Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an American actress, comedian, producer, singer, and song writer. Born on July 30th, 1963 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, to parents Nedra and Lee Kudrow. She has three siblings- Helene, David, and Derrick.
Kudrow worked as a medical researcher for her father (who was a physician), as she was aspiring to make it in acting. She then became a member of a comedic improv group called “The Groundlings”. Though she may be successful now, it was quite difficult for her in the beginning. She auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 1990 but did not get the part. Luckily, she got the role of Ursula in Mad About You 1992, which would return in Friends. After that, she had a few appearances in Fraiser and Bob, but didn’t give her much success, until her big hit.
The One With Lisas’ Big Break
Friends is a widely famous American sit-com about 6 friends living in New York working through relationships and life in general (from 1994-2004). Lisa played an easy-going massage therapist/guitar player- Phoebe Buffay and quickly become well known. The show has won many awards, and in the later years, the star became one of the highest paid actresses, alongside cast-mates Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox.
A year after the show ended, she played and co-wrote a HBO show called “The Comeback”. After only 13 episodes in, the show got cancelled, until they made season 2 in 2014. She starred in Web Therapy in 2008, and ended after 4 seasons. Lisa produced Who Do You Think You Are, Neighbors, and Scandal.
She married a French advertiser and has a son named Julian who was born in 1998.
Her estimated net worth in 2020 is $70 million. During Friends, each cast member earned $1 million each episode during the last few seasons.