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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)

Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog. See you all next week.

Anne Hathaway

Hi everyone I hope your all okay. Wow! What a week it’s been, like everyone else I was listening and praying that Joe Biden would get elected as president and our wishes were granted when the news came in that he had won. Congratulation to him for persevering and I wish him luck, but let’s face it he has got a lot of hard work ahead of him, but I am sure he is up to the challenge at hand.

Now back to today’s post. Today it is about Anne Hathaway, whose birthday it is today. She is not only a great actress, wife, mother, and fashion icon. She also fights for what’s right in many causes.

A very Young Anne Hathaway–before becoming the star we know today.

Biography

Early Life:

Born Anne Jacqueline Hathaway on November 12, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York, US, to parents Gerald Hathaway (a lawyer), and Kate McCauley Hathaway (stage actress and producer). She has two brothers Michael (older), and Thomas (younger). Hathaway is an American actress known for her versatility, starring in roles ranging from fairy tales to comedies, and hard hitting drama.

At six, Hathaway and her family moved from Brooklyn NY, to Milburn, a suburb in New Jersey. From a young age she would tour with her mother Kate McCauley, it was whilst during a production of the musical Les Misérables, which is where she caught the acting bug and spurred her on to pursue a career in theatre. Hathaway studied at the prestigious Barrow Group, and by the time she was sixteen, she landed her first television role, on the family drama Get Real (1999-2000).

Education:

Hathaway began her education with pre-school by attending Brooklyn Heights School, which gave her an early start on an academic career – from there she headed straight to first grade while technically still a kindergartener. At high school she was very active in the school drama department, where she would go on to act in many of their productions. She went on to graduate from Milburn High School with a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for her performance in one of the plays she had performed in. When she finished high school, Hathaway carried on learning at Vassar College a small liberal arts school in Poughkeepsie, NY, and went on to sing in an all-female a cappella group. During her time there she majored in English and women’s studies, a discipline that is very special to the school, which was founded as a women’s college. After a few semesters there, Anne took some time off from her studies to film, but instead, of returning, she transferred to NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and graduated in 2005.

Filming:

Hathaway started pursuing film work once she had graduated from high school (2000). Her big screen debut came in 2001 with The Princess Diaries (2001) she played clumsy Mia Thermopolis, whose whole world changes in a day, as she discovers that she is heir to a royal throne. A sequel follows in 2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and then went on to play in another fairy tale role Ella Enchanted. Hathaway was afraid about being typecast that she decided to go for more adult roles, with her next major part being in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005). Where she played the wife of a cowboy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is secretly in love with another man (Heath Ledger), this critically acclaimed film was up for an academy award nomination for best picture.

Hathaway went on to star alongside Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada. Her other notable performances that are worth a mention includes the lead role in Becoming Jane (2007), that was based on the fictionalized account Of Jane Austin life, and not forgetting her portrayal as Kym, a recovering drug addict in Rachel Getting Married (2008) – for which she earned her first academy award nomination.

Anne Hathaway’s career as blossomed throughout the years, and over time she has pursued many different acting roles this time adding romantic comedies to her repertoire in movies such as Bride Wars (2009) opposite Kate Hudson, and Valentine’s Day (2010), with a whole host of stars coming together to star in one movie, she has had many more acting roles that as kept her very busy and whatever she has tried her hand at, and has tackled it all with finesse and professionalism that it deserved.

Personal Life:

Hathaway married actor and jewelry designer Adam Shulman on September 29, 2012, after dating for four years. The couple welcomed their first son into the world on March 24, 2016, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman in Los Angeles. Then three years later they welcomed their second son Jack in late 2019.

Philanthropy:

Besides from acting, Hathaway supports numerous charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Step Up Women’s Network, the Lollipop Theatre Network, the Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Rights and Racial Equality. Hathaway is someone that shows a lot of passion and compassion, and believes in making this a better place.

FAST FACTS

  • Mother performed in a touring production of Les Misérables.
  • As a child, she appeared in productions at New Jersey’s prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse, including a revival of Gigi.
  • Is a trained soprano; sang at Carnegie Hall in 1999 with the All-Eastern United States High School Honors Chorus.
  • Attended the Barrow Group theater company in New York for six months; was the first teenager admitted into its acting program.
  • Fell out of her chair while auditioning for The Princess Diaries. Director Garry Marshall hired her on the spot.
  • Won the 2002 Clarence Derwent Award honoring “the most promising female performer on the New York metropolitan scene” for her performance in a concert revival of the musical Carnival.
  • Considered for the role of Christine in the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, but was unavailable because of her commitment to The Princess Diaries 2.
  • Played Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 production of Twelfth Night.
  • Shaved her head to play Fantine in Les Misérables (2012).

Films

This is a list of Anne Hathaway’s Films I’ve seen of hers and the the ones with the asterisk symbol {*} are my favourite ones.

Films still to Watch

Here is a list of films I would still like to watch of hers that I haven’t gotten around to yet and one or two of them have still got to be released.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Stay safe and I will see you next week!