Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow 2.jpg
Kudrow at the 2009 Streamy Awards
BornLisa Valerie Kudrow
(1963-07-30) July 30, 1963 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
OccupationActress, voice actress, writer, comedienne, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Michel Stern (m. 1995)
Children1
 
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Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow 2.jpg
Kudrow at the 2009 Streamy Awards
BornLisa Valerie Kudrow
(1963-07-30) July 30, 1963 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
OccupationActress, voice actress, writer, comedienne, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Michel Stern (m. 1995)
Children1

Lisa Valerie Kudrow[1] (born July 30, 1963)[2] is an American actress, writer, comedian 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 third season on Showtime. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program[3] 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 was 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) and its sequel Analyze That (2002), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Wonderland (2003), Happy Endings (2005), P.S. I Love You (2007), Bandslam (2008), Hotel for Dogs (2009), and Easy A (2010).

Throughout her career she has received nine Emmy Award nominations, twelve Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Lisa Kudrow was born in 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.[4] She has an older sister, Helene Marla (born 1960), and an older brother, Santa Monica neurologist David B. Kudrow (born 1957). Kudrow was raised in a middle-class Jewish family and Kudrow had a Bat Mitzvah.[5][6] 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.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Career[edit]

Kudrow visiting Vassar College in 2004

At the urging of her brother's childhood friend, comedian Jon Lovitz,[5] 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.[11] She was also the only regular female member of the Transformers Comedy Troupe.[12] She played a role in an episode of the NBC sitcom Cheers.[13] She tried out for Saturday Night Live in 1990, but the show chose Julia Sweeney instead.[14] 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.[15] 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.[4]

Kudrow was cast to play the role of Roz Doyle in Frasier, but the role 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".[5] 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.[16]

For her starring role as Phoebe on Friends (NBC, 1994–2004) Kudrow won the 1998 Emmy Award[17] 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 seasons of Friends.[18] 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.[19] She has also appeared, alongside her niece, in a television commercial for Nintendo's Personal Trainer: Cooking,[20] 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.[21][22] On March 19, 2010, Kudrow’s search for her roots in eastern Europe was broadcast.[23] 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.[19] In July 2011, a reformatted, half-hour version of the show premiered on Showtime.[24][25] 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.[26] Kudrow's character was also a love interest for Bobby, the divorced husband of Jules played by Brian Van Holt. As of October 3, 2013, Kudrow has also landed a recurring role as Congresswoman Josephine Marcus in the ABC drama Scandal.[27]

Personal life[edit]

On May 27, 1995, Kudrow married Michel Stern, a French advertising executive.[4][28] They have one son, Julian Murray, who was born on May 7, 1998.[29] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1989L.A. on $5 a DayCharmer
1989Married to the Mob
1989Just TemporaryNicoleTV movie
1989Murder in High PlacesMiss StichTV movie
1991To the Moon, AliceFriend of Perky GirlTV movie
1991The UnbornLouisa
1992Dance with DeathMillie
1992In the Heat of PassionBank Telleraka Heat of Passion
1994In the Heat of Passion 2: UnfaithfulBank Teller
1995The CrazysitterAdrian Wexler-Jones
1996MotherLinda
1997Romy and Michele's High School ReunionMichele Weinberger
1997ClockwatchersPaula
1997HacksReading Woman
1998The Opposite of SexLucia DeLury
1999Analyze ThisLaura MacNamara Sobel
2000Hanging UpMaddy Moell
2000Lucky NumbersCrystal
2001All Over the GuyMarie
2001Dr. Dolittle 2AvaVoice
2002Bark!Dr. Darla Portnoy
2002Analyze ThatLaura Sobel
2003Marci XMarci Field
2003WonderlandSharon Holmes
2005Happy EndingsMamie
2007KablueyLeslie
2007P.S. I Love YouDenise
2009Hotel for DogsLois Scudder
2009Powder BlueSallyDirect-to-video
2009Paper ManClaire Dunn
2009BandslamKaren Burton
2010Easy AMrs. Griffith
2011The Other WomanCarolyneaka Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
2013Miss You AlreadyDaniellePost-production
2014NeighborsCarol GladstonePost-production
2014El Americano: The Movie[30][31]LucilleVoice
Post-production

Television[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1989CheersEmilyEpisode: "Two Girls for Every Boyd"
1990NewhartSadaEpisode: "The Last Newhart"
1990Life Goes OnStellaEpisode: "Becca and the Band"
1992Room for TwoWoman in BlackEpisode: "Not Quite... Room for Two"
1992–1999Mad About YouUrsula Buffay23 episodes
1993Flying BlindAmyEpisode: "My Dinner with Brad Schimmel"
1993BobKathy Fleisher3 episodes
1993–1994CoachLauren/Nurse Alice2 episodes
1994–2004FriendsPhoebe Buffay/Ursula BuffayMain Cast; 236 episodes
1996Hope & GloriaPhoebe BuffayEpisode: "A New York Story"
1996Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManFemale Beta Maxians (voice)Episode: "The One with Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role"
1996Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Lisa Kudrow/Sheryl Crow"
1997Dr. Katz, Professional TherapistLisa (voice)Episode: "Reunion"
1998The SimpsonsAlex Whitney (voice)Episode: "Lard of the Dance"
1998–1999Hercules: The Animated SeriesAphrodite (voice)3 episodes
2001King of the HillMarjorie Pittman (voice)Episode: "The Exterminator"
2001Blue's CluesDr. Stork (voice)Episode: "The Baby's Here!"
2005Father of the PrideFoo-Lin (voice)Episode: "The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Experience Movie"
2005The ComebackValerie CherishMain Cast/Producer/Writer; 13 episodes
2005Hopeless PicturesSandy (voice)2 episodes
2006American Dad!The Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)Episode: "The Best Christmas Story Never"
2008–presentWeb TherapyFiona WalliceWeb series
Main Cast/Producer/Writer
2010Cougar TownDr. Amy EvansEpisode: "Rhino Skin"
2010–presentWho Do You Think You Are?Herself[23]Episode: "Lisa Kudrow"; Also Producer
2011–presentWeb TherapyFiona WalliceTV Series

