This page informs you about the actresses early life, career beginnings, other work, philanthropy, personal life, friends, and relationships: notably with Brad Pitt, celebrity feuds: most notoriously with Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer's enduring success in film.
1.1 1969-1989: Early Life
1.2 1990-1999: Career Beginnings
1.3 2000-2009: From Television Star to Film Actress
1.4 2010-present: Enduring Film Success
2 Other Work
2.2 Aveeno Skincare
2.3 Emirates Airlines
2.4 Shire - Chronic Dry Eye
2.6 Living Proof Hair Product
2.7 Echo Film Productions Company
2.8 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
3.1 GLAAD & LGBT
3.2 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
3.3 Project A.L.S.
3.4 Stand Up To Cancer
4 Personal Life
4.1.1 Nancy Dow (mother)
4.1.2 John Aniston (father)
4.2.1 Courteney Cox
4.2.2 Cameron Diaz
4.2.3 Matthew Perry
4.3.1 Tate Donovan
4.3.2 Brad Pitt
4.3.3 Vince Vaughn
4.3.4 John Mayer
4.3.5 Bradley Cooper
4.3.6 Gerard Butler
4.3.7 Justin Theroux
5.1 Celebrity Skin magazine Topless Photos
5.2 Damiani Jewelry Lawsuit
6.1 Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston
6.2 Bill O'Reilly vs. Jennifer Aniston
6.3 Julianne Moore vs. Jennifer Aniston
7 Awards and Nominations
7.1 List of awards and Nominations
8.1 Jennifer Aniston filmography
|(2017) Jennifer at the 89th Annual Academy awards|
Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American television and film actress, executive producer, director, and businesswoman. She gained worldwide recognition as Rachel Green on the NBC '90s sitcom television series 'Friends'
(1994-2004); a role which earned the actress multiple awards including a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in (1996), a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series in (2002), a Golden Globe award for Best Lead Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series in (2003), and four People's Choice awards for Favorite Female Television Performer of the Year in (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004). Her character was widely popular during the airing of the series and became recognized as one of the '100 Greatest Female Characters' in United States Television. In addition to her success on television she has had an enduring film career, which has earned the former television actress her imprints at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California in (2011), and earned Jennifer her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in motion pictures in (2012) presented to her by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer has made multiple films including independent as well as blockbuster. She's known for playing the female protagonist in a number of comedies as well as romantic comedies, and has shared the screen opposite some of Hollywood's funniest leading men. Her box office hits include 'Bruce Almighty'
(2003) opposite actor/comedian Jim Carrey, 'The Break-Up'
(2006) opposite actor/comedian Vince Vaughn; a role which she won the People's Choice award for Favorite Female Movie Star, 'Marley & Me'
(2008) opposite actor/comedian Owen Wilson, 'Just Go with It
' (2011) opposite actor/comedian Adam Sandler, 'Horrible Bosses'
(2011); a role which she won the MTV Movie award for Best On-Screen Dirt Bag, and 'We're the Millers
' (2013) opposite actor/comedian Jason Sudeikis, each of which films have grossed over $200 million in worldwide receipts. Her other commercially successful films include 'Along Came Polly'
(2004) opposite actor/comedian Ben Stiller, 'He's Just Not That Into You
' (2009) opposite actor Ben Affleck, 'The Bounty Hunter'
(2010) opposite actor Gerard Butler, and 'Horrible Bosses 2'
(2014). Her most critically acclaimed roles were in independent/drama film 'The Good Girl
' (2002) - critics called the role, "Jennifer's breakout from her 'Friends
' image", which she received nominations for the Independent Spirit award and the Satellite award for Best Lead Actress, and more recently independent/drama film 'Cake'
(2015); which she received nominations for the Golden Globe award as well as the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Lead Actress.
Her other independent films include 'Dream for an Insomniac'
(1996), Edward Burn's 'She's the One'
(1996), Mike Judge's 'Office Space'
(1999), 'Friends with Money'
(2009), 'Life of Crime'
(2014), and most recently Peter Bogdanovich's 'She's Funny That Way'
(2015); which she received a Jupiter award nomination for Best International Actress. She has loaned her voice for both animated film and television. Films such as Brad Bird's (1999) 'The Iron Giant'
as the voice of Annie Hughes, and most recently (2016) 'Storks
' as the voice of Sarah Gardner. Television shows such as (1998) 'Disney's Hercules
' as the voice of Galatea episode "Hercules and the Dream Date", (1999) Comedy Central series 'South Park
' as the voice of Mrs. Stevens the choir teacher episode "Rainforest Schmainforest", and Mike Judge's (2003) FOX's series 'King of the Hill
' as the voice of Stephanie episode "Queasy Rider". Jennifer has also become a popular spokesperson for several products and businesses including: SmartWater, Aveeno, and Living Proof, and companies such as Emirates Airlines and Shire Pharmaceudicals. She's developed her own production company Echo Films in 2008, which she co-founded with friend Kristin Hahn. She's been honored by numerous magazines who've recognized her as both intriguing as well as beautiful. People magazine has included Aniston in their countdown of Most Intriguing as well as Most Beautiful since the '90s. In 1995 People named her the most intriguing person of the year for that years issue of '25 Most Intriguing People', in 2001 they ranked her at #10 out of the '25 Most Intriguing People', and in 2002 they ranked her at #9 out of the '25 Most Intriguing People'. In 2002 People named ranked Jennifer at #34 out of the '50 Most Beautiful People', in 2003 they ranked her at #16 out of the '50 Most Beautiful People', in 2004 they named her the most beautiful person of the year for that years issue of '50 Most Beautiful People', and most recently in 2016 they named her the most beautiful woman of the year for that years issue of 'Most Beautiful People. Jennifer has appeared regularly on FHM magazine's countdown as one of the '100 Sexiest Women' ranking her at #27 for the year 2008, #24 in the year 2009, and #79 in the year 2012. In 2005 GQ Men's magazine named Jennifer the first ever 'Woman of the Year', and in 2011 Men's Health magazine voted her as the 'Sexiest Woman of All-Time'. In 2011 she received the 'Decade of Hotness' award presented to her by the Spike Guy's Choice awards, and the Golden Schmoes awards honored her as having the Best T&A (tits and a**) for her performance in 'Horrible Bosses
