Pheobe Friends Lisa
March 9, 2012 by staff
Pheobe Friends Lisa, Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan is a fictional character on the popular US television sitcom Friends (1994-2004), played by Lisa Kudrow. Her claims to fame include her guitar playing in Central Perk and her elaborate improbable stories about her previous lives. Phoebe was known throughout the series as the eccentric, sometimes unintelligent but street smart, friend.
Phoebe became homeless soon after the departure of all her caregivers and by the age of 14 she was living on the streets of New York City. At one time she lived in a burnt out Buick LeSabre automobile. She never attended high school or college, but she ostensibly met behind a dumpster with a small group of 3 to learn French, which she becomes fluent in as evidenced in “The One Where Joey Speaks French”. She also speaks some Italian, and had a short conversation in Italian with Joey’s grandmother, Nonnie. (The One Where Ross Can’t Flirt) However, her language skills are treated somewhat inconsistently. She misunderstands when one of Monica’s assistants introduces himself as a “sous-chef”, and she does not appear to understand Rachel’s Italian boyfriend, Paolo, when he speaks.
Phoebe occasionally resorted to mugging to survive. At one point, when they were fourteen, she mugged Ross, back when these future friends were still strangers (stealing the only copy ever existing of Ross’ comic book: Science Boy. Phoebe claims that it “taught me well”). (The One With The Mugging) Phoebe also mentions that she lived in Prague. She also stated that she lived with an albino man who washed windows outside Port Authority, as well as a “guy named Sindey who talked to his hand.” Phoebe also claims that she got hepatitis, when a p**p spat in her mouth. On her sweet sixteen, she was chased around a tire yard by an escaped mental patient who, “in his own words wanted to ‘kill me or whatever’.” (The One With The Home Study) Her previous lifestyle and wild stories have shocked her friends. When she told the story of the time she stabbed a cop, their obviously surprised looks caused her to retort, “Well he stabbed me first!” Phoebe picked up an impressive talent for boxing at a YMCA, where, according to her, the guys “weren’t being Christian enough”.(The One With The Race Car Bed)
Phoebe eventually met and moved in with Monica, which began their friendship. While still living with her, Phoebe married a gay Canadian ice dancer, Duncan, in order to help him obtain a green card. At the time, Phoebe was secretly in love with him and when he left, Monica claimed she saw her eat a cheeseburger. Years later, Duncan returned unexpectedly to request a divorce from Phoebe because he realized that he wasn’t really gay, and was in fact in love with a woman. (The One With Phoebe’s Husband) In 1993, Phoebe, not being able to take Monica’s obsessive neatness, started to secretly move out. She moved her furniture piece by piece into her grandmother’s apartment.(The One With The Flashback)
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