The Rom-Com Queen by Geri Carden
orn in Sherman Oaks, California, in 1969, Jennifer Aniston was the first child of the acting couple Nancy Dow and John Aniston. Forty years later, she is one of the world’s most loved TV actresses, largely for her role as Rachel Green, the beautiful but somewhat shallow Long Island princess and roommate in “Friends,” which ran for 10 hilarious seasons. She is also a tabloid darling. In 1999, she was named one of People magazine’s most beautiful people. A year later, as if to reinforce her glamorous status, she married Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt. They quickly became one of Tinseltown’s most photographed couples. The circumstances surrounding their subsequent divorce ensured that Aniston’s private life was rarely out of the nation’s glossy magazines. With the end of “Friends” in 2004, Aniston’s career blossomed into that of a highly paid (she pulled in around $8 million a movie), A-list actress. In some of Hollywood’s most memorable romantic comedies, Aniston shone as a master of the genre. Along Came Polly (2004) is a lighthearted comedy in which the quirky Polly (Aniston) begins a less-than-perfect relationship with newly divorced Reuben, played by Ben Stiller. The same year, she played alongside Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. Her performance established her as much more than a sitcom starlet. Aniston’s most recent release, Marley & Me (2008), is a heartwarming comedy about the challenges faced by a maturing family and their relationship with their troublesome dog, Marley. Acting alongside Owen Wilson, Aniston delivers a fine performance in this movie perfect for animal lovers and romcom addicts. ® Besides all the titles mentioned above, the Video Library stocks the following movies starring Aniston: She’s the One (1996); Picture Perfect (1997); The Object of My Affection (1998); Rock Star (2001); The Good Girl (2002); and The Break-Up (2006).
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by Geri Carden
For anybody missing the fashion stores of Manhattan, “Lipstick Jungle” is a must-see. Based on the book of the same name by Candice Bushnell (Sex in the City), “Lipstick Jungle” traces the lives of three highly successful New York women. Impeccably dressed in every scene, the three characters, Wendy Healy (Brook Shields), Nico Reilly (Kim Raver from “Third Watch” and “24”) and Victory Ford (Lindsay Price from “Beverly Hills, 90210”), stylishly weather life’s storms in this comedy-drama. This time, Bushnell’s protagonists are older, savvier and more in control, juggling relationships, family and, most importantly, high-powered careers. After two seasons, there were conflicting reports over whether the show had actually been canceled. In March this year, however, Entertainment Weekly magazine reported that “Lipstick Jungle” had, indeed, been dropped by the NBC television network. ® The Video Library stocks season one of “Lipstick Jungle.”
16 June 2009 iNTOUCH
Tokyo American Club’s monthly magazine, iNTOUCH