She Was 16 When She Married A 25 Year Old. And Their Situation Is Surprisingly Prevalent.

To reach Jennifer Aniston, you have to drive up and up and up, then announce yourself at a white gate that opens onto a field of gray pebbles sprouting symmetrical trees. A procession of stone slabs leads like a bridge to the massive bronze doors on an otherwise solid white facade. Aniston answers, casual in jeans and a black T-shirt. She’s disarmingly friendly. She thinks she knows another person with my name. She asks about the traffic. She leads me to her beautiful family room and kitchen, with its built-in pizza oven and glass-encased wine room, and offers to make us peppermint tea. She apologizes in advance for the texts she might get from her showrunner, because she’s a month away from shooting her upcoming show with Reese Witherspoon. While she brews the tea, I plop my bag on the counter, like we’re just hanging out. I tell her my daughter drained my phone battery right before I left the house, and so we start chatting about kids and phones. How badly they want them. When they should be allowed to have them. Do you let them feel left out, or “Do you try to save their sanity by not letting them grow up inside a teeny computer? It’s a real internal conflict,” she says, carrying the mugs to the sofa. “So much is out there.” This is true. She would know.

Aniston spent a decade on Friends and has starred in more than 30 movies, but the role that sticks to her most tenaciously is America’s Suffering Sweetheart. Cast as the eternal ingenue in the never-ending marriage plot, her joys, heartbreaks, and 57,000 fictional pregnancies have kept the lights on at several tabloids for a quarter of a century. I know this character is a fiction, but she’s still an undeniable presence-a third person in the room, lounging in the hanging chair, eating perfectly cut crudités. “We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children,” Aniston says. “That’s a fairy tale. That’s the mold we’re slowly trying to break out of.”

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“It is a grand mystery why the public obsession has never abated,” says Kristin Hahn, her producing partner and one of her best friends. “I’ve wondered about it myself for many years-I think Jen represents an archetype for us as a culture.” Aniston is the screen onto which America projects all its double standards about women, especially successful ones. We first got to know her as Rachel Green, the runaway bride who moved to New York City to become herself. Then we spent a decade emotionally invested in whether she would end up with Ross, only to have her perfect marriage to Brad Pitt end soon after that. It’s obviously a lucrative projection, or it would not have been bought and sold, year after year. What anyone gets out of it is unclear. “Maybe it has everything to do with what they’re lacking in their own life,” Aniston theorizes. Or maybe using marriage and children as the ultimate marker of female happiness is just another way to disempower successful women. “Why do we want a happy ending? How about just a happy existence? A happy process? We’re all in process constantly,” Aniston says. “What quantifies happiness in someone’s life isn’t the ideal that was created in the ’50s. It’s not like you hear that narrative about any men.” Men, of course, are allowed to continue merrily on their open-ended path to adventure. “That’s part of sexism-it’s always the woman who’s scorned and heartbroken and a spinster. It’s never the opposite. The unfortunate thing is, a lot of it comes from women,” she says. “Maybe those are women who haven’t figured out that they have the power, that they have the ability to achieve a sense of inner happiness.”

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The thing that's surprisingly easy to forget about Aniston is just how powerful she is, because the amount of power she wields is at odds with her lovable image. It’s a soft, persuasive power, the kind that gets you on her side. It’s not only that she’s remarkably nice and easy to relate to, it’s that she’s smart, careful, deliberate, precise-both as a person and an actor. Anne Fletcher, who directed Aniston in her new Netflix movie, Dumplin’, says she’d be watching Aniston work and would notice a small, almost imperceptible hand gesture and think, “That’s [her character] Rosie. That’s not Jen. That is completely Rosie.” At a point when most successful actresses begin to wind down (not always by choice), Aniston shows no sign of slowing. In 2017, at the age of 48, she was ranked second on Forbes’s list of highest-paid actresses, and she makes millions a year in product endorsements. She’s about to start filming her new TV show, a dramedy about morning-news-show anchors, costarring Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, which was acquired by Apple in a bidding war. And soon she’ll appear in two more Netflix productions: Murder Mystery, with Adam Sandler, about a vacationing New York couple who become suspects in an elderly billionaire’s murder; and First Ladies, with Tig Notaro, about the first lesbian president of the United States.

