Few actresses in Hollywood have chosen their life partner from outside Hollywood. One of them is Lisa Kudrow, the actress famous for her role as Phoebe Buffay. She married a French businessman Michel Stern in 1995. And ever since they are together. Michel Stern has created his name in his own way as a marketing executive, but still, he is famous as the husband of Lisa Kudrow. The story of her husband who is notably popular through his better half is something to roll the eyeballs around. So, hang till the end to know about this mystery man who has kept a distance from the public.
- Who is Lisa Kudrow's husband?
Michel Stern is the man who gets to call himself the husband of actress Lisa. They just have celebrated their 25 years of togetherness.
- What does Michel Stern do?
Michel has been working as a marketing executive since many years. However, there's no information regarding his company details.
- How did Lisa and Michel meet?
Michel met Lisa in the 1980s when she was living with a French roommate with whom Michel was dating. Eventually, the duo's chemistry sparkled when Stern broke up with Lisa's friend. After a while, the duo met at their mutual friend's party and they got eloped. And rest is all history.
- How many children does Michel have?
One son. Julian Murray Stern (born on May 7, 1998)
Michel Stern’s Early Background
Michel Stern was born in 1958 in France. However, his exact birth date is not known. He spent most of his early life in France. Later on, his family moved to America for betterment. There are no details regarding his parents and about his siblings. The French native is so mystery man that whatever is known about him are titbits that fell from crumbs of his wife Lisa Kudrow.
Career as Marketing Executive
Apart from being the husband of Lisa Kudrow, Michel works as a marketing executive. His career as a marketing executive has been undoubtedly successful. But it’s not clear when he kick-started his career and for which company he has been working for years. He has spent his entire career life convincing people to purchase the products he advertises.
There’s no doubt that the French executive has created his name in his own way, but still, he is best known for being the husband of Lisa Kudrow.
Relationship with Actress Lisa Kudrow
Michel and Lisa are among those couples in Hollywood who have been together for 25 years without any rumors. The couple just celebrated their silver jubilee. Just like every story has a beginning, their love had also a wonderful beginning. Their story began when the actress Lisa was a college-going girl. At that moment, Michel wasn’t available. Surprisingly, Michel was dating Lisa’s French roommate and in this course, he met Lisa.
Michel saw Lisa for the first time when he went to her apartment to pick her friend for a date. Lisa’s friend and Michel have just been dating for weeks at that time. When he first met her, Michel said ‘Hi” to Kudrow and she was smitten. Lisa explained how she felt when she met Michel:
“I was living with a French girl and he had just moved here and they were dating when we first met. But, I’m freakishly polite, so I saw him and went, “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 that’s not nice to flirt. But the minute I saw him I went, ‘Well, that’s it, there he is.’”
Eventually, Michel broke up with Lisa’s roommate. She thought she would never meet him after he broke up with her friend, but then out of the blue, they met at their mutual friend’s birthday and reconnected. And the rest is all history.
Wedding Bells for Michel and Lisa
After dating for almost six years, the couple tied the knot on 27th May 1995. Their wedding was held at Malibu, California, the USA in front of close family members and friends. Their wedding was officiated by a Jewish priest. Among the attendees were Lisa’s fellow cast members of the sitcom Friends like Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, and Matthew Perry. The couple is going stronger ever since then.
They have just completed their 25th years of togetherness. But, Michel and Lisa couldn’t celebrate their wedding anniversary together amid the coronavirus. While Michel stayed back in Palm Springs house, Lisa was in lockdown with her son in her Los Angeles home.
His Son: Julian Murray Stern
Michel and Lisa’s union has blessed them with son Julian born on May 7, 1998. His wife Lisa became pregnant when she was shooting for the fourth season of sitcom Friends. Then, the writers portrayed her pregnancy in the script. While she was pregnant with her son in real life, she was shown as the surrogate mother brother Frank and his wife Alice in the series. She gave birth to triplets in the series and Julian in real life.
Julian has all grown up and is in his early 20’s. Being born in a well-settled family, Julian must have got all the things he has wanted as a child. His childhood must have been no less than that of a prince. Julian’s parents have kept his life away from the paparazzi. Therefore, nothing much is known about him.
As per Lisa, he is a big thinker but is impatient with details as he quickly jumps into the conclusion. It’s unclear whether Julian will debut his career in the business world or the entertainment industry. Whatever his decision will be, his parents will always be there supporting him.
His parents have supported his desire to not have any siblings. As per the actress:
‘Julian made it clear from the moment he could speak that he didn’t want a brother or sister. It just worked out that way anyway- but to this day, he will say Thank you.”
Who is Lisa Kudrow?
Stern’s wife Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. She was born in 1963 in California to parents Nedra Kudrow and Lee Kudrow. Her father was a physician specialized in the treatment of headache while her mother was a travel agent.
Lisa rose to fame following her character Phoebe Buffay in the popular series Friends. She has nagged the Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ for the role. Before landing in the role of Buffay, Lisa enjoyed early success on the TV comedy show ‘Mad About You.’
Following the success, Kudrow went on appearing in the movies including Romy and Michele’s High School Union, The Opposite of Sex, Analyze This, Happy Endings, P.S. I Love You, neighbors, The Girl on the Train, Easy A, and Hotel for Dogs.
Likewise, she has lent her voice for the series Hercules. The Simpsons and Dr. Dolittle. In 2005, Kudrow appeared in the single-season of HBO series ‘The Comeback’. She was also the co-creator, writer, and producer of the series. She also serves as the executive producer of the series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
Her successful portfolio also includes the web series Web Therapy whose improvised version was launched in 2008. She starred as therapist Fiona Wallice in the series. For her incredible performance in the series, she bagged various nominations for Webby Awards and one Outstanding Comedic Performance Webby. She has also made guest appearances in many TV series like Scandal, Cougar Town, BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Angie Tribeca.
Before making her debut as an actress, she used to work as a physician at her dad’s office. Lisa is extremely successful in her career. The great thing about Lisa is that she has never let her success ruin her family life. Kudrow has well balanced her family life and professional life.
Rumors and Controversies
At the time of the marriage of Michel and Lisa, rumors regarding Kudrow’s virginity circulated around the town. These rumors were based on a few comments Lisa made when she made a guest appearance at the show, ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’. Kudrow stated that as a child, she had always praised the thought of being a virgin when she got hitched.
The reason behind the thought was that she thought the man whom she decided to tie the knot with should earn and honor the privilege. The statement sparked the controversy that Lisa was saving herself for the marriage and questioned her character.
In 2011, she again appeared on the show to clear the rumors. She stated that Michel wasn’t her first love and left it at that. The actress has been previously linked to comedian Conan O’Brien. However, they later chose to remain as friends than lovers.
Much information regarding the French executive Michel Stern is still under the veil including his net worth. From various sources, it is known that he has been a long-player in the business world.
So, he must have summoned a fair amount from his career as a marketing executive. His net worth is speculated to be more than USD 1 million. Meanwhile, his wife Lisa has an estimated net fortune of $70 million.