SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY
JENNIFER ANISTON was born in Sherman Oaks, CA. Her family moved
to New York City when her father was cast in a role on the daytime drama "Love
of Life." As an eleven-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 then studied further at New York's High School of
the Performing Arts. After she graduated in 1987, she landed roles in the
off-Broadway production For Dear Life at New York's Public Theater and Dancing
On Checker's Grave.
Jennifer's television career then started 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 in "Ferris Bueller." 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 SAG 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 six People's Choice Awards.
During hiatus from "Friends," Jennifer pursued a budding film career. She had
roles in "Then There Was You"," Picture Perfect", "Dreams For An Insomniac",
"She's The One, Rock Star", And "The Object Of My Affection" -- the first of her
roles with Paul Rudd -- and "Bruce Almighty" with Jim Carrey. One of her most
critically acclaimed roles was 2002's "The Good Girl" with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jennifer received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance.
With the emotional end of "Friends" and her time as Rachel Green, Jennifer
devoted herself full-time to her movie career. She had starring roles in "Rumor
Has It" 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 "Friends With Money", the
independent film which also starred Frances McDormand and Catherine Keener and
for which Jennifer received some of the best reviews of her career.
Proving her ability to navigate the world of both independent and studio
financed films, Jennifer also costarred in the box office hits in the
emotionally moving "Marley And Me" with Owen Wilson and "He's Just Not That Into
You". She also starred opposite Gerard Butler in "The Bounty Hunter", Aaron
Eckhart in "Love Happens" and Adam Sandler in "Just Go With It". After
costarring in her first film with Jason Bateman in "The Switch", Jennifer and
Jason costarred in the box office hit "Horrible Bosses" which also starred Jason
Sudeikis and Colin Farrell, in which Jennifer played a sexually insatiable
dentist. Jennifer paired up again with Paul Rudd in "Wanderlust". In 2014
Jennifer can be seen in the comedic hit "We're The Millers" and "Horrible Bosses
2". Her film "Cake" directed by Daniel Barnz premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film
Festival. Jennifer was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics
Choice Award for her portrayal as Claire, a woman dealing with chronic pain.
Earlier this year Jennifer received the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara
Film Festival to honor her for her work over the years.
In addition to acting, Jennifer has pursued her interest in directing. Her first
film 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
"Project Five" exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.
Jennifer is also a producer on "Call Me Crazy" a Project Five film premiering on
Lifetime in April.
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