Lisa Valerie Kudrow (; born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. After making guest appearances in several television sitcoms, including Cheers, she came to prominence with her main role of Phoebe Buffay in Friends (1994–2004), receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Kudrow initially portrayed Phoebe’s twin sister Ursula on the television sitcom Mad About You. Kudrow has received several accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series from six nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Awards from 12 nominations, and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her Friends character was widely popular while the series aired and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television.