America's Sweetheart has many different roles: Actress, to producer, spokeswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. I am choosing to spotlight Jennifer because I feel she is an exemplary example of the modern woman. She is by far my favorite person in Hollywood. Thank you Jennifer for making me smile!!!
Though she would spend most of her youth in New York, Jennifer Aniston was born Jennifer Joanna Aniston in Sherman Oaks, California, on February 11, 1969. She spent one year of her childhood at the age of 5 in Greece, the country where her father is from. Well connected to the business from the beginning – her father is veteran Days of Our Lives star John Aniston; her godfather is none other than Telly Savalas – Jennifer did not discover her own penchant for acting until attending the Rudolf Steiner School drama club at 11.
Jennifer Aniston as a teenagerAniston proved to be a talented painter during her stay at the Rudolf Steiner School (one of her pieces was displayed at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art), but acting became her primary focus after graduating from New York’s prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in 1987, and she held roles in off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker’s Grave.
Jennifer Aniston with Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty - 2003Though Friends launched Aniston’s career as a sitcom actress, her television debut was in 1989, when she starred in 1990′s short-lived series Molloy. Before long, Jennifer’s television resume had grown to include appearances in The Edge, a role in the ultimately unsuccessful attempt at adapting Ferris Bueller’s Day Off into sitcom format, and a part in an episode of Quantum Leap. In 1991, she landed a recurring role on Herman’s Head, while 1994 led her to a role in Muddling Through, the show that almost kept her from starring in Friends.
Jennifer Aniston and "The Rachel" around 1994By 1994, it looked like Aniston was destined for a life of obscure parts in doomed television sitcoms. Despite being asked to audition for the role of Monica Gellar in a pilot for a sitcom at that point titled “Friends Like These” (a role that would eventually be filled by Courteney Cox), Aniston insisted on trying out for the part of Rachel Green, a spoiled suburbanite turned spunky coffee house waitress. The rest, as they say, is history — “Friends Like These” would become the mega-hit Friends.
Jennifer's warm heart and Philanthropy:
America’s sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, is known for her generosity and support of several non-profit organizations.
The former Friends star is often seen in commercials for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her advocacy for St. Jude began in 2008 with their Thanks and Giving Campaign, which featured several celebrities in prime-time TV ads around the Christmas holiday season. Since 2008 Jennifer has been involved with several campaigns for St. Jude including a recent one in which several celebrities remade the Beatles song, “Hey Jude”.
Another charity that Jennifer has been a big supporter of is Friends of El Faro, which improves the lives of children at the Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage in Tijuana. In 2010 Jennifer created the Farita doll in partnership with One&Only Palmilla (a hotel where Jennifer celebrated her birthday in Mexico). The doll was designed and crafted by local artisans and all proceeds were donated to Friends of El Faro.
The GLAAD Vanguard Award was received by Jennifer in 2007 for her outstanding contributions to increase understanding and awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The Vanguard Award is given each year to an entertainer that has significantly promoted gay rights. Aniston was honored to receive the award, which has previous recipients such as Cher, Liza Minnelli and Charlize Theron.
In 2010 on Earth Day Jennifer teamed up with several other celebrities in “The Cove PSA : My Friend is…”. This was to help stop the slaughter of dolphins and prevent the Japanese people from toxic levels of mercury found in the dolphin meat.
Additionally in 2010, Jennifer donated $500,000 to the Haiti relief appeal through organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and AmeriCares. Aniston also took part in the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, which raised over $58 million. Jennifer continued her support of Haiti in 2011 when she purchased an art piece at a Haitian Charity Event for $450,000.
Jennifer has supported many other non-profit organizations and charities throughout the years, some of which include: hosting the Stand Up To Cancer Show in 2008; directing and starring in a video with Woody Harrelson for the “It Can’t Wait” free Burma Campaign in 2008; an honorary board member of the Lili Claire Foundation and continued support of Clothes Off Our Back, Feeding America, EB Medical Research Foundation, Project A.L.S., Best Friends Animal Society, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
Jennifer and husband Justin Theroux’s 2011 Christmas cards wished friends a happy holiday season and stated that Jennifer and Justin had made a donation in their name to St. Jude and Best Friends Animal Society.
Aniston signed bear for silent auction benefitting the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
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