Dumplin’, out now, was adapted by Hahn from a book by Julie Murphy. It is, among other things, a tribute to Dolly Parton. The filmmakers asked Parton to license her songs for the movie and write an original composition for the soundtrack. She and her collaborator, 4 Non Blondes’ Linda Perry, wound up writing six. Aniston, a lifelong Parton fan who’d named one of her dogs, yes, Dolly Parton, says that working with the legend was a thrill. During their first meeting, a dinner at Aniston’s house, Parton remembers asking, “Do you still have Dolly Parton? Can I meet her? I’ve always wanted to meet Dolly Parton.” (They met.) Later, when Aniston went to Perry’s studio to listen to the soundtrack, Parton says that “[Aniston] would listen to the song, and she would just cry and cry. You’ve got to be really sensitive for things to touch you like that.”

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In Dumplin’, Aniston plays Rosie, a former pageant queen who now runs her small town’s teen beauty pageant. She is the single mother of a daughter, Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald of Patti Cake$), or Will, whom she calls Dumplin’. Will is overweight and resents that her mom seems to care more for the pageant girls than she does for her, so she signs up to compete. What starts out as a protest turns into a celebration of friendship and inclusivity. It’s a message that’s close to Aniston’s heart, because she is a girl’s girl and a friend person. Aniston and Hahn first met at a barbecue in Laurel Canyon when they were 19, when Aniston still lived in New York. “Jen was visiting her dad, and she came over. I remember it vividly, just turning around and seeing her and feeling like she was a long-lost sister of some kind, and not wanting her to leave. We just embraced her and we all became each other’s family and really helped each other. The show Friends was definitely kind of a parallel reality to our real lives.”

Hahn describes Aniston as their friend group’s “social glue.” “When she’s not in town, we almost don’t know what to do with ourselves,” she says. When I tell Aniston about this later, she laughs. “They don’t know what to do. They don’t know where to go. They don’t know how to eat. They don’t know how to socialize,” Aniston says. It’s been this way since they were in their twenties. “My house was always like the clubhouse. I love entertaining. I always have food. I think I probably got that from my mom, who always had her girlfriends over. I picked it up from my childhood-just always hearing girls in the house and learning how to make a good cheese board.”

Aniston, whose parents divorced when she was young, says of her friends, “We always joke that we raised each other, we mothered each other, we sistered each other, we’ve been kids to each other.” She made her own family her own way. “I also was never a kid who sat around and dreamed about a wedding, you know? Those were never my fantasies. When I was first popped the question, it was so foreign to me.” That childhood environment, which she escaped through movies and TV and dreams of being an actress, led to her career. “My priorities weren’t about finding partnership and who am I gonna marry and what am I gonna wear on my wedding day. I was building houses with shoe boxes and toilet paper and felt. It was always about finding a home that felt safe. And I’m sure, because I was from a divorced-parent home, that was another reason I wasn’t like, ‘Well, that looks like a great institution.’ ”

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Which is partly why the obsession with her love life rankles. “I don’t feel a void. I really don’t. My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore. Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear. Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive. To stay in a marriage based on fear feels like you’re doing your one life a disservice. When the work has been put in and it doesn’t seem that there’s an option of it working, that’s okay. That’s not a failure. We have these clichés around all of this that need to be reworked and retooled, you know? Because it’s very narrow-minded thinking.” By endlessly focusing on her marital or family status, “you’re diminishing everything I have succeeded at, and that I have built and created,” she says. “It’s such a shallow lens that people look through. It’s the only place to point a finger at me as though it’s my damage-like it’s some sort of a scarlet letter on me that I haven’t yet procreated, or maybe won’t ever procreate.” Ultimately, she says, the idea of a happy ending is “a very romantic idea. It’s a very storybook idea. I understand it, and I think for some people it does work. And it’s powerful and it’s incredible and it’s admirable. Even enviable. But everybody’s path is different.”

Aniston has wanted to do a movie about the relationship between mothers and daughters for a long time. Part of what drew her to Dumplin’ was the way it echoed her own “challenging upbringing,” as she puts it. Aniston’s father, John, is a soap opera actor; he’s still on Days of Our Lives. Her mother, Nancy Dow, was a model and actress. Aniston came home one day when she was nine to the news that her father had moved out. She didn’t see him for a year. Her mother was often critical and was very focused on looks. “She was from this world of, ‘Honey, take better care of yourself,’ or ‘Honey, put your face on,’ or all of those odd sound bites that I can remember from my childhood.”

