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Courteney Cox


Birth name:

Courteney Bass Cox


CeCe, Coco




Birmingham, Alabama, USA



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United States

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5' 5" (1.65 m)


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Courteney Cox - Biography


Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964), also known as Courteney Cox Arquette, is an American actress, best known for her role as Monica Geller on the sitcom, Friends. Courteney has also starred in Dirt and the Scream series, and has guest-starred in Scrubs. She is currently starring in Cougar Town.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Cox is the daughter of businessman Richard Lewis Cox and his wife Courteney (née Bass, later Copeland). She has two older sisters, Virginia and Dottie and an older brother, Richard Jr. Her parents divorced in 1974 and her mother was remarried to businessman Hunter Copeland (uncle to Ian Copeland). After graduating from Mountain Brook High School in Mountain Brook, Alabama, Cox left for Mount Vernon College in Washington DC but did not complete her architecture course, opting instead to pursue a career in modelling and acting.

Cox studied architecture at Mount Vernon College for Women in Washington, D.C., which is now part of The George Washington University, before she dropped out. She first came to prominence in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (in which she was the girl pulled onstage to dance with Springsteen). Cox is also notable for being the first person to use the word "period" on U.S. television in its physiological sense, in a 1985 advertising campaign for Tampax brand tampons. Her early film roles include Masters of the Universe (1987) and Cocoon: The Return (1988). Her early television work includes a starring role in the short-lived television series Misfits of Science (1985), and later a recurring role (1987-89) on the TV series Family Ties as Lauren Miller, the girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox). She had a supporting role as Jewel, the hard-as-nails assistant to James Belushi's character, in the 1990 fantasy film Mr. Destiny. In 1994, shortly before the debut of sitcom, Friends, Cox appeared with Jim Carrey in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and on Seinfeld in The Wife episode as Jerry's girlfriend named Meryl.
Later in 1994, Cox was asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green on a new sitcom called Friends, but she was instead cast as the character Monica Geller. At first the most famous cast member of the new show, Cox joined fellow castmates Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) for what would become her most famous role, lasting for 10 seasons until 2004. According to the Guinness World Book of Records (2005), Cox (along with her female costars) became the highest paid TV actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the tenth season of Friends.
Between seasons five and six, Cox married David Arquette and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette. An in-joke reference to this is made in the opening credits of the episode The One After Vegas, where the rest of the cast and executive producers have "Arquette" added to their names. The dedication "To Courteney and David, who did get married" appears during the fade out to the tag scene.
After her Friends role, Cox was producer Marc Cherry's first choice to be offered a starring role as Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives. However, Cox was unavailable due to her pregnancy and the role went to Teri Hatcher. A couple of years later, Cox signed a deal with ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television), to star in her own series. Since Friends, Cox has primarily concentrated on her family but has starred in the independent film November (2005), which had a limited theatrical release, co-starred with Tim Allen in the critically derided Zoom and cameoed in the big budget remake of The Longest Yard, as the girlfriend of Adam Sandler's character. She supplied her voice for the animated film Barnyard. A Friends reunion film was rumored to be in production; following the success of Sex and the City: The Movie but this has been denied by Warner Bros. and others.
In 2007, Cox starred as Lucy Spiller, a cynical tabloid editor, in Dirt, a television drama for the FX network. Cox and her husband, David Arquette, were the executive producers of the series. According to Cox, the series was canceled after the second season in 2008. In July 2008, Entertainment Weekly announced that Cox had signed on to star in a three-episode arc for the television series Scrubs. In her first episode, she makes a reference to the name of the character Dr. Cox, which in real life is her own. In August 2008, it was announced that there will be a fourth film in the Scream series, and that they want the original actors to reprise their roles. On October 30, 2008, TV Guide reported that Cox will be starring in a pilot for a new single-camera comedy series on ABC called Cougar Town from Bill Lawrence. Cox plays a newly single 40-year-old mother on the hunt for new experiences. Her co-stars include actresses Busy Philipps and Christa Miller. Cox filmed the pilot on March 19, 2009. In June 2009, Scream director Wes Craven confirmed that Cox and her husband would both be returning for Scream 4.

