The following year, 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". At first the most famous cast member of the new show, Cox joined fellow castmates Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt Le Blanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) for what became her most famous role, lasting for 10 seasons until 2004.A few years later, Cox signed a deal with ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television) to star in her own series.After Friends, Cox starred in the independent film November (2005) which had a limited theatrical release; costarred with Tim Allen in the critically derided Zoom (2006), and cameoed in the big-budget remake of The Longest Yard (2005) as Lena, the girlfriend of Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler).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 has "Arquette" added to their names.The dedication "For Courteney and David, who did get married" – a reference to Monica and Chandler's decision not to marry in the episode – appears during the fade out to the tag scene.Cox and her husband David Arquette were the executive producers of the series.It is notably Cox's most successful work since Friends.
She also starred in a three-episode arc on former Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow's online web series Web Therapy (2009).
, it was discovered that Cox is descended from several key players involved in the deposing and likely murder of King Edward II of England, and also a direct descendant of William the Conqueror (her 26x great-grandfather).
Courteney has received multiple awards and nominations throughout her career for her work in both film and television.
Her parents divorced in 1974 and her mother then married businessman Hunter Copeland (uncle to music promoter and business manager Ian Copeland).
After graduating from Mountain Brook High School, Cox left for Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.