Main Cast/Producer/Writer; 31 episodes

2011Allen GregorySheila (voice)Episode: "Mom Sizemore"
2013Wendell and VinnieNatashaEpisode: "Swindel & Vinnie"
2013Hollywood Game NightHerselfEpisode: "The One With the Friends"
2013ScandalCongresswoman Josephine Marcus4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1995Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesMad About YouNominated
1996American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesFriendsNominated
1996Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV MovieFriendsNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
1997Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
1998Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
1998New York Film Critics Circle AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Opposite of SexWon
1998Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalRomy and Michelle's High School ReunionNominated
1999American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesFriendsNominated
1999American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureThe Opposite of SexNominated
1999American Comedy AwardFunniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV SeriesMad About YouNominated
1999Chicago Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Opposite of SexNominated
1999Chlotrudis AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Opposite of SexWon
1999Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
1999Independent Spirit AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Opposite of SexNominated
1999Online Film Critics Society AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Opposite of SexNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2000American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesFriendsNominated
2000American Comedy AwardFunniest Female Performer in a TV SpecialFriendsNominated
2000American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureAnalyze ThisNominated
2000Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2001American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesFriendsNominated
2001Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2001Satellite AwardBest Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or MusicalFriendsWon
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2002Satellite AwardBest Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or MusicalFriendsNominated
2002Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
2006Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe ComebackNominated
2006Gracie Allen AwardOutstanding Female Lead in a Comedy SeriesThe ComebackWon
2006Satellite AwardBest Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or MusicalThe ComebackNominated
2008Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalKablueyNominated
2009Streamy AwardBest Female Actress in a Web Comedy SeriesWeb TherapyNominated
2009Webby AwardSpecial Achievement: Outstanding Comedic PerformanceWeb TherapyWon
2010Streamy AwardBest Female Actor in a Comedy Web SeriesWeb TherapyNominated
2010Webby AwardBest Individual PerformanceWeb TherapyNominated
2010Golden Derby TV AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCougar TownNominated
2011Webby AwardBest Individual PerformanceWeb TherapyWon
2012Emmy AwardOutstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-action Entertainment ProgramWeb TherapyNominated
2012Emmy AwardOutstanding Reality ProgramWho Do You Think You AreNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lisa Kudrow says her middle name". YouTube. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ "Web Therapy". Emmy Awards. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "FilmReference.com: Lisa Kudrow (1963–)". 
  5. ^ a b c Zaslow, Jeffrey. (October 8, 2000). "Balancing friends and family". USA Weekend. Retrieved June 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ Harris, Rob. (2012-06-26) Oh, what a tangled ‘Web’ Lisa Kudrow weaves. The Times of Israel. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Grobel, Lawrence (November/December 2013). "Lisa Kudrow: The versatile comedian (and former science nerd) reflects on high school bullies, motherhood, and life after Friends". The Saturday Evening Post (Indiana). Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Bio at PX Drive.com
  12. ^ Lisa Kudrow Biography Hollywood Auditions.com
  13. ^ IMDB, "Two Girls for Every Boyd", Season 8, episode 9. (Kudrow appeared as "Emily.")
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Kara Kovalchik, "The Early TV Appearances of Seven Big Stars", Mental Floss, July 15, 2009.
  16. ^ "Fast Chat: Lisa Kudrow". Newsday. January 18, 2009. 
  17. ^ Lisa Kudrow Emmy Nominated. Emmys.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
  18. ^ Carter, Bill (February 12, 2002). "'Friends' Deal Will Pay Each Of Its 6 Stars $22 Million". New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Lisa Kudrow- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Personal Trainer: Cooking Look Who's Cooking". 
  21. ^ "Who do you think you are". NBC. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "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
  23. ^ a b Who Do You Think You Are – NBC Site. Nbc.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-25.
  24. ^ "'Web Therapy' Renewed: Lisa Kudrow's Showtime Series Get A Season 3". Huffingtonpost. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  25. ^ Hale, Mike (July 28, 2011). "Analyze This: A Webisode’s Id Meets Its TV Ego". New York Post. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  26. ^ Mickey O'Connor. "Lisa Kudrow Will Guest-Star on Cougar Town". TVGuide.com. 
  27. ^ "Lisa Kudrow on Scandal Season 3: If I Share Spoilers, I May Get Killed". 
  28. ^ "Want the secret to a happy marriage? Don't have sex before the wedding". Daily Mail (London). December 23, 2010. 
  29. ^ Shauna Snow (9 May 1998). "Calendar". Los Angeles Times. 
  30. ^ Presentan “El Americano: The Movie”, coproducción México-EUA - Yahoo TV. Yahoo! TV. September 26, 2013
  31. ^ [1] El Universal - - Lisa Kudrow se hace friend del cine mexicano

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Preceded by
Samuel L. Jackson
MTV Movie Awards host
1999
Succeeded by
Sarah Jessica Parker