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After reading theses, I've found out that many of these are not true or outdated. They're still fun to read anyway.

1. The first line of dialogue in the very first pilot episode of Friends
was "There's nothing to tell."

2. A 30-second commercial during the break in the show in America cost
advertisers £500,000.

3. Other titles considered for the series included "Once upon a time in
the West Village", "Insomnia Café" and "Across the Hall". The original
title, "Friends like Us", was shortened to the current one-worder.

4. The six characters full names are Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston),
Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey
Tribbiani (Matt le Blanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Ross Geller
(David Schwimmer).

5. According to Aniston, her famous "Rachel" hairdo was created by
accident when her "friend" Chris cut her hair with a razor.

6. Courteney Cox, who was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, is
known as CC to friends and family.

7. David Schwimmer attended Beverly Hills High, the school on which the
series Beverly Hills: 90210 was based.

8. Matthew Perry appeared in Beverly Hills: 90210 earlier in his career.
He said of his role: "Its kind of a blur, but I remember playing the
most popular kid in school who ends up with a gun in his mouth because
his Dad is so overbearing".

9. Perry's wit is so legendary that the scriptwriters have often
incorporated his gags into the show.

10. Cox had the honour of being the first person to say "period" on
American TV, making a commercial for Tampax.

11. Aniston attended the New York High School for the Performing Arts,
the school that Fame was modelled on.

12. Central Perk, the café in which they all hang out, is based on the
Manhattan Café in New York's West Village.

13. Cox was a cover girl for People Magazine's "50 most beautiful people
in the world" issue.

14. She was also dubbed "TV's hottest babe" by American Playboy

15. Director James Burrows, responsible for many of the early episodes
of Friends, also directed Taxi, Cheers and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

16. Matt le Blanc loves dogs and has a mutt called Lady that he rescued
from a dog pound, and a Doberman called Shadow.

17. Kudrow is married to a French advertising executive called Michel Stern.

18. Schwimmer is the son of two Los Angeles lawyers. His mother,
Arlene, handled Roseanne's first divorce.

19. Le Blanc, son of a mechanic and a circuit-board maker, originally
studied carpentry. "I am not a dumb guy," he says. "I just play one on

20. Famous guest stars on the show have included ER's George Clooney
and Noah Wyle, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chris Isaak and Julia Roberts.

21. Perry dated Roberts after her appearance on the show. His verdict?
"She does leave toothpaste all over the sink and she's always wanting to
borrow money".

22. The whole cast huddle together before each episode to wish each
other luck. This made frequent guest star Tom Selleck feel a bit left

23. Perry's Dad was an actor who starred in the Old Spice aftershave
ad's, his mother was Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre

24. Kudrow has made appearances on several "worst dressed" lists in
American magazines, but because of her characters clothes rather than
her own.

25. Perry is very fond of female vocalists. He says, "If you're a woman
and in any kind of emotional duress and you sing a song about it, I will
buy your album". Favourites include Shawn Colvin, the Indigo Girls and
Tori Amos.

26. When the pilot show was approved by the network, and a series
comissioned, the entire cast was sent on a free trip to Las Vegas.

27. Cox dated Batman actor Michael Keaton for five and a half years, and
they are still reportedly "good friends".

28. After graduating from speech and theatre from Chicago's Northwestern
University, Schwimmer founded a theatre company, Lookinglass, with 17

29. Aniston's Dad was an actor, John Aniston, who starred in top US soap
Days of our Lives. He divorced her mother when Aniston was nine.

30. Kudrow gets fed up with being considered in real life to be as dippy
as her on-screen character, Phoebe. "People talk slower to me, as if I
were a ten year old", she reveals.

31. Kudrow graduated from exclusive American college Vassar, where she
gained a major in biology.

32. Cox has been known to bleach her teeth.

33. Like Ross, le Blanc has simian friends, he starred with an
animatronic chimp in the baseball movie Ed.

34. Aniston, real name Anistonopolous, used to be 30lb heavier, until
her agent told her to lose weight. She gave up mayonnaise, pre-meal
snacking, white bread, post-meal snacking and butter to reach her
current trim size.

35. Cox, who weighs 7st 3lbs (101lbs) and wears a British size six, is
terrified of being fat. She says, "My ideal weight would be 100lbs. My
whole family is shaped like pears and I'm afraid of looking like that".

36. Aniston recently played a very unglamourous role in Ed Burn's film
Shes the One. She was cast as a wife whose husband refuses to sleep
with her.