During her time on Friends, Cox appeared in the high-profile Hollywood films Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000) as the determined and driven reporter Gale Weathers. She met her husband, David Arquette who played her on-screen love interest Dwight "Dewey" Riley, while filming the first Scream film. Both Cox and her husband Arquette will reprise their respective roles from the Scream trilogy in 2010's Scream 4.
Although she starred in several other films during her time on Friends, none achieved the same level of success as the show. Such films include The Runner, 3000 Miles to Graceland and The Shrink Is In. In late 2003, Cox and Arquette produced one season of the reality television series Mix It Up. The lifestyle show, which aired on the We cable channel, struggled with low ratings and was not renewed for a second season. Has also appeared as the children's mother in "Bedtime Stories"

Cox's significant previous lovers include her step-cousin, the rock promoter Ian Copeland and a long-term relationship with actor Michael Keaton from 1989 to 1995. Cox also dated singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and appeared in their music video for the song "A Long December" in 1997. (Duritz has also dated Cox's Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston.)
Cox married David Arquette on June 12, 1999. On June 13, 2004, she gave birth to their first child, daughter Coco Cox Arquette. Jennifer Aniston is the baby's godmother.


Courteney Cox - Personal Quotes


"I like keeping Gale bitchy. She has a reputation to live up to. She may have changed her hair but not much else." about her character Gale Weathers in the Scream series

"I get so bored! I had a treadmill... I gave it to my mom. I had a stairmaster... gone. I had a recumbent bike...I dont know where that is. So I hate exercise except for Pilates."

"I'm a gemini, and I get so bored so easily. I mean, I have moved six times in the last eight years."

"A lot of my humor does come from anger. It's like, you're not gonna pull one over on me-which is pretty much my motto anyways."

"I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedimes- my taste goes much more to the offbeat and dark. I'd love to sink my teeth into something like 'Fargo'"

"I only have to do three things to look halfway decent, curl my eyelashes, fill in my eyebrows and put some lipstick on."

"I have to be physically attracted to someone. But I can't just be with someone just because it's great sex. Because orgasms don't last long enough."

"Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you're in."

"Before he moved in, David would say 'How are we ever going to meld together, because our tastes are so different? Maybe it's because we're truly in love that we can". - on husband David Arquette

"I want people to be happy, so I think that's one of the reasons why I wanted to do the show in the first place...just to see somebody, even if it's just for the day. To see their life change for that moment when they walk into the room and are that happy. It really makes you cry. It does. I hope I don't lose this feeling." - on producing her show "Mix it Up".

"It's so much fun for us. I have a new love for the show since I've gotten into this relationship. Honestly, I was a little bored the first four years. I had some fun things to do and some good relationships, but Monica was developing and I felt like there was a lot of straight man stuff. Now we have something really fun to play -two really neurotic people trying to have a relationship. They're both afraid to commit, to get married, or take these steps. I have a really good time playing with him [Matthew Perry]. It's kind of like our relationship in real life - except we don't kiss." - about playing Monica and Chandler.


