Lisa Kudrow is an American actress who is probably best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the popular sitcom, “Friends.” Kudrow has also acted in several hit movies, including “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Easy A.” EDUinReview.com will now take a look at the education background of this talented actress.
Kudrow was born on July 30, 1963 in Encino, California. Her parents are Nedra and Dr. Lee Kudrow and she has two older siblings: Helene Maria and David B. Kudrow. She grew up in an upper-middle-class Jewish family. Her great-grandmother was killed during the Holocaust, and then her ancestors emigrated to the USA from Belarus.
Kudrow attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, CA. She then went on to graduate from Taft High School in Los Angeles. After high school, she went to Vassar College, where she earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Biology. Her father is a headache specialist and physician, and Kudrow planned on following in his footsteps.
During the next few years, Kudrow was very busy. She worked for her father for eight years and earned a research credit on his study of the likelihood that left-handed people would develop cluster headaches. She began to pursue an acting career during this time while also working as an anchor/reporter for the ABC affiliate in Amarillo, Texas. Kudrow quickly decided that working for the news station was not her cup of tea.
Soon after, her brother’s childhood friend, Jon Lovitz, convinced her to join The Groundlings, an improv comedy group. Will Ferrell and Janeane Garafolo were also members of the troupe.
It was during this time in her life that Kudrow began to earn roles in comedies such as “Cheers,” “Mad About You,” and “Fraiser.” In 1990, she auditioned for “Saturday Night Live,” but Julia Sweeney snagged the role instead of Kudrow. She finally hit her stride in 1994 when she was cast as Phoebe in “Friends.” The show ran for 10 years and Kudrow won the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances.
After “Friends,” Kudrow progressed to movies. She performed in “Kabluey” and was nominated for a Satellite Award for her role as Leslie. She also performed in “P.S. I Love You,” “Hotel for Dogs,” and “Easy A.” She has two movies that will premiere in 2011, “The Other Woman” and “Ten Year.”