Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born on July 30, 1963 in Californa. She is well known American movie actress and producer. She is one of the featured celebrities in the program "Who Do You Think You Are?"


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Lisa Kudrow's Early California Years

Tarzana, CA

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Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born on July 30, 1963, in Encino, California. She was raised in an upper class Jewish family in a very good environment with her parents Lee and Nedra Kudrow. Her father is very well known headache specialist and her mother is a travel agent. She was a good student and at an early age found a love for acting. She would lip sync to "Fiddler on the Roof".

She attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, CA. Then she graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA. She had nose surgery when she was 16. She has stated that she had a pretty large hook nose which the surgery corrected. She played tennis in her spare time and she is left handed. After graduating from high school Lisa attended Vassar College and graduated with a BS in Biology. She intended at that time to follow in her father's footsteps and research headaches. She worked with her father on his staff for eight years while she broke into acting. What is interesting about Lisa Kudrow and shows what kind of an actress she is, is that with her background she is about as far away as you can get from the ditzy characters she is known for portraying.

Lisa Kudrow Entertainer

Los Angeles, CA

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Jon Lovitz, the comedian, was a friend of Lisa's brother and he talked her into auditioning for a comedy group called the Groundlings. Kudrow really wanted to get into acting but was also prepared to continue in her father's research. When she auditioned for the improve group she was rejected. After working with an improve coach she was accepted into the group in 1989.

From there her career began the step by step progression. In the late 80's she appeared in some TV movies and sitcom episodes. She didn't have a reoccurring role in a sitcom until she played Ursula Buffay in "Mad About You" which went for 23 episodes. She became a household name however when she starred in the sitcom "Friends" which went for 10 seasons and is one of the most beloved sitcoms in the history of television.

By my count she has been in over 30 movies as well as all of the sitcoms for television. She has one an Emmy, two Screen Actor's Guild Awards, and a New York Film Critic's Award. She has been nominated many times over. Her work continues on today.

Lisa Kudrow Makes Room For a Family

Beverly Hills, CA

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On May 27, 1995, Kudrow married Michel Stern, an advertising executive.[They have one son, Julian Murray who is currently 11 years old, and live near Beverly Hills, CA. Kudrow's pregnancy was written into "Friends" with her character Phoebe having triplets as a surrogate for her brother and his wife because they were not able to have children.

Lisa continues to work at her craft and seems to be happy with life. She will be showcased on the new NBC TV Series "Who Do You Think You Are", premiering March 5, 2010.


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