David Lawrence Angell was an American producer of sitcoms. Angell won multiple Emmy Awards as the creator and executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee and his wife Lynn both died heading home from their vacation in Cape Cod aboard American Airlines Flight 11. This was the first plane to hit the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, Angell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Henry and Mae Angell. He received a degree in English Literature from Providence College. He married Lynn Angell on August 14,1971, soon after Angell entered the U. S. Army upon graduation and served at the Pentagon until 1972. He moved to Boston and worked as a methods analyst at an engineering company and his brother, the late Most Rev. Kenneth Angell, was a Roman Catholic prelate and former Bishop of Burlington, Angell moved to Los Angeles in 1977. His first script was sold to the producers of the Annie Flynn series, five years later, he sold his second script to Archie Bunkers Place. In 1983, he joined Cheers as a staff writer, in 1985, Angell joined forces with Peter Casey and David Lee as Cheers supervising producers/writers.
After working together as producers on Cheers, Casey, in 1990, they created and executive-produced the comedy series Wings. The episode was first broadcast on May 27,1997,4 years and 3 months later, Angell, in 2004, The Angell Foundation of Los Angeles, California awarded Providence College a gift of $2 million for the Smith Center for the Arts. Season 9, Episode 2, of Frasier, airing on September 25,2001, ended with the tribute, In loving memory of our friends Lynn. Season 11, Episode 24 Goodnight, the finale which aired May 13,2004. At the National 9/11 Memorial and his wife are memorialized at the North Pool, on Panel N-1, David Angell at the Internet Movie Database
Daniel Edward Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian-American actor, producer, screenwriter and businessman. He was an member of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live. A musical sketch he performed with John Belushi on SNL, The Blues Brothers, turned into a performing band and a highly successful 1980 film. He conceived and starred in Ghostbusters, which spawned a sequel, in 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. He starred in his own sitcom, Soul Man, from 1997–98, Aykroyd is a successful businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand. Aykroyd was born on Canada Day,1952 at Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario and he grew up in Ottawa, Canadas capital, where his father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Hélène, was a secretary and his mother was of French Canadian descent and his father of English, Scottish and French ancestry.
His brother, Peter, is an actor, Aykroyd was born with syndactyly, or webbed toes, which was revealed in the film Mr. Mikes Mondo Video and in a short film on Saturday Night Live titled Dont Look Back In Anger. Aykroyd was raised in the Catholic Church, and until age 17 he intended to become a priest and he attended St. Pius X and St. Patricks high schools, and studied criminology and sociology at Carleton University, but dropped out before completing his degree. He worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran a speakeasy, Club 505. Aykroyd developed his career in Ottawa, particularly through his regular attendances at Le Hibou. He describes these influences as follows. there was a disco club there called Le Hibou. I was going to Le Hibou and hearing James Cotton, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, I actually jammed behind Muddy Waters. S. P. Leary left the drum kit one night, and I walked on stage and we started, I dont know, Little Red Rooster, something. He said keep that going, you make Muddy feel good.
Many, many times I saw Howlin Wolf, and of course Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. So I was exposed to all of these players, playing there as part of scene to service the academic community in Ottawa. He was a member of the Second City comedy troupe in 1973 in both Toronto and Chicago, Aykroyd gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live
Jeffrey Blitz is an American film director and screenwriter from Ridgewood, New Jersey. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2002 documentary, Spellbound and he won the Dramatic Directing Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his 2007 film, Blitz won the 2009 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, for The Office episode Stress Relief. Blitz was born to a Conservative Jewish family and raised in a household in Ridgewood. His mother, a pediatrician, was an immigrant from Moisés Ville, Argentina and he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 and a Masters degree in 1991 from Johns Hopkins University. In 1997, he graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and his brother is comedy writer Andy Blitz. Spellbound Rocket Science Lucky Table 19 An interview with Mr. Blitz Jeffrey Blitz at the Internet Movie Database
Rob Ashford is an American director and choreographer. He is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, born in Orlando and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, Ashford attended Washington and Lee University, Virginia, in the pre-law program, graduating in 1982. He became interested in theatre with his work in the theatre department and he performed in the Pittsburgh theatre scene while in college, appearing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. After graduation, Ashford moved to New York City where he shared an apartment with friend, as a dancer, Ashford made his Broadway debut in the 1987 Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes starring Patti LuPone. Productions of The Most Happy Fella, Crazy for You, My Favorite Year, Victor/Victoria, Ashford began working as a choreographer when Rob Marshall sent Ashford to re-stage Kiss of the Spider Woman in Buenos Aires. He next served as Associate Choreographer to Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway revival of Ring Round the Moon in 1999 the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Ashford won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.
