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David Spade Bio + Facts

Hi everyone, I hope you have all been enjoying this blast of heatwave we are currently experiencing. For me, I would prefer there to be a breeze to go with it.

On Sunday I went to visit my daughter, as it was her birthday on Tuesday this week, but this birthday is a little bit more extra special for her as it’s her first one as a mum. Instead of just a day, she has what we call a birthday week, so enjoy the rest of your birthday week.

Today’s post is about David Spade turning 57 today…

Who Is the Real David Spade?

David Spade is a writer, actor and stand-up comedian, who started to become well-known and famous throughout the 90’s. It was whilst starring on the Saturday Night Live Show that got him the recognition that he needed and began his journey to success and stardom as well and becoming the person he is today. Spade started appearing in such films like Coneheads (1993), Tommy Boy (1995), Black Sheep (1996) and in an award-winning TV series Just Shoot Me (1997-2003).

The Early Years

Born David Wayne Spade on 22, July 1964 in Birmingham, Michigan US. His father Wayne M. Spade was a sales representative, and his mother Judith M. Spade worked as a magazine writer and editor, (she is known also by Judy Todd and Judith Meek). David has two older brothers Bryan a Film and Television Producer and Andrew a businessman and entrepreneur, who co-founded Kate Spade New York with his wife Kate Spade.

Education

David was only four when his family moved from Birmingham Michigan to Scottsdale in Arizona, where he attended Saguaro High School, before moving onto Scottsdale Community College, and then transferred to Arizona State University it is among the best University in the state, where he came away with a business degree in 1990.

Its Career Time!

Spade fought for the career he has today, he is not type to give up without a fight, and it is through his sheer determination and hard work that he got to have the career that he enjoys doing today, and it is still going strong, besides teaming up with Adam Sandler on quite a few movies, he does branch out and gets other roles to sink his teeth into like 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997),

Home Life

David has never been married to anyone. But after having a brief affair with Jillian Grace, he became a father for the first and last time, to a daughter, they named Harper. He never had a great role model in the father department, but has been there for his daughter and spends as much time with her as possible, and in turn is a great father…

Facts:

