LISA KUDROW's (Laura Sobel) characterization of the quirky and complex
Pheobe Buffay on the NBC hit comedy series Friends has earned her an Emmy
Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe
Award and an American Comedy Award.
Kudrow was also named Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics
and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics
Award nomination for her role in the Don Roos film The Opposite of Sex in
1998. In 2000, she was honored with a Blockbuster Award as well as an American
Comedy Award nomination for her performance opposite Robert De Niro and Billy
Crystal in the international hit Analyze This.
Her recent film credits include starring roles in Diane Keaton's Hanging
Up, Nora Ephron's Lucky Numbers, the hit Romy & Michele's
High School Reunion, Clockwatchers and Albert Brooks' Mother.
Although passionate about acting, the California native never considered it
as a career until after her graduation from Vassar College with a degree in
biology. She intended to go into the medical research field with her father, a
renowned headache specialist. At that time, her brother's good friend,
actor/comedian Jon Lovitz, encouraged her to pursue her dream. She began
studying with improvisational instructor Cynthia Szigeti and acting teacher Ian
Tucker, and in 1989 was accepted as a member of the famed Los Angeles
improvisational group, The Groundlings.
Kudrow has the distinction of having appeared in two television series
simultaneously: Friends and Mad About You.
She is currently shooting a film based on the infamous Wonderland Murders
alongside Val Kilmer, who stars as porn star John Holmes.
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