He directed Scarlett Johansson in the 2012 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, for the New York City Center Encores. Staged concert series, Ashford has choreographed, Bloomer Girl, A Connecticut Yankee and he directed and choreographed a 2010 pre-Broadway production of Leap of Faith at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. In April 2015, Ashford directed and choreographed a production of Carousel for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, starring Laura Osnes. Off-Broadway credits include Pardon My English, The Thing About Men, Bloomer Girl, A Connecticut Yankee, in London, Ashfords directing credits include, Parade at the Donmar Warehouse and A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009 at the Donmar Warehouse starring Rachel Weisz. He directed a revival of Anna Christie, starring Jude Law and this production won the Olivier Award for Best Revival. Ashford co-directed, with Jason Moore, the West End production of Shrek The Musical, for the Manchester International Festival, Ashford directed Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston in Macbeth in 2013.
The production transferred to the Park Ave Armory in New York City for a run in June 2014. His choreography credits include Evita and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre starring Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski and he directed and choreographed a musical version of the film Finding Neverland which premièred in autumn 2012 at Curve, Leicester. Royal National Theatre choreography credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and he directed and choreographed the new Gershwin musical A Damsel In Distress for Chichester Festival Theatre in 2015. In 2016, He co-directed The Winters Tale with Kenneth Branagh in a production that starred Branagh and Judi Dench. and the opening credit sequence to Ted 2. For television, Ashford has choreographed tributes to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Hermann, Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Shirley MacLaine and he was the choreographer for the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and 2009, and a co-producer for 2011,2012 and 2014. He served as choreographer for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, 86th Annual Academy Awards, and the 87th Annual Academy Awards
Henry Albert Hank Azaria is an American actor, voice actor and producer. He is known for starring in the television sitcom The Simpsons, voicing Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson. He is the star of the 2017 tv series Brockmire and he had recurring roles on the television series Mad About You and Friends, played the title character in the drama Huff, and appeared in the popular stage musical Spamalot. Though originally known as a actor, Azaria has taken on more dramatic roles including the TV films Tuesdays With Morrie. He has won six Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Azaria was married to actress Helen Hunt from 1999 to 2000 and has been married to actress Katie Wright since 2007. Azaria was born in Queens, New York City, the son of Eastern Sephardic Jewish parents and his grandparents on both sides hailed from Thessaloniki, from Greeces Spanish Jewish community established there after the 1492 exile from Spain. His familys spoken language at home was the Ladino language, which Azaria described as a strange, Azarias father ran several dress-manufacturing businesses, while his mother raised him and his two older sisters and Elise.
Before marrying his father, Azarias mother had been a publicist for Columbia Pictures, promoting films in Latin American countries, during his childhood, Azaria would often memorize and mimic the scripts of the films and stand-up comedy routines that he enjoyed. Azaria attended The Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills and he decided to become an actor after performing in a school play at the age of 16, becoming, at the expense of his academic studies, obsessed with acting. Both of his parents loved all forms of business, which further spurred him to become an actor. He studied drama at Tufts University from 1981 to 1985, where he met and befriended actor Oliver Platt and noted that Oliver was an actor than I was in college. Together they both starred in college stage productions, including The Merchant of Venice, before Azaria trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Although he did not expect the endeavor to be successful, Azaria decided to become an actor, so that in his life. Azarias first acting job was an advertisement for Italian television when he was seventeen years old and he worked as a busboy.