  • David and his two older brothers often took to the Arizona desert as kids to catch rattlesnakes (with tennis rackets!) to keep as pets.
  • Growing up, David wasn’t just a smart aleck, he was very smart in third grade, he got moved up to the fourth grade for some of his classes. He was a spelling bee champ, and read 47 books one year for a contest, and made it to the state chess finals, and was a member of Mensa.
  • David’s single mom couldn’t afford childcare, so she would sometimes drop her three sons off at one end of the desert, equipped with guns and bag lunches, for a day-long hike.
  • When David started out, his stand-up routine included props that he carried in his mother’s blue suitcase.
  • David’s father left his family when David was still was incredibly young. Years later, his stepfather, a war veteran, committed suicide.
  • Sister-in-law is handbag designer Kate Spade, who married his brother Andy, up to her passing in 2018.
David Spade, Sister-in-law Kate Spade and Brother Andy Spade
  • Spade attended Saguaro High School and later Scottsdale Community College, before transferring to Arizona State University where he graduated with a business degree in 1986.
  • He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
  • Spade has starred in numerous films with fellow actor, SNL castmate and best friend Adam Sandler.
  • Spade’s film career has been successful. He starred with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member and friend Chris Farley in two buddy comedy films, Tommy Boy, and Black Sheep. The two were planning a third film together when Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.
  • Spades best friends are Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and the late Chris Farley, they have known each other for years, since the days of Saturday Night Live, and from their they’re friendship just grew.
  • Spade made his very first trip to Europe with his Grown Up (2010) co-stars Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Kevin James. They went to England, Ireland, and Germany to promote the film before its European opening
David Spade and his daughter Harper
  • He and Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace have a daughter together. 12-year-old Harper, she is his only child. David and Jillian shares the responsibility of raising Harper, has they co-parent her, He is a hands-on dad, that loves nothing more than spending time with her. A total opposite to what his own father was like.
  • David was almost cast as Uncle Joey on Full House.
  • Spade’s personal assistant, Skippy, attempted to murder him one night. Real name David Malloy had attacked him with a stun gun on November 29, 2000, and then was robbed.
  • Worked as a busboy, valet-parking attendant, and skateboard-shop employee.
  • Although he received several offers to star in his own TV shows, he turned them down and joined the ensemble cast of Steven Levitan’s office sitcom Just Shoot Me! opposite Laura San Giacomo and George Segal, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. He played a sarcastic receptionist, Dennis Finch.
  • Is extremely sensitive to sunlight.
  • Has German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Swiss-German ancestry.
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade.
  • David Spade, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider starred in “grown-ups, together playing five best friends, the movie simply mirrors their real-life friendship off screen.
  • Has Two Tattoos Done by Two Time Oscar Winner and Friend Sean Penn One being a Tribute to his Late Co-Star and Best Friend Chris Farley, the other one is Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.
  • Spade has been friends with Ellen DeGeneres since the 80’s. They met when he was starting out on the comedy circuit, and she was well-known and successful by then. At their official meeting, when Ellen invited him to her home which he thought was a first date, but their mutual friend told him, that she was not his type, and have laughed about this over the years.
  • He could not handle the death of his good friend Chris Farley, so much so, that he couldn’t attend his funeral and see him lying there in a wooden box. He couldn’t handle it both emotionally, mentally, and physically.
  • Spade has appeared in around 40 movies with Adam Sandler.
  • He was catfished by a fake Victoria’s Secret model on Twitter.
Shares a birthday with Alex Trebek, Selena Gomez and John Leguizamo
  • Spade shares his birthday with these fellow celebrities John Leguizamo, Alex Trebek, Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover and Selena Gomez.
  • His idol when he was young was James Garner. Spade used to watch him on The Rockford Files (1974), before co-starring with Garner on 8 Simple Rules… for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002).
  • David spent his first $6,000 in cash from Police Academy 4 on a shoddy Honda Accord that was stolen an hour later. He later borrowed another 6k from Bobcat Goldthwait to buy another shoddy Honda Accord.
  • In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department of Phoenix, which provided firearms for the officers. Spade also donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013, $100,000 toward the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014, and $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in June 2018 after the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade, a fashion designer.
  • On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Spade received an Emmy nomination and two Golden Glove nominations for his role as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy this beautiful weather we are having, but be extremely safe being out and about in it. See you all next week!

Mindy Kaling Bio + Facts

Hi everyone, this week as not been not such a great week for my household, in particular my youngest daughter, as she was just getting over her last relapse with her Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME for short), but she has taken a step back. It is hard seeing your child in pain, but unable to do anything for them, its not just her that suffers daily, this is a complex condition that baffles the doctors as they don’t understand, which is why there are so many people out there that don’t receive any help from anyone, and I am afraid to say it but my daughter is one of them.

Anyway, on with today’s blog post. This week is about Mindy Kaling, she turns 42 today she is a talented actress, comedienne and mother, Mindy has become one of television’s funniest talents and is an inspiration and role model for everyone,

Early Life:

Mindy Kaling was born on 24 June1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts United States, to parents Avu Chokalingam an architect and Dr Swati Chokalingam (nee Roysircar) an obstetrician/gynaecologist. As a child she would be so intrigued by comedy sketches and would pay more attention to such televised shows as Living Color and Saturday Night Live.

Mindy is an American actress, comedian and is known for her off-beat humour, which she displayed in her own project that she created in the popularised “The Mindy Project.” She was a member of the comedy troupe The Dog Day Players and the Rockapellas while attending one of the most distinguished and illustrious schools Dartmouth College, where she majored in theatre and joined an all-female a cappella group. During her time at the college Mindy would create a comic strip for the college newspaper called Badly Drawn Girl, in 2001 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in playwriting.

How her Career Started

Kaling begun her career as an intern for the television show the Late Night with Conan O’Brien aged 19. From there, she moved to Brooklyn and went on to work as a production assistant for Crossing Over with John Edward, Kaling and her best friend wrote a Broadway play called Matt and Ben in 2002. The play was a wondrous hit at the New York International Fringe Festival, it a was named as one of the top ten theatrical events of the year. Kaling caught the eye of Greg Daniels that sane year and was hired to write and perform on the show. She was the only female among a staff of eight. This was the beginning of what would become an exceptional career for her.