37. Courteney Cox's stepcousin is Stuart Copeland, of pop group The
Police fame.

38. Schwimmer is very keen to become a father. "I've always wanted a
family", he says. "I think that's why we're here - to have children,
raise them well and try to improve the quality of life for all the
people who will follow".

39. His most recent girlfriend, Natalie Imbruglia - who played Beth in
Neighbours - was seen canoodling with record producer Nigel Godrich.

40. The cast apparently get on as well in real life as they do on
screen. They play poker and Scrabble together, and the girls often shop
with each other. The rumour that they had made a pact never to sleep
together is untrue.

41. Le Blanc and Aniston were rumoured to have had a fling.

42. The day he auditioned for Friends, Le Blanc had a big scab on his
nose and forehead after falling down drunk on a bender the night before.

43. When Schwimmer first met Le Blanc he was sceptical. Le Blanc was
wearing leather jeans and Schwimmer thought he was "Joe cool stud" and
hated him on sight.

44. Cox originally read to play the part of Rachel.

45. Perry has been linked to actress Tricia Fisher, daughter of Connie
Stevens and Eddie Fisher, who played Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss in a
TV film.

46. LeBlanc is a speed freak who competed in amateur motor-racing
competitions at the age of eight. In a recent celebrity Grand Prix he
ran into a wall, taking Jason Priestly's car out of the race.

47. As a teenager, Cox was Bruce Springsteen's dancing partner in Brian
de Palma's video of Dancing in the Dark.

48. Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz was linked to both Cox and

49. Like his on-screen character Joey, Le Blanc has a reputation as a
womaniser. He has been linked to volleyball star Gabrielle Reece,
English actress Minnie Driver, porn star Jenna Jameson, Goldie Hawn's 16
year old daughter Kate Hudson and several strippers.

50. Schwimmer complains of being hounded by women who demand that he
kiss them - even when their boyfriends are there too.

51. In The Pallbearer, Schwimmers first film since joining Friends, he
starred with Gwyneth Paltrow. The film did badly in the USA.

52. When she was younger Aniston wanted to be a sculptor. At the age of
11, she had a painting in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York.

53. After being picked to play Roz Doyle in Frasier, Kudrow was
subsequently dropped in favour of actress Peri Gilpin before the pilot
was even shot.

54. Friends is Channel 4's top-rating comedy, regularly attracting four
million viewers.

55. Kudrow's father is one of the world's leading experts in headaches.

56. Le Blanc was down to his last $11 when he got the part in Friends.

57. Schwimmer claims to have been a "fat, ugly geek" in high school.

58. Cox played the part of Michael J Fox's girlfriend Lauren in Family
Ties, between 1986 and 1988.

59. She claims to have been really in love only once. The lucky man was
called Paul, hailed from Leeds, and "he made a hell of a Yorkshire

60. Now engaged to marry Sandra Bullock's ex-fiance Tate Donovan,
Aniston counts among her former loves ER's Noah Wyle, actor Jonathan
Silverman, co-star Matthew Perry and Grant Heslov, from True Lies.

61. David Schwimmer accused the handlers of his on-screen pal Marcel the
monkey of being "too possessive". He claims that he was never allowed
to bond with the creature.

62. Marcel's trainer, Nerissa Pulizer, said of her charge: "If Marcel
were human, she'd be Meryl Streep".

63. The monkey was the first cast member to get a Hollywood movie role,
appearing in the movie Outbreak.

64. The daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Jennifer Grant, played
Nina Bookbinder, an employee of Chandler's who ended up dating him in the first series.

65. The Friends album includes songs from REM, Joni Mitchell and Hootie
and the Blowfish, a band four of them once went to see.

66. The theme tune, I'll be there for you by the Rembrants, has been a
huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

67. Friends executive producers Marta Kuaffman and David Crane also
created the adult sitcom Dream On.

68. The characters of Ross's ex-wife and her girlfriend Susan are based
on the godmothers to Kauffman's daughter.

69. The opening footage of the cast dancing around a fountain was filmed
on the Warner Brothers lot in LA at five o'clock one morning.

70. The first thing Cox bought with her Friends money was a brand new

71. The occupations of the characters are as follows: Ross,
palaeontologist; Monica, chef; Joey, actor/model; Phoebe, masseuse;
Rachel, waitress; Chandler, data processor.

72. Cox was the best-known member of the cast before the show. She
played opposite Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and was in
Cocoon: The Return.

