Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow


5/30/1963, Encino, California, USA

Birth Name

Lisa Valerie Kudrow



Also Known As

Lisa Kudrow Arquette
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Lisa Kudrow is a Jewish American Emmy Award-winning actress who was born in Encino, California.

Her father is Lee Kudrow and her mother is Nedra Kudrow. She has one sister and two brothers. Older sister, Helene (1960), older brother David (1957), and older brother Derrick (1959). She went to…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Lisa was nominated for Golden Globe in 1996 for Actress In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie for her role on Friends.

    • Lisa speaks fluent French.

    • In March 2007, it was revealed that Lisa had been offered a role alongside Kate Walsh in a Grey's Anatomy spin-off. Lisa was offered to portray a doctor on the series.

    • While starring on Friends, Lisa appeared in 2 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. Her topics were sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy.

    • Lisa's son, Julian Murray, was born on May 7, 1998.

    • Lisa enjoyed playing tennis in high school.

    • Lisa graduated with a major in Psychobiology in 1985, at Vassar College.

    • Lisa was casted for the role of playing Roz Doyle on Frasier, but the producers and writers had to change the character too much to fit Lisa's personality, So they decided it would be better to recast the role.

    • Lisa has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at The Screen Actors Guild Awards for Friends in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004. She won in 1996. She was also nominated for SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2004 for Friends. She won in 2000.

    • Lisa and Jennifer Aniston both auditioned for regular cast member spots on Saturday Night Live, prior to their success on Friends.

    • Lisa studied at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA.

    • Lisa was chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.

    • Lisa Kudrow is left-handed.

    • She was nominated for an Emmy in 2000 but lost to Megan Mullaly.

    • Lisa has light green eyes.

    • Lisa was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2006 for her role in The Comeback.

    • Lisa played two different characters at the same time, on Mad About You and Friends, but those two characters were twin sisters.

    • Lisa's character on Friends, Phoebe, was the only character who had never actually dated one of the other five regular characters on the show.

    • Lisa was the only cast member from Friends that wasn't really in her 20's when the show began.

    • Lisa has struck a deal to develop program ideas for US television network NBC, with her partner, producer Dan Bucatinsky.

    • Lisa gets nervous in crowded public areas.

    • Lisa stands at 5' 8" or 1.73 m.

    • Lisa won the New York Film Critics Award for her starring role in The Opposite of Sex.

    • Lisa's parents are Nedra, who is a travel agent and Lee, who is a physician.

    • One of Lisa's favorite vacation spot is San Francisco. "The lights of the city are breathtaking at night," she says. "With the fog and the beautiful views, it's a great place to play."

    • On July 13th 2005, Lisa appeared on the Late Night show with Conan O'Brien and said that people who were saying Friends will be making a movie were only spreading rumours.

    • Lisa once dated Conan O'Brian.

    • Lisa is the cousin of Thea Mann.

    • Lisa was convinced to quit her job as a medical researcher to become a full time actress by Jon Lovitz.

    • In 1990, Lisa auditioned for Saturday Night Live because they needed more women, but they picked Julia Sweeney.

    • Lisa was the oldest of the Friends gang.

    • She waited to marry (age 31) to lose her virginity. She said in "People" magazine that her mother told her it was a special gift for her husband.

    • Lisa is actually a brunette but she dyed it blonde for Friends.

    • Lisa gave birth to Julian Murray on May 7, 1998. During the time in the show Friends when her character, Phoebe, was pregnant with her brother's triplets, Lisa was actually pregnant with her son.

    • Lisa was being considered for the role of 'Samantha' in the movie version of Bewitched.

    • Lisa has mentioned that one of her favorite TV shows is Bewitched.

    • Lisa married Michael Stern, an advertising executive, on May 27, 1995.

    • Lisa was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" in the first season of Friends (1994-1995). However, she won the Emmy in 1998.

  • Quotes

    • Lisa: When I first met my husband, I offered him my phone number and told him to call me for a game of tennis. I wasn't playing games. After our tennis date, I invited him to a party. He showed up, and I was like, 'You're here!' I took his breath away with how I wasn't hiding how happy I was to see him.

    • Lisa: I decided early on that I don't know anything about movies. I was just learning about TV.

    • Lisa: I actually made an effort to reject acting, to shove it out of my body, because I didn't want my kids to have an actress as a mother-to have, like, a silly person.

    • Lisa: Friends' producers have always been really generous about accommodating the schedule, and they don't have to do that. No show ever has to do that, because they own you.

    • Lisa: For me it was just, No, I'm saving myself. I have to make myself worthy of the kind of man I have in mind.

    • Lisa: Christina Ricci is amazing, the most professional actor I think I've ever met. You can be chatting with her and when they call action, she's right there.

    • Lisa: Blonde is dumb comedy, red hair is smart, sexy comedy.

    • Lisa: Before I became an actress, I used to think, 'When I get famous, there's so much love for you. And I think that's what everyone's after with trying to achieve celebrity.

    • Lisa: 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 I had of them. I didn't want anyone to see me that way.

    • Lisa: I found the right man, got married, and just had to keep not reinventing myself, just deciding that it doesn't matter what you are if you are a good person.

    • Lisa: I mostly have played dumb characters up until recently, and it's kind of a nice way to be. There's something easy about that kind of life.

    • Lisa: An actress, around 40, on television, that's where you get the most torture, I think.

    • Lisa: We treat sex so casually and use it for everything but what it is - which is ultimately making another human being with thoughts and feelings and rights who will grow up to be an adult

    • Lisa: There are some issues I'm more conservative on. As a parent, I'm concerned that there are so many young, young, young kids - like 12 years old - that are starting to have sex

    • Lisa: I think, on network TV, I'm still Phoebe to people and it would be hard to convince them otherwise in the bright lights of a sitcom.

    • Lisa: I started watching reality shows and being horrified at people signing up to be humiliated in front of the entire country. I saw one show, The Amazing Race, in which people were eating spicy soup and vomiting and crying. Why would you do that? Also, I was fascinated by these actors and actresses who would sign up to be followed around by cameras in their life. You become a celebrity, not because of your work or what you do, but because you have no privacy. I've been careful to keep my life separate because it's important to me to have privacy and for my life not to be a marketing device for a movie or a TV show. It's worth more than that. I'm worth more than that.

    • Lisa: In college I castrated 21 rats, and I got pretty good at it.

    • Lisa: I've learned you can make a mistake and the whole world doesn't end. I had to learn to allow myself to make a mistake without becoming defensive and unforgiving.

    • Lisa (on her pre-Emmy-show tradition): I usually have some nervous ritual where I have a shot of something…not an injection of something, but a shot, a drink.

  • Always will be "Phobe" to me.

    Funny. Good idea for shows etc.
  • Effortless

    I will always remember Phoebe and her stories on how she lived on a street with a guy who has sock puppets and her song smelly cat, more than that how she made Phoebe despite all the hardships and missing out on happy childhood still naive and lovable at the same time. Romy and Michelle High school Reunion is also nice. She's amazing.