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Also Known As: Elizabeth V Kudrow, Lisa Diane Marie Kudrow Died:
Born: July 30, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Encino, California, USA Profession: actor, improv teacher

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Though she made her name portraying slightly ditsy, even flaky characters on the small screen, actress Lisa Kudrow also proved to be an adept performer in both independent and studio films. After several years as a guest star on several popular shows, Kudrow skyrocketed to superstardom alongside her five cast mates on the immensely successful sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). For ten seasons, fans of the show delighted in Kudrow's deft portrayal of the naïve, but strangely wise Phoebe Buffay, a masseuse and struggling folk singer who seemingly once lived an impossibly storied life, complete with being homeless throughout her entire adolescence. But unlike her five co-stars, Kudrow actively sought to subvert the image she created onscreen by tackling a diverse range of characters in features, including an excellent performance as a sexually repressed spinster in "The Opposite of Sex" (1998), though she sometimes catered to that ditzy image, as she did in the popular comedy, "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" (1997). Nonetheless, Kudrow managed to break away from her Phoebe persona following the show's exit in 2004, though short-lived series like "The Comeback" (HBO, 2005) failed to add to her...

Though she made her name portraying slightly ditsy, even flaky characters on the small screen, actress Lisa Kudrow also proved to be an adept performer in both independent and studio films. After several years as a guest star on several popular shows, Kudrow skyrocketed to superstardom alongside her five cast mates on the immensely successful sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). For ten seasons, fans of the show delighted in Kudrow's deft portrayal of the naïve, but strangely wise Phoebe Buffay, a masseuse and struggling folk singer who seemingly once lived an impossibly storied life, complete with being homeless throughout her entire adolescence. But unlike her five co-stars, Kudrow actively sought to subvert the image she created onscreen by tackling a diverse range of characters in features, including an excellent performance as a sexually repressed spinster in "The Opposite of Sex" (1998), though she sometimes catered to that ditzy image, as she did in the popular comedy, "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" (1997). Nonetheless, Kudrow managed to break away from her Phoebe persona following the show's exit in 2004, though short-lived series like "The Comeback" (HBO, 2005) failed to add to her luster as a bankable television star. While appearing in smaller, but popular indie films like "Easy A" (2010), Kudrow was the star and creator of the improvised comedy series, "Web Therapy" (2008- ), which gave the post-"Friends" star new life and once again confirmed the diversity of her talent.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Neighbors (2014)
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 Easy A (2010)
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 Other Woman, The (2009)
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 Powder Blue (2009)
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 Hotel for Dogs (2009)
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 Bandslam (2009)
8.
 Paper Man (2009)
9.
 Kabluey (2007)
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 P.S. I Love You (2007)
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Raised in the San Fernando Valley in California
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After college, at the suggestion of her brother's friend Jon Lovitz, auditioned for The Groundlings, an improv troupe; was not accepted, but was referred to acting teacher Cynthia Szigeti
1988:
Made L.A. stage debut in the comedy "Ladies Room"
1989:
Joined the improv group The Groundlings
1989:
Made her episodic TV debut on "Cheers" (NBC), playing the girlfriend of bartender Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson)
1989:
Reprised her role from the play "Ladies Room" for the pilot "Just Temporary"; series not picked up by NBC
1990:
Filmed role in Sandra Locke's "Impulse"; part was cut out of released feature
1991:
Cast in TV-movie debut "Murder in High Places" (NBC)
1991:
Made her feature-acting debut in "The Unborn"
1993:
Cast in a recurring role on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Bob"
1992:
Joined the cast of "Mad About You" (NBC) in the recurring role of ditzy waitress Ursula (this character would later appear on 'Friends' as Phoebe's twin sister)
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Originally hired for the role of Roz in "Frasier" (NBC); fired during rehearsals for the pilot
1994:
Landed breakout television role as Phoebe Buffay on the NBC sitcom "Friends"; earned Emmy (1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001), Golden Globe (1996) and SAG (1996, 1999, 2004) nominations for Supporting Actress
1996:
Played the blind date of Albert Brooks' in "Mother"
1997:
Played first screen lead, opposite Mira Sorvino in "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion"
1998:
Appeared alongside Parker Posey and Toni Collette in the ensemble comedy-drama "Clockwatchers"
1998:
Earned rave reviews for her supporting turn as the repressed schoolteacher Lucia in "The Opposite of Sex"
1998:
Voiced the character of Aphrodite in the animated series "Hercules"
1999:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal in "Analyze This"
2000:
Played a ditsy soap opera actress and the youngest of three sisters in "Hanging Up," co-starring Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton (who also directed); film was co-written by Nora and Delia Ephron
2000:
Cast opposite John Travolta in "Lucky Numbers"; directed by Nora Ephron
2002:
Reprised role as Billy Crystal's wife in "Analyze That"
2002:
Played a woman who suffers a nervous breakdown and begins to think she's a dog in "Bark"; screened at Sundance
2002:
Landed title role as a spoiled young woman forced to assume control of a rap/hip-hop record label in "Marci X"
2004:
With writer-actor Dan Bucatinsky, signed a two-year development deal with Warner Bros
2005:
Co-wrote with Michael Patrick King and starred in the comedy series "The Comeback" (HBO); show suffered low ratings and was not renewed for a second season; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress
2005:
Co-starred in "Happy Endings," a comedic drama about the ups and downs of relationships
2007:
Played a supporting role opposite Hillary Swank in "P.S. I Love You"
2008:
Co-starred in the independent comedy film "Kabluey"
2009:
Co-starred in "Hotel for Dogs," a film adaptation of the Lois Duncan novel of the same name
2010:
Acted opposite Emma Stone in the comedy "Easy A"
2010:
Starred in the online series "Web Therapy" as narcissistic shrink Dr. Fiona Wallice; show began airing on Showtime in 2011
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Education

