Jennifer Aniston Then & Now: See Ageless Pics Of ‘Friends’ Star, 51, From Her Hollywood Start To Now

For many, Jennifer Aniston has been a star they've grown up with all of their lives. From 'Friends' in the '90s to today, the timeless 51-year-old 'Morning Show' star remains one of Hollywood's most beloved icons.

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Jennifer Aniston, 51, is one of those rare celebrities who has been able to maintain superstar status for over two decades. Her breakout role was playing Rachel Green on the NBC sitcom Friends. Since Friends ended in 2004, Jennifer has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses. She has starred in a number of romantic comedies like Rumor Has It and The Break-Up. Jennifer returned to television in 2019 to play morning news Alex Levy on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. Her performance earned her a 2020 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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Jennifer Aniston rocking ‘The Rachel.’ (The Everett Collection)

Jennifer has had a cultural impact ever since Friends. She notably inspired an entire nationwide hair trend in the first two years of the show, with the layered shag cut known as “The Rachel.” Fans still come to her hairstylist Chris McMillan today asking for “The Rachel” because Jen’s beauty is so iconic and timeless. Even after 20 years, Jennifer is still one of the stars people anxiously await to see on the red carpet. Her simple and sexy style is unmatched.

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Jennifer Aniston starred as Rachel Green for 10 seasons. (The Everett Collection)

It was during her time on Friends when Jennifer started dating Brad Pitt, now 56. The pair got engaged and went on to marry on July 29, 2000, in an elaborate ceremony at a rented mansion in Malibu. Fireworks and a gospel choir celebrated their union, and they were Hollywood’s golden couple during their marriage. Brad was always there as Jen’s date to the Emmys each year. They always looked so stunning together, being two of Hollywood’s most beautiful people. He was there to plant a kiss on Jen in 2002 when she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Friends. She even said “to my husband, I love you so much,” at the end of her speech.

Unfortunately, their bright union came to an end in Jan. 2005 when the pair separated. While he went to date and start a family with his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie, 45, Jen began dating a much younger John Mayer, 42, in 2008. But as gorgeous as she was, their nearly 10-year age difference didn’t seem that apparent.

Jen and John eventually split, and Jennifer finally found true love again on the set of the 2012 film Wanderlust with co-star Justin Theroux, 48. They got engaged that year and married on Aug. 5, 2015, in a super-secret yet celeb-packed backyard ceremony in Bel Air. Jennifer took on a more notable edge with her look when with Justin. While she always favored little black dresses, she wore more black leather and other styles that matched her guy. Yet still, she maintained her gorgeous blonde locks and sun-kissed flawless skin. Sadly, Jen and Justin announced their separation in Feb. 2018 and went on to divorce. They have remained friendly as they promised in their split announcement.

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Jennifer Aniston looked stunning in this white gown at the SAG Awards. She won for her performance in ‘The Morning Show.’ (AP)

As Jen turned 50 in 2019, she still looked as gorgeous as she did when she started on Friends. She had a big year work-wise with the Netflix comedy Murder Mystery and her Apple+ drama The Morning Show, which marked her return to episodic TV. Ever the golden girl, Jen absolutely shined when she was named Best Actress in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for The Morning Show in Jan. 2020. She wore a stunning tight white slip gown from Christian Dior by John Galliano. Even her ex Brad had to stop and gaze at the monitors backstage as Jen gave her moving speech.

The next year is looking very bright for Jennifer. She’ll be participating, along with Brad, in the Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read for charity on Sept. 17. Just a few days later, she’ll be signing on for the virtual Emmys. If she wins this year, it will be her first Emmy since 2002. The Morning Show has also been renewed for season 2, so Jennifer will be filming that in the months to come.

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