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Lisa Kudrow

Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), was a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, was a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish immigrant families (from Belarus, Russia, and Hungary). Lisa was raised in Tarzana and played varsity-level tennis in high school and college, and is a pool shark who has mastered some of the more difficult trick shots (so beware). She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. At first, she wanted to pursue a career in research, so she returned to Los Angeles to begin working with her father. However, Lisa got inspired to perform by one of her brother's friends, comedian Jon Lovitz, and so the tall (5' 8") blond-haired, green-eyed beauty entered show biz. Lisa auditioned for the improv theater group, The Groundlings, based in Los Angeles. Cynthia Szigeti, a well-known improv teacher, took Lisa under her wing. In that class, Lisa became a friend of Conan O'Brien. Graduating with honors in 1989, Lisa became a full-fledged member of The Groundlings. Breaking into TV, she got a recurring role as Ursula, the ditsy waitress on Mad About You (1992). This led to her starring role on Friends (1994). In the debut season (1994-95) of Friends (1994), Lisa earned an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; in 1998, she won that award for her role as Phoebe, the ditsy but lovable folk singer. Lisa has also been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Awards for her performances. Lisa made the transition to the big screen with a lot of success. In 1997, she starred opposite Oscar winner Mira Sorvino in the above-mentioned Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997). Lisa garnered more praise for her film work when she got the New York Film Critics Award for her starring role in The Opposite of Sex (1998). Lisa married Michel Stern, an advertising executive, on May 27, 1995. On May 7, 1998, they were blessed with a son, Julian Murray; they live in Los Angeles.

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Jul 30, 1963 In Encino, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-03-23

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 50 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Scandal
Poster of Cougar Town
Poster of Friends
Poster of The Simpsons
The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
BoJack Horseman Wanda Pierce 2014-08-22
Celebrity Name Game Unknown 2014-09-22
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Wendell and Vinnie Unknown 2013-02-16
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Scandal Unknown 2012-04-05
Kathy Unknown 2012-04-19
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
Web Therapy Fiona Wallice 44 episodes, 2011-2015 2011-07-19
Allen Gregory Unknown 2011-10-30
Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown 2010-03-05
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Cougar Town Unknown 2009-09-23
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
The Comeback Valerie Cherish 21 episodes, 2005-2014 2005-06-05
Father of the Pride Unknown 2004
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Blue's Clues Unknown 1996-09-08
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Unknown 1995-05-28
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Unknown 1994-01-01
Friends Phoebe Buffay / ... 235 episodes, 1994-2004 1994-09-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Coach Unknown 1989-02-28
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Cheers Unknown 1982-09-30
Newhart Unknown 1982-10-25
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11