Portola Middle School: Tarzana , California -
Taft High School: Woodland Hills , California - 1981
Vassar College: Poughkeepsie , New York - 1985

Notes

"Looking back, I am stunned that at only 21 years old, when you really don't know anything--sorry, you just don't--I knew enough to know that if I wanted to pursue a dream, now's the time to do it, before I have too many responsibilities, before I am giving up too much to try it." --Lisa Kudrow quoted in The New York Times, October 15, 1995.

"I was always interested in performing, but I used to think that's not what a real person does. I felt I couldn't take myself seriously unless I was a doctor, or something that indicated that I was a smart person." --Lisa Kudrow, quoted in Daily News, July 14, 1994.

"For me 'Romy and Michelle' was about gathering information and getting experience, and I feel pretty lucky that it came out fine. It wasn't a blockbuster, but it opened at number two and it made money for the studio. But then you read, like, Entertainment Weekly and they say that [all the movies by 'Friends' cast members] bombed except for 'Scream'. So it's like there's blockbuster or bomb. Nothing in between. I don't understand big-film pressure. Like, if you're going to make a film it has to be great and it has to make $200 million. It's just unrealistic. I didn't know that it was presumptuous for an actor to be in a film." --Kudrow quoted in Movieline, May 1998.

"I always felt like I could be funny, but there was a part of me that always judged actors so harshly. ... I thought all actors were dumb. That they must have serious emotional problems. Even if they don't, that's the perception of them. I didn't want anyone to see me that way." --Lisa Kudrow quoted in Detour Magazine, May 1997.

"Life's a lot easier when you're dumb. You don't take things personally because you're too dumb to get it. Plus, people tell you a lot of information they shouldn't be telling you because they think you're too dumb to do anything with it." --Kudrow on why she like to play airheaded characters in Movieline, May 1997.

"Everyone's comedic sensibilities just work really well together. You can really see it when you go off and work on something else. You notice how different it is."---Kudrow on saying goodbye to "Friends" People April 19, 2004

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companion:
Conan O'Brien. Comic, writer, talk-show host. Dated in late 1980s.
husband:
Michel Stern. Advertising executive. Born in 1958 in France; had previously met when Stern was dating Kudrow's then roommate; met again years later and began dating; married on May 27, 1995.

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father:
Lee Kudrow. Physician. Headache specialist.
mother:
Nedra Kudrow. Travel agent.
sister:
Helene Kudrow Sherman. Artist. Born in 1955.
brother:
David Kudrow. Neurologist. Born in 1957.
brother:
Derrick Kudrow.
son:
Julian Murray Stern. Born on May 7, 1998; father, Michel Stern.
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