Lisa Kudrow: Facts About The Actress Who Played the Iconic Character “Phoebe” in FRIENDS

When actors create an iconic role that leaves a mark on the heart of the audience, then no matter how long you disappear from the screens, you will still be remembered. The same thing happened in the case of Lisa Kudrow who is best known for the character Phoebe in the hit sitcom Friends. She never thought of pursuing her career as an actress but her real passion didn’t get hidden for long. As soon as she found out about her love for acting, she took her steps and finally got the biggest break in Friends.

1.Roots from California

Lisa Valerie Kudrow was born on July 30, 1963, in California. She was born to a father Lee N. Kudrow and mother Nedra Stern. Her father worked as a physician while her mother was a travel agent. The youngest of three siblings, Lisa grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Tarzana.

  1. Lisa is married to Michel Stern

The actress is married to a French advertising executive Michel Stern since May 27, 1995. They have been together for almost 24 years and will be soon celebrating the silver jubilee coming year. Their relationship all started when Lisa was a college-going girl. In fact, at that time, Michel wasn’t available and he was dating Lisa’s roommate. Out of nowhere, they started feeling for each other and hooked up after Michel broke up with her friend.

They say its all about destiny and its true for Michel and Lisa. They are one of the ideal couples in the history of Hollywood. They together have a son named Julian Murray Stern born on 7th May 1998.

  1. Lisa worked as a Medical Researcher after completing her education

Kudrow attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana. After completing her school, she went to attend Taft High School in Los Angeles. As she was interested in tennis since an early age of her life, she got to live upon her dreams in high school. There she played on the varsity team and mastered some of the most difficult tricks in tennis.

Lisa then attended Vassar College from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. After completion, she joined her father’s clinic and worked as a medical researcher for eight years before landing into the acting gig.

  1. She started her acting career from “The Groundlings”

Lisa Kudrow is best remembered for her iconic role as ‘Phoebe Buffay” in the hit sitcom ‘Friends’. She started her acting journey when her brother’s friend comedian Jon Lovitz sensed the talent in her and insisted her to perform. Then, she joined improv classes to hone her acting while working at her father’s clinic.

Eventually, she joined “The Groundlings”, one of the famous improv comedy group in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, she started giving auditions for television roles. Finally, her search got to stop when she landed the role of ‘Kathy Fleisher’ in one of the famous series ‘Bob’.

  1. Her Biggest Break “FRIENDS”

Her biggest claim to fame came with the series “Friends”. She got the role of Phoebe, the lovable folk singing massage therapist in the sitcom and justified the role. The show became an instant hit and Kudrow went on to win the Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Award.

After getting the success, the blockage in the road to big screens for her got cleared. Following the success, she appeared on the big screens with movies like Romy and Michele’s High School, Happy Endings, Analyze This, The Opposite of Sex, PS I Love You, and many more on the list.