Cox in February 2009
|Born||Courteney Bass Cox
June 15, 1964
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Other name(s)||"Courteney Cox Arquette"|
(1999-present) 1 child
Courteney Cox-Arquette (born June 15, 1964), born Courteney Bass Cox, is an American actress, best known for her role as Monica Geller on the sitcom, Friends. Cox has also starred in Dirt and the Scream series, and has guest-starred in Scrubs. She is currently starring in Cougar Town, which earned her her first Golden Globe nomination.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Cox is the daughter of businessman Richard Lewis Cox 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 was remarried to businessman Hunter Copeland (uncle to Ian Copeland). After graduating from Mountain Brook High School in Mountain Brook, Alabama, Cox left for Mount Vernon College in Washington DC but did not complete her architecture course, opting instead to pursue a career in modelling and acting.
Cox studied architecture at Mount Vernon College for Women in Washington, D.C., which is now part of The George Washington University, before she dropped out. She first came to prominence in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (in which she was the girl pulled onstage to dance 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 (1987-89) on the TV series Family Ties as Lauren Miller, the girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox). 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 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.
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 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 World Book of 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.
Between seasons five and six, Cox married David Arquette and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette. An in-joke reference to this is made in the opening credits of the episode The One After Vegas, where the rest of the cast and executive producers have "Arquette" added to their names. The dedication "To Courteney and David, who did get married" appears during the fade out to the tag scene.
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 Studios (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, costarred 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. She supplied her voice for the animated film Barnyard. A Friends reunion film was rumored to be in production; following the success of Sex and the City: The Movie  but this has been denied by Warner Bros. and others.
In 2007, Cox starred as Lucy Spiller, a cynical tabloid editor, in Dirt, a television drama for the FX network. Cox and her husband David Arquette were 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 her first episode, she makes a reference to the name of the character Dr. Cox, which in real life is her own. In August 2008, it was announced that there will be a fourth film in the Scream series, and that they want the original actors to reprise their roles. On October 30, 2008, TV Guide reported that Cox will be starring in a pilot for a new single-camera comedy series on ABC called Cougar Town from Bill Lawrence. Cox plays a newly single 40-year-old mother on the hunt for new experiences. Her co-stars include actresses Busy Philipps and Christa Miller.. She reunites with Scott Foley, 10 years after they did Scream 3 together. Cox filmed the pilot on March 19, 2009. In June 2009, Scream director Wes Craven confirmed that Cox and her husband would both be returning for Scream 4.
During her time on Friends, Cox appeared in the high-profile Hollywood films Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000) as the determined and driven 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 her husband David will reprise their respective roles from the Scream trilogy in 2010's Scream 4. 
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 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. Has also appeared as Wendy Bronson, along side Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories.
Cox's significant previous lovers include her step-cousin, the rock promoter 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 the song "A Long December" in 1997. (Duritz has also dated Cox's Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston.)
|Masters of the Universe||Julia "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||C "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 "Lillian"|
|2002||Alien Love Triangle||Alice Connor|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Lena||Uncredited cast|
|2006||Barnyard: The Original Party Animals||Daisy the Cow||Voice role|
|The Tripper||Cynthia||Also film producer|
|2008||The Monday Before Thanksgiving||Cece||Short film|
|1984||As the World Turns||Bunny|
|1985||Code Name: Foxfire||Flight Attendant||Uncredited role
NBC TV movie
|1985||Misfits of Science||Gloria Dinallo||1985–1986 (16 episodes)|
|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||Family Ties||Lauren Miller||1987–1989 (21 episodes)|
|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 "Lucille"||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|
|Friends||Monica Geller||1994–2004 (236 episodes)|
|1995||Sketch Artist II: Hands that See||Emmy||Showtime TV movie|
|Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Courteney Cox/Dave Matthews Band"|
|1999||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Emerald Salt Pork||Voice role
Episode: The Three Little Pigs
|2007||Dirt||Lucille "Lucy" Spiller||2007–2008 (26 episodes)|
|2009||Scrubs||Taylor Maddox||3 episodes|
|Cougar Town||Jules Cobb||2009-present
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy
Glamour Magazine Women of the Year 2010 Awards
Blockbuster Entertainment Award
Glamour Magazine Women of the Year 2010 Awards
TV Guide Awards
|MTV Movie Awards host
1995 (with Jon Lovitz)
Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller
|Courteney Cox Arquette|
Courteney Bass Cox|
June 15, 1964
|Spouse||David Arquette (1999-present) 1 Child|
Courteney Cox (July 15, 1964) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Monica on the television series Friends and in the movie Scream and its sequels. Courteney got married to David Arquette between season 5 and 6 of Friends, and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette but later changed it back in honour of her parents.