Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow.
Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent.
Jennifer was raised by her mother and her father landed a role, as "Victor Kiriakis", on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives (1965).
Jennifer had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club.
It was also at the Rudolf Steiner School that she developed her passion for art. In 1987, after graduation, she appeared in such Off-Broadway productions as "For Dear Life" and "Dancing on Checker's Grave".
She began her professional training as a drama student at New York's School of Performing Arts, aka the "Fame" school. In 1989, she landed her first television role, as a series regular on Molloy (1989). Then, in 1994, a pilot called "Friends Like These" came along.
Originally asked to audition for the role of "Monica", Aniston refused and auditioned for the role of "Rachel Green", the suburban princess turned coffee peddler.
While hosting Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1999, she did a skit satirizing boyfriend Brad Pitt's stalker, aspiring actress Athena Marie Rolando.
She and Brad Pitt stated that he was misquoted in a German magazine article that said that he and Jennifer were expecting their first child late in 2001. [July 2001] (January 11, 2002) She and husband Brad Pitt reached a settlement with Damiani International Jewelers.
The pair claimed the company agreed to never reproduce their wedding rings, but it manufactured and sold "Brad and Jennifer" rings in 18-karat white or yellow gold for about ,000 apiece. District Judge Ronald Lew ruled that her lawsuit against two magazine publishers for printing topless photos of her will proceed without a jury because her lawyers failed to demand a jury when the lawsuit was filed in 2000 and that he would render a verdict himself. and Crescent Publishing Group, claiming that paparazzi scaled an eight-foot wall to photograph her as she sunbathed in the backyard of her home in February of 1999.
Under the settlement, Pitt will design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston will model in ads, and Damiani will stop selling the "Brad and Jennifer" copies. The pictures appeared later that year in the magazines Celebrity Skin, High Society, Celebrity Sleuth, the Italian magazine Eva Tremila, the English newspaper Daily Sport and the French publication Voici. They both attended Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts.
Bendewald was maid of honor at Aniston's wedding to Brad Pitt on July 29, 2000.
And Aniston was matron of honor at Bendewald's wedding to actor Mitch Rouse on August 19, 2001.