1. She is best identified for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination.
2. She owns a production company, called Coquette Productions, which was created by her and her then-husband David Arquette.
3. Cox also worked as a director on her sitcom Cougar Town and the television movie Talhotblond.
4. Cox was born and raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, She has two older sisters, Virginia and Dottie, and an older brother, Richard, Jr.
5. Her parents divorced in 1974 and her mother then married businessman Hunter Copeland .
6. Her early television work includes a starring role in the short-lived television series Misfits of Science .
7. Later in 1994, Cox was asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green on a new sitcom, Friends; she was cast as Monica Geller instead.
8. At first the most famous cast member of the new show, Cox joined fellow castmates Jennifer Aniston for what would become her most famous role, lasting for 10 seasons until 2004.
9. According to the Guinness Book of World Records became the highest paid TV actress of all time with her US$1 million-per-episode paycheck for the final two seasons of Friends.
10. Between seasons five and six, Cox married David Arquette, and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette.
11. An in-joke reference to this is made in the beginning credits of the episode “The One After Vegas”, where the rest of the cast have “Arquette” added to their names.
12. Cox also appeared in the high-profile Hollywood films, Scream , as reporter Gale Weathers.
13. She met her husband, David Arquette, who played her on-screen love interest Dwight “Dewey” Riley, while filming the first Scream film.
14. In late 2003, Cox and Arquette produced one season of the reality television series Mix It Up.
15. The lifestyle show, which aired on the We cable channel, struggled with low ratings and was not renewed for a second season.
16. However, Cox was unavailable because of her pregnancy and the role went to Teri Hatcher.
17. A couple of years later, Cox signed a deal with ABC Studios to star in her own series.