He decided that television was an arena and offered more opportunity so, after being offered work with talent agent Harry Gold. He made his debut with a role in the pilot episode of the 1986 ABC comedy-drama series Joe Bash. His part – a one-line role as the police officer Maldonado – was edited out before the show was broadcast, although the role secured him admission to the Screen Actors Guild. Azaria appeared in the TV film Nitti, The Enforcer, about the gangster Frank Nitti and he played Joe in an episode of the sitcom Family Ties in 1988, in which he had one line and the following year he played Steve Stevenson in an episode of Growing Pains
John Adam Belushi was an American comedian and musician. During his career he had a personal and artistic partnership with fellow SNL actor. He was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Belushis mother, Agnes Demetri, was the daughter of Albanian immigrants, and his father, Adam Anastos Belushi, was an Albanian immigrant from Qytezë. Belushi was raised in the Albanian Orthodox Church and attended Wheaton Community High School, in 1965 Belushi formed a music band, The Ravens, together with four fellow high school students. They recorded one single, Listen to Me Now/Jolly Green Giant, the record wasnt successful and the band broke up when Belushi moved to Chicago, where he enrolled at College of DuPage. Belushi started his own troupe in Chicago, The West Compass Trio, with Tino Insana. At Second City, he met and began working with Harold Ramis, in 1972 Belushi was offered a role, together with Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest, in National Lampoon Lemmings, a parody of Woodstock, which played Off-Broadway in 1972.
During a trip to Toronto to check the local Second City cast in 1974, Jacklin became an associate producer for the show, and she and Belushi were married on December 31,1976. In 1975 Chevy Chase and writer Michael ODonoghue recommended Belushi to Lorne Michaels as a member for a television show Michaels was about to produce called Saturday Night Live. Michaels was initially unsure as he wasnt sure if Belushis physical humour would fit with what he was envisioning, kirk on The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise and a contributor of furious opinion pieces on Weekend Update, during which he coined his catchphrase, But N-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O. With Aykroyd, Belushi created Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers, originally intended to warm up the crowd before the show, the Blues Brothers were eventually featured as music guestsBelushi reprised his imitation of Joe Cocker from Lemmings. Cocker himself joined Belushi in 1976 and they sang together Feeling Alright, like many of his SNL fellow cast members, Belushi begun experimenting heavily with drugs to deal with the constant pressure.
His unpredictable temper caused him to be fired by Michaels a number of times, in Rolling Stones February,2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to that time, Belushi received the top ranking. Belushi was the live in Saturday Night Live, they wrote, nobody embodied the highs and lows of SNL like Belushi. In 1978, he made the films Old Boyfriends, Goin South, upon its initial release, Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics, but Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the years best. Animal House was responsible for defining and launching the gross-out genre of films. Following the success of The Blues Brothers on SNL, Belushi and Aykroyd, with the help of pianist-arranger Paul Shaffer and these included SNL saxophonist Blue Lou Marini and trombonist-saxophonist Tom Malone, who had previously played in Blood, Sweat & Tears. In 1978 The Blues Brothers released their album, Briefcase Full of Blues
Kathleen Doyle Kathy Bates is an American actress. Bates began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in night, Mother. She rose to prominence with her performance in Misery, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She won another Emmy Award in 2012 for her portrayal as the ghost of Charlie Harper on CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men, Bates was born in Memphis, the youngest of three daughters of homemaker Bertye Kathleen and mechanical engineer Langdon Doyle Bates. Her paternal grandfather was lawyer and author Finis L. Bates, One of her Irish great-great-grandfathers, who immigrated to New Orleans, served as President Andrew Jacksons doctor. She graduated early from White Station High School and from Southern Methodist University and she moved to New York City in 1970 to pursue an acting career. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1983 for her role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play night.
The stage production ran for more than a year, mcNally specifically wrote the play for Bates and F. Murray Abraham, who had to drop out and was replaced by Kenneth Welsh. The play was filmed as Frankie and Johnny, starring Al Pacino. She succeeded Amy Irving in the Off-Broadway production of The Road to Mecca in 1988, Bates first feature film role was in the 1971 Miloš Forman comedy Taking Off, in which she sings an original song Even Horses Had Wings. Bates next feature was the Dustin Hoffman film Straight Time, in 1977, Bates made her Soap opera debut as Phyllis on NBCs soap opera The Doctors. From 1983 to 1984, she played prison inmate Belle Bodelle on All My Children and from 1984 to 1985, in 1990 she would appear again with Hoffman in Warren Beattys Dick Tracy as a stenographer. She appeared in films like The Morning After and Summer Heat and she landed the role of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes, who holds her favorite author captive, in the 1990 thriller film Misery, based on the Stephen King novel.
