Born in Sherman Oaks,
California and raised in New York City, JENNIFER ANISTON (Grace) is a
versatile actress who was exposed to acting at an early age by her father, John
Aniston, who starred on NBC's daytime drama Days of Our Lives, and her
godfather, the late Telly Savalas.
stars in the hit NBC ensemble comedy Friends, along with Courteney Cox-Arquette,
Matt LeBlane, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, now in its ninth
season. Her work as Rachel Green has earned her the Emmy Award for "Lead
Actress in a Comedy," the 2003 Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress in
a Television Series - Musical or Comedy," two Emmy Award nominations for
Best Supporting Actress and three People's Choice Awards for "Best
Actress in a Comedy Series," as well as nominations for a Golden Globe
Award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Drama or Mini-series"
and for a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy."
In addition to the
massive success she has achieved on the small screen, Aniston continues to
branch out with very different roles on the silver screen. Most recently,
Aniston starred in Miguel Arteta's (Chuck & Buck) film The Good
opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly and Zooey Desehanel, for which she
was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film made its debut to rave
reviews at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically in August to
equally enthusiastic notices and great box office success, and Rock Star, opposite
Mark Wahlberg and directed by Stephen Herek.
credits include: Shea The One opposite director Ed Burns and Cameron
Diaz; Picture Perfect opposite Kevin Bacon and Olympia Dukakis, directed by Glenn
Gordon Caron; â€˜Til There Was You, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah
Jessica Parker and Dylan McDermott; and the critically praised The Object of
My Attention opposite Paul Rudd. Her other film credits include Office
Space and Dreams for an Insomniac. Following the completion of her
work in Bruce Almighty, Aniston immediately segued to a starring role in
an untitled comedy for Universal Pictures with Ben Stiller, directed by John
Aniston, who is of
Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family,
but relocated to New York when her father landed a role on the daytime drama
Love of Life. She had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the
Rudolf Steiner School's drama club.
Her experience at the
Rudolf Steiner School also helped Aniston develop a passion for art. At age 11,
one of Aniston's paintings was selected to be on display in an exhibit at New
York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She began her
professional training as a drama student at New York's High School of the
Performing Arts. After graduating in 1987, Aniston won roles in such
Off-Broadway productions as For Dear Life at New York's Public Theater
and Dancing on Checker's Grave. In 1989, she landed her first
television role as a series regular on Molloy. Aniston's other
television credits include series regular roles on The Edge, as well as Ferris
Bueller, a recurring role on Herman's Head and guest-starring roles on
such series as Quantum Leap and Burke
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