Courteney Cox is an American actress known as Monica Geller in the 1994 television series Friends, which was shown on the NBC network until 2004. The producer and director are also known for her role in the horror series Scream, where she appeared as Gale Weathers. Read her interesting biography and learn some facts you never knew about the superstar.
Courteney Cox Bio, Age
Courteney Cox was born as the youngest of four children of her parents. She was born on June 15, 1964, as Courteney Bass Cox in Birmingham, Alabama. Her family is well and she was named after her mother, Courteney Bass. Her father, Richard Lewis Cox, was a wealthy and successful businessman who died in 2001. Cox has three older siblings – two sisters and a brother – Virginia, Dorothy, and Richard Jr. Since she was born last in a wealthy home, she grew up with everything she ever wanted. Her blissful family life was interrupted, however, when her parents’ marriage broke up and her father had to move to Florida in 1974. She was ten years old at that time.
Her mother Courteney moved on and remarried the New York businessman Hunter Copeland, who became her stepfather. And although she was a girl of her father, she had to live with her mother. The devastation caused by her parents’ separation made her resentful towards her stepfather and also towards her mother. Cox had her high school education at Mountain Brook High School, where she was interested in swimming and tennis. She was also a cheerleader in high school.
Cox had her first chance as a model when, in her final year at Mountain Brook High School, she was featured in a commercial for Parisians. She graduated from high school in 1982 and went to Mount Vernon College where she intended to study architecture and interior design. Her short time at college did not bring her a degree, as she left college after one year and moved to New York to pursue a career as a model, which eventually led her to the big screens.
As for her ancestry, Cox is of mixed descent, with Swedish, German, English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish origins. Through the exhibition Who Do You Think You Are? she found out that she is a direct descendant of William the Conqueror and that her ancestors were involved in the fall and murder of King Edward II of England. However, her nationality is American and she has a white nationality.
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Courtney lives a prosperous life. She enjoys a successful career in the entertainment industry and has many fans who are loyal and proud of her. Her net worth, both as an actress and as a producer, is estimated by various sources to be approximately $120 million. Considering that she is not yet retired, and considering that she still has roles and projects ahead of her, it will come as no surprise if her current net worth changes in no time.
The fabulous actress was once married to her acting colleague David Arquette. They met on the set of the 1996 film Scream, where they appeared as lovers. The events in the film seemed to follow them into the real world, and a relationship blossomed between them. On June 12, 1999, their wedding took place at the historic Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill in San Francisco, in a ceremony that attracted Cox’s friends, including Liam Neeson and Kevin Spacey.
Five years later, the couple welcomed their daughter Coco Riley Arquette, who was born on June 13, 2004, and named her friend Jennifer Aniston as the baby’s godmother. The duo founded a production company together – Coquette Productions, but that wasn’t enough to save their marriage from failure. After about 11 years of marriage, they announced their separation on October 11, 2010, and finally completed the divorce in May 2013.
Modeling and Acting Career
Courteney Cox was contracted by the Ford Modeling Agency when she was in her first year of architectural studies at Mount Vernon College, so she had no choice but to leave college and pursue her dreams. As a teenager, she appeared in several teen magazines and romance novels and became the face in commercials for Noxema, Tampax, Maybelline, and the New York Telephone Company. As she progressed in her modeling career, she began to turn to act, and to achieve this goal, she enrolled in acting classes.
Her first attempt at professional acting came in 1984 when she appeared in a small role in an episode of the 1956 series As the World Turns. However, she announced herself with a paid role in the Bruce Springsteen video Dancing in the Dark, in which he walked up to her in the crowd, offered her his hand, pulled her on stage, and danced with her. In 1985 she moved to Los Angeles and got a role in the successful series Family Ties. Other movies and television shows she has been in include Down Twisted (1986), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Scream (1996), Commandments (1997), Scream 2 (1998), Cougar Town (2009), to name a few. However, she is widely popular and became a star for her role in the successful TV show Friends (1994-2004), where she cast the role of “Monica Geller”.
Cox was involved in other relationships that attracted public attention both before and after her marriage to David Arquette. In 1984 she dated rock promoter Ian Copeland, who is also her step-cousin (Ian is her stepfather’s nephew). Other previous affairs involved Michael Keaton and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Michael Keaton is a well-known actor for Batman, and she was with him for five years – from 1990 to 1995. She went out with singer Adam Duritz in 1997, and he even wrote a song for her on the album of his group “Recovering the Satellites”.
Currently, Courteney Cox is with Snow Patrol band member Johnny McDaid. The duo began dating in 2013 and announced their engagement on Twitter on June 26, 2014, but they are not married yet.
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Height and Quick Facts about Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox is not a big woman. Her height is 5ft (1.65m). She weighs 63 kg and her body measurements are 35-24-34 inches.
Besides being an actress, Cox is also a producer and director.
She has undergone laser eye surgery to correct her vision from 20/400.
She had eight miscarriages in nine years from 2001 to 2010 when she was with her estranged husband.
Her daughter Coco was born two days before her fortieth birthday and one day after her fifth marriage anniversary.
Although she appeared in the role of Monica Geller in Friends (1994)O, Cox was initially asked to play the role of Rachel, while she preferred the former.
Cox loves dogs. She has named two males and one female: Ella, Rags, and Mac.
Her cousin, Jennifer Kristin Cox, is also an actress.
She plays some musical instruments like the piano and drums.
She is a real estate agent. She buys houses, renovates them, and then sells them at a higher price.