Courteney Cox - Filmography


Scream 4 (2010) .... Gale Weathers
"Cougar Town" .... Jules Cobb (14 episodes, 2009-2010)
- All the Wrong Reasons (2010) TV episode .... Jules Cobb
- Stop Dragging My Heart Around (2010) TV episode .... Jules Cobb
- Scare Easy (2010) TV episode .... Jules Cobb
- Rhino Skin (2010) TV episode .... Jules Cobb
- Mystery Man (2009) TV episode .... Jules Cobb
(9 more)
"Web Therapy" .... Serena DuVall (3 episodes, 2009)
- Psychic Friends: Part 1 (2009) TV episode .... Serena DuVall
- Psychic Friends: Part 2 (2009) TV episode .... Serena DuVall
- Psychic Friends: Part 3 (2009) TV episode .... Serena DuVall
"Scrubs" .... Dr. Taylor Maddox (3 episodes, 2009)
... aka Scrubs: Med School (USA: ninth season title)
- My Saving Grace (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Taylor Maddox
- My Jerks (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Taylor Maddox
- My Last Words (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Taylor Maddox
Bedtime Stories (2008) .... Wendy
The Monday Before Thanksgiving (2008) .... Cece
"Dirt" .... Lucy Spiller (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
- In Lieu of Flowers (2008) TV episode .... Lucy Spiller
- And the Winner Is (2008) TV episode .... Lucy Spiller
- What Is This Thing Called? (2008) TV episode .... Lucy Spiller
- Ties That (Don't) Bind (2008) TV episode .... Lucy Spiller
- God Bless the Child (2008) TV episode .... Lucy Spiller
(15 more)
The Tripper (2006) (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Cynthia
Zoom (2006) .... Marsha Holloway
... aka Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (USA: DVD title)
Barnyard (2006) (voice) .... Daisy the Cow
... aka Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (USA: poster title)
... aka Der tierisch verrückte Bauernhof (Germany)
The Longest Yard (2005) (uncredited) .... Lena
"Friends" .... Monica Geller / ... (238 episodes, 1994-2004)
- The Last One: Part 1 (2004) TV episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller-Bing
- The Last One: Part 2 (2004) TV episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller-Bing
- The One with All the Other Ones: Part 1 (2004) TV episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller-Bing / Herself
- The One with All the Other Ones: Part 2 (2004) TV episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller-Bing / Herself
- The One with Rachel's Going Away Party (2004) TV episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller-Bing
(233 more)
November (2004) .... Sophie Jacobs
Alien Love Triangle (2002) .... Alice
Get Well Soon (2001) .... Lily Charles
The Shrink Is In (2001) .... Samantha Crumb
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) .... Cybil Waingrow
Scream 3 (2000) (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Gale Weathers
The Runner (1999) .... Karina
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" .... Emerald Salt Pork (1 episode, 1999)
- The Three Little Pigs (1999) TV episode .... Emerald Salt Pork
Scream 2 (1997) .... Gale Weathers
Commandments (1997) .... Rachel Luce
Scream (1996/I) .... Gale Weathers
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (1995) (TV) .... Emmy
... aka A Feel for Murder
... aka Sketch Artist II
"Seinfeld" .... Meryl (1 episode, 1994)
- The Wife (1994) TV episode .... Meryl
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) .... Melissa Robinson
"The Trouble with Larry" .... Gabriella Easden (3 episodes, 1993)
- My Science Fair Lady (1993) TV episode .... Gabriella Easden
- The Vigilantes (1993) TV episode .... Gabriella Easden
- The Homecoming (1993) TV episode .... Gabriella Easden
The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them (1992) .... Carrie Davenport
"Dream On" .... Alisha (1 episode, 1992)
- Come and Knock on Our Door... (1992) TV episode .... Alisha
Battling for Baby (1992) (TV) .... Katherine
"Morton & Hayes" .... Princess Lucy (1 episode, 1991)
- Oafs Overboard (1991) TV episode .... Princess Lucy
Blue Desert (1991) .... Lisa Roberts
... aka Silent Victim (UK)
Shaking the Tree (1990) .... Kathleen
Mr. Destiny (1990) .... Jewel Jagger
Curiosity Kills (1990) (TV) .... Gwen
"Till We Meet Again" .... Marie-Frederique 'Freddy' de Lancel (1 episode, 1989)
... aka Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again' (USA: complete title)
- Episode #1.1 (1989) TV episode .... Marie-Frederique 'Freddy' de Lancel
Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer (1989) (TV) .... Jacquie Kimberly
... aka The Prize Pulitzer (Canada: English title)
"Family Ties" .... Lauren Miller (21 episodes, 1987-1989)
- Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Part 2 (1989) TV episode .... Lauren Miller
- Wrap Around the Clock: Part 1 (1989) TV episode .... Lauren Miller
- Wrap Around the Clock: Part 2 (1989) TV episode .... Lauren Miller
- They Can't Take That Away from Me: Part 2 (1989) TV episode .... Lauren Miller
- They Can't Take That Away from Me: Part 1 (1989) TV episode .... Lauren Miller
(16 more)
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988) (TV) .... Nora Bundy
Cocoon: The Return (1988) .... Sara
If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (1987) (TV) .... Hana Wyshocki
... aka If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium (USA: rerun title)
Masters of the Universe (1987) .... Julie Winston
... aka Masters of the Universe: The Motion Picture (USA: promotional title)
Down Twisted (1987) .... Tarah
... aka Treasure of San Lucas (USA: alternative title)
"Murder, She Wrote" .... Carol Bannister (2 episodes, 1986)
- Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2 (1986) TV episode .... Carol Bannister
- Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1 (1986) TV episode .... Carol Bannister
Sylvan in Paradise (1986) (TV) .... Lucy Apple
"Misfits of Science" .... Gloria Dinallo (16 episodes, 1985-1986)
- The Avenging Angel (1986) TV episode .... Gloria Dinallo
- Against All Oz (1986) TV episode .... Gloria Dinallo
- Center of Attention (1986) TV episode .... Gloria Dinallo
- Once Upon a Night (1986) TV episode .... Gloria Dinallo
- Grand Elusion (1986) TV episode .... Gloria Dinallo
(11 more)
"The Love Boat" .... Carol (1 episode, 1986)
- Dare Devil/Picture Me as a Spy/Sleeper (1986) TV episode .... Carol
Misfits of Science (1985) (TV) .... Gloria Dinallo
"Code Name: Foxfire" .... Flight Attendant (1 episode, 1985)
- Slay It Again, Sam (1985) TV episode (uncredited) .... Flight Attendant
"As the World Turns" .... Bunny (1 episode, 1984)
- Episode #1.5000 (1984) TV episode .... Bunny


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