Aniston and her mom were famously estranged for years. “My mom said those things because she really loved me. It wasn’t her trying to be a b**ch or knowing she would be making some deep wounds that I would then spend a lot of money to undo. She did it because that was what she grew up with. ‘You want to be happy. It’s hard for big girls.’ She was missing what was [actually] important. I think she was just holding on and doing the best she could, struggling financially and dealing with a husband who was no longer there. Being a single mom in the ’80s I’m sure was pretty crappy.”

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Still, over time, Aniston has come to regard narrow beauty standards as a kind of prison. “We have to redefine what that is. It’s slowly been happening, but there’s still that mentality out there that wants to pit women against each other.” It’s the same thing, she feels, with social media. “I sound like a broken record, but it’s hard enough to just get out there as a kid, let alone ask for or seek out judgment.” Which is why she stays away. For someone as ubiquitous and relatable as Aniston, she is completely inaccessible by today’s standards. “The one thing I have is maintaining this little circle of sanctity that’s my own. If I’m sitting here posting something about my dogs or I’m Boomeranging my coffee mug in the morning, that’s just giving away one more piece of something that is mine.”

She’s purposefully protective of her private life, she says. “Look, I also don’t want to become.... There are times when I’ve found myself becoming a little too isolated. I don’t want to become that person, either. I don’t want to lose touch with what’s out in the world.” Not long ago, she was doing research for her show about morning-news anchors, and she went on YouTube. She was watching clips of different newscasters, and suddenly an old Diane Sawyer interview of her popped up. “And I clicked on it, and I just sat there riveted, only because I realized, Oh my God, I was really vulnerable! Somehow, along the way, I calloused up.”

The interview she’s talking about is from 2004, toward the end of Friends, right around the time the paparazzi started getting ferocious. Her own openness shocked her. “It’s just self-preservation. Because that was also a time, I think, when the internet was really taking off. The tabloids started painting me in a light that wasn’t true to who I was. Then I just was like, Shut up and say nothing, because there’s nothing you can do. You can try to protest too much-No, I’m not unhappy! No, I’m not this! I’m not that. I finally was like, I’m done. I’m going to shut the doors. I’m going to tune it out. If somebody tries to talk to me, I’ll give one-word answers, and I will not be vulnerable. I’m way too sensitive to be misinterpreted, misconstrued, or taken out of context. I just started to shut down.”

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It occurs to her that this may be one of the reasons why she started to branch out and do more characters that she could just disappear into. “Because I didn’t want to just be that person in the tabloids. I also had to prove it to myself. I’m not just that, right?” she says. “Look, we’re all human at the end of the day. I’m really still working on it. That’s just my own PTSD of being...how do I say this...it’s getting easy to maneuver around the city. It’s a matter of choosing when I feel like I’m okay with having a bunch of people take a bunch of pictures of me.”

After a while, Aniston shows me around her beautiful house, which she gut-renovated with her now ex, Justin Theroux. The couple’s separation was announced in February; that same month, the house was featured in Architectural Digest. Aside from some editing of the family-room picture wall, not much seems to have changed. The space is at once cozy and dramatic, full of dark leather and wood, furry pillows.

It feels intimate on a grand scale, or maybe it’s the other way around. “It’s a big house,” she says, “but it also has big rooms.” They hold a lot of people. She does plan to redo the dining room, “but that’s because I can never not do something,” she says. She’s still building and rebuilding her dream house, only not with shoe boxes anymore. We go out on the terrace, and she shows me the pool below. “This is where, every Sunday, we do ‘Sunday Fundays,’ as we call it, where [my friends’] kids come and we huddle around down there and they jump around in the pool.”

“I marvel at how she has remained as grounded as a person could possibly be in that situation, and also at the fact that she worked hard at nurturing the friendships that she always had while she had this big life, this big career,” says Hahn, a frequent Sunday Funday guest. “She’s always stayed so humble, and I’m not just saying that. She’s been able to stay connected to people who don’t have the same financial reality or work reality. She does live in a rarefied world, but she’s not a rarefied person.”

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As for whether she’ll have her own children, Aniston is still uncertain. She admits the prospect always felt “quite honestly, kind of frightening.” She continues, “Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don’t know how naturally that comes to me.” But as in many aspects of her life, she’s still open to other possibilities. “Who knows what the future holds in terms of a child and a partnership- how that child comes in...or doesn’t? And now with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we used to be able to.”

