Currently alive, at 49 years of age.
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Jennifer Aniston was born on February 11th, 1969 in Sherman Oaks, California. Her parents, John Aniston and Nancy Dow, were both actors; her father is best known for his long-running role as Victor on Days of Our Lives and her mother is best known for supporting roles in The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild Wild West.
Although Aniston’s father was a famous television actor, Aniston was routinely discouraged from watching TV as a child; when she was six years old, her parents enrolled her at the Rudolf Steiner School. While attending the school, Aniston developed a passion for acting and decided to enroll at the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts. She continued to train as an actress throughout high school, and also joined the school’s famous drama society.
In 2000, Aniston’s personal life became a public media sensation when she married actor Brad Pitt. However, in 2005, the couple announced that they were divorcing; media speculation maintained that Pitt had an affair with actress Angelina Jolie, whom he later married.
In 2012, Aniston became engaged to Justin Theroux, a director and actor; the couple currently lives together.
Aniston’s earliest career began Off-Broadway, where she worked in theater while juggling several part-time jobs. In 1990, she was cast in two short lived TV shows: Molloy and Ferris Beuller, a TV adaptation of the famous cult film. Aniston continued to appear in short and somewhat campy roles, including a role in the horror comedy film, Leprechaun and a role in the short lived Muddling Through
In 1994, Aniston received her first–and most successful–breakthrough in Hollywood. Aniston auditioned for a new NBC sitcom called Friends, and landed the role of Rachel Green. The show became a huge success for the network and Aniston stayed with the show through its final episode. The show’s success netted Aniston multiple Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award, Golden Globe nominations and a hefty salary of $1 million per episode during the show’s final two seasons.
During her tenure on Friends, Aniston continued to book film roles; her film roles during this period included a role on Picture Perfect and the cult hit, Office Space. In 2003, she received her biggest box office success with a leading role alongside Jim Carrey in in Bruce Almighty. She continued to appear in films throughout the 2000s, including a role in The Break-Up, Along Came Polly, and a starring role in the comedy drama Marley and Me.
Today, Aniston continues to act, primarily in films. Her relatively recent roles in feature films include a role in Life of Crime, Wanderlust, and most recently, Cake; Aniston’s performance in the drama Cake has earned her vast critical praise (including the coveted praise—“Oscar-worthy”) as well as multiple notable nominations for her performance, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress.