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Marta Kauffman is an American TV producer and writer, and one of the co-creators of Friends.

Early life and education[]

Marta Fran Kauffman was born on September 21, 1956 in Philadelphia to a conservative Jewish family. She attended a nearby high school where she took a keen interest in the dramatic arts. She went on to achieve a BA in Theater from Brandeis University in 1978. It was at university that she first met David Crane, when they were both cast in the same student production of Camino Real.[1]



Kauffman co-created the TV series Friends with David Crane, and served as Executive Producer alongside Crane and Kevin S. Bright throughout its run.

Other work[]

Kauffman and Crane produced Veronica's Closet, starring Kirstie Alley, and Jesse, starring Christina Applegate. As of 2005 she was an executive producer on Related.

Appearances in Friends[]

Personal life[]

Kauffman was married to Michael Skloff, who composed the Friends theme song I'll Be There For You. They lived together in Los Angeles and have three children: Hannah, Sam and Rose. She and Skloff divorced in 2015.

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  1. [1]Marta Kauffman '78