Courteney Cox Biography
Birth name - Courteney Bass Cox
Date of birth - June 15, 1964
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Sometimes Credited As:
Courteney Cox Arquette / Courtney Cox-Arquette
Nickname - CeCe
Height - 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Courteney Cox photo gallery
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 modelling. 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 modelling 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 modelling, 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 debutante 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'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. 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). 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.
Spouse - David Arquette (June 12, 1999 - present) 1 child
More Interesting Information for Courteney Cox
Underwent laser eye surgery to correct her vision from 20/400. 
Dated singer Adam Duritz. Duritz wrote the song "Monkey" for Courteney (from the Counting Crows album "Recovering the Satellites"). 
Had a six-year relationship with actor Michael Keaton [1989-1995]
Originally auditioned for the role of Rachel on "Friends" (1994).
Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 1995 and appeared on the cover.
Parents divorced when she was 10, both remarried.
Studied architecture at Mount Vernon College for a year.
Was voted Best Dressed Female Television Star 
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 of the Police) and a relative of hers.
Was the first person to ever say "period" on American TV, in a Tampax commercial.
Was the girl Bruce Springsteen pulled from the crowd to dance with him in the 1984 music video "Dancing in the Dark".
When she announced in September, 1999 that her new legal and professional surname would become Courteney Cox Arquette, the cast and producers of her "Friends" (1994) TV show also added "Arquette" to their own names in the opening credits of the 1999 season's premiere episode.
Has two older sisters and one older brother: Dottie Pickett (née Cox), Virginia and Richard.
Has three dogs: Ella, Rags and Mr. McBarker (Mac for short). The latter is, rather unfortunately, a female.
Sister-in-law of Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette and Alexis Arquette, daughter-in-law of Lewis Arquette, granddaughter-in-law of Cliff Arquette.
Is a big fan of the Foo Fighters.
In the mid eighties she hosted a TV show called "This Week's Music"
She can play the piano and drums.
Was voted "9th sexiest woman in the world" by readers of FHM in 1997 and 1998.
Was named the "Hottest Babe" by Playboy magazine (1995)
Voted the 18th "Sexiest Woman in the World" by Stuff magazine (2002)
Drives a Jaguar and a silver Porsche Carrera.
Has her own lipstick called "Cece" by Cargo.
She likes to buy houses, renovate them, and then sell them off for profit.
She was paid $350 for her part as the "surprised" girl pulled from the crowd to dance with Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 video "Dancing in the Dark."
Announced she and husband David Arquette are expecting their first child. [January 6, 2004]
On "Friends" (1994), she plays a character whose last name is Geller, and her husband played Robert Geller in Never Been Kissed (1999).
Daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, born Sunday, 13 June, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, the baby weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz.
Went into labor on her 5 year wedding anniversary, June 12, 2004, and gave birth to her daughter the next day, two days before her 40th birthday.
Announced she and husband David Arquette are launching a production company called Coquette [June 25, 2004].
Ranked #18 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Is the only central member of the "Friends" (1994) cast to have received an actual acting Razzie nomination. She was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for the film 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001). The other cast members (except for Matthew Perry) have received nominations in categories such as Worst Screen Couple and Worst New Star.
Her daughter's name Coco came from a compromise between her and husband David Arquette. 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.
She is one of five actors - along with David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy and Liev Schreiber - to appear in all three "Scream" films.
In March 2005, it was announced that she would become the first spokesperson for Kinerase Skin Care Products.
Her "Friends" (1994) co-star Jennifer Aniston is the godmother of her daughter Coco.
Ranked #41 on Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2003.
Shares a birthday with Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Hunt, Shane Stanley, Jake Busey, Leah Remini, and Ice Cube.
She is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for their work on "Friends" (1994).
Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1995 along with Jon Lovitz
Helped donate reward money to the Natalie Halloway investigation, having attended the same high school as Natalie
Member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
Her husband David, played "Malcolm" in a "Friends" episode on October 3, 1996. He played a stalker and mistakenly stalked fellow friend Phoebe. This was the first time Courtney and David were seen together on television, even though they weren't a couple at the time.
She was the inspiration to the running gag of the "Carlton Dance" on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." The Carlton Dance was a parody of her dance during the Bruce Springsteen music video "Dancing in the Dark."
