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Lisa Kudrow



Lisa Kudrow first made her name playing Phoebe, the ditzy, New Age member of the titular close-knit pals on NBC's highly successful sitcom Friends. Since then, she has bridged the gap between television and film with undeniable success, winning particular acclaim for her role as an uptight school teacher in Don Roos' The Opposite of Sex (1998).



Born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963, Kudrow earned a degree in biology from Vassar College before beginning her acting career. After college, she joined the Los Angeles improvisational group, The Groundlings, at the urging of family friend Jon Lovitz. Improv paved the way for more work, and Kudrow was soon appearing in bit roles in a number of films. Her first real break didn't come until 1993, when she began appearing on the TV sitcom Mad About You as Ursula, the waitress from hell. Real fame came in 1994, when the actress was cast as Phoebe on Friends; the enormous success of the show gave her both wide recognition and a steady day job.



Kudrow's first leading role on the big screen was as one of the titular heroines (alongside Mira Sorvino) of the 1997 comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion; unfortunately, her character was little more than a film version of Phoebe. Fortunately, Kudrow got to widen her range a little further that same year with a starring role in the independent drama Clockwatchers, portraying a struggling actress alongside the likes of Toni Collette and Parker Posey. The following year, Kudrow won raves and critical respect for her turn in The Opposite of Sex, a scathing black comedy in which she gave a comic and poignant performance as an embittered woman coping with the death of her brother, the presence of her best friend's malicious little sister (Christina Ricci), and the romantic attentions of Lyle Lovett. The acclaim she received for her portrayal was complemented the same year with an Emmy Award for her work on Friends. In 1999, Kudrow shared the screen with Robert DeNiro in the comedy Analyze This, and later that year she starred with Diane Keaton and Meg Ryan as three sisters dealing with the imminent death of their irritating father (Walter Matthau) in the comedy Hanging Up, directed by Keaton and written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron.



As the new millenium unfolded, Kudrow would prove to be a strong force on screen, appearing in a number of acclaimed films, like Wonderland, Happy Endings, The Other Woman, Easy A, and in the comedy series Web Therapy.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Boss Baby
  • Mother
2017
No Score Yet Table 19
  • Actor
2017
43% The Girl on the Train
  • Monica
2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Dean Carol Gladstone
2016
50% El Americano: The Movie
  • Lucille
2015
No Score Yet Friends: The Movie
  • Actor
2015
73% Neighbors
  • Dean Carol Gladstone
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
38% The Other Woman
  • Carolyn
2011
85% Easy A
  • Mrs. Griffith
2010
32% Paper Man
  • Claire Dunn
2010
81% Bandslam
  • Karen
2009
25% Powder Blue
  • Sally
2009
45% Hotel for Dogs
  • Lois Scudder
2009
24% P.S. I Love You
  • Denise Hennessey
2007
84% Kabluey
  • Leslie
2007
54% Happy Endings
  • Mamie
2005
No Score Yet Picking Up & Dropping Off
  • Executive Producer
2003
34% Wonderland
  • Sharon Holmes
2003
9% Marci X
  • Marci
2003
27% Analyze That
  • Laura MacNamara Sobel
2002
14% Bark!
  • Dr. Darla Portnoy
2002
43% All Over the Guy
  • Marie
2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Ava
2001
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Crystal
2000
12% Hanging Up
  • Maddy
2000
69% Analyze This
  • Laura MacNamara
1999
80% The Opposite of Sex
  • Lucia
1998
83% Clockwatchers
  • Paula
1998
No Score Yet Sink or Swim
  • Reading Woman
1997
70% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Michele
1997
89% Mother
  • Linda
1996
No Score Yet The Crazysitter
  • Adrian Wexler-Jones
1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful (Unfaithful ) (Behind Closed Doors)
  • Teller
1994
No Score Yet The Unborn
  • Louisa
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
76% Cougar Town
2009-2015
  • Dr. Amy Evans
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
9% Allen Gregory
2011
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Producer
  • Fiona Wallice
  • Creator
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
65% The Comeback
2005-2014
  • Producer
  • Valerie Cherish
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Creator
No Score Yet Arts & the Mind
2012
  • Host
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
94% Scandal
2012
  • Josephine "Josie" Marcus Josephine Marcus
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Producer
  • Appearing
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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