Lisa Kudrow (born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedian and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten season run as Phoebe Buffay in the television sitcom Friends, for which she received many accolades including an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Lisa Kudrow was born in Encino, Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Nedra S., a travel agent, and Dr. Lee N. Kudrow (born 1933), a headache specialist and physician. She is the niece of composer/conductor Harold Farberman. Kudrow was raised in a middle-class Jewish family. Her ancestors emigrated from Belarus and lived in the village of Ilya, in the Minsk area, and her great-grandmother was murdered in the Holocaust.
Lisa Kudrow has uncovered a shocking family connection to the Holocaust while filming the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are?.
She came to Belarus during the fall 2009. She did not want to publicize the visit, but said that she was making a documentary about her family, and her grandmother and grandpa.
The Friends star broke down in tears after she discovered her great-grandmother was murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Pictured below, a devastated Kudrow, reads town records from the 1940s revealing Mera Mordukhovich was 'killed and burned' with 900 other Jews in Ilya, Belarus.
Lisa Kudrow is visibly shocked when she finds out how her great-grandmother died
The 46-year-old was on a mission with researchers from the programme - originally developed by the BBC - to find out what happened to Mera and where she was buried.
When Kudrow was a child, her grandmother told her Hitler killed her mother but the actress wanted to find out more about her ancestor.
The results of her investigation clearly distress her throughout the episode.
Standing in the market square of Ilya, she is visibly shaken. 'The people were stripped, shot and burned,' she says.
'Hearing the details made it worse because you conjure up an image of what it must have been like for them.'
The Friends star visited the memorial to her great-grandmother and the other victims who were killed by the Nazis
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