Courteney Bass Cox

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox (born June 15, 1964), also known as Courteney Cox Arquette, is an American actress, film producer, and former model, known for her role as Monica Geller in the popular television sitcom Friends, as Gale Weathers in the Scream film series and as Lucy Spiller in the television drama Dirt.

Early life

Cox was born Courteney Bass Cox in Birmingham, Alabama to a wealthy Southern family. Her parents were Courteney (née Bass) and the late Richard Lewis Cox, 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 settled 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.

Cox 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.

Career

Early career

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). 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). Her early television work includes 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 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, shortly before the debut of Friends, Cox appeared with Jim Carrey in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and on Seinfeld, as Jerry's girlfriend Meryl.

Friends

Later in 1994, Cox was asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green on a new sitcom called Friends, but she was instead cast as the character Monica Geller. At first the most famous cast member of the new show, Cox joined fellow castmates Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt Le Blanc (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.

Between seasons 5 and 6, Cox married David Arquette, becoming Courteney Cox Arquette. An in-joke reference to this is made in the opening credits of the episodes The One After Vegas, where the rest of the cast and executive producers have "Arquette" added to their names; however, this was corrected in season 7. The dedication "To Courteney and David, who did get married" appears during the fade out to the tag scene.

Film career

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. She met her husband, David Arquette who played her on-screen love interest Dwight "Dewey" Riley, while filming the first of this trilogy.

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 Runner, 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 Friends

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's character. Cox later said her breasts were digitally enhanced to portray her role as the wife of a quarterback. She has recently supplied her voice for the animated film Barnyard. A Friends reunion film was rumored to be released within the next 18 months following the success of Sex and the City: The Movie but this has been denied by Warner Brothers and others.

Since 2007, Cox has starred as Lucy Spiller, a cynical tabloid editor, in Dirt, a television drama for the FX Network. Cox and her husband, David Arquette, are 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 August 2008, it has been announced that they're doing a fourth film in the Scream series, and that they want the original actors to reprise their roles.

Personal life

Cox's previous significant others include Ian Copeland and a long-term relationship with actor Michael Keaton from 1989 to 1995. 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.)

Cox married David Arquette on June 12, 1999. 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 is Jewish). Coco is a nickname Cox's friends gave her mother when she was a child. Jennifer Aniston is the baby'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.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1987 Down Twisted Tarah
Masters of the Universe Julie Winston
1988 Cocoon: The Return Sara
1990 Mr. Destiny Jewel Jagger
1991 Blue Desert Lisa Roberts
1992 Shaking the Tree Kathleen
1993 The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them Carrie Davenport
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Melissa Robinson
1996 Scream Gale Weathers
1997 Commandments Rachel Luce
Scream 2 Gale Weathers
1999 The Runner Karina
2000 Scream 3 Gale Weathers
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Cybil Waingrow
The Shrink Is In Samantha Crumb
Get Well Soon Lily
2002 Alien Love Triangle Alice Connor
2004 November Sophie Jacobs
2005 The Longest Yard Lena
2006 Barnyard Daisy Voice Role
Zoom Marsha Holloway
The Tripper Cynthia Also film producer
2008 The Monday Before Thanksgiving Cece Short film
Bedtime Stories Wendy post-production
2009 The Big Change
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1984 As the World Turns Bunny
1985 Code Name: Foxfire Flight Attendant Uncredited Role
NBC TV-Movie
1985–1986 Misfits of Science Gloria Dinallo
1986 The Love Boat Episode: Dare Devil/Picture Me As a Spy/Sleeper
Sylvan in Paradise Lucy Apple NBC TV-Pilot
Murder, She Wrote Carol Bannister Episode: Death Stalks the Big Top (1)
Episode: Death Stalks the Big Top (2)
1987 If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium Hana Wyshocki NBC TV-Movie
1987–1989 Family Ties Lauren Miller
1988 I'll Be Home for Christmas Nora Bundy NBC TV-Movie
1989 Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer Jacquie Kimberly TV-Movie
Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again Marie-Frederique 'Freddy' de Lancel CBS Miniseries
1990 Curiosity Kills Gwen NBC TV-Movie
1991 Morton & Hayes Princess Lucy Episode: Oafs Overboard
1992 Battling for Baby Katherine CBS TV-Movie
Dream On Alisha Episode: Come and Knock on Our Door
1993 The Trouble with Larry Gabriella Easden
1994 Seinfeld Meryl Episode: The Wife
1994–2004 Friends Monica Geller
1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands that See Emmy Showtime TV-Movie
Saturday Night Live Host Episode: Courtney Cox/Dave Matthews Band
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Voice Role
Emerald Salt Pork
Episode: The Three Little Pigs
2007–2008 Dirt Lucy Spiller

Awards and nominations

American Comedy Awards

  • 1999: Nominated, "Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series" — Friends

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

  • 1998: Nominated, "Favorite Actress - Horror" — Scream 2
  • 2001: Nominated, "Favorite Actress - Horror" — Scream 3

Golden Apple Award

  • 1995: Won, "Female Discovery of the Year"

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Favorite Television Actress" — Friends
  • 2000: Nominated, "Favorite Television Friends" — Friends (shared w/Jennifer Aniston & Lisa Kudrow)

Razzie Awards

  • 2002: Nominated, "Worst Screen Couple" — 3000 Miles to Graceland (shared w/Kurt Russell & Kevin Costner)
  • 2002: Nominated, "Worst Supporting Actress" — 3000 Miles to Graceland

Saturn Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" — Scream 2

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
  • 2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
  • 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
  • 2003: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
  • 2004: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2000: Won, "Film - Choice Chemistry" — Scream 3
  • 2002: Nominated, "Choice TV Actress, Comedy" — Friends
  • 2003: Nominated, "Choice TV Actress, Comedy" — Friends
  • 2005: Nominated, "Choice Movie Hissy Fit" — The Longest Yard

TV Guide Awards

  • 2000: Won, "Editor's Choice" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)

TV Land Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Most Wonderful Wedding" — Friends (shared w/Matthew Perry)
  • 2007: Nominated, "Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good" — Family Ties (shared w/Michael J. Fox)

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