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Biography #2 (for Happy Endings)

Emmy Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow is distinctively different from Phoebe Buffay, the character she brilliantly portrayed on the NBC hit comedy series Friends for ten seasons. Five times nominated (one win) by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Lisa has also received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.

In addition to Lisa's success on television, she has received rave reviews for her feature film roles. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination for her role in the Don Roos scripted and directed film The Opposite of Sex (1998). She also won a Blockbuster Award and received a nomination for an American Comedy Award for her starring role opposite Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro in the Warner Bros. box-office hit Analyze This (1999) for director Harold Ramis.

Her recent film credits include starring roles in Wonderland with Val Kilmer, in which she portrayed Sharon Holmes, wife of porn star John Holmes, in the film based on the infamous Wonderland Avenue murders; the Warner Bros. film Analyze That (2002), the sequel to Analyze This; the Columbia Pictures film Hanging Up (2000) opposite Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton; in Paramount's Lucky Numbers (2000) with John Travolta; in the critically acclaimed hit comedy Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (1997) with Mira Sorvino; in Clockwatchers (1997) in which she starred opposite Toni Collette and Parker Posey and in Albert Brooks' comedy Mother (1996).

Lisa has always been passionate about acting, but never thought of it as a career until after college. While growing up, she performed and reenacted many of her favorite movie scenes for family and friends.

When Lisa returned to California after receiving a degree in biology from Vassar College, her passion to act and perform resurfaced. Her brother's good friend, actor/comedian Jon Lovitz inspired her to pursue her dream. She began studying with improvisational instructor Cynthia Szigeti and acting teacher Ian Tucker and in 1989, her dream of becoming a performer became a reality when she was accepted as a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings.

Lisa has the distinction of being in two outstanding television series simultaneously. Along with her role as Phoebe in Friends, Lisa portrayed the loveable, but waitressly-challenged Ursula on NBC's comedy Mad About You. The two characters are sisters, which provided opportunities for Lisa to go back and forth between what at the time were two of the most popular series on television.

In the fall of 2003, Lisa and writer/producer Dan Bucatinsky formed Is or Isn't Entertainment which is based at Warner Bros. Studios. For the 2004 pilot season, Is or Isn't had two pilots ordered - Aisha for CBS starring Aisha Tyler and Beck and Call starring Vanessa Williams for UPN. The first series order from Is or Isn't is The Comeback for HBO. Lisa will executive produce and star in the series she created and co-wrote with Michael Patrick King (Sex in City). The Comeback will begin airing in the Summer of 2005. Additionally, Is or Isn't is developing two projects, a one hour for CBS written by Dan Bucatinsky, and a half hour for NBC, written by Jack Burditt.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Happy Endings" (28-Aug-2005)


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