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Courteney Cox
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Full Name: Courteney Bass Cox Arquette

Birth Date: June 15, 1964

Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Height: 5' 5"

Quote: "I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedies- my taste goes much more to the offbeat and dark. I'd love to sink my teeth into something like 'Fargo'"

 


Courteney Cox Biography

Courteney Bass Cox was born in Birmingham, Alabama on June 15, 1964. The youngest of four children, Courteney was closest with her father, Richard, who was a contractor (he passed away in 2001). Her parents were divorced in 1974 -- her mother Courteney remarried Hunter Copeland, a businessman, in 1976, while her dad remarried in 1975. Courteney remained in Alabama with her mother and stepfather.

Courteney attended Mountain Brook High School and kept busy with activities like tennis, swimming and cheerleading. In 1982 Courteney graduated from high school and began studying architecture at Mount Vernon College in Washington. She dropped out after a year to pursue a modeling career as a Ford model. Her portfolio includes magazine covers like Tiger Beat and Little Miss, as well as commercials for Maybelline, Noxzema and Tampax -- as a matter of fact, she was the first person in American TV history to utter the word "period" on the air.

While living in New York in the early '80s, Courteney met Ian Copeland, her stepfather's nephew. The two worked at F.B.I. (Frontier Booking International), a concert booking agency in New York.. In 1984 Courteney gained national exposure when director Brian De Palma selected her from a group of over 300 contenders to star as the girl Bruce Springsteen pulls onstage to dance with him at the end of his "Dancing in the Dark" video.

In 1985, Courteney appeared in the NBC series Misfits of Science, which was canceled several months later. In 1987, she landed the role of Lauren Miller, Michael J. Fox's girlfriend on Family Ties. When Family Ties ended in 1989, Courteney tried to build a career in the film industry, but she was unsuccessful. The disappointing movies on her resume from 1988 to 1993 include Cocoon: The Return, Mr. Destiny, Blue Desert, Shaking the Tree, and The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them. Courteney claims that her romance with actor Michael Keaton, which lasted from 1989 to 1995, was one of the reasons behind her failed film career, as the relationship was too time-consuming.

Everything changed in 1994 when she starred as Jim Carrey's girlfriend, Melissa Robinson, in the hit film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. That same year, she could be seen as Monica Geller on NBC's Friends, which remained her ultimate role until the show ended in 2004. Interestingly enough, Courteney actually auditioned for the role of bratty Rachel Green, which went to Jennifer Aniston.

While Courteney was enjoying the benefits of Friends' incredible success (each cast member successfully negotiated their way to a $1 million per episode salary), she appeared as journalist Gale Weathers in 1996's Scream, and reprised the role in the film's sequels in 1997 and 2000. Scream was more than a success -- it was where Courteney met her husband, David Arquette, who played geeky Deputy Dwight "Dewey" Riley in the film. The couple married on June 12, 1999 and Courteney gave birth to their first daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, on June 13, 2004.

In addition to roles in The Runner (1999), 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), The Shrink Is In (2001), Get Well Soon (2001), Alien Love Triangle (2002), and November (2004), Courteney had a bit part in 2005's The Longest Yard.

Courteney has still been keeping busy with her interior design show, Mix It Up, which she co-produces with Arquette, and roles in movies like 2005's Alpha Dog and 2006's Barnyard and Zoom.

Courteney Cox Filmography

Untitled Courteney Cox Project (2007)
"Dirt" .... Lucy Spiller (2007)
The Tripper (2006) .... Cynthia
Zoom (2006) .... Marsha Holloway
... aka Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (USA: DVD title)
Barnyard (2006) (voice) .... Daisy the Cow
... aka Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (USA: poster title)
The Longest Yard (2005) (uncredited) .... Lena
November (2004) .... Sophie Jacobs
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) .... Gale Weathers
The Runner (1999) .... Karina
Scream 2 (1997) .... Gale Weathers
Commandments (1997) .... Rachel Luce
Scream (1996) .... Gale Weathers
"Saturday Night Live" .... Host (Episode 20.18, 1995)
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
... aka SNL 25 (USA: alternative title)
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See (1995) (TV) .... Emmy O'Connor
... aka A Feel for Murder
... aka Sketch Artist II
"Seinfeld" .... Meryl (1 episode: "The Wife" 1994)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) .... Melissa Robinson
"Friends" .... Monica Geller (1994-2004)
"The Trouble with Larry" (1993) TV Series .... Gabriella Easden (unknown episodes)
The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them (1993) .... Carrie Davenport
"Dream On" .... Alisha (1 episode: "Come and Knock on Our Door..." 1992)
Shaking the Tree (1992) .... Kathleen
Battling for Baby (1992) (TV) .... Katherine
"Morton & Hayes" .... Princess Lucy (1 episode: "Oafs Overboard" 1991)
Blue Desert (1991) .... Lisa Roberts
... aka Silent Victim (UK)
Mr. Destiny (1990) .... Jewel Jagger
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
... aka The Prize Pulitzer (Canada: English title)
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988) (TV) .... Nora Bundy
Cocoon: The Return (1988) .... Sara
"Family Ties" (1982) TV Series .... Lauren Miller (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (1987) (TV) .... Hana Wyshocki
... aka If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium (USA: rerun title)
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" .... Carol Bannister (2 episodes, 1986)
Sylvan in Paradise (1986) (TV) .... Lucy Apple
"The Love Boat" (1 episode: "Dare Devil/Picture Me as a Spy/Sleeper" 1986)
"Misfits of Science" .... Gloria Dinallo (1 episode: "Three Days of the Blender")
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 (unknown episodes, 1984)

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