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Marta Fran Kauffman (born September 21, 1956) is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the co-creator of the popular sitcom Friends, alongside David Crane. Both Kauffman and Crane were also executive producers of the show, along with Kevin Bright. Kauffman and Crane also produced Veronica's Closet, starring Kirstie Alley, and Jesse, starring Christina Applegate. From 2005–2006 she was an executive producer on Related. Both writers were the creators of the 1990 HBO series Dream On. Marta Kauffman also studied Acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City.

Marta Kauffman
Marta Fran Kauffman

(1956-09-21) September 21, 1956 (age 62)
Alma materBrandeis University
OccupationTV producer, writer
Known forFriends (television series)
Grace & Frankie (Netflix series)
Michael Skloff
(m. 1984; div. 2015)


Early life and educationEdit

Born to a Jewish family in the Philadelphia suburbs,[1] Kauffman attended Marple Newtown High School, located in the Marple Newtown School District near Philadelphia, where she was a thespian and student director of the school play "Our Town" in 1974. Kauffman attended Brandeis University and received her BA in Theater in 1978.

Personal lifeEdit

Kauffman married Michael Skloff, who would later be the composer of the Friends theme song, and lived in Los Angeles.[1] She and Skloff filed for divorce in November 2015 after 31 years of marriage. Kauffman has three children: Hannah, Sam and Rose.[1] Kauffman is a Democrat.[2][3]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Everything's Relative Writer 1 episode
1990–1996 Dream On Creator, Writer (1990–1996), producer
1991 Sunday Dinner Writer 1 episode
1992–1993 The Powers That Be Creator
1993 Family Album Co-Creator
1994 Couples Writer, Associate Producer TV Movie
1994–2004 Friends Creator, Executive Producer (1994–2004), Writer (1995–1996), Extra Casting director – uncredited
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Creator, Executive Producer
1998–2000 Jesse Executive Producer
2005–2006 Related Executive Producer
2007 Gifted Executive Producer TV Movie
2008 Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh Executive Producer Documentary
2010 Independent Lenses Executive Producer
2011 Five Creator, Executive Producer
2012 Hava Nagila: The Movie Producer Documentary
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Creator, Executive Producer
2015–present Grace and Frankie Co-Creator, Executive Producer Alongside Howard J. Morris


  1. ^ a b c Jewish Journal: "For Kauffman, Making ‘Match’ Was a Blessing" by Danielle Berrin January 16, 2009
  2. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (August 3, 2017). "Inside Marta Kauffman's 'Grace and Frankie' Office". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Democrats Expand Obama's Hancock Park Fundraiser". Retrieved May 22, 2018.

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