Facts

  • Her birth name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam. The name Vera is, according to Kaling, is of the “incarnation of a Hindu goddess.”
  • Kaling’s parents are from India and met while working at the same hospital in Nigeria, they moved to the United States in 1979.
  • Kaling was born to Indian Immigrants Parents Avu Chokalingam and Dr Swati Chokalingam.
  • She went to the prestigious Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge Massachusetts.
  • Mindy attended Dartmouth College and while there, she used to draw comic strip she drew for the school’s newspaper called “Badly Drawn Girl.” She was also a Classics major for much of college, studying Latin, which she had not studied since 7th grade.
  • She joined an improvisational comedy troupe called The Dog Day Players while attending Dartmouth College.
  • She shortened her last name early on in her career when she was still at college as no-one could pronounce it correctly.
  • She was named Mindy after one of the lead characters in a television series called Mork and Mindy, which starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber according to US Weekly.
  • By the time she reached 33 she had only had four boyfriends, as she didn’t start dating until senior year of college. One of her boyfriends was also her co-star on The Office, whom she met 15 years ago B.J. Novak and Mindy are still close to this day, as best friends, even after the relationship ended.
  • She starred in the Office, which also starred Steve Carell and John Krasinski, who both went on to become a huge star themselves. Kaling received six Emmy Award nominations as a writer and a producer of the show.
  • She got her start in acting on-stage before landing her first TV appearance in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and made her movie debut in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”.
  • From her success on The Office, Kaling went on to develop her own series, The Mindy Project which debuted in 2012. The show made TV history as the first sitcom to star an Indian American.
  • She loves reading books by Jhumpa Lahiri, even naming her Mindy Lahiri character after her.
  • Kaling loved the Simpsons growing up, so much so that she once dressed up as the matriarch Marge Simpson for a photo shoot.
  • The on-set photos in Mindy’s apartment and office are Kaling’s own. There are also photos of Mindy with actors who have been on the show for added realism.
  • Mindy Kaling starred alongside a variety of actors in A Wrinkle in time with the likes of Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid and many more…
  • Kaling had her first taste of comedic success with the play Matt and Ben. She wrote and starred in this celebrity spoof about actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon writing the screenplay for the movie Good Will Hunting.
  • Kaling is a single mother to 2 adorable children Katherine Swati Kaling 3 and 9-month-old Spencer Avu Kaling.
  • Mindy wrote and starred in the hit sitcom The Office, before going on to create her on popular television series The Mindy Project.
  • In the 2011 film No Strings Attached, she played the roommate of the main character, Natalie Portman.
  • In 2015 she published a collection of her essays titled Why Not Me?
  • Mindy drew inspiration for the career choice of her character from a place that is really close to home. Mindy’s mother, Swati, who is also a physician. Mindy admitted to getting some of her story ideas from her mother’s real-world career.
  • On top of being an actress, a TV writer, and a producer, Kaling has also written two hilarious memoirs: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) and Why Not Me? Both books were not only hilarious, but also New York Times bestsellers.
  • Kaling and Witherspoon have worked together on several projects together, not only did they star together in A Wrinkle in Time but are now teaming up again for Legally Blonde 3 where Mindy has signed on to write the screen play along with Dan Goor. Mindy has had a recurring role on Reese’s The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston, and Reece did a cameo on The Mindy Project (2017), which as cemented their BFF.
  • In addition to writing, producing, and starring in her own show, Kaling has tackled other projects as well. She has become one of Twitter’s most popular personalities, with more than 11.6 million followers.
  • She also voices characters in the films Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph and Inside Out.
  • Mindy is a huge fan of writer and director Nora Ephron, who penned classics like You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. But it turns out that Ephron was also a fan of her work too. Ephron had been given Kaling’s first book as a gift, and she wrote Kaling a letter telling her how much she enjoyed it.
  • Kaling was nominated for an Emmy Award along with Greg Daniels for the episode Niagara of the show The Office. Kaling and her co-writers were nominated five times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Kaling also received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010.
  • The Mindy Project has been nominated for three NAACP Image Awards in 2015. Mindy Kaling herself is nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
  • In 2013, Time magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.
  • In her best-selling memoir, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” Kaling describes herself as a sensitive and studious child.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you all next week.

