Kudrow at the 2009 Streamy Awards
|Born|| July 30, 1963 |
Encino, Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||Vassar College|
|Occupation||Actress, writer & webseries producer|
|Spouse(s)||Michel Stern |
(m.1995–present; 1 child)
Lisa Kudrow (born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedienne and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten season run as Phoebe Buffay in the television sitcom Friends, for which she received many accolades including an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
She went on to produce, write and star in the short lived HBO series The Comeback, and is currently starring in Web Therapy which is in its second season on Showtime. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program for the show in 2012. She is also one of the executive producers of the NBC reality program Who Do You Think You Are. She is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Program for the series in 2012.
Away from television, Kudrow has also appeared in many films including Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), The Opposite of Sex (1998), Analyze This (1999), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Happy Endings (2005), P.S. I Love You (2007), Bandslam (2008), Hotel for Dogs (2009) and Easy A (2010).
 Early life
Lisa Kudrow was born in Encino, Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Nedra S. (née Stern), a travel agent, and Dr. Lee N. Kudrow (born 1933), a headache specialist and physician. She has an older sister, Helene Marla (born 1960), and an older brother, Santa Monica neurologist David B. Kudrow (born 1957). She is the niece of composer/conductor Harold Farberman. Kudrow was raised in a middle-class Jewish family. Her ancestors emigrated from Belarus and lived in the village of Ilya, in the Minsk area, and her great-grandmother was murdered in the Holocaust.
Kudrow attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, California. In 1979, at the age of 16, she underwent rhinoplasty to reduce the size of her nose. She graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. She received her BA in Biology from Vassar College, intending to follow in her father's footsteps and research headaches. Kudrow worked on her father's staff for eight years while breaking into acting, earning a research credit on his study on the comparative likelihood of left-handed individuals developing cluster headaches.
At the urging of her brother's childhood friend, comedian Jon Lovitz, Kudrow began her comedic career as a member of The Groundlings. Briefly, Kudrow joined with Conan O'Brien and director Tim Hillman in the short-lived improv troupe Unexpected Company. She was also the only regular female member of the Transformers Comedy Troupe. She played a role in an episode of the NBC sitcom Cheers. She tried out for Saturday Night Live in 1990, but the show chose Julia Sweeney instead. She had a recurring role as Kathy Fleisher in three episodes of season one of the Bob Newhart sitcom Bob (CBS, 1992–1993), a role she played after taking part in the memorable series finale of Newhart's previous series Newhart. Prior to Friends, she appeared in at least two produced network pilots: NBC's Just Temporary (also known as Temporarily Yours) in 1989, playing Nicole; and CBS' Close Encounters (also known as Matchmaker) in 1990, playing a Valley girl.
Kudrow was hired to play the role of Roz Doyle in Frasier, but the part was re-cast with Peri Gilpin during the filming of the pilot episode. Kudrow said in 2000 that when rehearsals started, "I knew it wasn't working. I could feel it all slipping away, and I was panicking, which only made things worse". Her first recurring television role was Ursula Buffay, the eccentric waitress on the NBC sitcom Mad About You. Kudrow would reprise the character on the NBC sitcom Friends, in which Kudrow co-starred as massage therapist Phoebe Buffay, Ursula's twin sister.
For her ensemble starring role as Phoebe on Friends (NBC, 1994–2004) Kudrow won the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. According to the Guinness Book of World Records (2005), Kudrow and co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox became the highest paid TV actresses of all time, earning $1 million per episode for the ninth and tenth season of Friends.
Her film credits include comedic roles in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Hanging Up, Marci X, Analyze This and its sequel Analyze That. Kudrow has also starred in dramatic roles including the biographical Wonderland about the late porn star John Holmes. She had dramatic roles for writer-director Don Roos in the films The Opposite of Sex and Happy Endings. In 2008, she acted in Hotel for Dogs alongside Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin.
She has been a vocal performer on episodes of animated television series, including as Aphrodite on Hercules: The Animated Series, and as Springfield Elementary School student Alexandra Whitney on The Simpsons. She was the voice of the female grizzly bear Ava in the live action movie Dr. Dolittle 2. She also voiced the Ghost of Christmas Past in the American Dad Christmas Special: The Best Christmas Story Never Told. Kudrow starred as protagonist Valerie Cherish on the single-season HBO series The Comeback (premiered June 5, 2005), about a has-been sitcom star trying for a comeback. She also served as co-creator, writer, and executive producer. Kudrow received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on The Comeback. She has also appeared, alongside her niece, in a television commercial for Nintendo's Personal Trainer: Cooking, as well as in the Nintendo DS commercial for Professor Layton and the Curious Village with Lynn Brown Kogen.
