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Overview (4)

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Birth NameCourteney Bass Cox
Nicknames CeCe
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr. She was raised in an exclusive society town, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Courteney was the archetypal daddy's girl, and therefore was understandably devastated when, in 1974, her parents divorced, and her father moved to Florida.

She became a rebellious teen, and did not make things easy for her mother, and new stepfather, New York businessman Hunter Copeland. Now, she is great friends with both. She attended Mountain Brook High School, where she was a cheerleader, tennis player and swimmer. In her final year, she received her first taste of modeling. She appeared in an advert for the store, Parisians. Upon graduation, she left Alabama to study architecture and interior design at Mount Vernon College. After one year she dropped out to a pursue a modeling career in New York, after being signed by the prestigious Ford Modelling Agency. She appeared on the covers of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat and Little Miss, plus numerous romance novels. She then moved on to commercials for Maybeline, Noxema, New York Telephone Company and Tampax.

While modeling, she attended acting classes, as her real dream and ambition was to be an actress. In 1984, she landed herself a small part in one episode of As the World Turns (1956) as a young débutante named Bunny. Her first big break, however, was being cast by Brian De Palma in the Bruce Springsteen video "Dancing in The Dark". In 1985, she moved to LA to star alongside Dean Paul Martin in Misfits of Science (1985). It was a flop, but a few years later, she was chosen out of thousands of hopefuls to play Michael J. Fox's girlfriend, psychology major Lauren Miller in Family Ties (1982).

In 1989, Family Ties (1982) ended, and Cox went through a lean spell in her career, featuring in unmemorable movies such as Mr. Destiny (1990) with Michael Caine. Fortunes changed dramatically for Cox, when in 1994, she starred alongside Jim Carrey in the unexpected hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), and a year later she was cast as Monica Geller on the hugely successful sitcom Friends (1994). It was this part that turned her into an international superstar and led to an American Comedy Award nomination. In 1996 Cox starred in Wes Craven's horror/comedy Scream (1996) . This movie grossed over $100 million at the box office, and won Cox rave reviews for her standout performance as the wickedly bitchy and smug TV reporter Gale Weathers. She went on to play this character again in each of the three sequels. Not only did her involvement in this movie lead to critical acclaim, but it also led to her meeting actor husband David Arquette. He played her on-screen love interest Dewey, and life imitated art as the two fell in love for real. Their wedding took place in San Francisco, at the historic Grace Cathedral atop Nob Hill, on June 12th, 1999. Joined by 200 guests, including Cox's film star friends Liam Neeson and Kevin Spacey, the happy couple finally became Mr. and Mrs. Arquette.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: David Ross

Family (4)

Spouse David Arquette (12 June 1999 - 28 May 2013)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Coco Arquette
Parents Bass, Courteney
Cox, Richard Lewis
Copeland, Hunter
Relatives Pickett (Cox), Dottie (sibling)
Cox, Virginia (sibling)
Cox, Richard (sibling)
Jennifer Kristin Cox (cousin)

Trade Mark (2)

Black hair
Blue eyes

Trivia (70)

