Jennifer Aniston’s mother, Nancy Dow, died in 2016 at the age of 79. Dow was also an actress, and she was sick for a long time before she died. She had a stroke in 2011 and then had another one the next year.
“My brother John and I are sorry to tell you that our mother, Nancy Dow, has died. According to family and friends, Mom died peacefully at the age of 79, after a long illness, said Aniston, who was 47 years old at the time. We ask that people give our family space while we’re sad about our loss.
From 1956 to 1961, Jack Melick was married to Dow. She was then married to John Aniston from 1965 to 1980. Jennifer was born during this time, and when she was nine, her parents split up. As Aniston grew up, her relationship with her mother got worse.
A source close to the family tells that no matter how hard and challenging Nancy and Jennifer’s relationship was, it is terrible for any daughter to lose her mother. “Jennifer is grateful for the good times they had together because Nancy went through a long, up-and-down battle. She is getting closer to her husband and her family, and she loves them so much for it.
Jennifer Aniston has called her mother “beautiful and stunning,” but she has also said that her mother is “extremely critical.” She did understand her mother’s situation, though, because she had been a single mother in the 1980s and had had trouble making ends meet. She thinks that her mother wasn’t mean when she was critical. Instead, “she did it because that’s how she was raised,” not because she was mean. She said that the fact that her mother was only trying her best didn’t stop the “deep wounds” that cost her a lot of money to heal.
In terms of the relationship between mother and daughter, an informant said that Dow changed her will in secret a year before she died. She didn’t leave anything to her daughter and gave everything to another cousin. “Jen still paid almost all of Nancy’s bills in her last years, even though Jen and Nancy had a very tense relationship,” the insider said.
Jennifer Aniston has also been open about her personal growth, including her need for control, her problems with anger, and her tendency to act in a passive-aggressive way. She admitted, “I like to be in charge.” I’d rather do everything by myself. My life got out of hand when I was young, so it’s important that yours does the same.
She has also learned how to let out her anger instead of keeping it inside.
She said, “I’ve always thought that when you’re mad, you just keep quiet. I would talk in a passive way, and so would things. But it doesn’t have to be black and white. You don’t have to act like a crazy person with neck veins that stick out, turn bright red, and scare everyone. Instead, you can be quiet and bury your head in the sand. I used to hate arguments. Hate it. It never changed. I knew what it was like to be angry, but I didn’t know how to show it. which is something I’ve worked hard to get better at.
Jennifer Aniston said that there were times when she and her mom didn’t talk to each other. “She was emotional. That is something I can’t stand. When I’m mad, I talk about things. I would never, ever yell and go crazy like that. When I yelled loudly at my mother once, she looked at me and started laughing. She was laughing at me because I yelled back. And it hit me like a punch in the gut.
Jennifer Aniston also said, “She was strict. She said some harsh things about me. She was beautiful because she was a model, which made her look great. I never was; I never am. He still doesn’t think of me that way, and that’s fine. She was also pretty mean. She would hold grudges that I just thought were silly.
Aniston, on the other hand, said that she was the exact opposite and that she was “maybe too forgiving.” Some of the people in my life ask me. We’re all people. Everyone makes errors. We humans are not perfect. Also, refusing to forgive someone keeps them from getting better as people.