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Lisa Kudrow BiographyKudos for Kudrow! Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Lisa Kudrow was born in Encino, California, on July 30, 1963. Her father, Lee, was a physician and her mother, Nedra, was a travel agent. Lisa was raised in Tarzana and played varsity-level tennis in high school and college, and is a pool shark who has mastered some of the more difficult trick shots (so beware). She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. At first, she wanted to pursue a career in research, so she returned to Los Angeles to begin working with her father. However, Lisa got inspired to perform by one of her brother's friends, comedian Jon Lovitz, and so the tall (5' 9") blond-haired, green-eyed beauty entered show biz. Lisa auditioned for the improv theater group, The Groundlings, based in Los Angeles. Cynthia Szigeti, a well-known improv teacher, took Lisa under her wing. In that class, Lisa became a friend of Conan O'Brien. Graduating with honors in 1989, Lisa became a full-fledged member of The Groundlings. Breaking into TV, she got a recurring role as Ursula, the ditsy waitress on Mad About You. This led to her starring role on Friends. In the debut season (1994-95) of Friends, Lisa earned an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; in 1998, she won that award for her role as Phoebe, the ditsy but lovable folk singer. Lisa has also been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Awards for her performances. Lisa made the transition to the big screen with a lot of success. In 1997, she starred opposite Oscar winner Mira Sorvino in the above-mentioned Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Lisa garnered more praise for her film work when she got the New York Film Critics Award for her starring role in The Opposite of Sex. Lisa married Michael Stern, an advertising executive, on May 27, 1995. On May 7, 1998, they were blessed with a son, Julian Murray; they live in Los Angeles.
Salary"Friends" (1994): $1,000,000 / episode (2001)
TriviaSon, Julian Murray Stern (born May 7, 1998), with husband Michel Stern. She was a member of the comedy troupe, the Groundlings. First played Ursula on "Mad About You" (1992), then played her twin sister, Phoebe, on "Friends" (1994), and has played both characters at once in a few episodes of "Friends" (1994). Measurements: 36B-26-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Played tennis in high school. She waited to marriage (age 31) to lose her virginity. Said in "People" magazine that her mother told her it was a special gift for her husband. Her motion picture debut was supposed to be in the film Impulse (1990) but her scenes were cut before the film's release. Cousin of Thea Mann. Filmed all her scenes for Wonderland (2003) in three days. She and Jennifer Aniston both auditioned for regular cast member spots on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) prior to their success on "Friends" (1994). Is a major fan of Diane Keaton. She supported the WGA strike, which started in 2007 and ended in 2008. The story line of Phoebe Buffay having her brother's babies was thought up in "Friends" (1994), was when she announced her real-life pregnancy. However, as she was not big enough to be having triplets, and the show was shot in "TV time", the costumers had to pad her to make her look bigger for the show. Received a degree in Biology from Vassar College, and Mira Sorvino received a degree in Asian Studies from Harvard University, so during production of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), they nicknamed each other "Smart" and "Smarter". She took the role in Hotel for Dogs (2009), so her son could see some of her work, because she think he is to young to see her other movies, like Powder Blue (2009), P.S. I Love You (2007) and The Opposite of Sex (1998). Was considered for a role in Evan Almighty (2007). Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
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