' (2011). Jennifer is also recognized as one of the '100 Most Powerful Actresses in Hollywood' by Forbes magazine lists with an estimated net worth of $200-million ranking her at #8 in the year 2009, at #2 for the years 2011 and 2012, and #3 in the year 2013, and in 2014 Forbes ranked her at #3 as one of the 'Top Earning Actresses' in that year. In 2003 Forbes magazine named her the 'Most Rich and Famous', and in 2007 Forbes magazine rated her as one of the 'Top-20 Richest Women' in entertainment. In 2016 Forbes magazine placed Jennifer at #4 on their list of'Top-10 Highest Paid Actresses'.Born:
February 11, 1969 (age 49)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles California, United StatesOccupation:
Actress, executive producer, director, and businesswomanYears Active:
Rudolf Steiner School
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York
(d.) = dated | (e.) = engaged | (m.) = marriedSpouse(s):
Brad Pitt (m.) 2000-2005
Justin Theroux (m.) 2015-present Partner(s):
Tate Donovan (d.) 1995-1998
Brad Pitt (e.) 1999-2000
Justin Theroux (e.) 2012-2015 Relationship(s):
Charlie Schlatter (d.) 1990-1991
Adam Duritz (d.) 1995-1995
Brad Pitt (d.) 1998-1999
Vince Vaughn (d.) 2005-2006
Paul Sculfor (d.) 2007-2007
John Mayer (d.) 2008-2009
Bradley Cooper (d.) 2009-2009
Gerard Butler (d.) 2009-2010
Justin Theroux (d.) 2011-2012 Family:
John Aniston (father)
Nancy Dow (mother)
Sherry Rooney (step-mother)
Phyllis Grissim (mother-in-law)
Eugene Theroux (father-in-law)
John "Johnny" T. Melick III (maternal half-brother)
Alex "A.J." Aniston (paternal half-brother)
Shannon Melick (sister-in-law)
Sebastian Theroux (brother-in-law)
Elizabeth Theroux (sister-in-law)
Antonio Anastasakis (paternal grandfather)
Stella Anastasakis (paternal grandmother)
Gordon Dow (maternal grandmother)
Louise Greico (maternal grandmother)
Michael Grieco (maternal great grandfather)
Carmela Grieco (maternal great grandmother)
Gustau Aniston (uncle)
Mary Aniston (aunt)
Helen Aniston (aunt)
Linda Dow (aunt)
Martha Dow (aunt)
Sally Dow (aunt)
Joan Dow (aunt)
Jean Dow (aunt)
Eilish K. Melick (niece)
Ryat Hallek (nephew)
Kira Rose Hallek (niece)
Aristotellis "Telly" Savalas (godfather)
Coco Arquette (goddaughter)Height:
"The Rachel" haircut
Often stars in rom-com films (1996) She's the One
(1997) Picture Perfect
(2004) Along Came Polly
(2005) Rumor Has It...
(2006) The Break-Up
(2009) He's Just Not That Into You
(2009) Love Happens
(2011) Just Go with It
Often plays a waitress (1994-1997) Friends season 1-4
(1999) Office Space
(1999) The Iron Giant
(2004) Along Came Polly
Often plays a doctor (2011) Just Go with It
(2011) Horrible Bosses
(2014) Horrible Bosses 2
(2015) She's Funny That WaySalaryFriends:
[1994-1995] - Season 1 - $480,000
(per episode) $20,000
[1995-1996] - Season 2 - $540,000
(per episode) $22,500
[1996-1997] - Season 3 - $1,875,000
(per episode) $75,000
[1997-1998] - Season 4 - $2,040,000
(per episode) $85,000
[1998-1999] - Season 5 - $2,400,000
(per episode) $100,000
[1999-2000] - Season 6 - $3,125,000
(per episode) $125,000
[2000-2001] - Season 7 - $18,000,000
(per episode) $750,000
[2001-2002] - Season 8 - $18,000,000
(per episode) $750,000
[2002-2003] - Season 9 - $24,000,000
(per episode) $1,000,000
[2003-2004] - Season 10 - $22,500,000
(per episode) $1,250,000Untitled Aniston/Witherspoon Project:
[2018-2018] - Season 1 - $12,500,000
(per episode) $1,250,000
[2019-2019] - Season 2 - $12,5000,000
(per episode) $1,250,000 Films:
 - Picture Perfect - $2,000,000
 - Rock Star - $3,000,000
 - Bruce Almighty - $3,125,000
 - Along Came Polly - $5,000,000
 - Rumor Has It... - $8,000,000
 - The Break-Up - $8,000,000
 - Marley & Me - $8,000,000
 - The Bounty Hunter - $8,000,000
 - The Switch - $8,000,000
 - Just Go with It - $10,000,000
 - Horrible Bosses - $6,000,000
 - Wanderlust - $8,000,000
 - We're the Millers - $5,000,000
 - Horrible Bosses 2 - $10,000,000
 - Office Christmas Party - $15,000,000 1969 - 1989: Early Life
|(1971) Jennifer 2-years old|
Actors 'Days of Our Lives'
soap opera star John Aniston; and former model/actress Nancy Dow (1936-2016) announce the arrival of their daughter Jennifer Joanna Aniston born February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles California. Her father is Greek and native of Crete, Greece. His birth given name is Giannis Anastasakis, which was anglicized by his father; Antonios Anastasakis after John's family immigrated to the United States while John was two-years old. Jennifer's mother was born in New York City. Nancy's maternal grandfather, Louis Grieco, was an Italian immigrant; Jennifer's other ancestry includes Scottish, Irish, and Greek. Before Nancy's marriage to John Aniston, she was previously married to John T. "Jack" Melick, Sr., a pianist-bandleader, from 1956-1961 with whom she had a son with, John T. Melick, who is an Assistant Director and Second Unit Director, making him Jennifer's older maternal half-brother. Jennifer also has a paternal younger half-brother Alexander "A.j." Aniston from her father, John Aniston's, second marriage to wife actress Sherry Rooney. In 1974, at the age of five, Jennifer's father moves the family back to Greece so he can try his hand at medical school. After several months John's application to a local medical University was denied. Jennifer says, "Finally my dad decided to forget acting, and go to medical school; but he was too old to get into universities here." In 1975 the Aniston's move back to the states to Eddystone Pennsylvania, so her father could earn his bachelor's degree in Theater Arts. In a later interview she is asked if she still has any family in Pennsylvania, she replies, "My grandmother lived there in the same house until she passed away at 94-years old. She was the grand mother, the center of the family, amazingly strong."