Aniston attributes this flexibility to her sense of inner contentment, disconnected from career success. “I’ve always been predominantly a happy person,” Aniston says. “Especially once I got out of my [mother’s] house. Not that it was horrible and unpleasant, but it had its challenges. I found myself as happy when I was waitressing at Jackson Hole as I feel now. I think that’s also a survival technique from coming from a home that wasn’t always that way. I have chosen to use what I grew up with as an example of what I do not want to be or live in. It’s a glass-half-full kind of thing. Always being open. Allowing myself to feel what I feel. What brings me happiness? I have a great job. I have a great family. I have great friends. I have no reason to feel otherwise. If I did, I would need to go get an attitude shift, a perspective shift.” The sun is setting, and it takes her by surprise. “What the hell, we’re having a beautiful sunset!”

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of ELLE.

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  • Slide 3 of 48: Jennifer Aniston looks stunning in a high front slit gray Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane gown at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards in California on Jan. 16, 2016.  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images
  • Slide 4 of 48: Jennifer Aniston dazzles in a Atelier beaded Versace gown at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party on Feb. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles.  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images
  • Slide 5 of 48: Aniston arrives in an eye-catching gown by Galliano at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images
  • Slide 6 of 48: The “Friends” star adds poise to her Gucci suit with a body chain from Amrit at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2015.  Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • Slide 7 of 48: The actress attends the premiere of her critically acclaimed film 'Cake' in a Giambattista Valli dress on Jan. 14, 2015, California.  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
  • Slide 8 of 48: Aniston flaunts her toned body in a black gown by Saint Laurent at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in California on Jan. 11, 2015.
  • Slide 9 of 48: At the screening of 'Cake' on Nov. 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California, Jennifer Aniston arrives in a pink Calvin Klein dress.
  • Slide 10 of 48: Aniston attends the premiere of 'Horrible Bosses 2' in a black-and-white Zuhair Murad dress on Nov. 20, 2014.
  • Slide 11 of 48: Aniston arrives in a plaid dress, black tights, and a pair of knee-high boots for a special screening of "Cake" on Nov. 16, 2014, in New York.
  • Slide 12 of 48: The looks ravishing in a black Zuhair Murad dress while attending the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards on Nov. 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
  • Slide 13 of 48: Aniston arrives for the "Life of Crime" gala screening during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 14, 2013, in an exquisite sky blue strapless dress.
  • Slide 14 of 48: The actress looks dainty in a floral printed dress by Christian Dior at the premiere of “We're The Millers” on Aug. 14, 2013 in London, England. Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
  • Slide 15 of 48: The Emmy Award winning actress arrives in style in a black off shoulder dress by Burberry at “We're The Millers” New York Premiere on Aug. 1, 2013 in New York City. Larry Busacca/Getty Images
  • Slide 16 of 48: Jennifer Aniston looks casual yet chic while launching Living Proof Good Hair Day Web Series on May 8, 2013 in New York City.  Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Living Proof
  • Slide 17 of 48: Jennifer Aniston looks elegant in an off shoulder red gown by Valentino at the 85th Academy Awards in California on Feb.24, 2013. LUCAS JACKSON/ REUTERS
  • Slide 18 of 48: Jennifer Aniston dons a silver and cream dress from Valentino's Fall '11 Couture collection at the European Premiere of Horrible Bosses in London on July 20, 2011.  Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment/ Press Association
  • Slide 19 of 48: Aniston oozing panache at the AFI Life Achievement Awards honouring Shirley MacLaine in California on June 7, 2012.  PictureGroup/Rex Shutterstock/Rex Images
  • Slide 20 of 48: Jennifer Aniston poses a printed dress on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2012. Chris Pizzello/AP Photo
  • Slide 21 of 48: The star arrives in a fitted cocktail dress at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Wanderlust' on Feb. 16, 2012, in California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • Slide 22 of 48: Aniston pairs a Kaufmanfranco dress with strappy Balenciaga sandals and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch at ELLE's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute on Oct. 17, 2011 in California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • Slide 23 of 48: The “When Harry Met Sally” star rocks an orange dress with a keyhole neckline for her fragrance launch at Sephora Lexington Avenue on May 5, 2011 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images
  • Slide 24 of 48: Aniston makes an appearance on the 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart' in a tweed dress by Dolce & Gabbana in New York, USA on Aug. 19, 2010.
