Real name: Lisa Valerie Kudrow
actor/actress | usa | 17.3 m
Kudrow was born in Los Angeles, in a Jewish family of Lee and Nedra Kudrow. Her ancestors emigrated from Western Belarus (at the time Poland), the village Ilya, Minsk region. Paternal grandmother, Grunya Farberman, before emigrating in 1921, lived in the village Ilya. Her parents grew up in Brooklyn, her father worked as a doctor.
In 2008, Liza Kudrow visited Belarus as part of the filming of a documentary film about her family, visited Minsk, Vileyka and Ilya.
She was going to Portola High School in Tarzana, California, and graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in biology.
Kudrow began her comedic career in The Groundlings stand-up troupe. In 1990, she auditioned for the show of Saturday Night Live, but the place went to Julia Sweeney. Kudrow's first major television role was that of Ursula Buffay, an eccentric waitress in the «Mad About You» (1993-1999) sitcom. This allowed her to get a role in the TV series «Friends», where she played the Ursula’s twin sister Phoebe Buffay, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in in the comedy television series in 1998. She was more often than other leading actors of the series nominated for this award (six times). Only she and Jennifer Aniston were given an Emmy. In 2002, she, along with her colleagues on the show, became the highest paid actress in the entire history of television, receiving one million dollars for each episode of the series.
In the wake of the series’s success, Kudrow played a major role in the «Romy and Michele's High School Reunion» (1997). She received a number of awards and accolades from critics for her role in the film «The Opposite of Sex» (1998). She is also known for her roles in the film «Analyze This» and, in its sequel «Analyze That».
In 2005, Kudrow returned to television as the leading actor, creator and executive producer of the HBO series «The Comeback». Kudrow received a lot of praise from critics for the project created by her, but his ratings were low and the channel closed the show after one season. Since then, she mainly focused on the career of a producer, and appeared only with small roles in the films «P.S. I Love You», «Hotel for dogs» and «Easy A». In 2008, she launched her own web project, «Web Therapy», which in 2011 grew into a series for Showtime. In 2010, she appeared in the episode of Courtney Cox's sitcom «Cougar Town».
Table 19 | 2017 | romance, drama, comedy