Courteney Cox (Monica Geller)
Her career began as "the girl" in Bruce Springsteen's music video for "Dancing In The Dark," inspiring jealousy in millions of New Jerseyites. That, of course, was nothing compared to the envy that New Yorkers harbored for Monica Geller's mammoth and incredibly cheap Greenwich Village apartment where the gang usually hung out post-coffee klatch. While starring in the show, Courteney had box-office success with the hit Scream franchise, where she met her future (and current ex-) husband David Arquette.
Reports surfaced that Cox's first post-Friends role was going to be Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives; she wasn't able to accept for personal reasons and the part went to Teri Hatcher. She headlined FX's drama Dirt as scandal-seeking tabloid editor Lucy Spiller, but the show proved too intense for viewers and only lasted two seasons. In 2009, Courteney returned to comedy with her wine-fueled ABC series Cougar Town, a cult TV show on the verge of cancellation until TBS gave it a new home. Cox recently made her feaure directorial debut with Just Before I Go, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.