Expecting her second child with husband, "David Arquette" , in the fall of 2006.
Personal quotes from Courteney Cox
"I like keeping Gale bitchy. She has a reputation to live up to. She may have changed her hair but not much else." about her character Gale Weathers in the Scream series
"I get so bored! I had a treadmill... I gave it to my mom. I had a stairmaster... gone. I had a recumbent bike...I dont know where that is. So I hate exercise except for Pilates."
"I'm a gemini, and I get so bored so easily. I mean, I have moved six times in the last eight years."
"A lot of my humor does come from anger. It's like, you're not gonna pull one over on me-which is pretty much my motto anyways."
"I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedimes- my taste goes much more to the offbeat and dark. I'd love to sink my teeth into something like 'Fargo'"
"I only have to do three things to look halfway decent, curl my eyelashes, fill in my eyebrows and put some lipstick on."
"I have to be physically attracted to someone. But I can't just be with someone just because it's great sex. Because orgasms don't last long enough."
"Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you're in."
"Before he moved in, David would say 'How are we ever going to meld together, because our tastes are so different? Maybe it's because we're truly in love that we can". - on husband David Arquette
"I want people to be happy, so I think that's one of the reasons why I wanted to do the show in the first place...just to see somebody, even if it's just for the day. To see their life change for that moment when they walk into the room and are that happy. It really makes you cry. It does. I hope I don't lose this feeling." - on producing her show "Mix it Up".
"It's so much fun for us. I have a new love for the show since I've gotten into this relationship. Honestly, I was a little bored the first four years. I had some fun things to do and some good relationships, but Monica was developing and I felt like there was a lot of straight man stuff. Now we have something really fun to play -two really neurotic people trying to have a relationship. They're both afraid to commit, to get married, or take these steps. I have a really good time playing with him [Matthew Perry]. It's kind of like our relationship in real life - except we don't kiss." - about playing Monica and Chandler.
Courteney Cox Filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
Untitled Courteney Cox Project (2007) (announced)
Barnyard (2006) (filming) (voice) .... Daisy
Zoom (2006) .... Marsha
Alpha Dog (2006) (as Courtney Cox-Arquette) .... D.A. Erica Price
The Longest Yard (2005) (uncredited) .... Lena
November (2004) .... Sophie Jacobs
"Friends" (also as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller Bing
- The One in Barbados: Part 1 (2003) TV Episode (also as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller Bing
- The One Where Rachel Is Late (2002) TV Episode (also as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller Bing
- The One with Rachel's Book (2000) TV Episode (also as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller Bing
- The One with Joey's Bag (1999) TV Episode (also as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller Bing
- The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line (1997) TV Episode (also as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Monica Geller Bing
Alien Love Triangle (2002) .... Alice
Get Well Soon (2001) .... Lily
The Shrink Is In (2001) .... Samantha Crumb
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) .... Cybil Waingrow
Scream 3 (2000) (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Gale Weathers
The Runner (1999) .... Karina
Scream 2 (1997) .... Gale Weathers
Commandments (1997) .... Rachel Luce
Scream (1996) .... Gale Weathers
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka NBC's Saturday Night (USA: original title)
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
... aka Saturday Night Live '80 (USA: new title)
- Episode #20.18 (1995) TV Episode .... Host
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (1995) (TV) .... Emmy O'Connor
... aka A Feel for Murder
... aka Sketch Artist II
- The Wife (1994) TV Episode .... Meryl
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) .... Melissa Robinson
"The Trouble with Larry" (1993) TV Series .... Gabriella Easden
The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them (1993) .... Carrie Davenport
- Come and Knock on Our Door... (1992) TV Episode .... Alisha
Shaking the Tree (1992) .... Kathleen
Battling for Baby (1992) (TV) .... Katherine
"Morton & Hayes"
- Oafs Overboard (1991) TV Episode .... Princess Lucy
Blue Desert (1991) .... Lisa Roberts
... aka Silent Victim (UK)
Mr. Destiny (1990) .... Jewel Jagger, Forklift operator/Larry's Secretary
Curiosity Kills (1990) (TV) .... Gwen
"Till We Meet Again" (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Marie-Frederique 'Freddy' de Lancel
... aka Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again' (USA: complete title)
Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer (1989) (TV) .... Jacquie Kimberly
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988) (TV) .... Nora Bundy
Cocoon: The Return (1988) .... Sara
"Family Ties" (1982) TV Series .... Lauren Miller (1987-1989)
If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (1987) (TV) .... Hana Wyshocki
