Famous for her role on the hit series “Friends”, her previous marriage to Brad Pitt and her glowing natural beauty, Jennifer Aniston has captured the hearts of fans worldwide since she came onto the Hollywood scene. Even though Aniston has become a staple in the acting world, her fans may have missed some of the details that make her the girl they know and love.
Here are 11 things you need to know about Jennifer Aniston:
1. Her middle name is Joanna
Aniston was born to John Aniston and Nancy Dow in Sherman Oaks, California on February 11, 1969. She’ll be 45 this year. Her sun sign is Aquarius. Her full name is Jennifer Joanna Aniston.
2. Jennifer’s heritage is Greek
Aniston’s heritage is Greek on her father’s side. As a child, she lived in Greece for a year with her parents before moving to Pennsylvania. Her father’s given name is Yannis Anastasakis. He transformed his name upon his move to the United States when Aniston was a toddler.
3. Her father and godfather are actors as well
Acting runs in Aniston’s family. Her father plays Victor Kiriakis on “Days of Our Lives”, a role he assumed in 1985. Her godfather was actor Telly Savalas, most famous for playing the character Kojak in the 1970s crime show by the same name. Savalas’ heritage was of Greek descent as well.
4. She attended high school with other famous artists
Aniston attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan as a teenager. Other notable alumni include Chaz Bono, Bess Myerson, Ellen Barkin, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dom DeLuise and Wesley Snipes.
5. She was estranged from her mother
Aniston was estranged from her mother, Nancy Dow, for approximately a decade due to public comments made by Dow and a book she wrote entitled “From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir.”
6. She has a hairstyle named after her character
Aniston rose to fame when she assumed the role of Rachel Green on the 1990s television series “Friends.” In spite of the fact that her hairstyle on the early years of the show grew into a national phenomenon known as “The Rachel,” Aniston never cared for that particular do. Aniston played Green for ten years from 1994 to 2004 when the show ended.
7. Close friendship with Courteney Cox
Aniston remains close friends with her Friends costar, Courteney Cox. In fact, Aniston is godmother to Cox’s daughter, Coco Riley Arquette who was born in 2004. Aniston enjoyed a Mexican vacation in Los Cabos at the end of 2013 with her fiancé Justin Theroux, Cox and other friends.
8. She was married to Brad Pitt
Aniston was married to actor, Brad Pitt, from 2000 to 2005. Their marriage ended in 2005 amidst reports that Pitt had become involved with actress Angelina Jolie, daughter of actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand.
9. She is engaged to Justin Theroux
Aniston is engaged to actor, director and screenwriter, Justin Theroux. The couple began dating May of 2011 and announced their engagement in August 2012. They live together in a jointly-owned home in Bel-Air.
10. She is extremely casual and laid back
Aniston prefers to dress casually in jeans and t-shirts and go without makeup when she’s not working. In an interview with Parade, Aniston described herself as an “sweats and UGGs girl.”
11. Aveeno pays her eight figures
Aniston is a spokeswoman for Aveeno products which she uses in her personal life. Her compensation for this position is rumored to be an amount in the eight-figure range.