Underwent laser eye surgery to correct her vision from 20/400 (1999).
Dated singer Adam Duritz. Duritz wrote the song "Monkey" for Courteney (from the Counting Crows album "Recovering the Satellites") (1997).
Had a six-year relationship with actor Michael Keaton (1989-1995).
Originally offered the role of Rachel but she preferred Monica on Friends (1994).
Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World and appeared on the cover (1995).
Her parents divorced when she was age 10, both remarried.
Studied architecture at Mount Vernon College for a year.
Was voted Best Dressed Female Television Star (1997).
In 1984, she worked at F.B.I. (Frontier Booking International), a concert booking agency in New York run by Ian Copeland (brother of Stewart Copeland of The Police) and a relative of hers.
Was the first person to ever say "period" on American television, in a Tampax commercial.
Announced in September 1999 that her new legal and professional surname would be Courteney Cox Arquette. As a result the cast and producers of her sitcom Friends (1994) also added "Arquette" to their own names in the opening credits of the 1999 season's premiere episode. She later returned to her maiden name professionally.
Has two older sisters and one older brother: Dottie Pickett (née Cox), Virginia and Richard.
Has three dogs: Ella, Rags and Mr. McBarker (Mac for short). The latter is, rather unfortunately, a female.
Ex-sister-in-law of Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette and Alexis Arquette. Ex-daughter-in-law of Lewis Arquette and Brenda Denaut. Ex-granddaughter-in-law of Cliff Arquette and Julie Harrison.
Is a huge fan of the rock band Foo Fighters.
In the mid-1980s, she hosted a television show called This Week's Music (1984).
She can play the piano and drums.
Was voted "9th sexiest woman in the world" by FHM magazine readers (1997, 1998).
Was named the "Hottest Babe" by Playboy magazine (1995).
Voted the 18th "Sexiest Woman in the World" by Stuff magazine (2002).
Drives a Jaguar and a silver Porsche Carrera.
Has her own lipstick called "Cece" by Cargo.
She likes to buy houses, renovate them, and then sell them off for profit [This is also known as "flipping" houses, and is the subject of a number of home-improvement television shows].
She was paid $350 for her role as the "surprised" girl pulled from the crowd to dance with Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 music video "Dancing in the Dark".
On Friends (1994), she plays a character whose last name is Geller, and her husband played Robert Geller in Never Been Kissed (1999).
Went into labor on her fifth wedding anniversary, June 12, 2004, and gave birth to her daughter the next day, two days before her 40th birthday.
On June 25, 2004, Courteney announced she and husband David Arquette are launching a production company called Coquette.
Ranked #18 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Along with Jennifer Aniston, they are the only central members of the Friends (1994) cast to have received an actual acting Razzie nomination. Courtney was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for the film 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001). Jennifer Aniston was nominated for Worst Actress for the films, The Switch (2010) and The Bounty Hunter (2010). The other cast members (except for Matthew Perry) have received nominations in categories such as Worst Screen Couple and Worst New Star.
Her daughter's name Coco came from a compromise between her and husband David Arquette. Because of her Southern roots she wanted to name her daughter Courteney Cox, as her mom is Courteney Cox and so is she. However, David is half Jewish and it is against Jewish tradition to name a child after a living person. So the name came from the nickname Courteney's friends had for her mother while Courtney was growing up. They called her Mama Coco.
Is one of three actors - along with David Arquette and Neve Campbell - to appear in all four Scream films.
Announced that she would become the first spokesperson for Kinerase Skin Care Products. [March 2005]
Her Friends (1994) co-star Jennifer Aniston is the godmother of her daughter Coco. Jennifer is also best friends with Courteney.
Ranked #41 on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list (2003).
Is the only regular Friends (1994) cast member to not receive either an Emmy or a Golden Globe nomination for their work on the show; she later received her first Golden Globe nomination for Cougar Town (2009).
Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1995 along with Jon Lovitz.
Helped donate reward money to the "Natalie Holloway" investigation, having attended the same high school as Natalie.
Her ex-husband, David Arquette, played "Malcolm" in the Friends (1994) episode, Friends: The One with the Jam (1996), on October 3, 1996. He played a stalker and mistakenly stalked fellow friend, "Phoebe". This was the first time Courtney and David were seen together on television, even though they were not a couple at the time.
