Character: Monica Geller
Birthday: June 15, 1964
History: Courteney Cox was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the youngest of four children. Cox graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1982, and then studied architecture at Mt. Vernon College in Washington. Near the end of her first and last year of college, Cox met Ian Copeland, her stepfather's nephew. They worked together for a New York City music agent. Though Cox and Copeland were 15 years apart, a romance formed.
At that time, Cox wanted to be a model, so Copeland suggested she pursue it, but also try acting. Cox did ads for Noxema and Maybelline and landed a small role on the daytime drama "As the World Turns." In the process, she lost her relationship with Copeland.
It wasn't until 1984 that Cox gained national attention as the girl Bruce Springsteen pulled on stage to dance with at end of his "Dancing in the Dark" video. The job paid $350, but the exposure was enough to springboard Cox to other work in the industry.
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