Courteney Cox



Courteney Cox Wikipedia

For the American musician, see Courtney Cox (musician).
Courteney Cox
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Cox in March 2010
BornCourteney Bass Cox

(1964-06-15) June 15, 1964 (age 50)

Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)David Arquette (m. 1999–2013)
Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. Cox also starred in the FX series Dirt. She owns a production company, called Coquette Productions, which was created by herself and then husband David Arquette. Cox has also worked as a director on her sitcom Cougar Town and the television movie Talhotblond.


      Early life

      Courteney Cox was raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, the daughter of businessman Richard Lewis Cox (January 28, 1931 – September 3, 2001) 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 then married businessman Hunter Copeland (uncle to music promoter and business manager Ian Copeland). After graduating from Mountain Brook High School, Cox left for Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., but did not complete her architecture course, opting instead to pursue a career in modeling and acting.


      Early career

      Cox appeared in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" as a young woman pulled onstage at the St. Paul Civic Center to dance with Springsteen. 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). Her early film roles include Masters of the Universe (1987) and Cocoon: The Return (1988) and I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988). 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 the 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. In 1995, she was cast in Toad the Wet Sprocket's music video "Good Intentions". The song is also on the Friends Soundtrack.

      Cox in September 1995


      Later in 1994, Cox was asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green on a new sitcom, Friends; she was cast as Monica Geller instead. 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 Book of World 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 final two seasons 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 beginning 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 "For Courteney and David, who did get married" – a reference to Monica and Chandler's decision not to marry in the episode – appears during the fade out to the tag scene.

      Film career

      During her time on Friends, Cox appeared in the high-profile Hollywood films Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), and Scream 3 (2000), as 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 Arquette reprised their respective roles from the Scream trilogy in 2011's Scream 4. The movie was released in theaters April 15, 2011.

      Her other 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.

      Later work

      Cox in February 2009
      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. After Friends, Cox starred in the independent film November (2005) which had a limited theatrical release; costarred 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 FX. 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 2009, Cox began her roles as the star of the single-camera comedy series on ABC called Cougar Town, playing a newly single 40-year-old mother on the hunt for new experiences. The show's third season was to premiere in November 2011 but was moved to February 14, 2012. In the third season, Cox directed two of the show's fifteen episodes of that season. The show's fourth season premiered on January 8, 2013. In 2009 she also starred in a three episode arc on former Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow's online web series Web Therapy.

      In June 2012, Cox directed and made a cameo appearance in a Lifetime television movie called Talhotblond, which premiered on the network on June 23, 2012. The movie depicts a man who begins an online affair and a secret life, while his wife and family remains unaware.

      Personal life

      Cox's previous boyfriends include rock promoter Ian Copeland, Michael Keaton and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Cox married actor David Arquette on June 12, 1999. After their daughter, Coco, was born in June 2004, Cox suffered from postpartum depression. Jennifer Aniston is Coco's godmother. On October 11, 2010, it was announced that Cox and Arquette had separated, though they still maintain a close friendship and business relationship. In June 2012, Arquette filed for divorce after nearly two years of separation from Cox. The divorce became final in May 2013.

      Cox began dating Snow Patrol band member Johnny McDaid in late 2013. The couple announced their engagement on Twitter on June 27, 2014.



      As actress
      1987Down TwistedTarah
      1987Masters of the UniverseJulia "Julie" Winston
      1988Cocoon: The ReturnSara
      1990Mr. DestinyJewel Jagger
      1991Blue DesertLisa Roberts
      1992Shaking the TreeKathleen
      1992The Opposite Sex and How to Live with ThemC "Carrie" Davenport
      1994Sketch Artist II: Hands That SeeEmmy O'Connor
      1994Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveMelissa Robinson
      1996ScreamGale Weathers
      1997CommandmentsRachel Luce
      1997Scream 2Gale Weathers
      1999Runner, TheThe RunnerKarina
      1999Alien Love TriangleAlice ConnorShort film
      2000Scream 3Gale Weathers
      20013000 Miles to GracelandCybil Waingrow
      2001Shrink Is In, TheThe Shrink Is InSamantha Crumb
      2001Get Well SoonLily "Lillian"
      2004NovemberSophie Jacobs
      2005Longest Yard, TheThe Longest YardLenaUncredited role
      2006Barnyard: The Original Party AnimalsDaisy the CowVoice role
      2006ZoomMarsha Holloway
      2006Tripper, TheThe TripperCynthiaAlso film producer
      2008The Monday Before ThanksgivingCeceShort film
      2008Bedtime StoriesWendy
      2011Scream 4Gale Weathers Riley
      As director/producer
      • Just Before I Go (2014) - Director/Producer