Kudrow served as the executive producer for the American version of the UK television series Who Do You Think You Are? for NBC, in which celebrities trace their family trees. The subjects of the first series included Kudrow herself, in which it was discovered her great-grandmother died in the Holocaust.  On March 19, 2010 Kudrow’s search for her roots in eastern Europe was broadcast.
Kudrow co-created an improvised comedy web series, Web Therapy on Lstudio.com. The improv series, which launched online in 2008, has earned several Webby nominations and one Outstanding Comedic Performance Webby for Kudrow, who plays therapist of unspecified credentials Fiona Wallice. She offers her patients three-minute sessions over iChat. In July 2011, a reformatted, half-hour version of the show premiered on Showtime.
Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox reunited on Cougar Town in 2009. Kudrow played an accomplished dermatologist whose services become addictive to Jules (Cox), despite the doctor's impatient temperament. Kudrow's episode was aired during November sweeps. Kudrow's character was also a love interest for Bobby, the divorced husband of Jules played by Brian Van Holt.
 Personal life
On May 27, 1995, Kudrow married Michel Stern, a French advertising executive. They have one son, Julian Murray, who was born on May 7, 1998. Kudrow's pregnancy was written into Friends (seasons 4 and 5), with her character Phoebe having triplets as a surrogate mother for her brother and his wife because they were not able to have children.
|1989||Cheers||Emily||Episode: "Two Girls for Every Boyd"|
|1990||Newhart||Sada||Episode: "The Last Newhart"|
|Life Goes On||Stella||Episode: "Becca and the Band"|
|1992||Room for Two||Woman in Black||Episode: "Not Quite... Room for Two"|
|1993–1999||Mad About You||Ursula Buffay||23 episodes |
Nominated - American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series (1999)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1994)
|1993||Flying Blind||Amy||Episode: "My Dinner with Brad Schimmel"|
|Bob||Kathy Fleisher||Episode: "Bob and Kaye and Jerry and Patty" |
Episode: "Tell Them Willy Mammoth Is Here"
Episode: "The Entertainer"
|1993–1994||Coach||Lauren||Episode: "About Face" |
Episode: "Like Father, Like Daughter"
|1994–2004||Friends||Phoebe Buffay||236 episodes; one of the 6 main roles |
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series (2000)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1998)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2000)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (1999)
TV Guide Award - Editor's Choice (2000)
Nominated - American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series (1996, 1999, 2001)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1995)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1995, 1997, 1999-2001)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2001)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998-2003)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (1995, 1998, 2003)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress -TV (2002)Nominated - TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy Series (2000)
|1995–2001||Ursula Buffay||Recurring role |
Seasons 1, 3–8 (8 episodes)
|1996||Hope & Gloria||Phoebe Buffay||Episode: "A New York Story"|
|Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||(Voice) Female Beta Maxians||Episode: "The One with Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role"|
|1996||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Lisa Kudrow/Sheryl Crow"|
|1997||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||(Voice) Lisa||Episode: "Reunion"|
|1998||The Simpsons||(Voice) Alex Whitney||Episode: "Lard of the Dance"|
|1998–1999||Hercules: The Animated Series||(Voice) Aphrodite||Episode: "Hercules and the Big Kiss" |
Episode: "Hercules and the Dream Date"
Episode: "Hercules and the Gorgon"
Episode: "Hercules and the Green Eyed Monster"
|2001||King of the Hill||(Voice) Marjorie Pittman||Episode: "The Exterminator"|
|Blue's Clues||(Voice) Dr. Stork||Episode: "The Baby's Here!"|
|2004–2005||Father of the Pride||(Voice) Foo-Lin||Episode: "What's Black and White and Depressed All Over?" |
Episode: "The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Experience Movie"
|2005||The Comeback||Valerie Cherish||13 episodes, Producer and Writer |
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
|Hopeless Pictures||(Voice) Sandy||Episode: "Episode #1.2" |
Episode: "Episode #1.4"
|2006||American Dad!||(Voice) The Ghost of Christmas Past||Episode: "The Best Christmas Story Never"|
|2008–present||Web Therapy||Fiona Wallice||Web series, Producer, Writer and main role.|
|2010||Cougar Town||Dr. Amy Evans||Episode: "Rhino Skin"|
|2010–2012||Who Do You Think You Are?||Herself||Episode: "Lisa Kudrow", Producer |
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program
|2011–present||Web Therapy||Fiona Wallice||TV series, Producer, Writer and main role. |
Emmy Award : Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-action Entertainment Program.
|2013||Dog With A Blog||Patricia||Episode: Season 2 Upcoming|
 Awards and nominations
Kudrow has been nominated for several awards.