73. Le Blanc is currently filming Lost in Space with Gary Oldman at
Shepperton Studios. He's renting a flat in London's Kensington and has
been seen shopping in Budgens.

74. Two models for American underwear company Victoria's Secret appeared
in the first series. One was the dream girl Chandler gets stuck with
during a blackout, the other was a girl who is convinced that Joey has

75. Perry looked at 40 houses before buying his current W-shaped ranch
house with pool in LA.

76. Aniston bought her brother Bronco car for Christmas, and he cried.

77. Schwimmer was in the first series of NYPD Blue. He was a nerd who
lived in the apartment next door to Sherry Stringfield and ended up
shooting a mugger.

78. Kudrow co-stars with Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino in a new film, Romy
and Michele's High School Reunion.

79. Christina Pickles, who plays Monica's mum, also worked with Cox ten
years ago on the film Masters of the Universe.

80. Cox has said of her character: "She's obsessive, the one who has to
be perfect and please everybody. I'm so similar to her it's

81. When Jay Leno asked Aniston to touch her nose with her tongue on the
Tonight show, she politely declined.

82. Kudrow started her showbiz career at Groundlings, a local
improvisational comedy school in LA.

83. Schwimmer has a multi-million-dollar deal with top Hollywood studio
Miramax to star in and direct several films.

84. Aniston starred in an unsuccessful horror movie called Leprechaun in

85. Her next feature is a romantic comedy, Picture Perfect.

86. Kudrow used to date American talk show host Conan O'Brian.

87. Le Blanc admits to having spat in someone's food when he worked in a
New York burger joint.

88. Aniston's shampoo commerical for L'Oreal is only being shown in
Europe. She says she will never do a hair-product ad in America.

89. Her godfather was former Kojak actor Telly Savalas.

90. Perry has recently lost two and a half stone, while allegedly
depressed and on painkillers. Despite celebrity girlfriends such as
Julia Roberts, he attributes his state of mind to his failure with

91. Raised in Ottawa, Canada, Perry was a junior tennis ace before
taking up acting. He never graduated from college. He gave up his
studies when he won a role in a sitcom called Boys will be Boys. His
first movie role since joining Friends was Fools Rush In, playing a
nightclub promoter.

92. Childhood Friends of southern belle Cox were reportedly shocked at
the lesbian storyline in the show.

93. Perry's grandfather, however, loves the show. And so do all his

94. In a somewhat unlikely claim, Perry also insists that Mrs Thatcher
is an avid viewer, particularly of Joey and Chandler's scenes.

95. Neurotic about her looks, Cox worries about the thin, dry skin under
her eyes, having different sized nostrils and a double chin. As if…..

96. There's a book out called Cooking with Friends, full of comfort-food
recipes for when "it hasn't been your day, your month or even your year"
- a reference to the theme song.

97. Matt le Blanc used to model Levi 501's and has appeared in TV ads
for Coca-Cola and Heinz Ketchup.

98. Le Blanc admits to being a mummys boy, and is devoted to his Italian
mother, Pat Grossman. He didn't meet his father until he was eight.

99. Cox plays a TV reporter chasing down a serial killer in horror flick

100. The show's producers admit that the characters could never afford
the rents on the apartments they live in on the show.

101. Highlights of the third series include guest appearances by Robin
Williams and Billy Crystal, and a scene in which Joey strips naked.

102. Over 5 miles of film are used for every episode. They hold around
12 hours of footage which has to be cut down to 22 minutes.

103. If all goes well it takes 5 hours to film an episode.

104. Matthew Perry admits to still getting nervous before episodes.

105. Friends uses 4 cameras for each scene.

106. Canned laughter is used where the audiences laughter lasts too
long or isn't what editor, Steve Prime, is looking for.

107. From series 6 onwards, the title music I'll Be There For You is cut
from 45 to 35 seconds.

108. There are 500 tickets available per show, but there are only 300
seats in the studio.

109. Friends is shot in Studio 9 at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank,

110. The studio is 4 stories high and the top is known by gaffers as
the "ozone".

111. The cast and crew are big fans of the Nintendo 64 and play
Mario Kart 64 on their breaks.

112. 12 writers work on making Friends funny.

113. Friends averages over 26 million viewers every week in the US alone.

114. Props Master, Marjorie Coster-Praytor, had to make 6 version of
Phoebe's shoe-house in case they didn't get the shot of it burning down
first time.

115. Matthew Perry is the only cast memeber aloud to the screen writings. He often helps the writers with jokes for the show.


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