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.
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
- She appears with David Crane and Kevin Bright as one of the three producers Joey is auditioning for at the end of "The One With The Fake Monica".
- She appears with David Crane and Kevin Bright as one of the three directors in "The One After The Superbowl, Part 1".
- She provides the voice for Chandler's stop smoking tape in "The One With The Hypnosis Tape".
- She appears in the closing montage of "The One With Ross' Wedding, Part 1", sitting behind Joey and Chandler on a London sightseeing bus, next to producer Adam Chase.
- Her children appear in the scenes featuring the football game in "The One With The Football".
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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