Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964), also known as Courteney Cox Arquette, is an American actress, film producer and former model, best known for her role as Monica Geller on the sitcom Friends. She has also starred in Dirt and the Scream series and has guest starred on Scrubs.
Cox was born Courteney Bass Cox in Birmingham, Alabama to a wealthy Southern family. Her parents were Courteney (née Bass) (born in 1934) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2002), a contractor. Cox has two older sisters (Virginia McFerrin and Dottie Pickett), an older brother (Richard, Jr.) and nine half-brothers and half-sisters. Her parents divorced in 1974, and her father eventually settled in Panama City, Florida, where he opened a company called Cox Pools, while Cox grew up with her mother and her stepfather, New York businessman Hunter Copeland.
Cox was raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a wealthy suburb of Birmingham. She was known as CeCe. She attended Mountain Brook High School, where she was a cheerleader, tennis player and swimmer. Upon graduation, Cox went to study architecture and interior design at Mount Vernon College for Women. She dropped out after a year to pursue a modeling career, after