Jennifer Aniston was born on February 11 in 1969 in California and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of the Greek-American actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. She has two half brothers.
Jennifer was exposed to acting at an early age. Of Geek descent she spent a year of her childhood living in Greece. Her family eventually returned to the U.S. settling in New York when her faher landed the role in the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. After her parents divorced in 1980, Aniston lived primarily with her mother. Two years larer she enrolled at the Rudolf Steiner School where she was a member of the drama club. She went on to attend New York City's renowed High School of Performing Arts, where she was educated in theater and fine arts. Although she was an artist od considerable talent, Jennifer opted for a professional acting career.
Aniston has since tried to translate her TV stardom into success on the big screen. She has appeared in several lighthearted films, including the well-received romantic comedy She' s the One (1996) and Picture Perfect (1997) which brought Aniston her first leading role as well as a $2 million paycheck. IN 1998's screen adaptation of Stephen McCauley' s novel The Object of My Affection, she delivered a commendable performance.
In 1999, Aniston provided the voice of Annie Huges in the animated fantasy feature The Iron Giant. She is set to join a stellar cast in Time of Our Lives.
In addition to her professional strides, she has remained in the headlines for her highprofile personal relationships. In 1995, she dated Couting Crows band member Adam Duritz, before starting a three-year reationship with actor tate Donovan, which ended in 1998. Later that year, she began a serious romance with actor Brad Pitt. Aniston and Pitt were married on July 29 in 2000 in Malibu, California.
Aniston and Pitt latee separated on January 7 in 200, and Aniston offically filed for divorce. The divirce was finalizet on October 2 in 2005.
Since the couple' s divorced, Aniston has been romantically linked with actor Vince Vaughn.
Still determined, the actress auditioned for yet another TV pilot called Friends (1994), which focused on a group of 20-something New Yorkers. Impressed with her delivery, the producers cast Aniston in in the role of suburban princess turned waitress Rachel Green. The series met with both critical and commercial acclaim when in premiered making household names of Aniston and her costars (Matthew Oerry, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox Arquette, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudow).
The program was hugely successful and Jennifer, along with her co-stars, gained wide renown among television viewers.
Aniston received a salary of one million dollars per episode for last two seasons of Friends, as well as five Emmy nominations, including a win for »Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series«.
According to the Guinness World Book of Recirds (2005), Aniston (along with her female costars) became the highest paid TV actress of all time with her 1$ million per episode paycheck for the tenth season of Friends.
Friends remains on of the most popular sitcoms on televistion. In 2000, after a widely publicized battle with NBC, Aniston and her fellow cast members negotiated a salary of $750,00 per episode. The show won its first Emmy for its 8th season in 2002. That same year, Aniston recived a Best Actress Emmy for her role as Rachel.