|(1975) Jennifer with her grandmother Stella Anastasakis|
In 1976 they moved to New York City where her father seeks to pursue an acting career finding work on the CBS soap opera television series 'Love of Life'
. "One day, my father's agent called," said Jennifer, "and said to my dad, 'There's an audition you have to come back for'. So he did and got the job on 'Love of Life'
. From there he went to other soap operas such as 'Search for Tomorrow'
and then 'Days of Our Lives'
".The Aniston household was a happy environment to be around especially when John invited his actor friends over. They would play poker, charades, and at that time they owned a piano so they would have sing-a-longs. When their Greek relatives would visit Jennifer would belly dance for them and really like to entertain the adults. While in New York, Jennifer attended the Rudolf Steiner School, a Waldorf educational school that applied the Rudolf Steiner philosophy. When asked if she was a good student while attending school she replied, "I was rowdy," she said, "spent a lot of time in the principal's office. Actually, I have regrets about my education. I cut off my nose to spite my face, because I was trying to get attention. I didn't take in as much as I could have." In 1978 at the age of nine, Jennifer's parents divorced after rumors about John began to surface regarding an affair with one of his 'Love of Life'
co-stars. Jennifer found out about her parents break-up after she came home from a party at a friend's house and discovered her father was gone. "My mom told me, 'Your father's not going to be around here for a little while,' she didn't say he was gone forever," said Jennifer of finding out about her parents divorce. "I don't know how I blocked it out, but I just remember sitting there, crying, not understanding that he was gone. I don't know what I did later that night or the next day. I don't remember anything other than it being odd that all of a sudden my father wasn't there. And he was gone for a while." After that incident it took her a year before she and her father spoke with one another again. "It was awful," she said of her parents divorce, "I felt so totally responsible. It's so cliche, but I really felt it was because I wasn't a good kid."
|(1978) Left to Right: Nancy Dow, Jennifer and John Aniston|
From that point on a young Jennifer went to great lengths in order to attempt to reunite her family. She began acting out in class realizing if she did so the school would call both of her parents and they'd end up in the principals office all together. Her parents divorce caused her to become a realist at a young age. She was once quoted, "It isn't possible to believe in happy endings after something like this happens to you,". The nasty split between her parents formed a closer bond between mother and daughter. Nancy became fiercely protective of Jennifer as a result of what happened. Jennifer had a lot of empathy for her mother in regards to the separation. October 25, 1979 Jennifer's desire to become an actress is confirmed by a trip to the theater. "I went to see 'Children of a Lesser God
' on Broadway. I was sitting in the second or third row, and I was just so blown away, and I walked out saying, 'That's what I want to do!' ". Maybe this love for acting had something to do with the desire to beat her father at his own game. Or maybe she wanted to please him. Or maybe Jennifer, dividing her time between her parents, wanted to pretend she was someone else, somewhere else. In November of 1979 Jennifer learns that her father has been seeing another woman, actress Sherry Rooney. "My mom told me one day while driving in the car she said to me, "Your father's with someone else; he's not coming back." It was a year before Jennifer came into contact with her father again. "He just called one day," said Jennifer," and said, 'Let's go see 'The Fatastickes
',' so we had a little dinner and saw the show. After that, I started seeing him on weekends, and this new way of life just unfolded."
|(1980) Jennifer performing a monologue from 'The Three Sisters'|
She finally asked her father why he left explaining, "As best he could, my dad explained and apologized, and it's enough. We've made up. There's still parts that are hard for me, but I'm an adult. I can't blame my parents anymore." In 1980 Jennifer discovered her passion for acting, and she enrolled and graduated from Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she joined the school's drama society. The school itself only accepted 80 applicants a year with 4,000 kids auditioning for a spot just in the drama department alone. Jennifer performed several monologues for her auditioning piece. She later discovered her hidden potential during acting class finding out that she had a flare for comedy after performing a dramatic line delivery in a scene from the play 'Three Sisters'
despite the play being a comedy. The audience responded positively with laughter, and Jennifer was mortified at the audience's response. Later her teacher explained to her what she had is a gift, "Use it, embrace it," said her teacher, "don't be ashamed, or feel bad about it. Just realize that isn't all that you're capable of." Jennifer told her teacher that he was the first man who ever informed her that she was funny. She asked her teacher what he meant, and he replied, "You're funny, so you've got to be careful. Don't let it be an escape, an easy place to go to avoiding going deep." Jennifer replied, "Don't worry. I'm not a comedienne. I'm a serious actress," she said with a laugh.
|(1983) Jennifer posting with her 8th grade basketball team|
By 1983 she was in eighth grade and wanted to become more involved in other activities aside from the drama department so a 14-year old Jennifer tried out for the girls basketball team. She nailed the tryouts, and the coach as well as the rest of her teammates, welcomed her as their thirteenth teammate. While Jennifer and her mother were in New York her father moved out to Los Angeles, California to take on the role of Victor Kiriakis on the soap opera television series 'Days of Our Lives
'. The year is 1981 now 12-years old Jennifer is told by her father: 'You have nothing to say'. Jennifer explains, "He made me leave the table, I was sent to my room for not being interesting enough." From there, she went into her teens, her mouth shut but her eyes wide open, fixed on screens big and small, where actors, even those with nothing to say, are furnished liners and emotions. "I decided I wanted to be an actress. I remember dreaming about it, and being on television." In 1984 a fifteen year-old Jennifer is accepted by New York's High School of Performing Arts, and ultimately decides to follow in her fathers footsteps by pursuing an acting career of her own despite his disapproval. John warned Jennifer, "I don't want you to become an actress. It isn't a profession anyone should get into because of the dangers of the chances of success are small".
