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Courteney Bass Cox (formerly Cox Arquette; born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, film producer, and former model. She plays the role of Monica Geller on Friends. She was the most well known actress of the principal cast and became even more famous by starring in the Scream tetralogy.


Early life

Courteney was born Courteney Bass Cox in Birmingham, Alabama to a wealthy Southern family. Her mother, also named Courteney (née Bass) and her late father, Richard Lewis Cox, was a contractor. Cox has two older sisters (Virginia McFerrin and Dottie Pickett), an older brother (Richard, Jr.) and nine half-brothers and half-sisters. Her parents divorced in 1974, and her father eventually wound up in Panama City, Florida, where he opened a company called Cox Pools, while Cox grew up with her mother and her stepfather, New York businessman Hunter Copeland.

Courteney was raised in a wealthy suburb of Birmingham, Mountain Brook, Alabama where she was known as CeCe. She attended Mountain Brook High School, where she was a cheerleader, tennis player and swimmer. Upon graduation, Cox went to study architecture and interior design at Mount Vernon College for Women. She dropped out after a year to pursue a modeling career, after being signed by the Ford modeling agency in New York City. While modeling, she also took acting classes and worked to lose her southern accent.


Cox first came to prominence in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (in which she was the pulled-on-stage girl who danced onstage with Springsteen for 26 seconds). 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). Cox's early television work include a starring role in the short-lived television series Misfits of Science (1985), and later a recurring role (1987 - 1989) on the television series Family Ties as the last girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox). She had a supporting role as Jewel, the hard-as-nails assistant to Jim Belushi's character in the 1990 fantasy film Mr. Destiny. In 1994, Cox appeared as Meryl, Jerry's girlfriend/pretend wife on the hit TV sitcom Seinfeld.

After appearing in the Jim Carrey comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Cox found fame playing Monica Geller on the hit TV series Friends (1994-2004). She'd originally been asked to audition for the part of Rachel Greene, but she asked for the opportunity to audition for the role of Monica. This was the role for which she would become most famous. The six principal cast members, including Cox, became household names.

During her time on Friends, Cox appeared in the highly successful and high-profile Hollywood films Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), and Scream 3 (2000) as the ruthless reporter Gale Weathers. While filming the first of this trilogy, she met her husband David Arquette. 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 Runne, 3000 Miles to Graceland and The Shrink Is In. In late 2003, Cox produced the television series Mix It Up. The lifestyle show received low ratings and was not renewed for a second season.

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 Television Studio (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. Cox later said her breasts were digitally enhanced to portray her role as the wife of a quarterback. In 2006 Courteney supplied her voice for the animated film Barnyard.

In 2008, Cox played Lucy Spiller, a tabloid editor, in Dirt, a television drama for the FX Networks. Cox and her then husband, David Arquette, were the executive producers of the series. The same year she appeared again with Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories, which was initially released in Belgium on December 25.

In 2009, Cox starred in Cougar Town, created by Bill Lawrence (creator of Scrubs), as Jules Cobb. The show ran for six seasons, the final episode airing on March 31, 2015.

In early 2011, Courtney Cox portrayed an author called Gale Weathers in Scream 4 the 4th film of the Scream series. This was 11 years after he portrayal as the same character in 2000.

Personal life

Cox's previous significant others include Ian Copeland and a long-term relationship with actor Michael Keaton. Cox also dated singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and appeared in their music video for song "A Long December" in 1997. (Duritz has also dated Cox's Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston.)

Courteney married actor David Arquette on June 12, 1999. They were together for 11 years before they announced their separation on October 11, 2010. After being separated for almost two years, Arquette filed for divorce in June 2012.

On June 13, 2004, she gave birth to their first child, daughter Coco Riley Arquette. The child was originally to be named after her mother as Courteney Cox Arquette. However, Arquette's family objected to this on the grounds that naming a child after a living relative goes against Jewish tradition (David Arquette's mother is Jewish). Coco is a nickname Cox's friends gave her mother when she was a child. Jennifer Aniston is CoCo's godmother.

In June 2007, Cox announced plans to expand her family. The actress said she hopes to have a child through in vitro fertilisation despite battling post-partum depression after Coco's birth.

In late 2013, Courteney began dating Johnny McDaid, a member of the band Snow Patrol. They announced their engagement on June 27, 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2022 Scream 5 Gale Weathers
2011 Scream 4 Gale Weathers
2009 The Big Change Katherine
2008 Bedtime Stories Wendy
2006 The Tripper Cynthia
Zoom Marsha Hollloway
Barnyard Daisy Voice Role
2005 The Longest Yard Lena Uncredited Role
Teen Choice Award (nominated)
2004 November Sophie Jacobs
2002 Alien Love Triangle Alice
2001 Get Well Soon Lily
The Shrink Is In Samantha Crumb
3000 Miles to Graceland Cybil Waingrow Razzie Award (nominated-2)
2000 Scream 3 Gale Weathers Blockbuster Entertainment Award (nominated)
Teen Choice Award (won)
1999 The Runner Karina
1997 Scream 2 Gale Weathers Saturn Award (nominated)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award (nominated)
Commandments Rachel Luce
1996 Scream Gale Weathers
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Melissa Robinson
1993 The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them Carrie Davenport
1992 Shaking the Tree Kathleen
1991 Blue Desert Lisa Roberts
1990 Mr. Destiny Jewel Jagger
1988 Cocoon: The Return Sara
1987 Masters of the Universe Julie Winston
Down Twisted Tarah


Year Title Role Notes
2016 TBA
2009-2015 Cougar Town Jules Cobb Nominated for Golden Globe
2007-2008 Dirt Lucy Spiller
1994-2004 Friends Monica Geller American Comedy Awards (nominated)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (nominated)
SAG Award (nominated-6)
TV Land Awards (nominated)
Teen Choice Award (nominated-2)
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Emerald Salt Pork Episode: The Three Little Pigs
1995 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Courtney Cox/Dave Matthews Band
Sketch Artist II: Hands that See Emmy TV-Movie
1994 Seinfeld Meryl Episode: The Wife
1993 The Trouble with Larry Gabriella Easden
1992 Dream On Alisha Episode: Come and Knock on Our Door
Battling for Baby Katherine TV-Movie
1991 Morton & Hayes Princess Lucy Episode: Oafs Overboard
1990 Curiosity Kills Gwen TV-Movie
1987-1989 Family Ties Lauren Miller TV Land Awards (nominated)
1989 Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again Marie-Frederique 'Freddy' de Lancel TV Mini-Series
Roxanner: The Prize Pulitzer Jacquie Kimberly TV-Movie
1988 I'll Be Home for Christmas Nora Bundy TV-Movie
1987 If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium Hana Wyshocki
1985-1986 Misfits of Science Gloria Dinallo
1986 Murder, She Wrote Carol Bannister Episode: Death Stalks the Big Top (1)
Episode: Death Stalks the Big Top (2)
Sylvan in Paradise Lucy Apple TV-Pilot
The Love Boat Episode: Dare Devil/Picture Me As a Spy/Sleeper
1985 Code Name: Foxfire Flight Attendant Uncredited Role
1984 As the World Turns Bunny


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