Courteney Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer and director. 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. Cox also starred in the FX series Dirt. She owns a production company, called Coquette Productions, which was created by her and her then-husband David Arquette. Cox also worked as a director on her sitcom Cougar Town and the television film Talhotblond.
Cox appeared in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” as the young woman pulled onstage at the St. Paul Civic Center to dance with Springsteen. Her early television work includes a starring role in the short-lived television series, Misfits of Science (1985), and later in a recurring role as Lauren Miller, the girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) in the TV series, Family Ties (1987–89). Her early film roles include Masters of the Universe (1987), Cocoon: The Return (1988), and I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1988). She played Jewel Jagger, the hard-as-nails assistant of Larry Burrows (James Belushi), in Mr. Destiny (1990). In 1994, shortly before the debut of the sitcom, Friends, Cox appeared with Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend, Meryl, in the Seinfeld episode, “The Wife”. In 1995, she was cast in Toad the Wet Sprocket’s music video, “Good Intentions.” The song is also on the Friends Soundtrack.
Cox’s previous boyfriends include rock promoter Ian Copeland, Michael Keaton, and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.
Cox married actor David Arquette on June 12, 1999. After their daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, was born on June 13, 2004, Cox suffered from postpartum depression. Her close friend Jennifer Aniston is Coco’s godmother.On October 11, 2010, it was announced that Cox and Arquette had separated, though they still maintain a close friendship and ongoing business relationship in Coquette Productions. In June 2012, Arquette filed for divorce after nearly two years of separation from Cox.The divorce became final in May 2013.
Cox began dating Snow Patrol band member Johnny McDaid in late 2013.The couple announced their engagement on Twitter on June 26, 2014.