Thursday, October 18, 2007

Phoebe ( Lisa Kudrow )

Gender: Female
Birthplace: Encino, California
Birthday: 7/30/1963
Name: Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow

Lisa's father Lee Kudrow is a renowned headache specialist, while her mother Nedra Kudrow is a travel agent. Although Lisa was a hard worker and studied intensely while in elementary school, she started to show an interest in acting at an early age. She would lip synch to the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof, pretending to be one of the musical's characters. Lisa performed her Fiddler routine in several classes; a teacher caught a glimpse of her act and was fully impressed.

Her first significant TV role was playing the girlfriend of Woody Harrelson’s character on an episode of Cheers. In 1993 she won a recurring role on “Mad About You” as the flakey waitress Ursula. Then in 1994 she won the role of Phoebe Buffay – Ursula’s twin sister in “Friends”.

She first tried out for the part of Roz on Frasier, but was turned down. It turned out for the best, as the role of Phoebe on Friends fit Lisa like a charm, so much so that people often think that Phoebe's personality is similar to the real Lisa. Phoebe Buffay is actually the twin sister of Ursula Buffay, Lisa's Mad About You character, which Lisa continued to play every so often while the show was on the air.

One of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1997, Lisa received a lot of recognition for her acting skills, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role on Friends, an Independent Spirit Award nomination (as Best Supporting Female) for her role in The Opposite of Sex, and an American Comedy Award (Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series) for Friends.

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