Born in Sherman Oaks, California, and raised in New York City, JENNIFER
ANISTON (Brooke Meyers) 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.
Aniston was most recently seen in Friends With Money. This film marks Jennifer's
return to the indie screen and both her performance and the film received rave reviews.
Aniston was also recently seen in the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It, as well as the thriller
Derailed, co-starring Clive Owen.
Aniston completed her 10th and final season on the hit ensemble comedy Friends,
along with Courteney Cox-Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and
Lisa Kudrow, on NBC. Her work as Rachel Green has earned her two Emmy Award
nominations for Best Supporting Actress; four People's Choice Awards for Best Actress in a
Comedy Series; two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy;
as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy,
Drama or Mini-Series and for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She
won her first Emmy in 2002 as Lead Actress in a Comedy Series as well as her first Golden
Globe Award in 2003 for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She
recently received her third Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
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. Aniston played
opposite Ben Stiller in Universal's Along Came Polly. She also starred opposite Jim Carrey
and Morgan Freeman in the smash hit comedy Bruce Almighty. She also starred in Miguel
Arteta's critically acclaimed third film The Good Girl, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, John C.
Reilly and Zooey Deschanel—a role for which Aniston earned an Independent Spirit Award
nomination. The film made its debut to rave reviews at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival
and was released by Fox Searchlight.
Aniston's other film credits include Rock Star, opposite Mark Wahlberg and
directed by Stephen Herek; She's the One, opposite director Ed Burns and Cameron Diaz;
Picture Perfect, opposite Kevin Bacon and Olympia Dukakis and directed by Glenn Gordon
Caron; 'Til There was You, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dylan
McDermott; and the critically praised The Object of My Affection, opposite Paul Rudd. Her
other film credits include Office Space and Dream for an Insomniac.
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's Law.
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