Courteney Cox turned into a worldwide superstar overnight when she got part of Monica Geller on Friends. The Alabama native’s life changed drastically, as she not only became very famous but also extremely rich.
Courteney Cox’s career was on the rise when she got the Friends job. The now 57-year-old was one of the stars in a music video that turned legendary years earlier.
Courteney Cox – ‘Friends’ superstar
However, once that big breakthrough arrives, things usually just go upwards. And for Courteney Cox, one can easily say that was the case.
The Alabama native was cast in Bruce Springsteen’s music video for “Dancing in the Dark,” which was the start of her career in Hollywood. Soon after, she got the role of Monica Geller on the legendary sitcom Friends, and her life changed forever.
Lately, Courteney Cox has worked on several other projects, and over the years, she created a wonderful family and welcomed her children.
At the same time, she’s also been very outspoken on plastic surgery and facelifts, a subject which she now has made a complete U-turn on.
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Courteney Cox was born on June 15, 1964, in Birmingham, Alabama. The youngest of four children to parents Courteney and Richard Lewis Cox. When she was young, she was taunted at school for her last name.
“I hated my last name, but then when my dad passed away I thought, ‘I’m going to own this and keep this going,’ because there [was no one else] in the family to keep it alive,” she told Howard Stern.
When she was 10 years old, her parents divorced. Courteney Cox went on to live with her mother and later stepfather, however, the divorce had stayed with her.
Bruce Springsteen’s music video
In an interview with The Guardian, Cox explained that one of her earlier – or the earliest – memories she has was when her parents divorced. And regarding what she feels she owed to her parents, she said, “my mum wasn’t a go-getter so I am thankful that I was able to witness that and be completely the opposite.”
Courteney Cox didn’t have a career in acting in her mind from a young age. Instead, she wanted to become an architect. She went to Mount Vernon College to study architecture but decided to drop out and instead move to New York City, where she started modeling for a living. Simultaneously, she also worked at a music agency.
Courteney’s modeling career didn’t last long, but not because she wasn’t good at it. She soon transferred her skills into acting.
In 1985, at the age of 21, Courteney Cox got her big breakthrough, but it wasn’t in a film or a modeling job, it was in a music video.
Director Brian De Palma had gotten the gig of producing and directing Bruce Springsteen’s music video to the smash hit “Dancing In The Dark.“
Cox’s big break came when she was cast by Brian De Palma in the video for “Dancing in the Dark.” It was filmed during Springsteen’s concert at the St. Paul Civic Center in Minnesota on June 29, 1984, and Courteney Cox got the role of an adoring fan in the front row.
First work in television
But looking back, Courteney Cox wasn’t exactly happy with her performance in the “Dancing in The Dark” video.
“That was not good dancing on my part,” she said. “I would only [recreates] that as a joke.”
“Dancing In The Dark” became Bruce Springsteen’s first video that was heavily played on MTV. Therefore, Cox’s screen time was massive as well, and it helped her in her pursuit of a successful career. She only appeared in about 20 seconds of the video, but it helped her get noticed. The same year, Courteney Cox starred in the film Misfits of Science, and two years later, she got her first big role.
She starred in the popular sitcom Family Ties, and in the early 1990s, several smaller parts were added to her resume, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, co-starring with Jim Carrey.
Sure, Courteney Cox was on her way to having a really good acting career, but what happened in 1995 was something she never could’ve anticipated.
At that time, Marta Kauffman together with David Crane had created a new show, which would be about six friends living in New York. Friends were reality, and Courteney Cox was cast as the slightly neurotic, and super competitive, Monica Geller.