Emmy Award winner Jennifer Aniston connected with her Greek roots by spending a year of her childhood living in Greece, and no doubt the influence of noted Greek-American actor Telly Savalas as her godfather further augmented her cultural appreciation. Ultimately, however, she was raised in New York City when her father, actor John Aniston (Days of Our Lives), landed a featured role on the daytime drama Love of Life.
Aniston had her first taste of acting at age eleven when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School’s drama club. Her experience there also helped her develop a passion for art. When she was eleven, one of her paintings was displayed in an exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Aniston 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 Theatre, and Dancing on Checker’s Grave. In 1989, she landed her first television role as a series regular on Molloy. Her other television credits include The Edge, Ferris Bueller, Herman’s Head, The Larry Sanders Show, Partners, Burke’s Law and Quantum Leap.
In addition, Aniston has starred in a number of other films, including The Object of My Affection, Picture Perfect, She’s the One, ’Til There Was You, Office Space, Along Came Polly, Bruce Almighty, Rock Star, The Good Girl, Rumor Has It, Friends with Money and The Break Up. She also starred with Quentin Tarantino in an interactive tutorial CD-ROM entitled “Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair.”
Aniston was nominated for Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000 and 2001 and received nominations as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series the following two years, winning the Emmy in 2002. She has won three People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Female Television Performer and a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy, and she has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award five times as part of the Friends ensemble and twice on her own.
Aniston resides in Los Angeles. She enjoys painting in her spare time, as well as hiking, camping and virtually anything that brings her closer to nature.