5 Morton Street
new York City, NY
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’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.
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.