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Jennifer Aniston, who plays Rachel on Friends, was born in California (the Valley, so yes she's a Val!), and raised mostly in New York.
Her father, John Aniston, is an actor on "Days of Our Lives", so young Jennifer was around acting from an early age.
Her godfather was Telly Savalas. Jennifer has Greek ancestors, and actually spent some time in Greece as a child, before settling in New York because of her father's acting career (specifically he landed a role on "Love of Life").
She first acted at around age 11, as part of the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. Jennifer says that she was always interested in acting, but it Rudolf Steiner's free-spirited atmosphere that encouraged her to make it her career.
Jennifer started her professional training at New York's High School for the Performing Arts as a drama student. She graduated in 1987 (she is 28). She appeared in Off-Broadway productions of "For Dear Life" and "Dancing on Checker's Grave", before her first TV role on "Molloy".
Other TV shows graced with her presence include "The Edge", "Ferris Bueller" (the TV version), a recurring role on "Herman's Head", and even some guest appearances on "Quantum Leap" and "Burke's Law".
Jennifer is also an artist. At age 11 (busy year), one of her paintings was selected for display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. She still spends much time on art projects, including charcoal drawings, clay sculptures, and paintings. During her hiatus during the summer of 1995, Aniston completed production on the feature film "Dreams for an Insomniac" starring Ione Skye and Mackenzie Astin.
She also starred with Quentin Tarrentino in an interactive tutorial CD-ROM directed by Steven Spielberg. Jennifer was born on February 11, 1969. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and getting closer to nature. She currently lives in the Hollywood Hills.