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Nancy Dow (1936 - 2016)

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Nancy Dow (1936 - 2016)

Nancy Dow, an actress, former model, and the mother of actress Jennifer Aniston, died May 25 in Los Angeles, according to multiple news sources. She was 79.

'It is with great sadness that my brother John and I announce the passing of our Mother Nancy Dow,' Aniston told People magazine in a statement Wednesday. Aniston added that her mother died “peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness.”

Dow, a former model, appeared on 1960s television shows including “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Wild Wild West.” She also appeared in two films, “The Ice House” (1969) and “Pure” (2004).

Dow had a health setback in 2011, when she had a series of strokes. She was hospitalized May 23 and died two days later.


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Dow was born July 22, 1936, in Connecticut. She married twice, and both unions ended in divorce. She married musician John Melick in 1956, and they divorced in 1961. They had a son, John Melick.

In 1965, Dow married actor John Aniston; they divorced in 1980. Jennifer Aniston, their daughter, played Rachel Green on the hit TV sitcom “Friends,” which aired from 1994 to 2004.

Dow and her daughter were estranged after Dow wrote a book about their relationship, “From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir” (1999). The two reconciled several years later.

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