74. Lisa Kudrow

100 Women of Influence

Lisa Kudrow is an American actor, best known for her role in the television sitcom ‘Friends.’ Her portrayal of ‘Phoebe Buffay’ in ‘Friends’ not only won her many awards, but also made her a household name in the United States. Apart from being an actress, she is also a writer and producer. Born to a physician father, she did not intend to become an actress early in her life. A student with good academic score at school, Kudrow aspired to follow in her father’s footsteps. She studied biology in college and worked with her father for a few years. She seemed destined for a career in research, but life had other plans for her. Paying heed to the advice of an acquaintance, she ventured into acting while working as a medical researcher under her father. Eventually, she realized that acting was her true calling and decided to try acting full time. Smart, talented, and passionate, she landed several television roles which increased her popularity. She started hogging the limelight following the success of ‘Friends,’ and it was not long before she started appearing in movies as well.

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100 Women of Influence

75 lisa kudrow

74. Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow is an American actor, best known for her role in the television sitcom ‘Friends.’ Her portrayal of ‘Phoebe Buffay’ in ‘Friends’ not only …

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