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Also Known As: Courteney Bass Cox, Courteney Cox Arquette Died:
Born: June 15, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, model

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A former model whose cover-worthy appearance belied her knack for comedy, actress Courteney Cox was among the most popular performers on television throughout the 1990s and early millennium, thanks to her popular turn as Monica Gellar on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). For millions of viewers, her performance as Gellar came to symbolize the over-achiever as she struggled to balance her career, love life and desire for a family with her host of obsessive-compulsive quirks, much to the delight of audiences. The success of "Friends" made Cox a household name, though she struggled to translate that fame into a film career; still, there were successes at the movies, including "Scream" (1996) and its sequels, as well as "The Longest Yard" (2005) and "Bedtime Stories" (2008). Television, however, remained her strongest palate, and she returned there on several occasions; most notably for the sexy drama "Dirt" (FX, 2007-08) and "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009- ), both of which she co-produced with her husband, actor David Arquette. Throughout her career shifts, she remained an enduring fan favorite, thanks to being immortalized on "Friends," but also for her reputation as a performer who consistently sought new...

A former model whose cover-worthy appearance belied her knack for comedy, actress Courteney Cox was among the most popular performers on television throughout the 1990s and early millennium, thanks to her popular turn as Monica Gellar on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). For millions of viewers, her performance as Gellar came to symbolize the over-achiever as she struggled to balance her career, love life and desire for a family with her host of obsessive-compulsive quirks, much to the delight of audiences. The success of "Friends" made Cox a household name, though she struggled to translate that fame into a film career; still, there were successes at the movies, including "Scream" (1996) and its sequels, as well as "The Longest Yard" (2005) and "Bedtime Stories" (2008). Television, however, remained her strongest palate, and she returned there on several occasions; most notably for the sexy drama "Dirt" (FX, 2007-08) and "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009- ), both of which she co-produced with her husband, actor David Arquette. Throughout her career shifts, she remained an enduring fan favorite, thanks to being immortalized on "Friends," but also for her reputation as a performer who consistently sought new challenges rather than coasting on past glories.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Tall Hot Blonde (2012)
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 Scream 4 (2011)
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 Bedtime Stories (2008)
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 Tripper, The (2007)
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 Zoom (2006) Cast
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 Longest Yard, The (2005) Cast
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 November (2004) Sophie Jacobs
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 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) Cybil Waingrow
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 Scream 3 (2000) Gale Weathers
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Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama
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Moved to NYC the summer before her freshman year in college and began working with Ford Modeling Agency
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Returned to NYC after attending one year at Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC
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Appeared in commercials for products including Noxzema, Maybelline and Tampax
1984:
Cast as the dancing girl in the Brian De Palma directed video "Dancing in the Dark" perfomed by Bruce Springsteen
1984:
TV acting debut, playing a small role on the CBS drama, "As the World Turns"
1985:
Cast as a regular on the TV series, "Misfits of Science" (NBC)
1987:
Joined the cast NBC's "Family Ties" as the Alex P. Keaton's (Michael J. Fox) love interest
1987:
Feature acting debut, "Down Twisted"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium" (NBC)
1988:
Had a featured role as a scientist in "Cocoon: The Return"
1990:
Cast as the hard-as-nails assistant to Jim Belushi's character in the fantasy film "Mr. Destiny"
1993:
Cast in the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Trouble With Larry"
1994:
Played the female lead opposite Jim Carrey as "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"
1994:
Co-starred as neurotic would-be chef, Monica Geller in the ensemble NBC sitcom "Friends"
1996:
Returned to features as bitchy TV newsreporter Gale Weathers in the hit horror film "Scream"
1997:
Reprised role of Gale Weathers in the sequel "Scream 2"
2001:
Had co-starring role in "3000 Miles to Graceland"
2002:
Featured in "Alien Love Triangle," the Danny Boyle-directed segment of "Light Years"
2003:
Produced the decorating cable series, "Mix It Up" (WE)
2004:
Formed the production company Coquette with husband David Arquette
2005:
Played Adam Sandler's demanding girlfriend in "The Longest Yard"
2005:
Offered a dramatic turn in "November" playing a woman who's boyfriend is shot to death in a robbery
2006:
Co-starred with Tim Allen in the superhero comedy "Zoom"
2007:
Starred (also produced with husband) as Lucy Spiller, a tabloid editor, in the FX series "Dirt"
2007:
Co-produced husband, David Arquette's directorial debut, "The Tripper"
2008:
Cast in a three-episode guest spot on the eighth season of "Scrubs" (NBC)
2009:
Cast as Jules Cobb, a newly single 40-year-old mother, in the ABC comedy, "Cougar Town"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
2011:
Reprised role of Gale Weathers in Wes Craven's "Scream 4"
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Education

Mount Vernon College for Women: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Mountain Brook High School: Mountain Brook , Alabama - 1982

Notes

Cox is Martha Stewart and Bob Villa rolled into one, a self-taught handywoman who writes a household-hints column for Jane magazine. She has restored a succession of houses (four in 11 years), living in them during the renovation and redecorating, then selling them at a profit.

"If you wear lipstick and pluck your eyebrows, you could wear nothing else."---Courteney Cox quoted in US, September 1994.

"My father, when you were with him, gave you so much attention. It might only last for a minute, but for that minute you felt like you were the greatest thing that ever hit the earth. But then he was gone. I used to go, 'Dad, watch me jump off the diving board. I can do a flip. Watch!' and I'd start to do it, and by the time you were at the end of the diving board, he'd be looking the other way. And I'd be like, 'Dad, I'm gonna do it again,' 'cause I didn't want the time with my father to be over. I wanted to keep going."---Cox quoted in US, July 1996.

She has repeatedly discounted rumors of an eating disorder: "I think I look very healthy. You've already seen what I've eaten, so I couldn't be anorexic, and I wouldn't throw up if you paid me $1000, so I'm not bulimic. Okay, for $1000 I would stick my finger down my throat, but throwing up is the worst thing in the world."---Courteney Cox in Details, December 1997.

"Friends changed my life in so many ways. It gave me opportunity. It gave me freedom. It gave me a family of close Friends with whom I've grown up. It taught me about comedy. It taught me about relationships. It taught me about everything."---Cox People April 19, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Ian Copeland. Manager. Brother of musician Stewart Copeland of The Police; born c. 1949; Cox's stepcousin.
companion:
Michael Keaton. Actor. Together from 1989 until separating in July 1995.
husband:
David Arquette. Actor. Met during filming of "Scream"; Arquette announced their engagement in October 1998; married on June 12, 1999 in San Francisco; expecting first child together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Cox. Contractor. Born c. 1931; divorced Cox's mother in 1974; remarried in 1975; underwent treatment for liver cancer in 2001; died on September 3, 2001.
mother:
Courteney Copeland. Divorced Cox's father in 1974; married businessman Hunter Copeland in 1976.
step-father:
Hunter Copeland. Businessman. Married Cox's motherin 1976.
sister:
Virginia Cox. Eldest sister.
brother:
Richard Cox. Older.
sister:
Dottie Pickett. Born c. 1962.
daughter:
Coco Arquette. Born June 13, 2004; father is David Arquette.
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