Jun. 15th, 1964
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Courteney Cox's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Scream 4
2008 - Bedtime Stories
2006 - Zoom
2006 - The Tripper
2006 - Barnyard
2005 - The Longest Yard
2004 - November
2001 - 3000 Miles to Graceland
2000 - Scream 3
1997 - Scream 2
1997 - Commandments
1996 - Scream
1994 - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
1990 - Mr. Destiny
1988 - Cocoon: The Return
1987 - Masters of the Universe
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Taylor Maddox
Emerald Salt Pork (Voiced)
Herself - Guest Appearance
Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 into an affluent Southern family. Her father Richard L Cox (1930-2001) was a business man married to her mother Courteney. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother Richard Jnr. 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 step-father, 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 infamous 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 (I)'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 (I). 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/I) . 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 twice more, as Scream became The Scream Trilogy. 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.
- Daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, born Sunday, 13 June, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, the baby weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz.
- (1997) Dated singer 'Adam Duritz' (qv). Duritz wrote the song "Monkey" for Courteney (from the 'Counting Crows' (qv) album "Recovering the Satellites").
- On _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv), she plays a character whose last name is Geller, and her husband played Robert Geller in _Never Been Kissed (1999)_ (qv).
- 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 (I)' (qv) of the Police) and a relative of hers.
- In the mid eighties she hosted a TV show called "This Week's Music"
- 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."
- Voted the 18th "Sexiest Woman in the World" by Stuff magazine (2002)
- 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 _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv) TV show also added "Arquette" to their own names in the opening credits of the 1999 season's premiere episode. Following the death of her father Richard Cox in 2001 she returned to her maiden name professionally.