  • Slide 25 of 48: The actress showed off her toned legs in a cocktail dress from Lanvin’s Spring 2010 collection at the premiere of Miramax's 'The Switch' on Aug. 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • Slide 26 of 48: Jennifer Aniston looks simple yet graceful in a nude mini dress by Valentino at the launch of her debut fragrance on July 21, 2010, in London, England.
  • Slide 27 of 48: The peppy actress attends the premiere of 'The Bounty Hunter' on March 16, 2010 in New York City in a layered floor length gown by Donna Karan.  Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
  • Slide 28 of 48: Actress Jennifer Aniston poses in a one shoulder black gown by Valentino at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.  Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Slide 29 of 48: She sported a grey Burberry dress for the premiere of “Marley and Me” in London on March 2, 2009.  Ian West /PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Slide 30 of 48: Aniston donned a stunning beaded Valentino gown on Feb. 22, 2009, at the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles.  Ian West /PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Slide 31 of 48: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Aniston arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. “He's Just Not That Into You on February 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Slide 32 of 48: Aniston pulls of a casual floaty top and a slate blue wide-leg pants while attending “Glamour Reel Moments”, a series of short films written and directed by women in Hollywood, at the Directors Guild of America on Oct. 16, 2006 in California.
  • Slide 33 of 48: Jennifer Aniston looks sultry in a steel grey halter cut-out dress while attending the UK premiere of "The Break Up" in London on June 14, 2006.
  • Slide 34 of 48: Aniston looks perfectly elegant in a tasteful cocktail dress with white striped bodice for the premiere of the movie "The Break-Up" on May 22, 2006, in Los Angeles.   Photo/Danny Moloshok/AP Images
  • Slide 35 of 48: Aniston looks sophisticated in a black Rochas gown when she arrives at the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  • Slide 36 of 48: Aniston defines bohemian style in a chic column gown by Chanel with an empire waist and gold beading at the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2004.  Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters
  • Slide 37 of 48: Jennifer Aniston with her then husband Brad Pitt flaunts her flawless body in a body-hugging Versace halter while attending the World Premiere of the epic movie 'Troy' on May 13, 2004 in Cannes, France.  Evan Agostini/Getty Images
  • Slide 38 of 48: Aniston turns heads in a red hot Valentino dress while attending the premiere of Along Came Polly on Feb.18, 2004.
  • Slide 39 of 48: The star arrives in a sensuous Valentino gown for the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 25, 2004 in California. http://www.missesdressy.com/blog/the-20-best-golden-globes-dresses-of-all-time.html  Carlo Allegri/Getty Images
  • Slide 40 of 48: Aniston attends the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in a navy blue dress with cutouts in the front, on March 9, 2003 in California.    Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
  • Slide 41 of 48: The actress poses with her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for 'Friends' backstage during the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 22, 2002 in California. She is wearing a blush colored vintage Christian Dior gown and a chiffon scarf.  (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
  • Slide 42 of 48: Aniston dazzles in a short bob and a low cut black gown at the 27th Annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 2001.
  • Slide 43 of 48: Aniston in a red gown by Prada arrives with Brad Pitt at the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 10, 2000 in California. (Photo by Steve W. Grayson/Liaison)
  • Slide 44 of 48: Jennifer Aniston wears full black during the 'Meet Joe Black' premiere at the Zeigfeld Theatre in New York City Nov. 2, 1999.  Photo by Diane Freed/Getty Images
  • Slide 45 of 48: Aniston looks like a show stopper in a brown beaded Randolph Duke gown for the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 1999.  Wilferd/Hultberg / Liaiason Agency/Getty Images
  • Slide 46 of 48: Aniston in a red ankle length dress at the premiere of “The Object of My Affection” on April 9, 1998.  Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
  • Slide 47 of 48: Jennifer Aniston in a beige and white top at the Planet Hollywood in New York City for the premier of “Picture Perfect” on July  19, 1997.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Slide 48 of 48: Jennifer Aniston wearing a black off shoulder gown attends the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 9, 1995, with Matthew Perry in California.  Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage/Getty Images
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Jennifer Aniston has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman in the World in 2016. The Golden Globe Award-winning actress has wowed her fans over the years with her acting skills and her superb fashion statements. 

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In an Anthony Vaccarello blazer dress at the premiere of "Mother's Day" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on April 13, 2016.
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In a high front-slit gray Saint Laurent gown by Hedi Slimane at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2016. 