|(1987) Jennifer attending her highschool prom|
Of getting accepting into school she said, "I'd seen 'Fame'
I don't know how many times. I got the idea that I could go to school for acting and get started. The school was a lot of fun. I couldn't wait to put on my tights and go in there. Any teacher there will tell you that I was the worst, but I didn't care. I didn't get the parts in big plays, but I definitely enjoyed myself." That same year she joined the volleyball team in school as #10 posing with her twelve other teammates for a yearbook photo. "I did it for attention," she said of attending school at New York's High School of Performing Arts, "as sick as it sounds, it was the only way to get my father and mother in the same room." In 1987 she attended her high school senior prom wearing a strapless-black floor-length prom dress sporting a short-curly hairdo. Jennifer now describes her high school years as looking like a "goth nightmare." "High school was tragic," she said, "just not well-informed. You know, you're experimenting. It was the '80s, and I looked like a goth nightmare. I wasn't going for 'Most Beautiful'. It was, 'How can I be the most rebelliously unattractive?' "After graduating from LaGuardia in '87 Jennifer continued her acting career by taking more classes to further develop her craft rather than jumping right into the movie scene. To support herself while acting she worked a variety of part-time jobs including working as a telemarketer; which Aniston says now was like, "selling my soul", she was also a waitress at the Jackson Hole restaurant, and a bike messenger. College was as ill suited to her plans as the Army or clown school. "I wanted Jennifer to go to college, and she just didn't want to," said her father John. "She was anxious to get on with it. Once she decided what she wanted to do, she was very driven," he added. "I guess," said Jennifer, "I missed the personal things about college, like the whole coming-of-age thing," Jennifer now says. "Instead, I spent my days auditioning, and my nights waitressing." In another interview Aniston spoke of being poor, "I grew-up with absolutely no money at all," she explained, "I made my allowances as a kid by cleaning toilets. I'm actually pretty good at it!"
|(1988-1989) Jennifer during the stage production of 'For Dear Life'|
From 1988-1989 Jennifer performs in two Off-Broadway Saint Marks theater plays including 'Dancing on Checker's Grave
' and 'For Dear Life'
. However, both productions are short-lived due to poor audience attendances ending in cancellation after low-ticket sales. Also in 1988 Jennifer is cast as an extra for the '80s sci-fi/adventure film 'Mac and Me'
. In the summer of 1989, at the age of twenty Jennifer decided to move out to Los Angeles, California after a career dry spell in New York. She knew that if she moved it wouldn't be an easy decision to make because she would be apart from her mother, but she would be closer to her father and have better job opportunities. After a year she found her way to Laurel Canyon, where a hamlet of actors and writers were, where she met many of the people who are her friends today. It was during these years that Aniston met future 'Friends'
co-star actor/comedian Matthew Perry. Of living on that hill she said, "Everybody just kept moving up there," she exclaimed, "in all these houses were all our friends. And everybody watched out for everybody. We never left the hill. We were the hill people," she said jokingly. Of moving out to L.A. Aniston said, "I originally just went out there to visit my father and started auditioning here, which was the scariest thing, meeting people who asked, 'What have you done? Theater in New York?' I hadn't done much, so everything on my resume was made up. Then I got a sitcom pilot and kept extending my stay." The sitcom pilot she is in reference towards is FOX's 'Molloy'
___________________________________________________________________________________1990 - 1999: Career Beginnings
|(1990) Jennifer Aniston's early head shot|
1990 now in her early twenties Jennifer struggles with reading and doesn't read much. "It's a result of my dyslexia," she explains. "That impacted my education and self-image. The only reason I knew I had dyslexia was because I went to get a prescription for glasses," she recalls. "I had to wear these Buddy Holly glasses. One had a blue lens and one had a red lens. I had to read a paragraph and they gave me a quiz, gave me ten questions based on what I'd just read, and I think I got three right. Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing my eyes when I read. My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a cross, which they always had to correct in photos." The revelation that Jennifer had dyslexia was life-changing. Until then, "I thought I wasn't smart," she admitted. "I just couldn't retain anything," she added. "Now I had this great discovery. I felt like all of my childhood trauma-dies, tragedies, and drama's were all explained." Jennifer also admits, "I wasn't a good student," she explains, "in a large part because of my dyslexia. Though that didn't improve my self-image, it did push me to develop my innate sense of humor. I was funny at school, and people liked it. In fact I was a class clown. My only passion at school was art class and workshop where I tried out watercolor and charcoal and could carve, and of course drama." Back in her early days of auditions and rejections and before she had a steady acting job believe it or not, but the beautiful Jennifer was - well, fat. "I got fat the way everyone gets fat: going nowhere, watching television, eating from the fridge, spooning from the jar, drinking from the carton. I ate too many mayonnaise sandwiches," she explained with a sigh, "Mayonnaise on white bread - the most delicious thing in the world," she added. Her first step and advice from her then agent if she was to pursue an acting career: Lose weight. One day for a callback, Aniston was told to show up in a leotard and tights. Before the audition, she met with her agent. Moving a hand along her chunky frame, Aniston jokingly said, " 'Well, this should blow for me,' and my agent replied, 'Actually, I've been meaning to talk to you about that' ". For the next several minutes, Aniston heard her own body discussed in the abstract way people discuss cars. "My agent gave it to me straight," she says. "Nicest thing he ever did...The disgusting thing of Hollywood - I wasn't getting lots of jobs 'cause I was too heavy." Jennifer did feel slightly offended though saying, "I'm not fat, I'm Greek," she protested, "and Greeks are round, with big butts and big breasts." On the coming months, she gave up mayonnaise, pre-meal snacking, white bread, post-meal snacking and butter. "After going through Nutri-System, I delivered a testimonial for the program on 'The Howard Stern Show'
. I eventually lost 30-pounds."
