Michel Stern is a French advertising executive, but he is probably best known as the husband of American actress, comedienne and producer Lisa Kudrow, of the hugely popular TV show ‘Friends’.
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Early life and family
Little is known other than the fact that Michel Stern, a white man, was born in France in 1958 and his family emigrated to the United States in the 1980s.
Michel has been working as an executive in the advertising industry for quite some time and was known to be quite successful in his dealings with various brands and companies.
Happy Birthday Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern! The Friends star and her charming husband celebrate 21 years of marriage today!
When Michel met Lisa
When Michel first met Lisa in 1986, he was dating another girl who turned out to be Lisa’s French roommate at the time. She was already attracted to him, but she did nothing to get his attention. Lisa made sure she would only say “Hello” after she opened the door, and that she immediately returned to her room every time he would pick up her roommate, careful not to say or do anything that could be perceived as flirting with him.
Lisa even thought that Michel probably thought she was some kind of freak because she was always so polite. During a later interview she said “Well, he’s the perfect man and it’s all ruined because now they’re together and I can’t (make a play for him). I thought that’s not fun to flirt. But as soon as I saw him I went, well, that’s it, there he is.”
Marriage and son
Fate intervened and they met again after six years at her old French roommate’s birthday party; this time they were both very single.
They dated for a few years even though her former roommate wasn’t happy at first, but eventually they accepted, and they tied the knot in 1995. Their marriage is one of the most admired today as they have been together for a while its a long time, unlike many celebrity marriages. They will celebrate their silver anniversary in 2020. He has been able to bypass Lisa’s celebrity status with flying colors for over two decades now by staying private. They have a son born on May 7, 1998, named Julian Murray Stern.
Who is Lisa Kudrow?
Lisa was born on July 30, 1963 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA, to Lee and Nedra Kudrow. She grew up in a middle-class Jewish family – her paternal grandparents were originally from Belarus and emigrated to the US. Her paternal great-grandmother was among the unfortunate to die during the Holocaust. She started her career in comedy after being urged by her brother’s boyfriend, actor-comedian Jon Lovitz.
She then attended a comedy school, “The Groundlings” in Los Angeles, and was later a member of Conan O’Brien’s comedy sketch troupe, “Unexpected Company”, for a short time. She auditioned for ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1990, but another actress was chosen for the role, so her first notable TV appearance was in the hit TV sitcom ‘Cheers’. She was supposed to be part of the cast of “Frasier,” but she slaughtered her chance when she was fired for failing to deliver during the pilot episode.
After a series of misadventures, Lisa finally landed a role in NBC’s “Friends,” which turned her life around and made her one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. During her 10-year run, she was nominated numerous times for her role as Phoebe Buffay, and won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998. She participated in many films when she was not busy. with TV appearances – the most notable being “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”, “PS I Love You”, “Dr. DoLittle2”, “Hanging Up” and “The Girl on the Train”.
I sit on Conan so he can laugh at me. Love him pic.twitter.com/1Jcu12A5QQ
— Lisa Kudrow (@LisaKudrow) May 23, 2019
Rumors and interesting facts
- There was ridiculous gossip going around Hollywood that Michel was the person to take his wife’s virginity, or not. It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal since he was the husband, but malicious stories continued to circulate looking for validity as he wasn’t Lisa’s first boyfriend; in fact, people knew she had been dating Conan O’Brien for a while. Apparently, during an earlier interview on “Tonight with Jay Leno,” Lisa spoke vaguely about the privilege of giving away a woman’s virginity to her husband. People then assumed she was talking about her own experience. To clear things up, Lisa went back on Jay Leno’s show and said her husband wasn’t her first lover.
- His wife’s pregnancy was written into her role as Phoebe Buffay in “Friends” during the fourth season. This way, while filming the TV sitcom, she didn’t have to take a break or hide her burgeoning belly. Son Julian already made a TV appearance, but as a baby in her mother’s belly.
- During an interview on the “Late, Late, Show with Craig Ferguson,” Lisa talked about the time she wasn’t recognized by the immigration officer, when she and Michel were interviewed for his US citizenship application. The immigration officer doubted she was telling the truth about her profession, and had an incredulous tone when asked what kind of acting she did in the past, which the officer might have seen. The immigration officer was left in a daze and so embarrassed when he realized his mistake.
Michel is rarely seen in public as he continues to protect his privacy. He has no social media accounts and not even a picture can be seen on his wife’s official Instagram account. Only when he accompanies Lisa to an awards ceremony do his photos become accessible. He is reportedly 1.75 m tall and weighs about 81 kg. He has blond hair and blue eyes.
There are no specific details about Michael Stern’s net worth, but sources estimated it at over $1 million. When you combine it with wife Lisa’s net worth, which is said to be around $70 million, his family is bound to live quite a lavish life.