Happy Birthday to actress Jennifer Aniston who turns 50 years old today. She celebrated at a birthday bash in Los Angeles Saturday attended by all her favorite friends: Gwyneth Paltrow, George and Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Ellen DeGeneres, John Mayer, Katy Perry, Jason Bateman, Barbra Streisand, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and ex-husband Brad Pitt. SEE some party selfies… (1969)

Aniston became a breakout star on the Emmy winning sitcom Friends—and with film hits like The Break-Up, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, and Marley & Me, Jen is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.

In December 2018, Netflix released the coming-of-age comedy Dumplin’, with executive producer Aniston starring as a mother in the film written by Kristin Hahn, her partner in Echo Films, which produced the movie.

Aniston has been a celebrity advocate for numerous charities and received attention for her own donations such as $500,000 to Doctors Without Borders, Partners In Health in Haiti, and AmeriCares. She donated $500,000 to the Red Cross and another $500,000 to the Ricky Martin Foundation in 2017 to help victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

(Featured photo by Angela George, CC license)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The Society of Friends (Quakers) petitioned the US to abolish slavery (1790)
  • First session of the U.S. Senate opened to the public (1794)
  • GM recognized the United Auto Workers Union to end a strike (1937)
  • The Beatles performed their first concert in the United States, in Washington D.C. (1964)
  • Vietnam released first American prisoners of war (1973)
  • China lifted a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens books (1978)
  • The Episcopal Church named its first woman bishop (1989)
  • Nelson Mandela was freed, after spending more than a quarter century in a South African prison; four years later he became that country’s first black president (1990)
  • The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization formed to represent self-proclaimed “indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories (1991)
  • The Egyptian Revolution culminated in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of mostly peaceful mass protests (2011)

And, on this day in 1931, Burt Reynolds was born. The Hollywood star and romancer might never have become an actor had he not been injured as a star football player at Florida State University. An English teacher later convinced him to try out for a play based on his reading of Shakespeare in class. Reynolds got the lead and won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance. Over his long career, the actor, director, and producer starred in, and won awards for, many television series and feature films, such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run.

Reynolds was once turned down for a film in 1957 because he looked too much like Marlon Brando, so he grew his trademark thick mustache to solve that problem. Reynolds’s breakout performance in Deliverance (1972) made him a star, and his role in Smokey and the Bandit made him wealthy. He said in his 1974 memoir that he never would have had the same career without Johnny Carson, the host the “Tonight Show”, who frequently invited him as a guest or stand-in host. “From my first appearance in the late sixties, we were captivated by each other.”

Reynolds underwent a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010. Yet, still in 2017, he acted in four film projects before his death in 2018. Check out his latest memoir.

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