|(1990) Mayiam Bialik & Jennifer on set of 'Molloy'|
Of her newfound weight loss she now says, "It was amazing to see this emerge. I never knew I had this body in me. One thing offered the new and improved Aniston that the 'formerly-fat Aniston' would probably never have gotten, which was opportunity. In a later interview she admitted, "I NEVER wanted to become a spokesperson for weigh loss. In fact, I feel the same now as I did five pounds ago." She says she hasn't lost weight to please anybody except herself, declaring, "If someone loves you more if you're thinner, get rid of them!" July 25, 1990 a 21-year old Jennifer auditions for the role of Courtney on the short lived FOX sitcom television series 'Molloy'
. The series revolved around a care-free New-York preteen girl; Molloy Martin, actress Mayim Bialik's character, whose life is turned upside down when her divorced father moves her to Los Angeles, California upon remarrying. August 23, 1990 Jennifer auditions for the role of Jeannie Bueller for the spin-off NBC sitcom television series 'Ferris Bueller'
one in the same as the '80s John Hughes film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off
' originally starring actor Matthew Broderick. Aniston knew how largely popular the movie was and knew it was a great opportunity for her as an actress and hopefully for her career as well. The pilot episode was picked up with mixed reviews from critic's who criticized the series with comparisons to not only the '80s film, but also another series on the FOX network called, 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose'
; at that time the other series initially proved to be more successful when it came to ratings, lasting for three seasons. Ratings were strong for 'Ferris'
at first, but ultimately declined in later episodes. The creator of the show, John Massius, said, "Jennifer was amazing and that was it. She was the only person we met for the part." During her time on the show she began a relationship with her co-star actor Charlie Schlatter who played her brother, Ferris Bueller. Series creator John Massisus spoke of Aniston's relationship with her co-star Charlie stating, "Since they were playing brother and sister on the show. It was like character incest." At this point in her career she is filming both 'Molloy'
and 'Ferris Bueller'
back-to-back. August 29, 1990 after running for one season and airing a total of seven episodes Jennifer is informed 'Molloy
' is cancelled due to low ratings and poor viewership. The FOX network rode on misfortune between 'Molloy
' and another series called 'Blossom
', also starring actress Mayim Bialik. 'Blossom'
initially ranked higher in comparison in ratings, and it was up to 'Molloy'
to-do well if Aniston wanted to keep her job, which it didn't. Crushed, but not wanting to give up hope in following in her father's footsteps at having an acting career she moved on from 'Molloy'
|(1991) Jennifer with her 'Ferris Bueller' co-star Charlie Schlatter|
In a later interview with CBS Sunday Morning
's Lee Cowan where he points out that Jennifer spent the majority of the beginning of her career starring on pilot series that ended in cancellation. Jennifer said, "It didn't matter to me. I mean I was just working. I was excited to be working." Looking back on those days, when she lived in anonymity amongst the anonymous, Aniston talks of failure as almost romantic, as something to be endured like a hangover. "You always miss parts of your past," she says now, "back then it was familiar and safe, and now you have no idea what's around the corner." September 23, 1990 things began looking up for Jennifer after she auditions for the role of Ava Schector, as a camp counselor for the NBC made-for-television film 'Camp Cucamonga'
. The film revolves around a former accountant who lives out his life-long dream of wanting to run a summer camp for kids. It was primarily set to vehicle it's ensemble cast of variety stars from popular television series of the era including 'Cheers'
actor John Ratzenberger, 'Head of the Class
's actor Brian Robbins, 'Full House
's actress Candace Cameron, 'The Wonder Years'
actor Josh Saviano and actress Danica Kellar, and 'Family Matter
's actor Jaleel White. Aniston's other cast mate's were warm welcoming to her considering at that time she was the no-name of the group. The film received favorable reviews from critics scoring a 48% liking with audiences. September 30, 1990 Jennifer does her first interview with 'Entertainment Tonight
' giving us the inside scoop on her FOX sitcom 'Ferris Bueller
'. She says, "You had a little taste of what one day, and now you're going to see the continuation of what this kid is all about, and all the other things he gets himself mixed up in. It should be fun," Jennifer says adding, "I feel sorry for her actually," in reference towards her character Jeannie Bueller, "I mean she's sort of like a victim. She keeps trying, and trying, she she's the only one who see's Ferris for this you know, this devil that he is. She keeps trying to prove this to the world, and just failing miserably. This is not real life. This does not happen. Nobody can get away with the things that he [Ferris] gets away with. No one I don't think is as pathetic as Jeannie is, I don't mean to say pathetic that's really it's not good, but no one really has a brother to deal with like Ferris. So you don't really see those characters running around too often. That's what makes it fun. You can just go a little bit overboard with it and get really crazy. You know, cause he's so crazy and out there. It makes it more fun for you."
