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Courteney Cox Actress

Courteney Cox

Best recognized for her role as "Monica" on NBC's successful comedy hit series "Friends". Cox was raised with three older siblings in Mountain Brook, an affluent Alabama town. Though Cox participated in multiple extracurricular activities during her high school years, she did not exercise her taste for acting until after dropping out of Mount Vernon College, where she had briefly studied Architecture. Landing a contract with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency led Cox to several commercial appearances, though her first official role was not to come until 1984, when she was cast as a young debutante in one episode of the long-running soap opera As the World Turns. Her big break, however, was rooted in director Brian De Palma's decision to feature Cox as the girl pulled from the audience in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video. Years later, after the actress had gained a great deal more notoriety, this short music-video appearance became a key piece of celebrity trivia in a multitude of magazines and entertainment shows. In 1985, she starred alongside Dean Paul Martin in the forgettable series Misfits of Science. Cox reappeared on the television screen as Michael J. Fox's girlfriend, Psychology major Lauren Miller, in the '80s sitcom Family Ties. Though Cox was featured in a handful of mediocre films (Mr. Destiny, The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them) after Family Ties concluded in 1989, her status as an actress would not be truly established until 1994, when she co-starred with Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and, most notably, won the role of Monica Gellar on the hugely successful sitcom Friends. This role brought her a nomination for an American Comedy Award, as well as a prominent role in Wes Craven's Scream trilogy. Cox's role as the notoriously cutthroat reporter Gale Weathers was significant not only in terms of critical acclaim, but also because the set of Scream was where she met fellow actor David Arquette, whom she married in 1999.

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. Cox announced she and her husband David Arquette are expecting their first child. [January 6, 2004] On "Friends", she plays a character whose last name is Geller, and her husband played Robert Geller in Never Been Kissed (1999). Daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, was born Sunday, 13 June, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, the baby weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz. She 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.

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.
Courteney Cox announced she and her husband David Arquette are launching a production company called Coquette [June 25, 2004]. Courteney enjoys playing the piano and drums, and she likes to buy houses, renovate them, and then sell them off for profit.

 

Courteney Cox and David Arquette pay tribute to Jennifer Aniston

Hollywood couple Courteney Cox and David Arquette had a special way of making sure pal Jennifer Aniston knew they were thinking of her as she claimed the Showest Female of The Year prize last week - they paid for a trade magazine ad.

Hollywood couple Courteney Cox and David Arquette had a special way of making sure pal Jennifer Aniston knew they were thinking of her as she claimed the Showest Female of The Year prize last week - they paid for a trade magazine ad.

The Arquettes took out a full page advertisement in the Hollywood Reporter late last week to honour their friend's award at the Las Vegas convention.

They wrote: "Congratulations Jennifer. Your enormous heart makes you an incredible actress and a beautiful friend. We love you. Courteney, David and Coco."

Courteney Cox desperate for another baby

Courteney Cox has revealed she is desperate for another baby.

The former 'Friends' star, who is married to actor David Arquette, says the couple are keen to give baby daughter, Coco, who was born last June, a sibling.

She said: "The joy and anxiety are two strong forces in my life. I see her and I melt, and then, if I don't see her, the anxiety kills me.
We'll hopefully have one more."
Courteney and David were thrilled when Coco arrived into the world in June as it ended years of fertility problems for the couple.

The 40-year-old actress, who has suffered two tragic miscarriages in the past, recently revealed that the couple were prepared to try in vitro fertilisation in their bid to have a child.

Courteney suffered her first miscarriage in May 2002 when she was almost three months pregnant.

In February 2003, just weeks after it was reported that the star had fallen pregnant for a second time, she was left devastated to discover that she had miscarried again.

She and David had been trying for a baby ever since.

 

Courteney Cox-Arquette's memorable quotes:

"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."

Courteney's Salary:
November (2004) $150,000
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) $7,500,000
Scream 3 (2000) $7,000,000
Scream 2 (1997) $5,000,000
Commandments (1997) $1,000,000
Scream (1996) $1,000,000
"Friends" (1994) $24,000,000 (2002-3 season)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) $200,000
Masters of the Universe (1987) $50,000

 

UPN Becomes 'Friends' with Cox and Arquette

UPN has given the greenlight to two comedy pilots, including "Friends in the AM" from "Friends" star Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette. Based on the British series, "20 Things to Do Before You're 30" is also in the UPN fold.
Alison Gibson wrote the "Friends in the AM" pilot, a workplace (and homelife) comedy about three female morning radio hosts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cox and Arquette will executive produce along with Gibson.

Arquette is slated to star in a WB pilot that he will executive produce with Cox. The duo's Coquette Prods. also has deals with a number of other networks, including TBS.

A group of twentysomething friends band together and create a list of 20 things they want to accomplish before the age of 30 in UPN's predictably titled adaptation of the comedy that aired on Channel 4. Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland ("King of the Hill," "Kid Notorious") will write the pilot and executive produce.
In other pilot news, Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson ("Rainman") has come on board to direct the pilot for CBS' brain surgeon drama "3 Lbs.," from writer producer Peter Ocko ("Boston Legal"). Levinson's last television work was on FOX's short-lived "The Jury," though he and regular producing partner Tom Fontana have a college drama pilot in the mix at The WB.

"Friends" Stars Go for Emmy Lead

As the saying goes: A friend in need is a friend that needs to change his strategy.

