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Jennifer Aniston (b. February 11, 1969)

Raised in New York, Los Angeles, and Greece, Jennifer Aniston had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club, and she began her professional training as a drama student at New York's High School of the Performing Arts. In 1987, after graduation, she started appearing in Off-Broadway productions and television.

In 1994, she was asked to audition for the role of Monica for a TV pilot called "Friends Like These." Aniston refused and won instead the role of Rachel Green, the suburban princess turned coffee peddler. She was the only "Friends" cast member to win an Emmy and go on to a successful film career.

Aniston told Rolling Stone (September 27, 2001): "I wouldn't call myself a pothead. I mean, I enjoy it once in a while. There's nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation." Commenting on anonymous reports in the tabloids about Aniston and then-husband Brad Pitt's "drug use," Aniston said, "You see something like that--me and my husband, hooked on drugs. Then you read the story, and it says you smoke pot. It's not even cocaine or shooting heroin. Pot!"

Horrid tabloid stories speculated that Aniston and Pitt were unable to conceive a child because Pitt's pot smoking harmed his sperm, and Aniston even went so far as to make a movie, "The Good Girl," with this premise. But he had no trouble putting a Pitt in Angelina Jolie's stomach. If conception was a problem, it could be related to our insane standard of beauty for women: reportedly Aniston shed 20 pounds for her role on "Friends."

In 2006, Aniston sued photographer Peter Brandt over topless photographs Brant took of the actress in her backyard. In a Notice of Demrurer obtained by, Brandt claims that some of the photos he took depict Aniston and sometime boyfriend Vince Vaughn smoking pot together.

Obviously, occasional indulgence in marijuana hasn't impeded Aniston's career, or harmed her health. Her comments about moderation and the differences between hard and soft drugs are important messages seldom heard in the lock-step 'just say no' repression we live under. For this Aniston received the first "Outie" award, presented by

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