|(1992) Quantum Leap season 5 episode "Nowhere to Run"|
August 11, 1991 after running for one season and airing a total of thirteen episodes a 22-year old Aniston is informed 'Ferris Bueller'
is cancelled due to poor ratings and low viewership. Compared to the film, the show received mostly negative reviews from critics. Her relationship with Charlie ends as well as the show and the two young starlets part their separate ways. Of her relationship with Charlie, Aniston said in an interview, "He was my first love and you never forget your first relationship. We had a great time both on set and off set. In the end I made a great friend out of it." Creator John Massius explained 'Ferris's
' cancellation as the following: "After we premiered, and we were eviscerated in the press and then the numbers for the Nielson ratings started going down then the network doesn't return your calls. It can get you know - like this sinking ship kind of feeling. Where people are just sort of like 'Okay, lets phone it in', but Jennifer always delivered. She was always funny, and she was always in character, and she was a delight." May 10, 1992 Jennifer is an out of work actress struggling to look for her next gig until she gets a guest starring spot as Suzie Brooks on FOX's sitcom television series 'Herman's Head'
season 1 episode "Twisted Sister" opposite actor/comedian Hank Azaria. September 19, 1992 she lands a spot on the FOX comedy sketch/variety television series 'The Edge'
. Aniston is part of an ensemble cast that included actors Julie Brown, Tom Kenny, and Wayne Knight. The series featured sketches that would revolve around original characters and improve acting. One of the shows signature pieces was its running gags between commercial breaks. The gag featured the cast members being killed in the various ways such as getting hit by a bus; another had the set falling apart and crushing them; others involved explosions, decapitation, immolation, hangings, and impalement by arrows; one episode had the troupe being sucked into a vortex. 'The Edge'
allowed Aniston to exercise her knack for comedy managing to skill comedic timing. October 6, 1992 aside from her new job on comedy sketch/variety series 'The Edge'
the actress guest stars as Kiki Wilson on NBC's action/adventure television series 'Quantum Leap'
season 5 episode "Nowhere to Run" opposite Golden Globe award-winning actor Scott Bakula. In the episode Scott's character Dr. Sam Beckett becomes close to Aniston's character Kiki a volunteer at the hospital, whose brother is MIA (missing in action). January 8, 1993 Jennifer lands her first big screen role as Tory Redding in the fantasy-thriller/horror film 'Leprechaun'
|(1993) Jennifer's 'The Edge' promotional photo|
However, the actress wasn't the only girl they had in mind for the part. The films director Mark Jones explains, "It was down to a couple of girls, and Jennifer was one of them and we had callbacks. What happened is the head of TriMark at the time wanted a blonde, and Jennifer had sort of brown hair. Mark said, 'The head of Trimark wanted to go with a blonde girl.' And I really wanted Jennifer so I said, 'Okay. I'll bleach her hair.' " The head of TriMark was okay with the idea, but now Jones had to break the news to Aniston. Mark continued saying, "When I called Jennifer to tell her she had the part. I said, 'I got good news and bad news', and she said, 'Okay, what's the good news?' I said, 'The good news is you got the lead in 'Leprechaun'.' She said, 'What's the bad news?' I said, 'You're gonna have to bleach you hair blonde.' " Jennifer wasn't on board with the hair makeover. "I paused on the phone, she explained, "Mark I - I can't." The director backed her up and ultimately changed the studios mind about wanting a blonde for the lead. Originally intended to go direct-to-video the budget allowed it to make it to the silver screen. Director Mark Jones said, "At the time we didn't necessarily expect it to go on and spawn six sequels, which it has." The film revolves around a sadistic leprechaun who goes on a killing spree towards anyone who stands in his way between him and his beloved pot of gold. This marks the actresses film debut in what her fans and film critics a like claim as, "One of the best-worst films ever!". The film is directed by Mark Jones grossing $8,5556,940 in box office making it a box office bomb initially generating negative reviews scoring a 27% liking with audiences. May 2, 1993 controversy arises on 'The Edge' after television producer Aaron Spelling threatens to sue the show over its lampoon of his television show 'Beverly Hills 90210'. He objects to its, "tasteless humor", which included an impersonation of his daughter and 'Beverly Hill's 90210' lead actress, Tori Spelling and the troupe member who played her in the sketch exclaiming, "I can do that because it's daddy's show." 'The Edge's production company TriStar Television refused to issue an apology. However, the shows creator David Mirkin responded: "The thing about these parodies is they don't hurt a show. It's only cross-promotion. The viewers, who like the show, always come back the next week. What's upsetting to me is, it shows absolutely that Mr. Spelling has no sense of humor." After Spelling threatened to sue, the series 'The Edge' was cancelled shortly after and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mirkin was "forced off of the show," due to his negative reaction of Aaron Spelling and others. November 4, 1993 now an out of work actress she makes a second guest appearance reprising her role as Suzie Brooks on NBC's sitcom 'Herman's Head' season 3 episode "Jay Is for Jealousy". January 28, 1994 she lands another guest starring role as Linda Campbell on CBS's crime/drama series 'Burke's Law' season 1 episode "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?".
|(1994-1994) Cast of 'Muddling Through' TV Series|
July 9, 1994 it's been almost a year since she's had a steady acting gig and the 25-year old out of work actress auditions for the role of Madeline Drego-Cooper on the CBS sitcom television series 'Muddling Through'. Initially proving to be a success the network picks of the pilot episode. The series revolved around a woman who is released from prison after shooting her cheating ex-husband. In her absence the woman left their motel-dinner in the care of her eldest daughter, Madeline. Aniston becomes depressed with her self-proclaimed "failed acting resume", which now consisted of three cancelled television series: (1990-1990) 'Molloy', (1990-1991 'Ferris Bueller', and (1992-1993) 'The Edge', as well as a made-for-television film (1990) 'Camp Cucamonga', and a flop big screen movie (1993) 'Leprechaun'. "I was petrified," she explained during an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine, "to even walk into a movie audition for which I blame on my agent at the time," she said. "He predicted that I'd find fame on television. I HATED him for that because I thought, 'You have NO faith in me,' recalled the actress. "It's like your father, who instilled doubts in you as a child," she added. Indeed, Jennifer's own father, soap opera actor 'Days of Our Lives' star John Aniston, told Jennifer early in her career, "I warned my daughter that you always see actors struggling - it's something you wouldn't wish on your children." Jennifer begins to rethink the self-instilled doubts that her father told her in the beginning of her career, and questions whether or not further pursuing an acting career is the right thing for her. She approaches former senior and executive vice president of NBC entertainment Warren Littlefield while at a gas station in Los Angeles, California asking for reassurance about her career. He encourages her to go through with the auditions for a second network television pilot for the NBC sitcom 'Friends Like Us'. Her contract with CBS wouldn't allow her to film both 'Muddling Through' and 'Friends Like Us'. Les Moonves an executive at NBC at the time had to call over to CBS to ask for their permission to use Jennifer on 'Friends Like Us'. September 7, 1994 'Muddling Through' is cancelled due to low ratings and poor viewership after running for one season airing a total of ten episodes. Like 'Molloy' and 'Blossom', 'Muddling Through' and 'Friends Like Us' rode on each others misfortune, but not in ratings.
