Behold, the original description of Phoebe Buffay from the Friends pilot script. “Sweet. Flaky. New Age waif. Monica’s former roommate. Sells barrettes on the street and plays guitar in the subway. A good soul.” A few details changed along the way, but over the course of 10 seasons, Lisa Kudrow’s eccentric, free-spirited character was the perennial ray of sunshine among the Central Perk six.
Phoebe was definitely the group’s outlier. While the rest of the friends grew up in more traditional, two-parent homes, Phoebe had to fend for herself after her mother committed suicide. She wasn’t that close with her twin sister, Ursula. She was street smart and taught the rest of the gang a thing or two about their cushy existences.