JENNIFER ANISTON (Linda) was born in Sherman Oaks, California. Her family moved
to New York City when her father was cast in a role on the daytime drama Love of
Life. As an 11-year-old student at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City,
she joined the drama club and her experience there encouraged her to pursue
acting as a career. She studied further at New York's High School of Performing
Arts. She graduated in 1987 and landed roles in the off-Broadway production For
Dear Life, at New York's Public Theater, and Dancing on Checkers' Grave.
Aniston's television career began after being cast as a series regular on
Molloy and The Edge. She had guest-starring roles on Quantum Leap and Burke's
Law, and a starring role on Ferris Bueller, the television series. She was then
cast in perhaps her most well-known role as Rachel Green in the classic
television comedy, Friends. For her role as Rachel, she received five Emmy
nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Golden Globe
nominations. She won an Emmy (2002) and a Golden Globe (2003) for Lead Actress
in a Comedy. The generosity of her fans lead to her winning five People's Choice
While on hiatus from Friends, Aniston pursued a budding film career. She had
roles in 'Til There Was You, Picture Perfect, Dream for an Insomniac, She's the
One, Rock Star and The Object of My Affection—the first of her roles opposite
Paul Rudd—and Bruce Almighty, with Jim Carrey. One of her most critically
acclaimed roles was in 2002's The Good Girl, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Aniston
received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance.
With the emotional end of Friends and her time as Rachel Green, Aniston devoted
herself full-time to her movie career. She had starring roles in Rumor Has Itâ€¦,
with Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine; Derailed, with Clive Owen; and the
box-office hit The Break-Up, with Vince Vaughn. For her role as a depressed
housekeeper in director Nicole Holofcener's independent film Friends With Money,
which also starred Frances McDormand and Catherine Keener, Aniston received some
of the best reviews of her career.
Proving her ability to navigate the world of both independent and
studio-financed films, Aniston also co-starred in the emotionally moving
box-office hit Marley & Me, with Owen Wilson, and He's Just Not That Into You.
She also starred alongside leading men Gerard Butler, in The Bounty Hunter, and
Aaron Eckhart, in Love Happens. Adam Sandler played her leading man in the
comedy hit Just Go With It. After co-starring in The Switch, her first film with
Jason Bateman, Aniston and Bateman co-starred in the box-office hit Horrible
Bosses, which also starred Jason Sudeikis and Colin Farrell, and in which
Aniston played a sexually insatiable dentist.
In addition to acting, Aniston has pursued her interest in directing. Her
directorial debut was the short Room 10, which was part of an award-winning
short film series. She most recently directed one of an anthology of five short
films called Five, which explores the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.
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