Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, film producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at an early age with an uncredited role in the 1987 film Mac and Me. After her career grew successfully in the 1990s, Aniston has remained a well-known public figure and established herself as one of the leading and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood as of 2018.
Aniston rose to fame portraying Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), for which she earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards. The character was widely popular while the series aired and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television. Aniston has since played lead roles in numerous comedies and romantic comedies. Her box office hits include Bruce Almighty (2003), The Break-Up (2006), Marley & Me (2008), Just Go with It (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), and We’re the Millers (2013), each of which grossed over $200 million in worldwide box office receipts. Her most critically acclaimed roles include the dramedy The Good Girl (2002), for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and the drama Cake (2014), for which she received nominations for the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Aniston co-founded production company Echo Films in 2008. Divorced from actor Brad Pitt, to whom she was married for five years, she is separated from actor Justin Theroux, whom she married in 2015.
In December 2018, Netflix released the musical comedy Dumplin’, with Aniston as executive producer and star—marking her first project for a streaming service. That year her first original Netflix projects were also announced: Murder Mystery, a mystery comedy that reunites her with Adam Sandler, and First Ladies, a film about the first lesbian President of the United States, with Tig Notaro as her wife. Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will star in the morning show drama series Top of the Morning for Apple. The series will be the first time Aniston returns to television in a main role since Friends.