Courteney Cox and Michael Keaton Spent Their First Date Talking About “Dream Homes”
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Who: Golden Globe-nominated actress Courteney Cox, 55, and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton, 68.
How They Met: In true actor fashion, Cox met Keaton in 1989 after she told a mutual friend how much she liked Keaton’s performance in the 1988 film Clean and Sober. Perhaps hoping to avoid a tabloid frenzy, the pair had their first date at Cox’s house. "We talked for five hours," the Friends star told People. "We talked about our dream homes — the great ones we’d seen and the kind we’d like to build ourselves."
Why We Loved Them: Cox and Keaton were incredibly private, favoring a home-cooked meal (made on the 6-burner stove Keaton got Cox as a house-warming gift) over a splashy red carpet event. According to Cox, they were totally in-sync. “We were sympathetic on so many levels,” the actress said of her and Keaton. “If something weird happened, we would turn to each other and just say, ‘I know.’”
When They Peaked: We stan a coordinating blue jeans and belt situation.
The Breakup: After nearly 6 years together, Cox and Keaton reportedly split in July of 1995. “It’s the most important relationship I’ve ever had, and I think he’s the most wonderful person I’ve ever met,” Cox told People a few months later, adding, “We still love each other.” At the time, Cox didn’t rule out a reconciliation, telling the outlet, “With us, you can never tell.” But there was at least one staunch supporter of a reunion in their midst: Cox’s mom, Courteney Copeland. “They were always trying to work on themselves,” Copeland told People of her daughter and Keaton. “They need to forget that and accept each other the way they are — and just get married.”
Just prior to the split, there were rumors that Cox and Keaton had planned to do just that. “I bet that three-carat diamond is really beautiful,” Cox told the L.A. Times in reference to the tabloid reports, “but I never saw it."
Though neither party has come out and explained what precipitated their split, Cox told USA Today, “Relationships are tougher than I thought,” two years following the breakup. She added, “I’ve got a lot of work to do on myself,” but remained hopeful about dating within the industry: “Actors dating actors can work out. The most important thing is to be with someone who’s creative and passionate about what they do.”
Where They Are Now: Cox’s prophecy about dating actors panned out (kind of). In 1999, she wed fellow actor and Scream alum David Arquette. They welcomed daughter Coco Arquette, 15, soon after Friends aired its finale in 2004. The pair split in 2010. Cox has been dating Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid on-and-off since she finalized her divorce from Arquette in 2013.
On the professional front, Cox is currently gearing up for a highly anticipated unscripted Friends reunion set to air on HBO Max.
The Birdman star currently has several projects in development, including Morbius alongside Jared Leto, Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, and crime thriller The Asset.