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From mother and daughter to friends : a memoir
Aniston, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PN2287.A62 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Engagingly written as a journal of fond memories, life experiences, lessons learned, and tragedies overcome, this is the story of the family that gave the world actress Jennifer Aniston. Written by her mother, Nancy Aniston, this tender, poetic, and charming memoir represents a healing exercise, and most importantly serves as an example of how to cope with and understand estrangement between parent and child.

During the meteoric rise of Jennifer's popularity on the hit television comedy Friends, Nancy and her daughter had a misunderstanding imposed on them by a tabloid TV report. In the three years since they last spoke, Nancy learned that separation from grown children is a national epidemic and that scores of parents suffer the same feelings of pain, guilt, and shame. This knowledge inspired Nancy Aniston to record family memories in this compelling volume, "and in the process of detailed retrospection a miraculous healing took place."

Nancy chronicles her own childhood of poverty, abandonment, failed marriages, and the difficult early years as a single mother. She recalls Jennifer's early love for the theater, the therapists, career managers, and hangers-on who endangered family bonds as she guided her daughter through the exciting, sometimes disappointing, stages of an acting career that came to realize phenomenal success.

While refusing the lure of celebrity gossip, Nancy Aniston strives to secure her story's inherent dignity, hoping it will be helpful to those trying to overcome their own childhood trauma, fallout from divorce, single-parenting issues, and the "dark hole of child/parent estrangement."

Author Notes

Nancy Aniston is a photographer and writer living in southern California.

Table of Contents

Penelope Savalas Boardman
Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
1. "Don't Worry, I Know It's Your First Interview...."p. 15
2. Switching Focusp. 27
3. A Ray of Hopep. 41
4. Transformationp. 53
5. The Heart Remembersp. 69
6. A Tangle of Feelingsp. 85
7. Hopes and Dreams Abroadp. 101
8. Settling into the Upper West Sidep. 113
9. Choicesp. 119
10. "I'm Not Committed to This Marriage"p. 135
11. Carving Up a Lifep. 153
12. Beginning Againp. 169
13. You're Always Welcome Herep. 185
14. I Didn't Have This Problem When I Was Young!p. 197
15. A Gift with Every Painp. 213
16. Seeds for a New Lifep. 223
17. Launching Another Careerp. 233
18. Return to L.A.p. 245
19. The Need to "Individualize"p. 259
20. New Insightsp. 269