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1995||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Mad About You|
|1996||American Comedy Award||Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series||Friends|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|1997||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|1998||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Supporting Actress||The Opposite of Sex|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical||Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion||Nominated|
|1999||American Comedy Award||Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series||Friends|
|Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||The Opposite of Sex|
|Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series||Mad About You|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||The Opposite of Sex|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Friends||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Actress||The Opposite of Sex|
|Online Film Critics Society Award|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Friends|
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series|
|2000||American Comedy Award||Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series|
|Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special||MTV Movie Awards|
|Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Analyze This|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Friends|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2001||American Comedy Award||Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series|
|Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Satellite Award||Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2002||Satellite Award||Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series|
|2003||Screen Actors Guild Award|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series|
|2006||Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Comeback|
|Gracie Allen Award||Outstanding Female Lead in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical||Kabluey|
|2009||Streamy Award||Best Female Actress in a Web Comedy Series||Web Therapy|
|Webby Award||Special Achievement: Outstanding Comedic Performance||Won|
|2010||Streamy Award||Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series||Nominated|
|Webby Award||Best Individual Performance|
|Golden Derby TV Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Cougar Town|
|2011||Webby Award||Best Individual Performance||Web Therapy||Won|
|2012||Emmy Award||Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-action Entertainment Program||Web Therapy||Nominated|
|Outstanding Reality Program||Who Do You Think You Are||Nominated|
- Family Tree Legends According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California
- "FilmReference.com: Lisa Kudrow (1963–)".
- Zaslow, Jeffrey. (October 8, 2000). "Balancing friends and family". USA Weekend. http://188.8.131.52/00_issues/001008/001008kudrow.html. Retrieved June 8, 2008.
- Harris, Rob. (2012-06-26) Oh, what a tangled ‘Web’ Lisa Kudrow weaves. The Times of Israel. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
- McCorquodale, Sara (March 20, 2010). "Lisa Kudrow's tears as she uncovers tragic family connection to the [[Holocaust]]". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Susman, Gary. (2002-10-23) Gary Susman, "On the Job," ''Entertainment Weekly'', October 23, 2002. ("In the November issue of ''Allure'' magazine, Kudrow reveals a secret she's kept for 23 years: When she was 16, she had a nose job. 'I had a hook nose, and now it's certainly smaller,' she says. 'But I'm not even sure I love how that turned out. I think plastic surgery looks weird – like plastic surgery.'"). Ew.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
- Messinger, HB; MI Messinger, L Kudrow, LV Kudrow (1994). "Handedness and headache". Cephalalgia 14 (1): 64–67. doi:10.1046/j.1468-2982.1994.1401064.x. PMID 8200028.
- Bio at PX Drive.com
- Lisa Kudrow Biography Hollywood Auditions.com
- IMDB, "Two Girls for Every Boyd," Season 8, episode 9. (Kudrow appeared as "Emily.")
- Shales, Tom; James Andrew Miller (October 2003). Live From New York (First paperback ed.). Back Bay Books. pp. 273, 386. ISBN 0-316-73565-5.
- Kara Kovalchik, "The Early TV Appearances of Seven Big Stars," Mental Floss, July 15, 2009.
- "Fast Chat: Lisa Kudrow". Newsday. January 18, 2009. http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/sunday/fanfare/ny-fffast5999979jan18a,0,2982354.story.
- Lisa Kudrow Emmy Nominated. Emmys.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
- "Personal Trainer: Cooking Look Who's Cooking". http://www.personaltrainercooking.com/look-whos-cooking/.
- "LISA KUDROW, SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND SUSAN SARANDON STAR IN NBC'S 'WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?' PREMIERING APRIL 20" January 28, 2009, NBC.com News
- Who Do You Think You Are – NBC Site. Nbc.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
- Mickey O'Connor. "Lisa Kudrow Will Guest-Star on Cougar Town". TVGuide.com.
- "Want the secret to a happy marriage? Don't have sex before the wedding". Daily Mail (London). December 23, 2010.
- Shauna Snow (9 May 1998). ""Calendar"". Los Angeles Times.
- "Awards for Lisa Kudrow" IMDb.com
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