Marvel Movie Locations That You Can Visit Part 1

Hi everyone, hope your enjoying all this lovely weather we are having. It is nice to be able to go on days out with our families and get out and about and enjoy the fresh air and feel the sun on our faces once again.

Have you ever wondered where your favorite movie was filmed, well… over the course of the next few months I will be doing just that? I am not afraid to say that I love movies, but I also love to travel and explore places I visit, I’m more of an adventurer than sitting on the beach all day, trying to get a tan that never ever comes, instead I am left looking like a beetroot.

I am starting film locations off with MCU franchise, but because there’s a few I will be doing it in two parts.

Locations of Where These Movies were Filmed

We all know that to create the movies we love like Avengers, Captain America and Doctor Strange there is a lot of CGI involved. Some movies are done in front of a green screen and made to come alive with computers.

Although they use CGI, and film studios, the creators do like to use the real world too, either for inspiration or as filming locations. They do like to use restaurants, special landmarks and buildings that have been used in previous movies.

Movie locations mean there is a lot of travelling that comes into creating these spectacular movie scenes you see whether it is local or far and wide across the world. Here is a look at some of the locations that you can go and see.

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ – Liverpool, England

Marvel’s first Avenger Captain America was filmed in many locations throughout the course of the movie, but one place they did visit was Liverpool’s Stanley Dock in 2011. They brought over 500 cast and crew, so they could transform the docks into the Victorian dockland of 1940’s New York’s Albert Dock before they continued on with production in other areas of the Uk like Manchester, London, and Wales, before heading back to the US to continue with scenes from locations in Manhattan and New York.

Stanley Dock was used in the scene at the beginning of the movie, where Steve Rogers gives chase after Kruger that sees them running along the Brooklyn waterfront. To transform Liverpool in to looking as if they are still in New York for their five-day shoot. It took around a month’s work of preparations, to change the red brick into New York stone.

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Stanley Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Manhattan Beach, California, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Thor Ragnarok’ – Queensland, Australia

Thor Ragnarok was filmed in many locations throughout Australia to create the home of Thor, his brother Loki, and the Norse gods. Director Taika Waititi choose Australia for its out-of-this-world locations. It took 450 people and 4 months to recreate the outdoor set of Asgard. Mount Tamborine and Cedar Creek Falls become the setting, before going over to the US for any reshoots.

  • Mount Tamborine, Queensland, Australia
  • Cedar Creek falls, Queensland, Australia
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Dirk Hartog Island, Australia
  • Australia

‘Black Panther’ – Argentina & Brazil South America

Black panther was mainly done in South Korea, added with a sprinkle of Argentina and the USA, what do you get, a magical location set in the fictional world of Wakanda, the African world of Black Panther.

It was during the fight scene with T’Challa and his arch nemesis Erik Killmonger, that you get to see this fabulous backdrop of the Iguazu Waterfalls. While the action shots were done on a soundstage in Atlanta, Georgia, the widescreens were done at the Iguazu falls, that borders both Argentina and Brazil in South America.

  • Iguazú Waterfalls, Misiones, Argentina
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Busan, South Korea
  • High Museum of Art – 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Gwangan Bridge, Busan, South Korea
  • The north side of the Sajik Baseball Stadium, Busan, South Korea
  • Haeundae Gwajeong Bridge, Busan, South Korea
  • Georgia, USA
  • South Korea
  • Argentina
  • USA

‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Leipzig, Germany

Captain America: Civil War had many beautiful locations that set the scene for this movie, it picked up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, after the battle in Sokovia. This is where Steve Rogers leads one team and Tony Stark leads the other. Both having their own ideas on where they should go from here. Tony wants to follow the governments rules, but Steve doesn’t which leads them to come to blows in an epic battle.

Germany’s tiny airport, Leipzig/Halle has featured in several Hollywood movies, including Captain America: Civil War, this airport was also used in the thriller Flightplan (2005) starring Jodie Foster and Unknown (2011) starring Liam Neeson.

