Lisa Kudrow Biography |
  • Lisa Kudrow Biography

    Born: July 30, 1963 in Encino, California, United States

    Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress LISA KUDROW continues to bring her original sense of comedic timing and delivery to every role she takes on, venturing among film, television and the Internet with ease.

    Kudrow made her feature film debut in the Albert Brooks comedy Mother in 1996.  Following Mother, she starred in Clockwatchers (1997), opposite Toni Collette and Parker Posey, and the critically acclaimed hit comedy Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), with Mira Sorvino, which garnered her widespread popularity with film audiences.

    Kudrow went on to star in The Opposite of Sex, for writer/director Don Roos (1998); Analyze This (1999) and its sequel, Analyze That (2002), with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; Lucky Numbers (2000), with John Travolta; Hanging Up (2000), opposite Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton; Wonderland (2003), with Val Kilmer; Roos’ Happy Endings (2005); Kabluey (2007); P.S. I Love You (2007), with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler; Hotel for Dogs (2009); Paper Man (2009), opposite Jeff Daniels and Ryan Reynolds; Bandslam (2009); and Easy A (2010), with Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson and Thomas Haden Church.

    The actress has always received rave reviews for her feature film roles.  She won the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and earned nominations for Chicago Film Critics Association and Independent Spirit awards for her role in The Opposite of Sex.  She won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and received a nomination for an American Comedy Award for her role in Harold Ramis’ box-office hit Analyze This.

    Of course, it was Kudrow’s role as Phoebe Buffay, the character she brilliantly portrayed on the NBC hit comedy series Friends for 10 seasons (1994-2004), that brought her to audience attention worldwide.  For this role, Kudrow won the 1998 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.  Additionally, she was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.  She also received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series. 

    In fall 2003, Kudrow formed the production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment with actor/writer Dan Bucatinsky.

    Is or Isn’t Entertainment has garnered great success since its inception.  The company’s first television series, HBO’s critically acclaimed The Comeback (2005), garnered three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including one for Kudrow for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

    Who Do You Think You Are?, the second Is or Isn’t series documents the genealogy of a well-known public figure in each episode.  The fifth season of Who Do You Think You Are? will air on TLC in 2014.

    Is or Isn’t also produces the critically acclaimed Web series Web Therapy, in which Kudrow stars as a therapist who conducts sessions with her clients via the Internet.

    In 2009, Kudrow received a Webby Award for Outstanding Comedic Performance for her role in season one of Web Therapy.  In 2010, the show won a Webby Award for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series, and the actress received a nomination for Best Individual Performance.  In 2011, Kudrow won a Webby Award for Best Individual Performance, and Web Therapy won for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series. 

    Web Therapy was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2012 for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs and, most recently, received a nomination from the Producers Guild of America for Best Web Series.

    Web Therapy was adapted into a television series and will return to Showtime later this year.

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