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Jennifer Aniston, pictured last month at the Los Angeles premiere of “Mother’s Day,” issued a statement upon the death of her mother Nancy Dow. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Jennifer Aniston apparently has come to terms with her very public, and difficult, relationship with her mom.

On Thursday, the A-lister issued a statement, ““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,” Aniston, 47, told People. She also asked for the grieving family’s “privacy be respected.” Good luck.

Dow, a mother of two who suffered strokes in 2011 and 2012, was married to Jack Melick from 1956-61 and soap star John Aniston from 1965-80. Jennifer’s parents divorced when she was 9.

In Touch Weekly reports that Aniston visited her mom for the first time in nearly five years on May 12. They were estranged for almost a decade after Dow wrote a 1999 memoir, “From Mother to Daughter to Friends.” Still available on Amazon.com (with no real reviews), the book apparently is why Jen didn’t invite her mom to her wedding to Brad Pitt, although exact details are sketchy.

In a January 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the “Friends” alum described Dow as being “gorgeous” and “stunning” though she was also “very critical.”


Real estate blog Curbed San Francisco reports that the lower Pacific Heights Victorian, aka “the ‘Full House’ house,” is on the market — for $4.1 million.

According to the post, the “1883 charmer keeps the theme classical without feeling outdated” and “was featured on that ABC show of note.”

Located at 1709 Broderick St., the three-story structure (designed by Charles Lewis Hinkel) has three bedrooms and three and a half baths.

The blog editor astutely comments: “The impending owner should expect to receive a lot of fans snapping pics outside their front door.”

Last year, some oblivious devotees ogling the home didn’t realize that John Stamos was standing among them. The actor shared a photo on Instagram.


Johnny Depp, responding to Amber Heard’s divorce petition, asked a court to determine that he should not pay spousal support. … Dominique Crenn’s Petit Crenn and Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz’s The Perennial are the two San Francisco eateries that made GQ’s list of 2016’s 12 best new restaurants.


Chef Jamie Oliver is 41. … Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 41. … Actor Paul Bettany is 45. … Actor Todd Bridges is 51. … Actress Peri Gilpin is 55. … Singer-guitarist Neil Finn … is 58. … Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is 66. … Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 80. … Musician Ramsey Lewis is 81. … Actress Lee Meriwether is 81. … Politician Henry Kissinger is 93. … Novelist Herman Wouk is 101.

— Staff, wire reports

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