Lisa Valerie Kudrow (/ˈkuːdroʊ/; born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedian, voice actress, singer, musician, writer and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten-season run as Phoebe Buffay on the NBC television sitcom Friends, for which she received many accolades, including six Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning once in 1998, and twelve Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, winning twice in 1996 and 2000.
She went on to produce, write and star in the 2005 HBO series The Comeback, which was revived nine years later and aired a second season in 2014. She received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for both seasons, in 2006 and 2015, respectively. She also starred in Web Therapy, which aired for four seasons on Showtime. As a producer of the series, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program for the series in 2012. She is also one of the executive producers of the TLC reality program Who Do You Think You Are and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program for the series in 2012 and 2014.
Apart from television, Kudrow has also made several notable film appearances, including Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), The Opposite of Sex (1998), Analyze This (1999) and its sequel Analyze That (2002), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Wonderland (2003), Happy Endings (2005), P.S. I Love You (2007), Bandslam (2008), Hotel for Dogs (2009), Easy A (2010), Neighbors (2014) and its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), The Girl on the Train (2016), and The Boss Baby (2017). She was featured in the second season of the American animated series Bojack Horseman as the voice for the title character's live-in girlfriend Wanda.