Just ask the stars of Friends, who, despite nabbing $1 million per episode and scoring the top-rated show on television, haven't gotten much love in the Emmy department.

Now, for the first time ever, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer have decided to submit their names for lead-acting nominations at this year's Emmy Awards, Variety reports. The tight-knit sextet previously only submitted their names for consideration in the best supporting actor and actress categories.
"Up until this point, they've submitted themselves in the supporting roles; the reason being they're all equal," Friends executive producer Kevin Bright explained to Variety. "There's no real star of the show."

The lone exception came in 2000, when Perry's publicist accidentally submitted his name for the Emmys' lead acting category. The goof led him to withdraw from Emmy consideration altogether that year.

But considering the Friends stars' luck with scoring trophies, the odds weren't in his favor anyway. Over its eight-season run, Emmy voters have been notoriously stingy in giving kudos to the NBC sitcom. Kudrow remains the only one to pick up a trophy, scoring the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 1998. Kudrow and Aniston scored nominations last year, but came away empty-handed, as the honor went to Everybody Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts.

Perhaps their luck will now change. After all, Friends has just come off its highest-rated and most critically hailed season in years. And with the show making its exit next year, the stars may be betting that Emmy voters will finally want to give at least one of them their due.

Meantime, nominations for the 54th Emmy Awards will be announced July 18, with the big show airing on NBC September 22 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The Television Academy also announced this week that last year's producer, Gary Smith, will be back for this year's show.

Courteney Cox: Beginning of the "Friends"

An internal NBC research report created before the 1994 debut of Friends gave the sitcom a failing grade, describing the pilot as "not very entertaining, clever, or original."
Of course the Peacock show went on to become a Thursday night mainstay over the next decade, consistently ranking among Nielsen's top 10 and pulling in over 52 million viewers for its two-hour finale last week.

But test audiences in May 1994 found the program and its then unknown stars "not very favorable," according to the document published online at The Smoking Gun. The show got a "weak" review and was graded a measly 41 out of 100. By comparison, ER earned a 91, though it's only fair to point out that Seinfeld also scored a "weak" rating.

Most critical of the laffer was the over-35 set who described the characters as smug, superficial and self-absorbed. "They were not really like people they would want to know." The show did best among 18-34-year-olds (no big surprise) and men showed more interest than women in both the story and premise of the show (how things change).

Courteney Cox, best known as Alex Keaton's girlfriend on Family Ties at the time, was the test-audience fave, though her appeal was "well below desirable levels for a lead." Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry had "marginal appeal" while "Rachel, Ross and Joey scored even lower."

To be more specific: Men thought Monica was sexy, women enjoyed her sense of humor, and both found her the most stable and together of the group. Big bro Ross received a lukewarm response, slightly more favorable among women. But the "slacker" came across as "weak and insecure." Ouch.

Phoebe was kooky from the get-go, described by the test audience as an "airhead" and "'60s personality" who contributed a left-field perspective. "Snappy and funny" was Chandler's review, appealing to adult viewers as "more intelligent and more professional looking than the rest of the group."

As for Rachel, the 'do had yet to catch on. She was described as a "spoiled brat" and the "most sheltered" who had "the most growing up to do." Joey scored best with teens as a wise-cracking, macho character with a big ego (ah, but will they tune in to his spinoff?).

The report even provided some recommendations for improving the Friends format, which execs luckily ignored, including the addition of older characters, fewer sexual situations and using Chandler's dreams as a running bit on the show. Smarter suggestions included a larger role for Phoebe, more humor and a deeper emotional involvement among the characters.

And a potential test-audience victim saved from the screening scrap heap? The Central Perk, which confused viewers who found it too funky and too similar to the apartment setting.
Imagine, a world without Gunther...

More fun stuff about Courteney Cox-Arquette

Underwent laser eye surgery to correct her vision from 20/400. [1999]

Dated singer Adam Duritz. Duritz wrote the song "Monkey" for Courteney (from the Counting Crows album "Recovering the Satellites"). [1997]

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.

Was voted Best Dressed Female Television Star [1997]

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 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"

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 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."

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.

She is one of four actors - along with David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Liev Schreiber - to appear in all three "Scream" films.

Courteney Cox Arquette Is Alabama Role Model

The Alabama Board of Education has chosen three of the state’s most famous public school grads – Courteney Cox Arquette, Lionel Richie and Bo Jackson – to serve as role models for students in career and technical education programs.

Friends vet Arquette attended Mountain Brook High School. Richie, the former frontman for The Commodores, attended Tuskegee Institute High School in Macon County, while Jackson, a Heisman trophy winner at Auburn, attended McAdory High School.

 

'Friends' spin-off faces the axe

Matt LeBlanc's 'Friends' spin-off, 'Joey', show is reportedly facing the axe - after just six month son air. Producers of the sitcom, which sees LeBlanc reprise his role as struggling actor Joey Tribbiani, are said to be concerned at viewing figures in the US and want to boost ratings by bringing in LeBlanc's old 'Friends' co-stars for guest appearances.

They are reportedly in talks with David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, to try and help the show. Executive producer Kevin Bright said: "That could well happen." Other plans for the ailing sitcom include bringing in "more interesting" characters.

The show was launched last year as a spin-off from 'Friends', which ended after ten huge successful series, and saw Joey move from New York to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. It won rave reviews to begin with and was a ratings success, but audiences have fallen rapidly and critics have branded it dull.


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