  • Puerto Rico
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
  • Potsdamer Platz, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • Brazil
  • Iceland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Spree River, Berlin, Germany
  • Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA
  • Leipziger Straße, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • USA

Thor: The Dark World’ – London, England

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World was mainly filmed in the UK spreading itself across many locations. London as featured in many Marvel films, with the Capital being at the forefront of the projects, giving you the setting for the perfect scene. Although it was Doctor Strange that had visited its Embankment, when learning all about his powers and how to use them, but it was Thor: The Dark World that as featured the capital most assiduously.

  • Skógarfoss Waterfall, Iceland
  • Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, UK
  • Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, UK
  • Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, West Kensington, London, England, UK
  • London, Greater London, England, UK

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Edinburgh, Scotland

Avengers Infinity War was mostly done in Atlanta and in the United Kingdom. It was done simultaneously with Endgame because of financial reasons, has this was one of the most expensive films ever made, it featured an all-star cast with the MCU coming together to create two spectacular films ever going. They also had to factor in the availability of all its stars which is the reason why they did it back-to-back. The action was spectacular from start to finish, it just never stopped.

The story may take you across the universe, but one location stood out for me and that was Edinburgh, following Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), they thought that they could be a normal couple by trying to hide from Thanos and the world, as all they wanted was to be together, but that was never going to happen as no one hides from Thanos… Not even them.

  • Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, County Durham, England, UK
  • Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines
  • Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhao, Brazil
  • Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Inverness Castle, Scotland, UK
  • Waverly Train Station, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • St Abbs Head, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK
  • Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

‘Captain Marvel’ – South California, USA

Captain Marvel locations was based just in the US, mainly surrounding California, it is one of the only Marvel movies to be solely in the US. Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, Southern California was based on the Top Gun style setting. The team wanted to try and do as much of the shoot on location before eventually turning, to use the effects of CGI, this way it gives you the more authenticity that it needed. 

The air force base may of course look familiar to some of you, as the Edwards Air Force Base, Southern California, the base has been the subject of a few film locations from the likes of the Transformers movies, Armageddon, Marvel’s Iron Man, and many more.

  • Shaver Lake, California, USA
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Oxnard, California, USA
  • Simi Valley, California, USA
  • Mojave, California, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Rosamond, California, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Valley Plaza, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • California, USA
  • Louisiana, USA
  • New York, USA
  • Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA
  • USA

‘Doctor Strange’ – Kathmandu, Nepal

Ancient places are always good to use as back drops for setting the scene in movies, Doctor Strange was no different. This place transports you back to a place of beauty and to a time where it is untouched to the outside world. There is some amazing traditional architecture, colourful streets markets and sacred temples. Doctor Strange was set mostly around Kathmandu with its rich history as the base for the setting, added with amazing special effects used to transport him through space and time. Along with Kathmandu there are also a few other locations to visit, why not check them out!

  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Deerpark, New York, USA
  • Hong Kong, China
  • National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, England, UK
  • 319 West 4th Street, New York City, New York, USA
  • Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford, England, UK
  • Los Angeles, California, USA

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a good week and I will see you all next week.

Jennifer Aniston

 Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping your spirits up. I first off want to apologise for my post being late. This is the second time I have written this out, as my computer decided to shut down on me and I lost everything that I had done, Anyway on with today’s post.

Today is a day in which we celebrate Jennifer Aniston birthday as she turns 52 today. She is not only an amazing actress but she is also a film producer, a businesswoman and philanthropist. Born into a family of actors, she decided to follow her parent’s footsteps early in life and trained herself accordingly. However, regardless of her best efforts, success had not come for six exceptionally long years.

Her career really took off when she got the part of Rachel Green in the extremely popular television sitcom ‘Friends’ and it was then that she started to make her mark. Thanks to her portrayal of Rachel, she became so popular that she was known as The Rachel. Even though it made her so well known, she, unfortunately, became typecast. It was not until she played an unglamorous cashier in the ‘Good Girl’ that set her free from her stereotype image. It was not long before work started pouring in for her, and she began playing many lead roles that went on to become major hits. In addition to that, she appeared in many commercials and successful music videos. She had also signed a contract with Elizabeth Arden Inc, and worked there for more than a year to launch a new perfume called ‘Jennifer Aniston’, she also has two other perfumes to add to her credits ‘J’ and ‘Near Dusk’. Aniston fights for equal rights for the LGBT.

