Jennifer Aniston reveals gritty details of bitter feud with mom Nancy Dow: 'I did not come out the model child she's hoped for'

Jennifer Aniston has spoken about how she could not handle the 'critical' and 'petty' nature of her mother.

Jennifer Aniston reveals gritty details of bitter feud with mom Nancy Dow: 'I did not come out the model child she's hoped for'

Jennifer Aniston and her late mother Nancy Dow had one of the most complicated relationships that resulted in one of the most public fallouts and the duo remained estranged until Dow’s death in 2016. It has been speculated that a lot of their issues stemmed from the unrealistic expectations that Dow had of Aniston and in her upcoming Netflix flick 'Dumplin’ the daughter is set to more or less parallel their relationship. 

Aniston’s 'Dumplin' is set to release Friday, December 7, and in it, she will play a former teen beauty queen Rosie Dickson, who runs the pageant circuit in her town. Meanwhile, her daughter, Willowdean, aka the titular Dumplin, is a plus-sized girl portrayed by Danielle Macdonald, who finds it difficult to relate to her mother, who is too focused on her own beauty and appearance to pay attention to her daughter.  

Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston (Netflix)
Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston (Netflix)

In an interview with Aniston related the plot of the film to her own life and her relationship with her mother. “She [Dow] was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like,” Daily Mail quotes her as saying.  

Dow was famous a TV star in the 1960s, has credits in titles such as ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘The Wild Wild West.’ “I did not come out the model child she's hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me. This little girl just wanting to be loved by mum that was too occupied with things that didn't quite matter,” she added.  

In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston revealed how she could not handle the “critical” and “petty” nature of her mother. “She was critical. She was very critical of me,” she said, adding, “Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn't. I never was. I honestly still don't think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine. She was also very unforgiving. She would hold grudges that I just found so petty.” 

Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin (Netflix)
Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin (Netflix)

Aniston and Dow had stopped talking altogether after the latter wrote a tell-all book about their relationship, titled, ‘From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir’, in 1999. The continued to not speak for many years, with Dow being kept out of the guest list for Aniston’s wedding to Brad Pitt in 2000.  

They did reconcile after her divorce, though, but continued to have a very tumultuous relationship. At the time of Dow’s death, they hadn’t spoken for several years, at least not since Dow’s stroke in 2011. However, Aniston did attend her mother’s funeral service on May 27, 2016, which was held at Dow's apartment in Los Angeles two days after her death.