      1984As the World TurnsBunny
      1985Code Name: FoxfireFlight AttendantNBC TV movie; Uncredited role
      1985–1986Misfits of ScienceGloria DinalloMain Cast; 16 episodes
      1986Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatCarolEpisode: "Dare Devil/Picture Me As a Spy/Sleeper"
      1986Sylvan in ParadiseLucy AppleNBC TV pilot
      1986Murder, She WroteCarol BannisterEpisode: "Death Stalks the Big Top"
      1987If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be BelgiumHana WyshockiNBC TV movie
      1987–1989Family TiesLauren Miller21 episodes
      1988I'll Be Home for ChristmasNora BundyNBC TV movie
      1989Roxanne: The Prize PulitzerJacquie KimberlyTV movie
      1989Judith Krantz's Till We Meet AgainMarie-Frederique "Freddy" de LancelCBS miniseries
      1990Curiosity KillsGwenNBC TV movie
      1991Morton & HayesPrincess Lucy "Lucille"Episode: "Oafs Overboard"
      1992Battling for BabyKatherineCBS TV movie
      1992Dream OnAlishaEpisode: "Come and Knock on Our Door"
      1993The Trouble with LarryGabriella Easden7 episodes
      1994SeinfeldMerylEpisode: "The Wife"
      1994–2004FriendsMonica GellerMain Cast: 236 episodes
      1995Sketch Artist II: Hands that SeeEmmyShowtime TV movie
      1995Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Courteney Cox/Dave Matthews Band"
      1999Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildEmerald Salt Pork (voice)Episode: "The Three Little Pigs"
      2007–2008DirtLucille "Lucy" SpillerMain Cast: 20 episodes
      2009ScrubsDr. Taylor Maddox3 episodes
      2009Web TherapySerena DuvallWeb series: 3 episodes
      2009–presentCougar TownJules CobbMain Cast; 89 episodes
      2011Private PracticePatient (uncredited)Episode: "Step One"
      2012TalhotblondAmandaTV movie: Also Director/Producer
      2013Go OnTaliaEpisode: "Matchup Problems"

      Awards and nominations

      YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
      1995Golden Apple AwardFemale Discovery of the YearWon
      1995People's Choice AwardFavorite Female Performer in a New TV SeriesFriendsNominated
      1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
      1997Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActressFriendsNominated
      1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Actress – HorrorScream 2Nominated
      1998Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureScream 2Nominated
      1999American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesFriendsNominated
      1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
      2000Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television FriendsFriendsNominated
      2000Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
      2000Teen Choice AwardFilm – Choice ChemistryScream 3Won
      2000TV Guide AwardsEditor's ChoiceFriendsWon
      2001Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
      2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Actress – HorrorScream 3Nominated
      2002Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress, ComedyFriendsNominated
      2002Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
      2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress, ComedyFriendsNominated
      2003Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
      2004Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesFriendsNominated
      2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Hissy FitThe Longest YardNominated
      2006TV Land AwardMost Wonderful Wedding - with Matthew PerryFriendsNominated
      2007TV Land AwardBreak Up That Was So Bad It Was GoodFamily TiesNominated
      2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalCougar TownNominated
      2009People's Choice AwardsFavorite New Comedy SeriesCougar TownNominated
      2010Streamy AwardBest Guest Star In A Web SeriesWeb TherapyNominated
      2010People's Choice AwardsFavourite TV Comedy ActressCougar TownNominated
      2010Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year AwardsUS TV ActressCougar TownWon
      2010TV Guide AwardsCourteney Cox To Be Honored By Women In Film FoundationNominated
      2010Golden Derby TV AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesCougar TownWon
      2010People's Choice AwardsFavourite TV Comedy ActressCougar TownNominated
      2010Women's Image Network AwardActress Comedy SeriesCougar TownNominated
      2010Women in Film Crystal + Lucy AwardsLucy AwardRecipient
      2011People's Choice AwardsFavorite Television Comedy ActressCougar TownNominated
      2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite Cable TV ActressCougar TownNominated

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