Jennifer Aniston and her dad John Aniston

The Early Years

Jennifer was born Jennifer Joanna Anastassakis on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles to parents John Aniston and Nancy Dow. She spent the first part of her childhood in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, where the family shared a three-bedroom house with her grandmother. It was there she begun her education in an elementary school. Later the family moved to New York City.

She went on to Waldorf School at six years where they would discourage you from watching television, so she would go to the theatre instead. Three years later her parents separated. Her dad went on to marry someone else and had her half-brother Alexander Aniston. She instantly became the middle child as she also has an older half-brother John T. Melick from her mother’s side.

Jennifer first started acting at eleven while she was studying at Waldorf. She later enrolled at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and graduated from there.

Jennifer as a teenager

Her Career

In 1988, Jennifer started her acting career by working in Off-Broadway shows like ‘For Dear Life’ and ‘Dancing on Checker’s Grave’. However, she was not making much money out of her acting career, instead, she took on some side jobs to help support herself, taking on jobs such as telemarketer, waitress and bike messenger.

In 1989, she went on to appear on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, the American radio show hosted by Howard Stern. In the same year, she moved to Los Angeles, where her father used to stay. Not long after her move, she got a part in 1990’s ‘Molloy’ alongside The Big Bangs Mayim Bialik. It aired for just for one season. She then went on to do a television series named ‘Ferris Bueller’ starring with Charlie Schlatter again, that only lasted for a season.

Undeterred by this, she went on to act in another two-television series before finding fame on the television sitcom ‘Friends’ in 1994. Which lasted 10 seasons, it became a success, It catapulted her career, and she became a household name. It was then she had finally established herself firmly as an actress and has made several successful films.

Ever The Philanthropist

Jennifer is a well-known activist and philanthropist, she has been so generous with both her time and money as she has donated to several different philanthropic organizations, such as Project A.L.S., Feeding America, Doctors without Borders, AmeriCares, Friends of Al Faro, EB Medical Research Foundation, OmniPeace, and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Clothes Off Our Back, etc.

Jennifer has also helped with other causes like LGBT and has hosted shows like Stand Up for Cancer, and It Cannot Wait.

