Lisa Kudrow

Actor, Improv teacher
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1963 in Encino, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Table 19 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boss Baby 2017 (Movie)

Mother (Voice)

An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Angie Tribeca 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Join or Die With Craig Ferguson 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 2016 (Movie)

Dean Carol Gladstone (Actor)

The Girl on the Train 2016 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Web Therapy 1992 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neighbors 2014 (Movie)

Dean Carol Gladstone (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Comeback 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

Carolyn (Actor)

Cougar Town 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Easy A 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Griffith (Actor)

Paper Man 2010 (Movie)

Claire Dunne (Actor)

Who Do You Think You Are? 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bandslam 2009 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Hotel for Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Lois Scudder (Actor)

Kabluey 2008 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Powder Blue 2008 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Happy Endings 2005 (Movie)

Mamie Toll (Actor)

A Farewell to Friends: A Dateline Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Marci X 2003 (Movie)

Marci (Actor)

Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

Sharon Holmes (Actor)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

Laura Sobel (Actor)

Bob 1992 - 1996, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1992 - 1996, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1992 - 1996, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mad About You 1992 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

All Over the Guy 2001 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Bark 2001 (Movie)

Darla (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

of Ava (Voice)

Friends: The Stuff You've Never Seen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Diane Keaton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

Maddy Mozell (Actor)

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

Crystal Latroy (Actor)

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

Laura MacNamara (Actor)

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Instant Comedy With the Groundlings 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Host

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

The Opposite of Sex 1998 (Movie)

Lucia Dalury (Actor)

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

Michele (Actor)

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hacks 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mother 1996 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Up For the Golden Globes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Flying Blind 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heat of Passion 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Unborn 1991 (Movie)

Louisa (Actor)

Close Encounters 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Temporary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in High Places (TV Show)

Actor

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Picking Up and Dropping Off (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Hotel for Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("Who Who Who") (Song Performer)

Biography

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" (2011-15), which gave the post-"Friends" star new life and once again confirmed the diversity of her talent.

Relationships

Lee Kudrow

Father

Nedra Kudrow

Mother

David Kudrow

Brother
Born in 1957

Conan O'Brien Actor

Companion
Dated in the late 1980s to early 1990s No longer together

Helene Sherman

Sister
Born in 1955

Michel Stern

Husband
Married on May 27, 1995

Julian Stern

Son
Born May 7, 1998; father, Michel Stern

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Cynthia Szigeti

Portola Middle School

Tarzana , California

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York 1985

Taft High School

Woodland Hills , California 1981

Milestones

2016

Appeared in the mystery thriller "The Girl on the Train"

2016

Nabbed a supporting role in the feature comedy "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising"

2015

Voiced the role of Wanda Pierce on the Netflix animated series "BoJack Horseman"

2013

Played a recurring role as Congresswoman Josephine Marcus on the ABC political drama "Scandal"

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

2009

Co-starred in "Hotel for Dogs," a film adaptation of the Lois Duncan novel of the same name

2008

Co-starred in the independent comedy film "Kabluey"

2007

Played a supporting role opposite Hillary Swank in "P.S. I Love You"

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

2004

With writer-actor Dan Bucatinsky, signed a two-year development deal with Warner Bros

2002

Landed title role as a spoiled young woman forced to assume control of a rap/hip-hop record label in "Marci X"

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

2000

Cast opposite John Travolta in "Lucky Numbers"; directed by Nora Ephron

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

1999

Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal in "Analyze This"

1998

Voiced the character of Aphrodite in the animated series "Hercules"

1998

Earned rave reviews for her supporting turn as the repressed schoolteacher Lucia in "The Opposite of Sex"

1998

Appeared alongside Parker Posey and Toni Collette in the ensemble comedy-drama "Clockwatchers"

1997

Played first screen lead, opposite Mira Sorvino in "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion"

1996

Played the blind date of Albert Brooks' in "Mother"

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

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)

1991

Cast in TV-movie debut "Murder in High Places" (NBC)

1991

Made her feature-acting debut in "The Unborn"

1990

Filmed role in Sandra Locke's "Impulse"; part was cut out of released feature

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

1989

Joined the improv group The Groundlings

1988

Made L.A. stage debut in the comedy "Ladies Room"

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

Originally hired for the role of Roz in "Frasier" (NBC); fired during rehearsals for the pilot

Raised in the San Fernando Valley in California

Bonus Trivia

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Prior to becoming a TV actress, Kudrow studied Biology at Vassar College.

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