Lisa Valerie Kudrow – born July 30, 1963 in Encino, California – is an American actress, writer, comedian and producer who portrays Congresswoman Josephine Marcus in the third season of ABC’s Scandal. She is best known for her long-time role on the NBC hit comedy series Friends.
She is the daughter of Nedra Stern, a travel agent, and Dr. Lee N. Kudrow, a headache specialist and physician. She has an older sister, Helene Marla (born 1960), and an older brother, David B. Kudrow (born 1957), a neurologist in Santa Monica. Lisa was raised in a middle-class Jewish family; her ancestors emigrated from Belarus and lived in the village of Ilya, in Minsk area; sadly her great-grandmother was murdered in the Holocaust.
Lisa attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, California. She graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. With the intentions to follow in her father’s footsteps to research headaches she received her B.S. in Psychology from Vassar College. She worked with her father for eight years while breaking into acting. She got inspired to perform by one of her brother’s friends, comedian Jon Lovitz. And so her acting and comedy career began.
In 1995 on May 27, Lisa married Michael Stern, a French advertising executive. They welcomed their son, Julian Murray, into the world on May 7, 1998. Her pregnancy was written into Friends for seasons 4 and 5. Her character Phoebe was a surrogate mother for her brother and his wife’s triplets.
Lisa has received worldwide recognition for her 10-year-run as Phoebe Buffay on NBC’s sitcom Friends. She received many accolades for the performance of her, including an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After the end of a decade on the hit show she went on to produce, write and star in the short-lived HBO series, The Comeback. She is currently starring, writing and producing on the Showtime series Web Therapy which is in it’s third season. Her writing and producing partner for the show is Scandal’s supporting cast member Dan Bucatinsky (plays James Novak).
Along with television acting, producing and writing she has appeared in several films; including Analyze This (1999), Hanging Up (2000), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Analyze That (2002), P.S. I Love You (2007), and Easy A (2010).
Source: Scandal Wiki