Biography

A quirky and comely actress beloved for playing stunningly dumb blondes, Kudrow first made audiences laugh with her recurring role as a ditzy waitress named Ursula on Mad About You. Two years later, she landed her star-making part as an airheaded folksinger (who just happened to be Ursula's twin sister) on Friends. During the sitcom's 10-year run, Kudrow branched out into movies and smartly took on darker roles in a number of edgy independent films, such as The Opposite of Sex and Clockwatchers, as well as supporting comic turns in Hollywood blockbusters like Analyze This. Although Friends ended in 2004, Kudrow returned to the small screen the following year in the HBO series The Comeback, playing a washed-out actress desperate for another shot at success in Hollywood. While it only lasted a season, The Comeback has since earned a cult following and was named as one of the ten best television shows of the decade by Entertainment Weekly. In her spare time, Kudrow enjoys playing video games with her son Julian.

Fast Facts

  • Made her first on-stage appearance in 1988 in a production called The Ladies Room by Robin Schiff. Kudrow would later reprise this role in the movie Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, also written by Schiff.
  • Became a member of the improv-comedy troupe the Groundlings in 1989.
  • Used to date Conan O'Brien.
  • Made her first TV appearance on an episode of Cheers.
  • Had a recurring role as Ursula the waitress on the sitcom Mad About You. Her character Phoebe on Friends was revealed to be the twin sister of Ursula.
  • Was originally cast in the role of Roz on Frasier, but was replaced by Peri Gilpin before filming began.
  • Won the SAG Award in 2000 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her work on Friends. Was also nominated in the same category in 1996, 1999 and 2004.
  • Enjoys playing video games with her son Julian.

Awards

  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Structured Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Derrick Kudrow — Brother
  • Michael Stern — Husband
  • David Kudrow — Brother
  • Lee Kudrow — Father
  • Julian Murray Stern — Son
  • Nedra Kudrow — Mother
  • Helene Kudrow Sherman — Sister

College

  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY (BS in Biology, 1985)

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  • Birth Name: Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow
  • Birth Place: Encino, CA
  • Birthday: July 30, 1963, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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