SHE PLAYS DITSY PHOEBE WITH an unerring comic cadence. Yet Friends star Lisa Kudrow, 33, allows that her "timing is really off when it comes to vanity. When I'm home alone, that's the time I'm vain." Studying herself in the privacy of her Los Angeles house, the 5'7" actress thinks her long neck "is like the Audrey Hepburn look when I hold it up high," but after a hard day on the set, "when I'm tired and it hangs down, I become E.T." No sucker for expensive potions or exotic treatments, Kudrow, who is married to French-born advertising exec Michel Stern, swears by a $3 tube of LipSlicks lip gloss, takes nightly bubble baths and puts her hair in "this lump on top of my head even though it makes me look like a freak," she says. "Lisa knows she's silly," explains director Albert Brooks, who cast the 1985 Vassar grad in his recent comedy Mother. "It's not just happening accidentally, so that makes her sexier. She has a brain." Plus "beautiful green eyes" and "good priorities," adds Robin Schiff, screenwriter of the just-released feature Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, in which Kudrow stars opposite Mira Sorvino. "She's somebody who is really comfortable with her appearance."
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