They were Hollywood’s golden couple, Friends star Jennifer Aniston and hunky heartthrob Brad Pitt, who married in a private ceremony in Malibu two years after they met in 1998.
The marriage was claimed as a rare Hollywood success, then he made the film “Mr and Mrs” and met co-star Angelina Jolie.
Pitt and Aniston were divorce in 2005 and rumours were rife that her husband had cheated on her with Jolie. The divorce became headline news for months and T-shirts with “Team Aniston” and “Team Jolie” started to appear, with “Team Aniston” outselling “Team Jolie” 4-1.
Aniston has always said Pitt was the love of her life and they’d had seven very intense years together, “a beautiful, complicated relationship.”
In 2010 the couple resumed their friendship, which has annoyed his current partner Jolie. She dislikes him keeping in touch with Aniston’s mother and has banned the star from seeing Aniston when he is with any of the six children they are raising together.
After the divorce Aniston reunited with her estranged mother Nancy asking her for support. Mother and daughter fell out after Nancy talked about her daughter on a television show and they were estranged for ten years. Nancy also went on to write a book “From Mother and Daughter to Friends – A Memoir”.
Aniston was devastated by the death of her long time therapist whose work helped make her separation from Pitt easier.
She became a household name all over the world with her performance as Rachel Green in “Friends” which won her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award.
She came from an acting background as her parents Nancy Dow and John Aniston were both actors and she is of Greek descent on her father’s side and Scottish and Italian descent on her mother’s side. Her godfather was the late Telly Savalas of “Kojak” fame, who was her father’s best friend.
As a child the family lived in Greece for a year before the family relocated to New York City where she attended the Rudolf Steiner School and she graduated from Manhatten’s Fiorello H La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts.
After graduation Aniston was determined to make her mark in the acting profession, so she took whatever job she could ranging from a telemarketer, waitress and bike messenger while she worked in off-Broadway productions.
In 1989 she moved to Los Angeles and she was cast in her first TV role starring as a regular cast member in “Molloy” She also appeared in the RV movie “Camp Cucamonga”
She has starred in several big movies, but her biggest box office success was in 2003 when she played Jim Carey’s live-in girlfriend in “Bruce Almighty” and she was named the 10th richest woman in the Entertainment industry in 2007.
She works for a number of charities and is a supporter of the “Friends of El Faro” a grass roots non-profit organisation that helps raise money for the Casa Hogar Suon, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.