Jennifer Aniston is an actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. She is the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and became recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television. Aniston has also played the female protagonist in a number of comedies and romantic comedy films. Since the beginning of a sitcom Friends her career and private life were constantly in the spotlight, but there are still a few things that were not featured in the media as much through all these years.
Here are the 11 amazing facts you probably didn’t know about Jennifer Aniston.
Jennifer was born with the last name Anastassakis because her father is Greek and a native of Crete while her mother was born in New York City. As a child, Aniston lived in Greece for a year with her family. Aspiring actors, John and Nancy Anastassakis changed their family name to “Aniston” on the advice of Jennifer’s godfather, actor Telly Savalas.
It worked. John Aniston landed a role on “Days of Our Lives.” It turned out good for Jennifer because Aniston is easier for people to remember it.