MIDDLEBURG — Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow will deliver the featured address at Foxcroft School’s 98th Commencement tomorrow (Friday, May 25), it was announced today.
Foxcroft, a boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12, will graduate 36 members of the Class of 2012, in a traditional garden ceremony on its Middleburg campus. Tickets are required.
Kudrow is best known for playing the character Phoebe Buffay on the long-running TV hit Friends and has won numerous awards for her work there and in feature films. She is also co-founder of the production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment, which has created award-winning series for HBO, NBC and the web.
A brilliant comic actress, Kudrow is also a brilliant student. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in biology and went to work doing scientific research with an eye towards graduate school before turning to acting. She continues to value and work on behalf of education, most notably as a member of Vassar’s Board of Trustees.
While on the hit series Friends Kudrow was nominated for an Emmy Award six times and was awarded one for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998. In addition, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her work on the series.
With writer and producer Dan Bucatinsky ’87, Kudrow formed the production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment in 2003. The company’s critically acclaimed HBO series The Comeback, earned three Emmy Award nominations, including one for Kudrow for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The company also created the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are for TV and, for the internet a series called Web Therapy which earned Kudrow a Webby Award for Outstanding Comedic Performance.
On the big screen, Kudrow has appeared in numerous feature films, from Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) and Analyze This (1999) to Paper Man, opposite Jeff Daniels and Easy A, with Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. Both released in 2010. She has received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination as well as a Blockbuster Award and American Comedy Award nomination.