Jennifer Linn Aniston, who played Rachel on Friends, was born on 2 November 1969, in Sherman Oaks, California but was raised mostly in New York. Her father, John Aniston, is an actor and her godfather is Telly Savalas, so young Jennifer was around acting from an early age. Jennifer has Greek ancestors, and actually spent some time in Greece as a child, before settling in New York because of her father's acting career (specifically he landed a role on "Love of Life").
At age eleven, she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. Jennifer 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." It was here that she developed a passion for art.
Aniston came to fame playing Rachel Green on the hugely popular television sitcom Friends for which she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. Jennifer started her professional training at New York's High School for the Performing Arts as a drama student. She graduated there in 1987. She appeared in Off-Broadway productions of "For Dear Life" and "Dancing on Checker's Grave", before her first TV role on "Molloy". Other TV shows graced with her presence include "The Edge", "Ferris Bueller" (the TV version), a recurring role on "Herman's Head", and even some guest appearances on "Quantum Leap" and "Burke's Law".
Jennifer is also an artist. At the age of 11 one of her paintings was selected for display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even now she still spends a lot of time on art projects, including charcoal drawings, clay sculptures, and paintings.
Jennifer Aniston has previously dated musician Adam Duritz and was engaged to actor Tate Donovan. She married Pitt on July 29, 2000, in a lavish Malibu wedding. The two separated on January 7, 2005. The divorce was finalized on October 2, 2005. Since the couple's divorce, Aniston has been romantically linked with actor Vince Vaughn. In October 2006, gossip magazine Us Weekly quoted sources from Vaughn that the couple had split. In November 2006 it was officially announced that the couple had split but they remain friends.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and getting closer to nature especially with her two dogs Enzo and Katchina.
- Forbes listed her as the 10th richest woman in the entertainment industry for the year 2007.
- Aniston was included in the annual Star Salary Top 10 of trade magazine "The Hollywood Reporter" for 2006.
- In 2006, People magazine voted her Best Dressed. She was also labelled "the natural" by the same magazine.