Profile: Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer was born February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, California. Jennifer is a star actress and daughter to actors, Nancy and John Aniston, and the goddaughter of Telly Savalas. Of Greek decent, she spent a year of her childhood living in Greece, and then returned to the U.S., settling in New York. Jennifer's parents divorced in 1980, and she lived primarily with her mother, Nancy. Two years later, she enrolled at the Rudolf Steiner School, where she became a member of the drama club. She went on to attend New York City's renowned High School of Performing Arts, where she was educated in theatre and fine arts. At age 11, one of her paintings was selected for display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although, she was an artist of considerable talent, Jennifer opted for a professional acting career. After her graduation in 1987, she appeared in a number of televison commercials and off-Broadway productions, including "For Dear Life" at the New York's Public Theater, and "Dancing on Checker's Grave". As a struggling actress, Jennifer often supplemented her income by waitressing. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was featured in her first television role on the short-lived sitcom "Malloy". During the early 1990's, Jennifer landed a succession of supporting roles in failed television sitcoms, including "Ferris Bueller", "Herman's Head", "The Edge" and "Muddling Through". She also managed to make her feature acting debut in the poorly received horror film "Leprechaun". Determined to suceed, Jennifer auditioned for yet another TV pilot named "Friends". The story line focused on a group of 20-something New Yorkers. Impressed with her delivery, the producers cast Jennifer in the role of suburban princess turned waitress Rachel Green. The series met with both critical and commercial acclaim when it premiered, making household names of Jennifer and her co-star cast. Jennifer's popularity was confirmed when she was listed among People Magazine's "Most Intriguing People" of 1995 and 1996. Her layered hairstyle, that she adopted in the early years of the show became such an overwhelming trend with American women that Rolling Stone named her "America's First Hairdo". "Friends" still remains one of the most popular sitcoms on television. In 2000, after a widely publicized battle with NBC, Jennifer and her fellow cast members negotiated a salary of $750,000 per episode.
Born in Sherman Oaks, CA, and raised in New York City, Jennifer Aniston is a versatile actress who was exposed to acting at an early age by her father, John Aniston, who stars on NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," and her godfather, the late Telly Savalas.
Jennifer, who is of Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family, but she 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. Aniston says: "I was always fascinated by acting, but my experience at Rudolf Steiner encouraged me to pursue it as a career. Steiner was a free-spirited school that encouraged creativity and individualism."
Her experience at the Rudolf Steiner School also helped her develop a passion for art. When she was 11, one of her paintings was selected to be displayed in an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jennifer began her professional training as a drama student at New York's High School of the Performing Arts. After her graduation in 1987, she 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." Her other TV credits include regular roles on "The Edge" and "Ferris Bueller," a recurring part on "Herman's Head" and guest-starring roles on such series as "Quantum Leap" and "Burke's Law."
During her hiatus this summer, Aniston completed production on the upcoming feature film "Dreams for an Insomniac" starring Ioke Skye and Mackenzie Astin. She also starred with Quentin Tarrentino in an interactive tutorial CD Rom directed by Steven Spielberg.
She devotes a considerable amount of time to art projects, and has completed several paintings as well as works of art in charcoal and clay.
Jennifer was born on a February 11, 1969. She enjoys hiking, camping and virtually anything that brings her closer to nature. She currently lives in the Hollywood Hills.
Birthday: February 11, 1969.
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks and raised in New York City.
Parents: John and Nancy Aniston, divorced.
Education: Graduated from New York's High School For The Performing Arts in 1987.
Current home: Hollywood Hills, California.
Marital status: Still single now, go ahead if you can ! But remember that she already has Brad Pitt's baby !
Present Transportation : Land Rover.
Working on : "Friends," on NBC- TV.
Current Movie Projects : How To Date a Congressman and 'Til There Was You.
I stay home to watch : Seinfeld , Mad About You and ER.
The book I've been reading is: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.
Favorite pigout food : Give me a giant bowl of tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole and forget it.
Favorite way to kill time: Surfing the Internet and America Online.
Prized possession: My dog Katchina. She's a mix, a golden shepherd.
Personal heroes: Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.
Every New Year's I resolve: To be completely healthy, especially inwardly.
Nobody know's I'm: Greek.
I've never been able to : Get back to my art work. I draw, paint and sculpt.
I'm better than anyone else when it comes to : Putting on makeup.
I'd give anything to meet : Barbra Streisand. She's a strong chick.
My fantasy is : get on a plane, fly to San Francisco, see a show, have a great dinner and fly back.
The thing I can't stand is : People who overly protective of me, I want my judgement be trusted.
If I could change one thing about myself, I would : Finish the things I start.
People who knew me in high school thought I was : Bitchy.
I knew I was a grown-up when I : Forgave my parents.
The price I've paid for my success: A lot of hurt and rejection.
If I weren't an actress, I'd be: A therapist.
Major accomplishment: Getting my career started.
My most humbling experience: Every time I'm with my family; they ground me.
I wish I could stop : The violence in this country.
Three words that best describe me: Curious, caring and fun.
People who wish to write to Jennifer may try the address below. She may be busy and can't reply your letter by herself but the studio may sent you an autograph !
Warner Bros. Studio
300 South TV Plaza
Build. 136, Rm 226
Burbank, CA 91505