Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an actress and producer from the United States. She was born on February 11, 1969. She began her career as an actress at a young age, with an uncredited role in the 1988 film Mac and Me, and her first notable film role came in the 1993 horror comedy Leprechaun. She has risen to become one of the highest-paid actors in the world since the 1990s. Films starring her have grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide, with 12 of them grossing more than $100 million. Aniston has been named one of the world’s most beautiful women by a number of publications.
Aniston’s net worth has increased to $300 million thanks to endorsement deals in addition to her acting salaries. Aniston began season one of Friends with a $22,500 per episode salary, but by season two, her on-screen relationship with Ross had become a prominent focus of the programme, and she was said to have earned a compensation raise of roughly $40,000 per episode. By season three, Aniston had joined together with the rest of her core ensemble to renegotiate their compensation to a whopping $75,000 per episode. They continued to bargain collectively until the end of the series, famously earning $1 million each episode in seasons 9 and 10. Aniston became one of the highest-paid ladies on television as a result of this.
Aniston was born in the Sherman Oaks district of Los Angeles on February 11, 1969, to Greek-born actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Louis Grieco, one of her maternal great-grandfathers, was Italian. English, Irish, Scottish, and a minor amount of Greek are among her mother’s other ancestors. Her father’s ancestors are from Crete, a Greek island. John Melick, Aniston’s older maternal half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother, are her two half-brothers. One of her father’s closest friends, actor Telly Savalas, was her godfather.
She moved to New York City as a child. Despite her father’s job in television, she was discouraged from watching TV, however she discovered ways to get around it. She began attending a Waldorf school when she was six years old. When she was nine years old, her parents split.
Aniston enrolled in Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts, where she joined the drama society and had Anthony Abeson as her drama teacher, after discovering acting at the Waldorf school when she was 11 years old. Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters were two of her roles.
The TV show “Friends”
Aniston approached Warren Littlefield at a Los Angeles gas station, depressed over her four failed television programmes, seeking encouragement. The head of NBC Entertainment urged her to keep performing, and a few months later, she was cast in Friends, a sitcom planned to premiere on NBC’s 1994–1995 fall lineup. Aniston was supposed to audition for the role of Monica Geller, but Courtney Cox was deemed more suited, therefore Aniston was cast as Rachel Green. She was also given a slot on Saturday Night Live as a featured player, but she declined in favour of Friends. She played Rachel until the show ended in 2004, after which Aniston had a 15-year sabbatical from acting, except for guest appearances on TV.
The show was a huge success, and Aniston and her co-stars became well-known around the world. Her character was particularly well-liked. She was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards (two for Supporting Actress and three for Lead Actress), winning the award for Lead Actress. She was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, winning the Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy category in 2003. With her $1 million-per-episode compensation during the last season of Friends, Aniston (together with her female co-stars) became the highest-paid television actress of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Her character’s relationship with David Schwimmer’s character, Ross Geller, was a hit with viewers, and they were routinely chosen television’s favourite couple in surveys and magazines.
Relationship and personal life
In 1998, Aniston met Brad Pitt, and their romance was widely documented. She married Pitt in a grandiose Malibu ceremony on July 29, 2000, after two years of dating. Their marriage was seen as a rare Hollywood triumph for a few years. They declared their separation on January 7, 2005, and their divorce was finalised on October 2. During their divorce, the press claimed that Pitt had been unfaithful to Aniston with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie, with whom he began a relationship shortly after the split. The public’s reaction to the divorce was chronicled in the press in the months afterward, and “Team Aniston” and “Team Jolie” T-shirts were sold across the country.
Aniston remarked in 2005, amid rumours that their divorce was due to her refusal to have children with Pitt, “I’ve never said I didn’t want children in my life. I did, I am, and I will continue to do so!… That experience is something I would never trade for a job.” The divorce, according to Aniston, prompted her to reconnect with her mother, Nancy, with whom she had been separated for about a decade. Nancy had been on a television show and authored From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir about her daughter. Aniston expressed her grief over the passing of her longtime therapist, whom she credited with making her divorce from Pitt go more smoothly. In May 2011, Aniston began dating actor, director, and screenwriter Justin Theroux. In January of the following year, they paid $22 million for a mansion in Los Angeles’ Bel Air area. They got engaged on August 10, 2012, and married at their estate on August 5, 2015. They split up at the conclusion of the year.
Aniston co-founded Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Brad Grey, the CEO of Paramount Pictures, in 2002, though she and Grey left the firm in 2005. Echo Films was founded by her and producer Kristin Hahn in 2008.