Bates received her first Academy Award nomination for that role, winning Best Actress, soon after, she starred with Jessica Tandy in the acclaimed 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes, based on the novel by comedic actress Fannie Flagg. In 1995 Bates played the character in Dolores Claiborne, a film adaptation of another Stephen King novel. In 1997 Bates played Molly Brown in James Camerons Titanic, based on the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, the film went on to earn more than $1.8 billion in box-office receipts worldwide. For this performance, she received her second Academy Award nomination, in 2002 she received her third nomination, for About Schmidt. More recently and Terry Bradshaw played the parents of Matthew McConaugheys character in the 2006 film Failure to Launch, Bates was featured in an uncredited cameo in the miniseries of Stephen Kings The Stand
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions and he is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age and he fought in the final stages of World War II as a U. S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with Because of You in 1951. Several top hits such as Rags to Riches followed in the early 1950s and he refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached a peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco. His career and his personal life experienced a downturn during the height of the rock music era.
Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and he has won 19 Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide, Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3,1926, in Astoria, New York, to grocer John Benedetto and seamstress Anna Suraci. In 1906, John had emigrated from Podàrgoni, an eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria. Anna had been born in the U. S. shortly after her parents emigrated from the Calabria region in 1899. Other relatives came over as well as part of the migration of Italians to America. Tony grew up with a sister, and an older brother. With a father who was ailing and unable to work, the children grew up in poverty, John Sr. instilled in his son a love of art and literature and a compassion for human suffering, but died when Tony was 10 years old. The experience of growing up in the Great Depression and a distaste for the effects of the Hoover Administration would make the child a lifelong Democrat.
Young Tony grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby as well as artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden. His Uncle Dick was a tap dancer in vaudeville, giving him a window into show business
Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer-songwriter, voice actress, choreographer and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the video era. Abdul scored a string of pop hits in the late 1980s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for Best Music Video – Short Form for Opposites Attract, after her initial period of success, Abdul suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life. She saw renewed fame and success as a judge on American Idol in the 2000s. Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents, Abduls father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian-Jewish community in Aleppo, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently emigrated to the United States. Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M.
Rykiss, grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Ukraine, Abdul holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada. She has a sister named Wendy, in 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School. An avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a business career by Gene Kelly in the classic film Singin in the Rain. Abdul began taking lessons at an early age in ballet, jazz. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader, at 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School. Abdul studied broadcasting at the California State University, during her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer, Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game.
She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single Torture and my only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance, Abdul recalled. Imagine me telling them what routines to do, I was young, I was scared. Im not quite sure how I got through that, the success of the choreography in the video led to Abduls career of choreographer in music videos. It was due to the success of the video that Abdul was chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons Victory tour, Abdul choreographed videos for several singers throughout the 1980s, including many videos for Janet Jackson during her Control era
Dame Julia Elizabeth Julie Andrews, DBE is an English actress, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, an actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948. She rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady, playing Eliza Doolittle, in 1957, Andrews starred in the premiere of Rodgers and Hammersteins written-for-television musical Cinderella, a live network broadcast seen by over 100 million viewers. Andrews made her film debut in Mary Poppins, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She starred in The Sound of Music, playing Maria, between 1964 and 1986, she starred in The Americanization of Emily, Torn Curtain, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star. The Tamarind Seed,10, Victor/Victoria, Thats Life. in 2000, Andrews was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts. In 2002, she was ranked #59 in the BBCs poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2003, she revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend.
From 2001 to 2004, Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2, from 2004 to 2010, she lent her voice to the Shrek animated films, and Despicable Me. She is an author of books and has published her autobiography, Home. Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames and her mother, Barbara Ward Wells was born in Chertsey and married Edward Charles Ted Wells, a teacher of metalwork and woodwork in 1932. However, Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend. Andrews discovered her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 autobiography, with the outbreak of World War II, Barbara and Ted Wells went their separate ways and were soon divorced. Ted Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz, Andrews lived briefly with Ted Wells and her brother John in Surrey. In 1940, Ted Wells sent young Julia to live with her mother and stepfather, the Andrews family was very poor and we lived in a bad slum area of London, Andrews recalled, That was a very black period in my life.
