Jennifer Aniston never wanted or expected an easy ride. Indeed, any actress, singer, artist or entertainer of discernible level of intelligence and talent will pursue creativity knowing full well there may be just as many downs as there are ups.
And the LA-born actress, producer and businesswoman has certainly had an array of truly momentous life events. There was her first big break, in 1993 horror comedy Leprechaun; the burgeoning success of her time as Rachel in Friends, which would go on to become one of the most successful sitcoms of all time; and of course the commencement of a dynamic, diverse acting career which peaked with comedy films of the ilk of Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, Horrible Bosses and We’re The Millers.
More than that though, there was the global recognition of Jennifer Aniston as truly a modern entertainment icon; and with that a kind soul, a campaigner, a bubbly, energetic and effortless funny addition to a slate of entertainers who have, over the years, become ever terser, or crude, or just plain old unfunny.
And yet, where the 51-year-old sits in the consciousness of many is somewhat compromised, and by two things. The first is men. In some respects Aniston achieved what tens of millions of women the world over spent decades dreaming about, and that was to wed Brad Pitt.