieved to see her happy. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide.

 

Other facts about the actress

 

• Listed in “People Weekly”s “Most Intriguing People” list. (December 25, 1995 issue)

• Chosen in 1999 as one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in the World

• Became estranged from her mother, who made unflattering statements about her in a tabloid. As a result, she refused to invite her mother to her wedding

• Sued “Celebrity Skin” magazine on 8/7/00 for publishing photos taken of her while sunbathing topless in her own backyard

• Named one of E!’s “Top 20 Entertainers of 2001.”

• In 2002 she offered to be Matthew Perry’s personal trainer in a bid to help him lose weight

• Was named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People Magazine in 2002.

• Won award: International star of stars – The Scorpio Multimedia Cable TV Awards 2002.

• She and husband Brad Pitt reached a settlement with Damiani International Jewelers on 1/11/02. The pair claimed the company agreed to never reproduce their wedding rings, but it manufactured and sold “Brad and Jennifer” rings in 18-karat white or yellow gold for about $1,000 apiece. Under the settlement, Pitt will design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston will model in ads, and Damiani will stop selling the “Brad and Jennifer” copies.

• Although she is half Greek, she does not like Greek food. She is also not fond of Chinese, Indian or spicy foods.

• Voted as #11 on the “Top 100 Sexiest Women 2004” in FHM [DK].

• Often plays a waitress – her characters in “Friends” (1994), Office Space (1999), The Iron Giant (1999) and Along Came Polly (2004) were all waitresses.

• Has a fear of flying.

• Had worked as a telemarketer and waitress before making it as an actor.

• Has said that her favorite food is Mexican, and that (when they were still together), she and Brad Pitt would get Mexican food and margaritas three times a week.

• Was known as a class clown in high school.

• In 2003 she was ranked #1 on Forbes’ 2003 “Celebrity 100 List” According to the magazine, she made $35 million in 2003.

• Invented “The Rachel”, a famous hairstyle in the ’90s, which was copied by a lot of women and drew much attention to her.

• 2005 – appeared in Heineken TV commercial frequently aired before UEFA Champions League (in Europe). The Turtles song “Happy Together” is also used in this commercial.

• Was named “Woman of the Year” by GQ magazine in 2005

• Named #88 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005” list.

• Named #41 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005” special supplement

• Met ex-husband Brad Pitt on a blind date.

• Was #1 on American publication People’s annual Best Dressed List in 2006.

• Best friend of Courteney Cox.

• Named #45 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006” supplement.

• Has two dogs, Norman (a corgi-terrier mix) and Dolly (a white German shepherd).

• Said that yoga helped her to recover from her split with Brad Pitt.

• One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.

• In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $14 million.

• She started to train in Karate encouraged by her best friend Courtney Cox Arquette, who holds a brown belt in the sport.

 

Personal Quotes

 

When somebody follows you 20 blocks to the pharmacy, where they watch you buy toilet paper, you know your life has changed.

 

It’s impossible to satisfy everyone, and I suggest we all stop trying.

 

[on her marriage to Brad Pitt, after two years] Everybody always asks if we’re happy. Give me a break. We’re married two years. In Hollywood years, that’s forever.

 

[on the constant rumors surrounding her split from Brad Pitt] There is always going to be the tough and the nasty. You just tune out to that.

 

[on the irony of the title of her movie, The Break-Up (2006)] Well, you know. I figured just seize the moment.

 

I always say, “Don’t make plans, make options.”

 

If we can say, “I loved, and I received a lot of love,” then great. That’s enough.

 

I’ve learned that you can get through things that hurt. Nothing will kill you. Nothing. People are unbelievable. we have such resilience.

 

[about her divorce from Brad Pitt] A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children. That really pissed me off. I’ve never in my life said I don’t want to have children. I did and I do and I will! The women who inspire me are the ones who have careers and children; why would I want to limit myself? I’ve always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career. I want to have it all.

 

Salary

 

Marley & Me (2008) $8,000,000
The Break-Up (2006) $8,000,000
Rumor Has It… (2005) $8,000,000
Along Came Polly (2004) $5,000,000
Rock Star (2001) $3,000,000
Picture Perfect (1997) $2,000,000

Source: imdb.com and wikipedia.org