Throughout its 10-year run, some of the most memorable moments on Friends belonged to those guest-stars playing parents. They are more than just Friends of Friends; they are also Family of Friends. Hindsight credit must be given to the comedic talents of greats like Christina Pickles (Judy Gellar) and Elliott Gould (Jack Gellar), who portrayed Monica and Ross’ parents; Teri Garr (Phoebe Abbott), whose character was found to be the birth mother of twins Phoebe and Ursula; Brenda Vaccaro as Joey’s mom Gloria; Marlo Thomas as Rachel’s “perfect” mom Sandra and, of course, Kathleen Turner as Chandler’s dad, Vegas performer Helena Handbasket (a.k.a Charles Bing). When it came to parents leaving a mark on the gang, though, no one can top Chandler’s mother Nora, the author of many steamy romance novels, played by Morgan Fairchild (pictured above with Turner), who famously left her mark on Ross. “I was the first person to kiss a Friend,” boasted Fairchild when I asked her about the role. “The show was still new, and I was [one of] the first parents cast on Friends, and the first person to kiss one (Ross), so that was a lot of fun.’’
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