Jennifer's father is
John Aniston. He has starred on the NBC
Days of our Lives since the 1980s.
He made his best friend Telly Savalas (TV's "Kojak")
her godfather and also changed the family name
from their original Greek surname Anastassakis
to the more American sounding Aniston. After
spending a year living in Greece, the family
returned to the States, settling in New York
where her father John Aniston (Yannis) won a
part on the U.S. soap opera Love of Life and
later Search for Tomorrow. In 1985, the family
moved to Los Angeles when John Aniston started
on Days of Our Lives.
Attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts during 1987, Jennifer Aniston was a member of the drama club. Her desire to become an actress grew as she worked in off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's Grave. She moved to Hollywood and appeared on her first television roles in 1990, starring as a regular on the short-lived series Molloy and in the TV movie Camp Cucamonga. She also co-starred in Ferris Bueller the same year, a television adaptation of the classic 1986's teen flick Ferris Bueller's Day Off (it barely lasted a season). Aniston then starred in two more failed sitcoms, The Edge and Muddling Through and guest-starring on shows such as Quantum Leap, Herman's Head, and Burke's Law. After these string of flops (and appearing in Leprechaun), Aniston seriously considered quitting acting, until a script for a new sitcom on NBC's 1994-1995 fall line-up came her way.
In 1994, the producers of a new NBC show called Friends originally wanted Jennifer Aniston to audition for the role of Monica Geller, but she persuaded them that the role of Rachel Green was more suited to her character. She played the character until the show ended in 2004.
Jennifer Aniston has also recently began a successful film career, recently flourishing after the end of Friends.
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