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Jennifer Aniston’s Mom, Model and Actress Nancy Dow, Dead at 79

May 26, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Nancy Dow, a model and actress and the mother of former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston, has died. Dow reportedly died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 79.

Aniston confirmed her mother’s death in a statement provided to E! News, writing: “It is with great sadness that my brother John and I announce the passing of our mother Nancy Dow. She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness.”

Dow’s acting career included appearances in the 1960s as Athena on “The Beverly Hillbillies” and Tersa on “The Wild Wild West.” She was married to John Aniston, Jennifer’s father, from 1965-1980.

Dow published her memoir, “From Mother and Daughter to Friends,” in 1999, tracking her turbulent relationship with Jennifer Aniston.

nancy dow-nancy aniston-from mother and daughter to friends-book cover


  1. My deepest sympathies Jen. Luv u!

  2. I’m afraid that my feeble words are and can never extinguish the feelings of losing someone as close and as endearing as a mother is. I hope and wish that the loss is lessened over time.

    You have my deepest of sympathies,

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