|(1994-2004) 'Friends' TV Series|
Torn between two series as well as two networks Aniston proceeded to film back to back, but NBC tried to prove their worth by promising to increase her salary should she agree to stay full-time with them rather than splitting her time equally with CBS filming 'Muddling Through' and eventually 'Friends Like Us' thrived. Luckily, Jennifer is informed 'Friends Like Us', later changed to simply 'Friends', that the pilot episode is picked up. Two weeks before 'Friends' was scheduled to start production Jennifer was able to be apart of it. She originally auditioned for the role of Monica Geller, but the shows director, James Burrows, felt she was right for the role that would later gain her worldwide recognition, as Rachel Green. She initially refused to play Monica saying, "I'm sooo much more Rachel," she pleaded. "More neurotic than Monica, a bit more off-beat." A little change, and a season later, 'Friends' has proven Jennifer's ex-agent right (referring to the comment her ex-agent said about telling Jennifer she would find stardom on television). "It happened so fast," she says of her shot on NBC's 'Friends'. "I went in, read the script, laughed out loud, got home and an hour later had the part." In Rachel Green, Jennifer found a character who highlighted her natural comedic timing and her girl-next-door appeal. Television critic Matt Roush says, "The first time we meet her character she is basically a mess. There's a sense that: 'Can anybody hire her? Can anybody have a relationship with her? Does anybody want to be with her besides these friends?' And that gave you a rooting interest in her from the very start." September 22, 1994 'Friends' airs to an average of 23.5 million viewers weekly never going below the top five-show ranking in Nielson ratings. The series runs for a total of ten seasons from 1994-2004 airing a total of 236 episodes, had multiple celebrity guest stars, and earned multiple awards for directing, writing, and acting. Shortly after it premiered America was hooked, and the NBC sitcom became Must See TV. 'Friends' made a cultural impact and two of the things that broke from the show were Jennifer's hair style "The Rachel" and Joey's famous catchphrase/pick-up line, "How you doin'?". 'Friends' was also one of the most imported-international television series of all time. The on-again off-again relationship between Rachel Green and actor David Schwimmer's character Ross Geller kept audiences riveted.
|(1995) Rolling Stone magazine: Fast Friends|
When 'Friends' started the perceived star was actually actress Courteney Cox who played Monica Geller, but it just so happened that Jennifer got the best story line as Rachel right from the beginning. The Ross and Rachel story line was the best one. January 27, 1995 the cast of 'Friends' appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine headlining Friends: Behind the Scenes with the Stars of TV's Sexy Hit Sitcom. In this exclusive interview the six cast mates talk about the second season of NBC's #1 comedy series, how pretty isn't necessarily funny, and how they became such a tight-knit cast. During the interview Aniston says, "I've been hearing this my whole career," she says regarding to uniformly rejecting the idea that comedy is not pretty, "And I say, 'Oh my God, Lucille Ball? I thought she was gorgeous! Mary Tyler Moore! Beautiful!' " Not that Aniston - or anyone else in the cast - will admit to feeling pretty. "I don't think, 'Oh, I'm miss Outstanding-Looking-Person' " said Jennifer adding, "the last thing that we [her and her 'Friends' co-stars] think about is our looks, even though people think that we do because our wardrobe and hair are so great." March 5, 1995 the cast of 'Friends' attends the 21st Annual People's Choice awards where their sitcom wins for Favorite New Comedy Television Series of the Year. During their acceptance speech Jennifer said: "This is heavy. Oh God! Uh, this is really oh - been such an unbelievable year - for all six of us. And uh, I think we're all in agreement when uh, we say that the greatest part of it is, and the only reason that we're even standing here tonight is because you the people have uh, responded to, and embraced our show. We thank you so much for that, really. And um, we would also like to thank Jimmy Burrows for his support and his guidance. And uh, an unbelievable writing staff, really. And uh, and NBC and Warner Bros., and the coolest crew! And uh, last but not least, uh we gratefully accept this award on behalf of Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane because if it - yeah - because if it were not for you guys we would not be 'Friends'. Thank you!" March 18, 1995 the cast of 'Friends' appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine headlining Fast Friends. In this exclusive interview the 'Friends' stars discuss the second season of their popular NBC sitcom and what's to come for the third season. During the interview Aniston says, "We all know from experience how much can go wrong on a series. And on this show, everything's gone right, adding, "it's pretty much a love fest around here," in reference towards herself and her cast mates becoming the best of friends in real life throughout the course of the series.
|(1995) Cast of 'Friends' on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'|
March 20, 1995 the cast of 'Friends
' appears on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show
' to talk about how fame has changed their personal lives. Jennifer says, "I haven't felt - I still just go to work everyday, and the only difference is - I mean there are people on the street. I'm, but I don't get it [recognized] as much as these guys - I don't know why. I haven't felt sort of this bombarded by people, and I don't feel it [fame] has changed my life that much." April 17, 1995 the cast of 'Friends'
appears on the cover of PEOPLE magazine headlining All About Friends
. In this exclusive interview the 'Friends'
stars talk about how their real lives are sometimes incorporated into the story arcs of their characters on the show. During the interview Aniston admits, "Even if we [her and her 'Friends
' co-stars] weren't working together, and just met each other at a party, we'd absolutely still hang out together." July 21, 1995 the cast of 'Friends'
attends the 11th Annual Television Critics Association awards where their sitcom is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series of the Year. September 9, 1995 the cast of 'Friends
' attends the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy awards where their sitcom is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series of the Year. September 21, 1995 Jennifer, along with the rest of her cast mates, are informed that the NBC network has signed them all on for a second season of 'Friends'
with a salary per episode of $22,500. More than 30-million viewers tuned in to see Ross and Rachel's most anticipated first kiss episode "The One Where Ross Finds Out." Television critic Matt Roush says, "When people are putting together lists of great television moments the first kiss of Ross and Rachel is always up there. Everything was epic with Ross and Rachel, but the first kiss was their most epic moment. It was really a swoon moment for television." The show reflects average lives without blemishes. And it works. So far in the 1995-96 season, 'Friends
' is No. 3 in the ratings. On the show Aniston displays a gift for comedic timing and an ability to sound natural in a three sided living room that should serve her well on the big screen. September 23, 1995 the cast of 'Friends'
appears on the cover of TV Guide magazine headlining Friends
. In this exclusive interview they talk about season surprises including the big romance, the tiny bundle, and the really bad hairdo.
|(1995) People magazine: 25 Most Intriguing People|
September 23, 1995 she makes a guest appearance as herself on HBO's sitcom 'The Larry Sanders Show'
season 4 episode "Conflict of Interest". October 21, 1995 Jennifer, along with her other 'Friends'
cast mate actress Lisa Kudrow, make a surprise guest appearance while their fellow co-star actor David Schwimmer hosts NBC's comedy sketch television series 'Saturday Night LIVE!'
