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Lisa Kudrow

Phoebe Buffay

Lisa Kudrow grew up in Los Angeles and studied Biology at Vassar College, intending to follow in her scientist father’s footsteps. She did indeed work with his practice while breaking into acting, joining Los Angeles’s Groundlings acting troupe. She also landed TV and film roles on Cheers, Life Goes On, and Coach.

Before Friends, Kudrow could be seen playing the oddball Ursula on the NBC hit sitcom Mad About You, with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. When she was cast on Friends, it was in the role of Phoebe Buffay—Ursula’s twin sister! Of course, Phoebe was Kudrow’s breakthrough role, as she kept audiences’ heads spinning with her quirky, insightful character.

During Friends, Kudrow appeared in a ton of successful film projects, including The Opposite of Sex, Clockwatchers, Analyze This and Analyze That with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, Wonderland, and the hysterical Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion with Mira Sorvino.

Following Friends, Kudrow was involved with an assortment of successful projects including The Comeback on HBO and films including P.S. I Love You, Paper Man, Easy A, and The Other Woman, starring with Natalie Portman.

Most recently, Kudrow played the sidesplitting psychotherapist Fiona Wallice on web-to-Showtime TV series Web Therapy, where she welcomed fellow Friends alumni Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Jennifer Aniston as guest stars. Kudrow returned the favor as well, appearing on Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town as a cruel dermatologist.

Kudrow has taken home an Emmy, a SAG Award, a Gracie Allen Award, and most recently two Webby awards for Web Therapy.

Giggle at Phoebe’s (and sometimes, Ursula’s!) hilarious insights on Friends on TVLand, Wednesdays at 9PM/8C

Get social! Follow Lisa on Twitter at @LisaKudrow.

Character Bio

Phoebe Buffay, the musical, mystical… okay, let’s just say it: Phoebe is the quirky friend. Phoebe answered Monica’s ad for a roommate, but she moved out before too long due to compatibility issues; Phoebe was the slob to Monica’s neatnik, and they both wanted to preserve their friendship. She’s also a talented songstress, and always has new tunes to play for her friends at the coffee shop. After a hard-luck childhood, she and her identical twin sister, Ursula, lived on the streets from age fifteen on, so if you mess with Phoebe, you might get stabbed. On the other hand, she’s charming, funny, and a licensed massage therapist, so she has myriad ways of getting what she wants!

Friends TV Schedule

Monday
September 29
11:00pm
Pilot
Six friends in their twenties pursue careers, love and happiness in New York City while relying on each other for support.
TV-PG
11:30pm
The One With the Sonogram
Ross is stunned to learn his ex-wife is pregnant with their child. Monica's dinner for her overly critical parents is a disaster. Guest Stars: Elliott Gould, Christina Pickles
TV-PG
Tuesday
September 30
11:00pm
The One With the Thumb
The group loves Monica's new boyfriend; Chandler resumes smoking; and Phoebe receives a large sum of money unexpectedly.
TV-PG
11:30pm
The One With the George Stephanopolous
While the men attend a hockey game and end up at a hospital, the women spy on President Clinton's top aide, George Stephanopoulos, who lives across the street. Rachel receives her first paycheck.
TV-PG
Wednesday
October 1
11:00pm
The One With the East German Laundry Detergent
While Phoebe and Chandler end their respective romantic relationships, Rachel and Ross do laundry together on their first date.
TV-PG
11:30pm
The One With the Butt
Joey gets a film role as a stand-in for Al Pacino's butt. Ross tries to be less conservative. Chandler has an affair with a married woman. Guest Stars: Sofia Milos
TV-PG