Nancy Dow

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Nancy Dow
Born (1936-07-22) July 22, 1936 (age 79)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Nancy Aniston
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966-1969
Spouse(s) Jack Melick
(m. 1956-1961, divorced)
John Aniston
(m. 1965-1980, divorced)
Children John T. Melick,
Jennifer Aniston
Relatives Justin Theroux (son-in-law)

Nancy Dow (born July 22, 1936) is an American actress who appeared in a brief group of films. She was married to Greek American actor John Aniston with whom she had a daughter, actress Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969).

Nancy Dow was born in New York City, one of six daughters of Louise (née Grieco) and Gordon McLean Dow. Her maternal grandfather, Louis Grieco, was an Italian immigrant;[1] her other ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish and Greek.[2] Dow was also married to John T. "Jack" Melick, Jr., a pianist-bandleader currently based in Dallas, Texas, from 1956 to 1961.[3] They had a son, John T. Melick III,[4] an Assistant Director and Second Unit Director in Hollywood, California.

Dow and her daughter were estranged for nine years, largely because Dow wrote a book about their relationship, entitled From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir (1999).[5] In 2005, after Aniston's divorce from Brad Pitt, she and her mother reportedly reconciled. Aniston described the progress of her new relationship with her mother: "It's been really nice. It's crazy what, you know, your life kind of being turned upside down will lead you to. ... For us it's ... It was the time and it was going to happen when it was supposed to happen. So this is good. It's baby steps." [6]



  1. ^ Aniston, Nancy (September 1, 1999). "Chapter 2: Switching Focus". From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir (1st ed.). Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books. p. 32. ISBN 1573927724. Retrieved November 6, 2013. My maternal grandfather, Louis Grieco, was a hardworking Italian immigrant who came from Melitto, Italy, around the turn of the century. 
  2. ^ Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, can be viewed at
  3. ^ Interview with John T. Melick, Jr, June 2011
  4. ^ Interview with John T. Melick, Jr, June 2011
  5. ^ "Not even friends"
  6. ^ Jennifer Aniston finds peace after Brad{date=November 8, 2005}

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