According to Andrews, her stepfather was violent and an alcoholic, Ted Andrews twice, while drunk, tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in Andrews fitting a lock on her door. The Andrews family took up residence at the Old Meuse, in West Grove and she had an enormous influence on me, Andrews said of Stiles-Allen, She was my third mother – Ive got more mothers and fathers than anyone in the world. In her memoir Julie Andrews – My Star Pupil, Stiles-Allen records, The range and she had possessed the rare gift of absolute pitch. According to Andrews, Madame was sure that I could do Mozart and Rossini, of her own voice, she says I had a very pure, thin voice, a four-octave range – dogs would come for miles around
Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FRSB FLS FZS FSA is an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist. He is a senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two. He is the person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD. Attenborough is widely considered a treasure in Britain, although he himself does not like the term. In 2002 he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC and he is the younger brother of director and actor Richard Attenborough, and older brother of motor executive John Attenborough. Attenborough was born in Isleworth, West London, but grew up in College House on the campus of the University College, Leicester and he is the middle of three sons, and the only surviving child among them. During World War II, through a British charitable programme known as Kindertransport, Attenborough spent his childhood collecting fossils and other natural specimens. He received encouragement in this pursuit at age seven, when a young Jacquetta Hawkes admired his museum, the source, which wasnt revealed at the time, was a pond less than 5 metres from the department. A few years later, one of his sisters gave him a piece of amber filled with prehistoric creatures, some 50 years later.
In 1936 David and his brother Richard attended a lecture by Grey Owl at De Montfort Hall and were influenced by his advocacy of conservation. The idea that mankind was endangering nature by recklessly despoiling and plundering its riches was unheard of at the time, in 1999, Richard directed a biopic of Belaney entitled Grey Owl. In 1947 he was called up for service in the Royal Navy. In 1950 Attenborough married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel, she died in 1997, the couple had two children and Susan. Robert is a lecturer in bioanthropology for the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra. Susan is a primary school headmistress. After leaving the Navy, Attenborough took a position editing childrens science textbooks for a publishing company and he soon became disillusioned with the work and in 1950 applied for a job as a radio talk producer with the BBC. Although he was rejected for this job, his CV attracted the interest of Mary Adams, like most Britons at that time, did not own a television, and he had seen only one programme in his life.
However, he accepted Adams offer of a training course
Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress and businesswoman. She is the daughter of Greek-born actor John Aniston and American actress Nancy Dow, the character was widely popular during the airing of the series and was recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television. Aniston has played the female protagonist in a number of comedies and her box office hits include Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go with It, Horrible Bosses, and Were the Millers, each of which have grossed over US$200 million in worldwide receipts. Her other films include Along Came Polly and Hes Just Not That Into You, in 2008, she co-founded the production company Echo Films. In 2012, Aniston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, and as of 2014, her net worth is estimated to be US$150 million. She has included in magazines lists of the worlds most beautiful women. People magazine named Aniston The Most Beautiful Woman in 2004 and 2016, divorced from actor Brad Pitt, to whom she was married for five years, she has been married to actor Justin Theroux since 2015.
Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, the daughter of actor John Aniston and her father is Greek, while her mother was born in New York City. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was an Italian immigrant, and her mothers ancestry includes English, Scottish. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick, her older maternal half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother, Anistons godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of her fathers best friends. As a child, Aniston lived in Greece for a year with her family and they moved to Eddystone, where they lived with her grandmother Stella Anastassakis in a three-bedroom home. While living in Eddystone, Aniston was enrolled at a elementary school. She and her family moved to New York City. Despite her fathers career, Aniston was discouraged from watching TV. When she was six, she began attending a Waldorf school and her mother and father split up when she was nine years old. Her father is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives and her mother appeared in two 1960s TV series, The Wild Wild West and The Beverly Hillbillies.
In 2015, she spoke about an incident that led to her lifelong fear of water. She stated during an event for her film Cake, I basically have a real fear of going underwater