Jennifer Aniston was born February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, California. Jennifer is a star actress and daughter to actors, Nancy and John Aniston(actor), and the goddaughter of Telly Savalas(also an actor). Of Greek decent, she spent a year of her childhood living in Greece, and then returned to the U.S., settling in New York. At age 11, one of her paintings was selected for display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although, she was an artist of considerable talent, Jennifer Aniston opted for a professional acting career.
Jennifer's parents divorced in 1980, and she lived primarily with her mother, Nancy. Two years later, Jennifer Aniston enrolled at the Rudolf Steiner School, where she became a member of the drama club. She went on to attend New York City's renowned High School of Performing Arts, where she was educated in theatre and fine arts. After her graduation in 1987, she appeared in a number of television commercials and off Broadway productions, including "For Dear Life" at the New York's Public Theater, and "Dancing on Checker's Grave". As a struggling actress, Jennifer often supplemented her income by waitressing.
In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was featured in her first television role on the short lived sitcom "Malloy". During the early 1990's, Jennifer landed a succession of supporting roles in failed television sitcoms, including "Ferris Bueller", "Herman's Head", "The Edge" and "Muddling Through". She also managed to make her feature acting debut in the poorly received horror film "Leprechaun". Determined to succeed, Jennifer auditioned for yet another TV pilot named "Friends".
The story line in "Friends" focused on a group of 20-something New Yorkers. Impressed with her delivery, the producers cast Jennifer in the role of suburban princess turned waitress Rachel Green. The series met with both critical and commercial acclaim when it premiered, making household names of Jennifer and her co-star cast.
Jennifer's popularity was confirmed when she was listed among People Magazine's "Most Intriguing People" of 1995 and 1996. "Friends" still remains one of the most popular sitcoms on television. In 2000, after a widely publicized battle with NBC, Jennifer and her fellow cast members negotiated a salary of $750,000 per episode.