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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Scream 2||Gale Weathers|
|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|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Lena|
|The Tripper||Cynthia||Also film producer|
|2008||The Monday Before Thanksgiving||Cece||Short film|
|2009||The Big Change|
|1984||As the World Turns||Bunny|
|1985||Code Name: Foxfire||Flight Attendant|| Uncredited Role |
|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|
|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|
TV Guide Awards