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BUFFAY, Phoebe
(Friends)
5 Morton Street
Apartment #14
New York City, NY
(Greenwich Village)
Phoebe "Pheebs" is a former teenage runaway turned New Age space cadet and left-handed masseuse for Healing Hand, Inc. In her spare time, Phoebe visits her close friends Monica Gellar, her brother Ross, Chandler Bing and Joey Tribianni.

Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay - Photo courtesy of NBC

Born February 16th, Phoebe used to live with Monica Geller at Apartment #20 but moved 20 blocks to her grandmother's old apartment on Morton Street because Monica was a neat freak. Rachel Green replaced Phoebe as Monica’s roommate and later moved in with Phoebe for a time after Monica’s boyfriend Chandler Bing displaced her. Once after Phoebe got fired for getting to affectionate with a client, she freelanced and proposed a business called Relax-a-Taxi where her customers got a massage during their taxi ride.

When Phoebe was 14 years old, her step-mother committed suicide. At the time, Phoebe thought her step-mother was her real mother but later found out that her birth mother was still alive and living in Montauk. Her father Frank Buffay deserted the family before Phoebe was born.

After her step-mother's suicide, Phoebe moved to New York City where she lived with an Albino guy who washed car windows outside the Port Authority. When he killed himself, she lived in a box, using the Chelsea Reporter to keep her warm. At 18, she was living in a car with a guy who talked to his hand. Phoebe is borderline psychic (but her memory sucks) and she likes to cleanse people’s auras. Despite all the adversity in her life, Phoebe still displays a pleasant upbeat personality. But don't let her sweet, ditzy air-head persona fool you. When confronted, Phoebe can quickly retrieve her street-smart darker side to resolve a problem.

Phoebe Buffay plays guitar outside of the Central Perk coffee shop- FRIENDS

Phoebe’s favorite hangout is the Central Perk, a local coffee bar where she plays guitar and sings very unique lyrics like "Smelly cat, Smelly cat, What are they feeding you?" [it became a hit record]. Terry, the Perks’ owner once critiqued Phoebe’s singing by saying "It’s not that your friend sings bad...it’s that she sings so bad that she makes me want to gouge my ears out and reach in and swirl my fingers inside my brain." Another bad thing about Phoebe is her running style. It looks like a cross between Kermit the Frog and the Six Million Dollar Man.

Phoebe’s twin sister Ursula [middle name: Pamela] works at a nearby cafe called Riff’s Bar [frequented by Paul and Jamie Buchman from Mad About You]. Phoebe is a vegetarian ["no food with a face"]; Ursula eats meat. Phoebe later learned she had a half-brother named Frank and agreed to be a surrogate mother for him and his new wife, Alice. Phoebe gave birth to triplets [Frank Jr. Jr., Leslie, and Chandler] and had to give all the kids to his brother despite her request for "just one." The babies were born while a TV set in the delivery room broadcast a Happy Days episode entitled "Fonzie Plays the Bongos." During her pregnancy, Phoebe’s intense craving for meat forced her to discontinue her vegetarian diet until the kids were born.

Phoebe once married a gay Canadian figure skater named Duncan so he could get his green card. She really loved him and later got really pissed when he announced he wasn’t gay and wanted a divorce to marry another woman. Phoebe also dated Vince, a fireman; Jason a kindergarten teacher; David, a scientist guy who moved to Minsk, Russia; a seemingly nice policeman who one day shot a songbird through the bedroom window to shut it up, and a guy named Mike Hannigan whose parents didn't approve of Phoebe.

The three things that you should know about Phoebe: Her friends are the most important thing; she never lies; and she makes the best oatmeal-raisin cookies in the world. Phoebe used to believe her grandmother’s secret recipe for chocolate-chip cookies was tremendous and she wanted to give the recipe to her friend Monica Geller as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, the recipe burned in an apartment fire. To recreate the ingredients, Phoebe and Monica experimented with various taste combinations only to discover that Granny’s recipe turned out to be the same as Nestle’s Tollhouse cookies. As a keepsake, Phoebe keeps her grandmother’s ashes in a wooden box under the front seat of her car (a taxi). Phoebe divined her death date to be October 15, 2032.

Finally, in 2003, Phoebe finds the man of her dream, namely ex-boyfriend Mike Hannigan (the one who accidentally killed Phoebe's pet rats). Phoebe's other ex-flame David ironically complicates matters when he arrives on the scene to propose to Phoebe. Unfortunately, Mike beats him to the punch. When David asked Phoebe if he had proposed first would she have said yes? Phoebe told David yes, she would have accepted his proposal, but it would have been wrong. Phoebe and Mike marry soon after.

The Cast of FRIENDS


Some Classic Phoebe Quotes

Phoebe: I got a call at like 2 in the morning, and all I could hear was like this high squeaky sound, so I figure oh, OK, so it's like a mouse or a possum. But then I realized, where would a mouse or a possum get the money to make the phone call? 

Phoebe: I didn't watch the ending, I was too depressed. It just kept getting worse and worse. It should have been called "It's a Sucky Life and Just When You Think it Can't Suck Any More - It Does"!

Phoebe: You know, it's worse when you're twins.
Rachel: You're a twin?
Phoebe: Oh yeah. We don't speak. She's this real high-powered, driven career-type.
Chandler: What does she do?
Pheobe: She's a waitress.

Rachel: So Pheebs, what do you want for your birthday?
Phoebe: Well, what I really want is for my mom to be alive and enjoy it with me.
Rachel: Okaaay. Let me put it this way: Anything from Crabtree and Evelyn?
Phoebe: Ooh! Bath salts would be nice!

Phoebe: Okay, okay, if I were omnipotent for a day I would want, um, world peace, no more hunger, good things for the rainforest. And bigger boobs!


FRIENDS/NBC/1994-2004

Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica E. Gellar-Bing
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbianni
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer as Ross Gellar
Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltham Gellar
Paget Brewster as Kathy
Eddie Cahill as Tag Jones
Tate Donovan as Joshua Bergen
Jon Favreau as Pete Becker
Elliott Gould as  Jack Gellar
Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch
Christina Pickles as Judy Gellar
Giovanni Ribisi as Frank Buffay, Jr.
 Paul Rudd as Mike Hanigan
Tom Selleck as  Dr. Richard Burke
Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick Geller
Cole Mitchell Sprouse as Ben Gellar 
Lauren Tom as Julie
James Michael Tyler as Gunther
Maggie Wheeler as Janice

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