The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow , she began working as an actress at an early age with an uncredited role in the film Mac and Me. Her first major film role came in the horror comedy Leprechaun. Since her career grew in the early s, Aniston has been one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Aniston rose to international fame portraying Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends — , for which she earned Primetime Emmy , Golden Globe , and Screen Actors Guild awards. The character became widely popular and was described as one of the greatest female characters in American television history. Aniston has since played starring roles in numerous dramas, comedies and romantic comedies.