Published On: Wed, Jun 18th, 2014

Lisa Kudrow being pencilled in to play Penny’s Mom in the next series of The Big Bang Theory

Lisa is much loved by TV audiences for her part in the  long-running sitcom Friends.


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According to rumors circulating around Hollywood in the last few days, TV personality Lisa Kudrow is very much the favorite to win the part of the so far unseen and unnamed  mother of Penny, (surname still to be revealed) one of the key characters in the long-running and highly successful Big Bag theory sitcom.

Lisa is certainly no stranger to long-running sitcoms being asked all of another television megahit, “Friends”  which ran for ten seasons between 1994 and 2004, which she played the quirky  Phoebe Buffay, one of the stalwarts  of the show.

What is known from the set of the big bang theory is that Kaley Cuoco- Sweeting , who has played the part of Penny  since the show premiered on CBS on September 2007, is a big fan of Lisa Kudrow and has picked her out for the part, although show creators and producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady will obviously have the last word.

As far as physical similarities are concerned, Lisa and Kaley stood out on both productions for their striking long blond hair, as well as their quirky but lovable personality.  With an age  difference between the two of 22 years, means good news for the make up artists will not have to work too hard to add credibility to the role.

Add that to the fact that Penny’s mother, although she has spoken on the phone on a number of occasions, has never physically appeared on any of the 159 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ episodes to date, leaving the door wide open for Lisa to step in, especially as looks like there will be a wedding coming up next season. That became almost a certainty after Penny’s  longtime boyfriend Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki)  finally proposed to her on the second last episode of season seven, and Penny will want to have her mother  present on her wedding day.

Kaley Cuoco, or Kaley Cuoco- Sweeting as she is now known after her own  wedding to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting in December 2013 certainly could not ask for a better present than Lisa Kudrow alongside her as her mother.


Lisa Kudrow has won an Emmy Award as well as two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role as Phoebe in Friends.  While the show was running Lisa found the time to fit in a number of film parts, with the best known and most successful being “Analyze This” and its sequel “Analyze That”, alongside Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal.   Lisa’s  most recent movie part was in “Neighbors”, released earlier this year.

Since Friends left the TV screens in 2004, Lisa Kudrow has retained a constant presence, whilst diversifying her talents to produce, write and star in the HBO series ironically entitled “The Comeback”, which unfortunately was pretty short lived.

Lisa is currently starring  in another sitcom “Web Therapy” which is now in its third season on Showtime, for which she was nominated for an Emmy in 2012, as well as keeping her production talents in focus by acting as an executive producer for  the NBC reality program “Who Do You Think You Are”.

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