. December 15, 1995 Jennifer appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine headlining Jennifer Aniston: Big Wig
. In this exclusive interview she talks about what it's like starring on NBC's #1 comedy series, having the most popular hairstyle, relationship rumors about her and front man Counting Crows member Adam Duritz, and how her life has changed since becoming everybody's favorite friend. "I'm a little wigged out by it [fame]," said the actress, adding, "video paparazzi once ambushed me outside of a quiet little restaurant while I was enjoying dinner then they pursued me by car. You think, 'When is this against the law? Where does my voice count?' I was livid. Now I understand why actor Sean Penn would beat the sh*t out of a photographer." As for her dating rumors tabloids have had her dating each of her three 'Friends
' male co-stars David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry as well as actor Noah Wyle of NBC's medical/drama series 'ER
', and lead singer/Country Crow's Adam Duritz. Jennifer clears the air stating, "of those Adam was the ONLY true story." The media spotlight helped her brief relationship with Adam fizzle out. "Because of the media everybody thought that we [Adam and Jennifer] were this 'hot-and-heavy' couple, when really we were just getting to know each other! It [tabloids] took our relationship in a direction I didn't want." December 25, 1995 the actress appears on the cover of PEOPLE magazine as one of the '25 Most Intriguing' people of 1995 headlining Jennifer Aniston: Most Intriguing Friend
. In this exclusive interview she talks about turning the world on with her perfect shag and hit television show. In the interview Aniston explains people's connection with her character Rachel Green stating, "It's not just her [Rachel's] situation people connect to. It's her essence." During the last week of 1995, "I found myself in Aspen, Colorado," said Jennifer. "that Mecca of celebrity, hounded by fans and photographers. 'Interesting' is a word that seems to cling to me like a sweater. My face is on the cover of several national magazines, including People, which is calling me one of the year's '25 Most Intriguing People' ". She has come full circle: Fifteen years ago, confined to her bedroom, Aniston was trying to figure out what went wrong. "I'm baffled," she says, "I mean, you think you're just the most uninteresting person in the world, and then all this
(sudden fame) happens, and you have to wonder; 'Is any of it real?' ".
|(1996) Cast of 'Friends' at the 53rd Annual Golden Globe awards|
My January 4, 1996 she appears on the cover of InStyle magazine headlining Jennifer Aniston: What's Hot Now! Secrets of Style
. January 21, 1996 the cast of 'Friends'
attends the 53rd Annual Golden Globe awards where their sitcom is nominated for Best Comedy Series of the Year. February 10, 1996 the actress appears on the cover of TV Guide magazine with her 'Friends
' co-star actor David Schwimmer headlining From Friends To Lovers
. February 12, 1996 she makes a guest appearance as CPA Suzanne on FOX's sitcom 'Partners'
season 1 episode "Follow the Clams?" opposite actor Tate Donovan. February 24, 1996 the cast of 'Friends'
attends the 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild awards where they are awarded Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. March 6, 1996 the actress attends the 10th Annual American Comedy awards where she is nominated for Funniest Supporting Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series. March 7, 1996 Jennifer appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine posing nude headlining The Girl Friend
. In this exclusive interview Jennifer talks about not just being America's first hairdo, but being interesting as well. Her 'The Rachel' hairstyle is compared to that of actress Farrah Fawcett's feather look while she was on the television series 'Charlie's Angels'
. During the interview Aniston says, "What you see on television is only part of what I have to offer," says the actress, "I can go much deeper." She talks of how people don't really know how to deal with celebrities explaining: "They're [celebrities] untouchable. They're onscreen, in print, on billboards, and it's just a fantasy - not real. It's created - I mean, even this interview, it's all media hype. For a while, I was in the tabloids all the time, dating this person or that. If my romantic life was as exciting as they [the tabloids] were saying, I would've been happy." April 18, 1996 the 'Friends
' star lands the supporting role of Allison in the indie/romance comedy film 'Dream for an Insomniac'
. The film is directed by Tiffanie DeBartolo grossing $24,727 in box office making it a box office bomb generating mixed reviews from film critic's scoring a 50% liking from audiences. Aniston's performance is recognized by film critics with a general consensus stating, "Jennifer is the breeze in this movie. Of all of the people she was the most natural."
|(1996) She's the One|
May 2, 1996 Jennifer along with the rest of her 'Friends'
cast mates attends the 9th Annual American Comedy awards where Jennifer is nominated for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series. August 23, 1996 the actress lands the supporting role of Renee Fitzpatrick in the Edward Burns indie romantic/comedy film 'She's the One'
. The film focuses on two Irish-catholic brothers who deal with the tribulations of love, family and betrayal. It grosses $13,851,422 in box office generating positive reviews from film critics scoring a 61% liking from audiences. A general film critic's consensus regarding Aniston's performance states, "She provides one the brighter spots in the film, and her character is quite appealing." Her co-star actor Mike McGlone had the following to say of working with Jennifer, "The quality about Jennifer Aniston that I found most striking when we first met was how authentic she was. I based that not only on how well she delivered the material when we read it together, but also when we were outside after we did so and we had a delightful conversation." August 29, 1996 the actress appears on the cover of women's magazine Marie Claire headlining Best Friend: Jennifer Aniston
. September 8, 1996 the cast of 'Friends'
attends the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy awards where their sitcom is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series of the Year. After the award ceremony Aniston was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight and said the following of her shows nomination loss to fellow NBC sitcom 'Frasier