Facts

  • Her birth name is Jennifer Joanna Anastassakis. She later shortened her name to make it easier for people to remember it.
  • Both her parents are actors and encouraged her high school interest in drama. her father, John Aniston, is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Her mother is Nancy Dow.
  • She has royal blood in her. Through her mother, Jennifer is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland.
  • As a child, Aniston lived in Greece for a year with her family. They moved to Pennsylvania, then to New York City.
  • Aniston attended a Waldorf educational school in New York when she was six and harnessed her love for acting at age 11 at the school.
  • When she was 11, one of Jennifer’s paintings was placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Aniston was bullied throughout her school life, as other kids decided to make fun of her. She was known as the class clown.
  • She went to school with Chaz Bono, and she would go to his house after school.
  • Jennifer had other jobs before becoming an actress, which she was not any good at, she worked as a bike messenger, and drove into an open car door. When she was a waitress, she accidentally dropped a few burgers on customers’ laps.
  • Aniston made her screen debut in the television series Molloy (1990), but her film career began in the horror film Leprechaun (1993). The horror flick was a bad experience for her and made her consider giving up her acting career.
  • She appeared in ‘Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ music video for the 1996 song “Walls.”
  • Her big break came when she was cast as Rachel Green in the NBC sitcom Friends. The hugely popular series made her a star and a household name.
  • Directors originally had other ideas about who would play who on the show “Friends,”. They had picked Courteney Cox to be Rachel and Jennifer Aniston to play Monica. The two actresses persuaded producers that they were better suited to play it the other way round. Aniston got the role after she was told by the producers to lose 30 pounds. Ouch!
  • Chris McMillan, who managed the ‘Friends’ star’s hair for more than a decade, admitted he was stoned when he cut Jennifer Aniston’s into the iconic “Rachel” haircut.
  • Her best friend is her Friends co-star Courteney Cox.
  • She won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award during her tenure on the show.
  • She went on to star in 238 episodes of the hit series, becoming one of the highest-paid actresses in a television show at $1 million per episode.
  • Jennifer offered to be Matthew Perry’s personal trainer in 2002 to help him lose weight.
  • She has a fear of flying – even though she must do it so often for her work.
  • Jennifer was once recognized by a fan when she was naked in a sauna.
  • Jen has been friends with Adam Sandler for an exceptionally long time, way before they became famous. Aniston was dating one of Sandler’s friends. They were two teenagers and met at Jerry’s Deli while hanging out with a group of other kids. They have been friends ever since.
  • Aniston and Sandler have appeared in two movies together, “Just Go With It” (2011) and Netflix’s “Murder Mystery” (2019).
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston (best friends for life)
  • Jen met her former husband Brad Pitt on a blind date in 1998. The couple got married in 2000.
  • Jennifer is the first woman to win the GQ Man of the Year award. She shared the award with 50 Cent and Vince Vaughn in November 2005.
  • She stays in great shape by practising yoga. She filmed the introduction to her instructor’s 2009 Yogalosophy DVD.
  • The late actor Telly Savalas was her godfather.
  • Jen is 5′ 6″ (1.68 m) tall.
  • Aniston has dated actors Vince Vaughn, singer John Mayer and SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis following her divorce from Brad Pitt.
  • Her favourite colour is blue.
  • She began dating former husband Justin Theroux in 2011 and the couple got engaged in August 2012. Aniston and Theroux met while filming Wanderlust.
  • Jen and Justin threw away the traditional honeymoon of just the two of them, they decided to have a holiday with a group of friends, which included Jason Bateman, Courtney Cox, and Chelsea Handler. They wanted the partying to carry on.
  • Jennifer owns a Welsh corgi-terrier mix named Norman and a white German shepherd named Dolly.
  • Her birthday is February 11, 1969, and she shares it with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Burt Reynolds, Sheryl Crow, and Kelly Rowland.
  • She dislikes spicy foods also Greek, Chinese, and Indian food, but is very fond of Mexican food.
  • Jen has been the crush of many Hollywood actors, which included former husband Justin Theroux, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cole Sprouse, and John Mayer.
  • Her favourite movies include “Wuthering Heights” and “Fame.”
  • She is the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, the daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
  • If Jennifer were not an actress, she has said that she would have been a therapist today.
  • She is widely known for her beautiful locks, but before all that, she used to keep a tiny pair of scissors in the glove compartment of her car so she could trim any split ends when she found them.
  • What does she dislike reading about herself? “Try that Jennifer Aniston diet.” There is no secret diet – she says she follows a healthy diet and exercises often.
  • She went through a goth phase in high school, as she wanted to be rebellious.
  • Her father, who has starred on Days of Our Lives since 1985, also discouraged his daughter from following in his footsteps. “He said, ‘I do not want your heartbroken. The rejection is brutal. He begged her not do it, and become a lawyer.”
  • When Jennifer Aniston was a young child, she was riding a tricycle around the swimming pool and ended up crashing it into the water. She was too scared to let go of the trike, so her brother had to help her out of the water. This caused her to be terrified of being underwater…and even now she has a hard time filming scenes in the water.
  • Jennifer has struggled with dyslexia which made reading difficult for her. Before she was diagnosed, she just thought she was not good at academics since she was not able to retain any of the information.  
  • Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have been friends since there early 20’s. They have appeared in five movies together “The Break-Up” (2006), “The Switch” (2010), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), and “Office Christmas Party” (2016).
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston BFF

Films I Like of Hers

Earliest to Latest

  • Picture Perfect (1997)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Rumor Has It (2005)
  • The Break-Up (2006)
  • Marley and Me (2008)
  • He’s Not That Into You (2009)
  • The Bounty Hunter (2010)
  • The Switch (2010)
  • Just Go with It (2011)
  • Horrible Boss (2011)
  • Wanderlust (2012)
  • We’re the Millers (2013)
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
  • Mother’s Day (2016)
  • Storks (2016)
  • Office Christmas Party (2016)
  • Murder Mystery (2019)

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