About Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow is an American comedian, actress and producer. She is widely recognized for the portrayal of Phoebe Buffay on hit TV series Friends, which ran for ten years since 1994. This role garnered Lisa numerous accolades, including Screen Actors Guild Award and Emmy. In mid 2005 Kudrow started writing and producing television series The Comeback, in which she also starred as Valerie Cherish. Unfortunately for Lisa, the show was canceled after the first season. In the period 2010-2012, Kudrow produced genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, for which she was nominated to receive an Emmy. As for 2013, this actress is starring in Showtime television comedy series Web Therapy. Lisa Kudrow net worth is currently estimated at $60 million.
Lisa was born in California, in a family of Lee N. and Nedra N. Kudrow. Both of her parents were highly educated people. Lee worked as a physician and headache specialist in the local hospital, while Nedra was a travel agent. Lisa was the third child in the family and has two older siblings, Helena Marla and David B. Kudrow. Lisa’s ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Belarus and her parents raised their three children in accordance with Judaism.
When Lisa turned 16, her parents paid for her receiving a plastic surgery procedure, reducing the size of her nose. Although Lee and Nedra were not fascinated with the idea of their daughter going under the knife for the sake of beauty, Kudrow’s insistence helped her get what she wants. Having in mind that beauty is not the least important quality in entertainment business, this surgery might be partially responsible for the current Lisa Kudrow net worth.
Following graduation from Taft High School Lisa enrolled at Vassar College to study Biology. Just like her father, Kudrow intended to concentrate on headache research. After receiving Bachelor of Arts degree she actually joined her father’s research team and contributed to the study of comparative likelihood of different individuals developing symptoms of cluster headaches. Lisa Kudrow net worth started to grow in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the struggling actress joined comedy troupe The Groundlings and landed roles in situation comedies Cheers and Newhart.
In 1994 Lisa was cast for the role in what became hit television series, Friends. This show, created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, was first aired in 1994, when Lisa was 31. When Kudrow and her five colleagues started filming for this sitcom, their salary for one episode averaged at $22.5 thousand dollars. By the end of the second season this sum doubled. Following the success of sixth season, cast members’ salaries were raised to $750 thousand per episode. By the year 2000 each of the series boosted Lisa Kudrow net worth by $1 million.