Cox and Arquette split: More than just a marriage
October 12th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Cox and Arquette split: More than just a marriage

The end of the marriage between Courteney Cox and David Arquette could be complicated by more than just how to divide the houses and wedding gifts.

That’s because they are also business partners, having formed Coquette Productions in 2004. The pair launched the production company soon after the birth of their daughter Coco, and the West Hollywood-based corporation has been the base of several of their projects, including the now-canceled tabloid based drama “Dirt” (which ran briefly on FX) and Cox’s current starring vehicle “Cougar Town” on ABC.

The couple, who reportedly have “A Deal’s a Deal” inscribed on their wedding rings, recently announced that they have decided to engage in a trial separation after 11 years of marriage.

But their relationship evolved beyond just romance over the years. They served as co-stars in the horror franchise “Scream” films, finders of projects like “Daisy does America,” a reality/comedy series they adapted from British television for TBS, and co-producers of indie films and vehicles for Cox’s acting like “Dirt” and “Cougar Town.”

In September, Variety reported that Coquette was in development with ABC for an ensemble drama titled "911 Operators" which would revolve around the stories of those operators.

In a 2007 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the couple described their working relationship.

“I turn to David for anything that is visual,” Cox said. “I trust his taste on any art direction.... I'm probably more practical, especially with editing. I'm less precious.”

Arquette was even more flattering of his wife.

“Courteney as a businesswoman is amazing,” he told the magazine. “Before ['Friends'] took off, she was making more money redoing houses than she was acting.... [With] Courteney, what you see is what you get. She's not hiding behind any facade. It's her greatest trait. She can't be dishonest.”


soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. stiv roma

    cox wont understand the good thing she gave up until it's far too late and she is old, cold and lonely and she cant make sense out of the world she lives in. Her reasons for dumping this sweet guy are so contemptible, it's beyond comprehension. LADY!! what more could you want in life? [facepalms]

    cox = cougartown = midlife crisis gone stupid.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. JoAnn

    I can't believe Arquette used a venue such as The Howard Stern show to discuss the demise of his marriage. Real classy move. Just solidifies his lack of good judgement and maturity. Courteney is better off without him, and if "A Deal's A Deal", then I hope he at least upholds his end as a father.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • 5T1V roma

      yah it's wired, but when you're hurting good judgement is the first thing to go. Probably because Howard Stern was there. But i think it's the other way around. David represent the sweet guy and Cox represent the AMBVISCIOUS hollywood female. I think He is better off without HER lol. Cox isnt aging well anyhow, she has maybe another couple of years left in her before she hags out. David will look great for another 25 years at least.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. JJDLS

    I don't care about their personal life but I just wanted to say that tv show of hers/theirs 'cougar town' is one of the worst pieces of crap on tv it promotes alcoholism (they even drink wine for breakfast and staged an "intervention" to get courtney to START drinking again when she tried to quit) and it's mindless drivel. I always liked ms cox so I watched the show several times but it is awful.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Locke

    I don't live with them, so i never would have seen this coming. Yawn.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jae

    Why does everyone automatically assume it's his fault? It could be her fault or it could be both. His maturity probably has little to do with the breakup because he did not become immature overnight. He's been the way he is for as long as she's known him so it's probably something else. In any case, marriages sometimes end and that just the way it is in Hollyweird or any other place.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. PJ

    Who cares!! Never heard of him and very little of her.

    October 13, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Good lord. Really. If you haven't heard of him, and only very little of her, you shouldn't be in the entertainment section of CNN. really.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. gracie...

    sad...real sad but i guess it happens...even to the best of us....

    October 13, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. ari

    Work it out guys, you don't know what you are going to miss.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. D

    funny you say that they are not important enough to care about-but you went to entertainment, selected the story, read it, and continued to comment about it. Want to talk about about economy and global warming, get the F@#K off the page you moron!

    October 13, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. dina

    Why should we care what these celebrities do with their lives. They are not important enough to care. Stop writing about them. They are egocentric, self absorbed people who change husbands or wives every five years when they get bored.Why can't this world forget about these celebrities and worry about something important like the economy ,global warming, and the rest of important things.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sockpuppet

    this isn't "shocking", they've been separated for quite awhile and have both been seeing other people. Whatever they are both saying now-they are full of cr*p.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dre

    youtube' the tripper tour' philadelphia and youl see how cool david is..she must be a mizrable gal

    October 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian Dale (Peel Inc. Evanston)

    Chelsea is great. Most original in a long time.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lisamilly

    He should have kept his mouth shut! Going on air was selfish..:he just wanted to blame her for the separation!

    October 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shecky

    I always thought he was a weirdo and am surprised she put up with his off -the-wall weirdness as long as she did.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Frank

    That's messed up, and they have a daughter, too. People are so selfish.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. liv

    Ugh they were so good 2gether.

    October 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. B-Dog

    He was on Howard Stern this morning.... obviously broken hearted

    October 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samantha

      I am shocked to hear about this...definitely didn't see it coming. But what really bothers me is the fact that he felt so compelled to call Howard Stern and talk about his personal business so openly. It tells you right there just how unbelievably immature he is. He is NOT a gentleman at all. What kind of "man" reveals such personal and intimate details about Courteney and their marriage to a public forum? After 15 years she finally got tired of babysitting....I don't blame her. :(

      October 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mensaman

    All you women out there who want a young funny quirky guy – it gets old when they don"t mature.
    He'll clean up in the split.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Come on get real. She is almost 50. He is not going to stay with her at this age. They live in Hollywood, it was time to trade in for a new model. People in Hollywood don't live in the real world and these people lived in Hollywood, enough said.....

      October 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      That's nonsense, T. SHE is leaving HIM. She's more successful, makes more money, and IS the character she portays – a cougar. SHE's the one trading in for a younger model...one of her costars on the ridiculous show of hers, no doubt.

      October 13, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  20. jillmarie

    I was shocked- and celebrity separations/divorces almost never surprise me! Who knows what went wrong. Hopefully they will seek counseling. Or just move on amicably. Tears!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH!

      Jill, I hope you and the other chicks on here are kidding, right? You HONESTLY believed they would last? What, pray tell, gave you that indication? Do you know them personally? You people are so lame.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ZIPPY

    When they say "TRIAL" it just means it is so over - oh,well–lives will go on,they will be good parents & be kind to one another

    October 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Candice

    I heard there was trouble a few months back, but I would never have guessed divorce. Sad to see any marriage end. Wishing them the best in this difficult time. Big fan of the show.

    October 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • natehembree

      It's just a trial separation. Could still end happy. The sheer fact that they didn't go straight to divorce is a good sign they are committed to this thing.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Val

    "Cougar Town" is on ABC, not NBC.

    And yeah, I never saw this coming either. *tear*

    October 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Gail Snail

    Say it ain't so. I never saw this coming. I thought they were one of the few stable marraiges in Hollyweird.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |

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