Courteney Cox: Designing Women – CBS News

Courteney Cox, dressed in black on the white sands of Miami Beach, posed during a recent photo shoot. The camera was on her, but she was the one who was hyper-focused. “I always say, 'I have acute consciousness,'” she said. 'I do notice things. I can not help it.' Like her interviewer's clothes. “Is that a built-in cuff?” she asked.

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Actress and entrepreneur Courteney Cox.

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It's that attention to detail that partially inspired the admitted “neat freak” to create a new line of scented at-home beauty products called Homecourt. “Everything from surface spray to cleaning your surfaces, your counter tops, whatever; it's hand soap, hand cream, dish soap, room deodorant.”

So why a line of cleaning products? “Well, you know, I played that character, Monica,” Cox laughed. “She was a decent person, and guess who else is? I.'

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Home court is a full-circle moment for the 59-year-old Alabama native. Cox studied design and architecture in college, before deciding to pursue a very different creative career.

“I moved to New York. I started modeling. I'm only six feet tall,” but I've done things like book covers. I had my hair cut very short. It changed my whole look.”

Then the first of several big breaks, when Cox was chosen to appear alongside Bruce Springsteen in the 1984 music video for “Dancing in the Dark,” directed by Brian De Palma. “I think he hired me because I was authentically nervous and really not a good dancer, but I was shy. And it worked,” she said.


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It worked wonders, landing Cox a recurring role on “Family Ties” with Michael J. Fox: “The nicest man,” she said. “He's so talented; he's taught me so much.”

Then, in 1994, came “Friends,” a show about a group of twenty-somethings in the city… a series that changed everything. “That show, thank God for that show!” Cox laughed. “That was at the end of the time when I really had no money left. I got an audition. I went in and read the pilot and said, 'This is great.' But you didn't know how special it was. But when you brought this cast and our incredible writers together, it was lightning in a bottle.”

Neat freak Monica (Courteney Cox) rides a floor buffer in the “Friends” episode, “The One with Rachel's Crush.”

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Lightning in a bottle that launched a meteoric career, from the “Scream” film franchise, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Cougar Town,” to becoming a producer, director and entrepreneur. Through it all, Cox has remained himself…caring, open-hearted and deeply empathetic.

She is still very close to the co-stars who were with her when it all started. Thirty years after “Friends” debuted and 20 years after the final episode aired, Cox posted on Instagram that she was “forever grateful.”

“I'm just grateful that I had the opportunity to work with such wonderful people and live the life I have now,” she said. “That was my family. I mean, we went through everything. Those ten years were everything – they're my family.”

One of the members of that family, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, died last year at the age of 54. When asked what stands out most about him, Cox replied: “I think he's probably one of the funniest people in the world. You know, he's just so funny. He really has a big heart, he obviously struggled I am so grateful that I have been able to work so closely with him for so many years. He visits me often, if we believe in it.”

“I know you are a spiritual person, which makes this statement very interesting,” Vigliotti said. “So you still feel his presence?”

“Oh yeah. You know, I talk to my mom, my dad, Matthew – I feel like there's a lot of people that are, I think, guiding us,” Cox said. “I feel like, yeah, I definitely feel like Matthew is around.”

Friends are always close…. Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow were with Cox when she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jokingly, Cox couldn't resist polishing it up a bit.

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Courteney Cox gives her Hollywood Walk of Fame star a shine.

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And it is that brilliance that she hopes to share with Homecourt. “We don't think of our home as an extension of ourselves, but it is,” Cox said. “How much time do we spend at home? So why skimp on the things that are so important? I just think people should treat their homes the way they treat themselves.”


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Story produced by Gabriel Falcon. Editor: Karen Brenner.

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