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, Scrubs and the Scream trilogy.
Cox was born Courteney Bass Cox in Birmingham, Alabama to a wealthy Southern family. Her parents were Courteney (née Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox, 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.