Jun. 15th, 1964
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director. Cox starred in the FX series Dirt. She owns a production company, called Coquette Productions, which was created by herself and then husband David Arquette. 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. She is of English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and German ancestry. Cox appeared in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" as a young woman pulled onstage 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. 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. 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. 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. Cox has also worked as a director on her sitcom Cougar Town. Cox's previous boyfriends include rock promoter Ian Copeland. She also dated 'Michael Keaton' and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Cox married actor 'David Arquette' on June 12, 1999. After their daughter, Coco (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.
- Best known by the public for her starring role as Monica Geller-Bing on _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv).
- After the birth of her first child, started to train in Karate. As of 2009, she holds a brown belt.
- She is one of five actors - along with 'David Arquette' (qv), 'Neve Campbell' (qv), 'Jamie Kennedy (I)' (qv) and 'Liev Schreiber' (qv) - to appear in all three "Scream" films.
- She was the inspiration to the running gag of the "Carlton Dance" on _"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ (qv). "The Carlton Dance" was a parody of her dance during the 'Bruce Springsteen' (qv) music video "Dancing in the Dark."
- (1999) Underwent laser eye surgery to correct her vision from 20/400.
- Her daughter's name Coco came from a compromise between her and husband 'David Arquette' (qv). 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 the only central member of the _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv) cast to have received an actual acting Razzie nomination. She was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for the film _3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)_ (qv). The other cast members (except for 'Matthew Perry (I)' (qv)) have received nominations in categories such as Worst Screen Couple and Worst New Star.
- Ranked #41 on Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2003.