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In a beaded Atelier Versace gown at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2015. 

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In a shimmering vintage Galliano gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2015. 

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In a maroon Gucci suit, accessorized with a body chain from Amrit Jewelry, at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2015. 

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In a Giambattista Valli dress at the premiere of her film "Cake" in Los Angeles on Jan. 14. 

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In a black halterneck gown by Saint Laurent at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2015.

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In a pink Calvin Klein sheath dress at the screening of "Cake" in Los Angeles on Nov. 21, 2014. 

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In a black-and-white Zuhair Murad dress at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2" in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2014.

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In a plaid dress, black tights, and a pair of knee-high boots for a special screening of "Cake" in New York City, New York, U.S., on Nov. 16, 2014. 

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In a black lacy Zuhair Murad dress while attending the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 2014. 

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In a beautiful blue strapless dress at the "Life Of Crime" gala screening during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 14, 2013. 

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In a floral printed dress by Christian Dior at the premiere of “We're The Millers” in London on Aug. 14, 2013. 

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In an off-shoulder dress by Burberry at the “We're The Millers” premiere in New York City on Aug. 1, 2013. 

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In a suede grey dress at the launch of Living Proof Good Hair Day Web Series in New York City on May 8, 2013. 

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In an off-shoulder scarlet gown by Valentino at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2013. 

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In a silver and cream Valentino dress at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses" in London on July 20, 2011. 

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In a white spaghetti strap evening dress at the AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine in Los Angeles on June 7, 2012. 

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In a boat-necked printed dress on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2012. 

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In a fitted cocktail dress at the premiere of "Wanderlust" in Los Angeles on Feb. 16, 2012. 

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In a KaufmanFranco dress, paired with strappy Balenciaga sandals and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, at ELLE's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2011. 

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In an orange dress with a keyhole neckline at the launch of her fragrance in New York City on May 5, 2011. 

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In a tweed Dolce & Gabbana dress while attending "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York City on Aug. 19, 2010.

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In a Lanvin cocktail dress at the premiere of "The Switch" in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2010. 

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In a nude minidress by Valentino at the launch of her fragrance in London on July 21, 2010. 

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In a layered floor-length gown by Donna Karan at the premiere of "The Bounty Hunter" in New York City on March 16, 2010. 

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In a one-shoulder black gown by Valentino at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, 2010. 

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In a grey Burberry dress at the premiere of “Marley & Me” in London on March 2, 2009.

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In a stunning beaded Valentino gown at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2009. 

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In a gorgeous black Burberry tuxedo at the premiere of "He's Just Not That Into You" in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2009. 

32/48 SLIDES © Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In a casual floaty top and slate blue wide-leg pants while attending a short film screening event in Los Angeles on Oct. 16, 2006. 

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In a steel grey halter cut-out dress at the premiere of "The Break-Up" in London on June 14, 2006.

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In a cocktail dress with white striped bodice at the premiere of "The Break-Up" in Los Angeles on May 22, 2006.

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In a black Rochas gown at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2006. 

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In a chic column gown by Chanel with an empire waist and gold beading details at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2004. 

37/48 SLIDES © Evan Agostini/Getty Images

In a body-hugging Versace halter dress while attending the premier of "Troy," along with then husband Brad Pitt, in Cannes, France, on May 13, 2004. 

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In a red Valentino dress at the premiere of "Along Came Polly" in London on Feb. 18, 2004.

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In a deep-neck Valentino gown for the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2004. 

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In a navy-blue dress with cutouts in the front at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on March 9, 2003. 

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In a blush-colored vintage Christian Dior gown and a chiffon scarf after winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Friends" in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 2002. 

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In a low-cut black gown at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 2001.

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In a red Prada gown at the Primetime Emmy Awards, along with then husband Brad Pitt, in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 2000. 

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In a full-black attire at the "Meet Joe Black" premiere in New York City Nov. 2, 1999.

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In a brown beaded Randolph Duke gown at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 1999. 

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In a red ankle-length dress at the premiere of “The Object of My Affection” in Los Angeles on April 9, 1998. 

47/48 SLIDES © Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

In a beige skirt, paired with a white top, at the premier of “Picture Perfect” in New York City on July 19, 1997. 

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In a black off-shoulder gown at the Primetime Emmy Awards, along with "Friends" co-star Matthew Perry, in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 1995. 

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