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Biography #2 (for Bruce Almighty)Born in Sherman Oaks, California 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 starred on NBC's daytime drama Days of Our Lives, and her godfather, the late Telly Savalas.
Aniston currently stars in the hit NBC ensemble comedy Friends, along with Courteney Cox-Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, now entering its ninth season. Her work as Rachel Green has earned her the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Comedy, the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, two Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress and three People's Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Drama or Mini-series and for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
In addition to the massive success she has achieved on the small screen, Aniston continues to branch out with very different roles on the silver screen. Most recently, Aniston starred in Miguel Arteta's (Chuck & Buck) film The Good Girl, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly and Zooey Deschanel, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film made its debut to rave reviews at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically in August to equally enthusiastic notices and great box office success, and Rock Star, opposite Mark Wahlberg and directed by Stephen Herek.
Aniston's film credits include: She's The One opposite director Ed Burns and Cameron Diaz; Picture Perfect opposite Kevin Bacon and Olympia Dukakis, directed by Glenn Gordon Caron; 'Til There Was You, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dylan McDermott; and the critically praised The Object of My Affection opposite Paul Rudd. Her other film credits include Office Space and Dreams for an Insomniac. Following the completion of her work in Bruce Almighty, Aniston immediately segued to a starring role in an untitled comedy for Universal Pictures with Ben Stiller, directed by John Hamburg.
Aniston, who is of Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family, but 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.
Her experience at the Rudolf Steiner School also helped Aniston develop a passion for art. At age 11, one of Aniston's paintings was selected to be on display in an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She began her professional training as a drama student at New York's High School of the Performing Arts. After graduating in 1987, Aniston 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. Aniston's other television credits include series regular roles on The Edge, as well as Ferris Bueller, a recurring role on Herman's Head and guest-starring roles on such series as Quantum Leap and Burke's Law.