Masters of the Universe (1987) .... Julie Winston
... aka Masters of the Universe: The Motion Picture (USA: promotional title)
Down Twisted (1987) .... Tarah
... aka Treasure of San Lucas (USA)
"Murder, She Wrote"
- Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2 (1986) TV Episode .... Carol Bannister
- Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1 (1986) TV Episode .... Carol Bannister
Sylvan in Paradise (1986) (TV) .... Lucy Apple
"The Love Boat"
- Dare Devil/Picture Me as a Spy/Sleeper (1986) TV Episode
"Misfits of Science" (1985) TV Series .... Gloria Dinallo
Misfits of Science (1985) (TV) .... Gloria Dinallo
Code Name: Foxfire (1985) (TV) (uncredited) .... Flight Attendant
... aka Slay It Again, Sam
"As the World Turns" (1956) TV Series .... Bunny (1984)
Filmography as: Actress, Producer, Herself, Archive Footage
Producer - filmography
(In Production) (2000s)
Untitled Courteney Cox Project (2007) (announced) (producer)
Dirt (2006) (TV) (announced) (executive producer)
"Untitled David Arquette Project" (2006) TV Series (announced) (executive producer)
"Daisy Does America" (2005) TV Series (producer)
Talk Show Diaries (2005) (TV) (executive producer)
"Mix It Up" (2003) TV Series (executive producer)
The Shrink Is In (2001) (executive producer)
Herself - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
In Search of Ted Demme (2005) (pre-production) .... Herself
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
- Episode dated 5 December 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 21 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The 100 Scariest Movie Moments" (2004) (mini) TV Series .... Herself (interviewee)
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 7 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode dated 6 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 16 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 6 November 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Sharon Osbourne Show"
... aka Sharon (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 2 January 2004 (2004) TV Episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Herself
- Episode dated 11 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
... aka Extra: The Entertainment Magazine (USA)
- Episode dated 15 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 10 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
... aka E.T. (USA: informal title)
... aka ET Weekend (Australia: weekend title)
... aka Entertainment This Week (weekend title)
... aka This Week in Entertainment (USA: weekend title)
- Episode dated 11 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #9.3 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself
... aka ABC News 20/20 (USA: informal title)
- Episode dated 19 September 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Intimate Portrait: Rosanna Arquette (2003) (TV) .... Herself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself/Presenter
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV) .... Herself
... aka NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration (USA)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001) (TV) .... Herself
Friends: The Stuff You've Never Seen (2001) (TV) .... Herself/Monica Geller
Behind the 'Scream' (2000) (V) (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
"WCW Monday Nitro"
... aka WCW Monday Nitro Live!
... aka World Championship Wrestling Monday Nitro (USA)
- Episode dated 1 May 2000 (2000) TV Episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
- Episode dated 27 January 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 12 February 1998 (1998) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 8 December 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 21 November 1996 (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) (TV)
"The Howard Stern Radio Show"
- Episode dated 2 October 1999 (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll (1999) (TV) .... Herself/Host
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself
- The Films of Wes Craven (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
1998 MTV Movie Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
- Episode dated 10 December 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
... aka Thank Four It's Friday
- Episode dated 25 April 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
People Yearbook '95 (1995) (TV) .... Herself
"The Larry Sanders Show"
- Larry's Big Idea (1995) TV Episode .... Herself
1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995) (TV) .... Herself - Co-host
"The More You Know" (1989) TV Series .... Herself
- Episode #2.6 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #1.15 (2003) TV Episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Herself
- Episode #1.8 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #1.4 (2003) TV Episode (as Courteney Cox Arquette) .... Herself
"It's Good to Be"
- Courteney Cox Arquette: The Queen of Making Money (????) TV Episode .... Herself
Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (2001) (V) .... Bruce´s Fan (segment "Dancing in the Dark")
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Courteney Cox (1999) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself/Guest Host
Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-1988 (1989) (V) .... Bruce´s Fan (segment "Dancing in the Dark")