JENNIFER ANISTON (Sarah Gardner) 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 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 "On Checker's Grave."
Aniston's television career 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 performance as Rachel, she received five Emmy
nominations, two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations and two Golden
Globe nominations. She won an Emmy in 2002 and a Golden Globe in 2003 for Lead
Actress in a Comedy. The generosity of her fans led to her winning six People's
During hiatus from "Friends," Aniston 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," "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 performances was in 2002's "The Good Girl," with Jake
Gyllenhaal, for which Aniston received an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
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 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,
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 starred in the box office hits "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 starring in her first film with Jason
Bateman, "The Switch," Aniston starred with him again in the box office hit
"Horrible Bosses," alongside Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, in which Aniston
plays a sexually insatiable dentist. She then paired up again with Rudd in
"Wanderlust." In 2014, Aniston was in the comedic hits "We're the Millers" and
"Horrible Bosses 2."
Her film, "Cake," directed by Daniel Barnz, premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film
Festival. Aniston was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics
Choice Award for her portrayal as Claire, a woman dealing with chronic pain. In
2015, Aniston received the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival
honoring her for her work over the years.
She recently wrapped production on the war drama "The Yellow Birds." Later this
year Aniston can be seen in "Office Christmas Party," directed by Josh Gordon
and Will Specks, opening December 9th.
In addition to acting, Aniston 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. Aniston
was also a producer on "Call Me Crazy," a Project Five film which premiered on
Lifetime in April 2013.
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