She was the inspiration to the running gag of the Carlton Dance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990). The Carlton Dance was a parody of her dance during Bruce Springsteen's music video "Dancing in the Dark".
Has a cousin named Jennifer Kristin Cox, who is also an actress.
Her hosting of the 1995 airing of Saturday Night Live (1975) began with a reenactment of her "Dancing in the Dark" video appearance, with Adam Sandler copying Bruce Springsteen.
Good friends with Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Ellen DeGeneres.
Was once considered for the role of Marisa Coulter in The Golden Compass (2007).
Best known by the public for her starring role as Monica Geller-Bing on Friends (1994).
Participated in the third Munchkin's Project Pink annual breast cancer awareness campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. The project consists of the donation of celebrity-decorated and autographed bath ducks, put up for auction. [October 2008]
After the birth of her daughter, started to train in Karate. As of 2009, she holds a brown belt.
Worked at video game developer/publisher Bethesda briefly in the 1980s.
Lives in Beverly Hills and Malibu, California.
Was six months pregnant, with her daughter Coco, when she completed filming on the final season of Friends (1994).
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her daughter Coco in order to begin filming The Longest Yard (2005).
Had eight miscarriages between 2001-2010 during her marriage to David Arquette. Her first miscarriage happened in 2001, before her daughter Coco was born; the next seven miscarriages happened after Coco's birth. The eighth miscarriage happened in August 2010.
Her estranged husband, David Arquette, filed for divorce from her on June 8, 2012 after 12 years of marriage and 1 year and 7 months of separation.
Gave birth to her first child at age 39 (albeit two days before her 40th birthday), a daughter Coco Riley Arquette (aka Coco Arquette), on June 13, 2004. Child's father is her then-husband, David Arquette.
Gave up smoking with husband David Arquette shortly before their wedding in 1999. Admits to having smoked since she was age 13.
Her wedding ring was engraved with the words "A deal is a deal".
In an interview in Starlog 124 (published November 1987), Cox revealed that she was auditioning for a role on Code Name: Foxfire (1985) at Universal Studios. She did not get cast, but found out they were auditioning people for Misfits of Science (1985) across the hall. Cox tried out and was subsequently cast.
She has English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, German, and distant Swedish, ancestry.
On June 26, 2014, Courteney announced she is engaged to Snow Patrol band member, John McDaid. They have been in a relationship since December 2013.
Was originally turned down for her role in Scream (1996), portraying Gale Weathers, due to the producers not believing she could portray someone "bitchy" as she was starring on Friends (1994) at the time, portraying "nice" Monica. However, she continued lobbying for the role and ultimately got the role.
Stepsister of Craig Mullins, Lee Mullins, Cheryl Vincent and Jennifer Russo.
Gets proposed to twice by characters played by actor Matthew Perry. First in Friends (1994) and later in Cougar Town (2009).
Dropped out of Mount Vernon College after one year to pursue an acting and modeling career.
She appeared in Bruce Springsteen's video for Dancing In The Dark when she was a teenager. She was in the front row with her friends when Bruce offered Courtney his hand, pulled her up on stage, and started dancing with her.
Alfonso Ribeiro credits Courtney Cox for his infamous dance, "The Carlton". While working on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), he did an exaggerated version of Cox's "Dancing in the Dark" dance, whenever his Carlton Banks character was excited or celebrating.
Distant cousin of Mötley Crüe frontman Tommy Lee. They are both descendants of the same English Bass family. Distant cousin of Friends (1994) co-star and on-screen husband Matthew Perry. Both descend from the English Baldwins. Other cousins include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matt Bomer and Valerie Bertinelli.
In a scene of The Runner (1999), Ron Eldard kisses her foot.
The only actress to have played a love interest of Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey: the former on his titular sitcom Seinfeld (1989) (1989-1998) and the latter in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).
She starred on the comedy show, Friends, with co-star Christina Pickles playing her on-screen mother, Judy Gellar. Both actresses previously starred together in the movie, Masters of the Universe. Courteney Cox playing Julie, and Christina Pickles playing the Sorceress.
Tested for the role of Buttercup in The Princess Bride (1987).

Personal Quotes (22)

It's not like I let people do things for me, so I guess you can call me a control freak, or you can call me passionate... I'm not a passive person by any stretch of the imagination.
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 don't 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 comedies - my taste goes much more to the offbeat and dark. I'd love to sink my teeth into something like Fargo (1996).
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.
[on husband David Arquette] 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 producing her series Mix It Up (2003)] 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 playing Monica and Chandler on Friends (1994)] 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.
I can definitely act even if I don't appear to have any particular style. I know I'm not a method actress, but I do believe in being physically and emotionally prepared for the role. If I have a scene where I'm supposed to be emotionally drawn out, then I'll think of the saddest thing in my life. If I have to be five pounds lighter to be the right physical type, I'll run my little tail around the block to make the weight.
(on her early modeling days) I wasn't going to go far. I'm only 5'5" and I don't have that look.
[asked "What's my pet peeve?"] Not being heard. You don't have to agree with me, just hear me. (Marie Claire - August 2006 - "The Real Me: Courteney on Courteney")
(on the television series Dirt (2007)) I don't think anyone in our show really comes off smelling like a rose.
[on Scream (1996)] I wanted to play Gale Weathers because she was a real bitchy character. You know, I was on Friends (1994) and I played this nice girl, Monica, but Gale, she was so ruthless.
[on her character Gale Weathers in the Scream (1996) series] I like keeping Gale bitchy. She has a reputation to live up to. She may have changed her hair but not much else.
[on how did trying to keep up with your appearance got her in trouble]Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, you look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there. So you walk out and you don't look so bad and you think, no one noticed it's good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor. This person's amazing. They do this person who looks so natural. You meet them and they say, you should just do this. The next thing you know, you're layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it's gradual until you go, oh sh*t, this doesn't look right. And it's worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like whoa, no more! I thought, I haven't done anything in six months.
[on her daughter Coco wearing makeup]Coco loves makeup and she expresses herself through it. One of her favorite shows is RuPaul's Drag Race. She thinks it's beautiful artistry and she's really good at it. Luckily at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she's going out to a rager at 2 a.m. eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks. I don't like seeing highlighter during the day. Well, to be honest, I don't even know how to use it. It makes sense if you're going out, but she begs to differ. I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it's a form of self-expression. As long as she's not sexualizing herself, it's really just what makes her feel good. Sometimes I do wish her shorts were longer. I'm not going to lie. But I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she's watching than what she's putting on her face.
[on her diet]I'm a really good eater. About four years ago I found out I have something called a MTHFR gene mutation, which dictates how my body methyl ate's. I suffered miscarriages, my dad died of a really rare cancer, and depression runs in my family, which made my doctor think I should get this gene checked out. I discovered that I have the worst version of this mutation and my body doesn't methyl ate the way it's supposed to. Once I found out how I could absorb nutrients and protect myself from toxins, my whole life shifted
[on her morning beauty routine] I start with the Clarisonic to wash my face and then I apply a hot towel. I don't know if that's good for my skin, but it's what the professionals do. I see Mila Moursi once a week for a facial and I've been using her products for years. I love the way they smell. They're rich and rejuvenating. They blend natural extracts, oils and peptides with the best scientific ingredients. I want natural, but not too natural. I want it to work. I don't want to just use plants and water. I always put on a peptide of some sort of Mila's Rejuvenating Serum or a lifting serum. Sometimes a vitamin C product. I also use her Firming Cream, Oxy Cellular and AntiWrinkle Cream. I alternate those, or sometimes use all of them, depending on how dry I am.
[on taking care of her body]I just realized that I should have started on my body earlier than I did. I thought. oh, my body's fine. Well, it's not. It does catch up. I recently started dry brushing, and I've got a body roller for my problem areas. But it's good to start on your body when you're 25 or 30, not 53. That's the moral of the story.

Salary (14)

Masters of the Universe (1987) $50,000
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) $200,000
Friends (1994) $24,000,000 (2002-3 season)
Friends (1994) $22,500 /episode (1995)
Friends (1994) $75,000 /episode (1996)
Friends (1994) $1,000,000 per episode (2001)
Scream (1996) $1,000,000
Commandments (1997) $1,000,000
Scream 2 (1997) $5,000,000
Scream 3 (2000) $7,000,000
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) $7,500,000
November (2004) $150,000
Cougar Town (2009) $100,000 /episode (2009-10)
Scream 4 (2011) $7,000,000

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