Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nikki Cox, "Vegas" and "Unhappily" Girl

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Nikki Cox.

Nikki Cox starred as Tiffany Malloy in "Unhappily Ever After," which was kind of a take-off on "Married With Children." While never quite as popular as the former, it gained a wide audience, defying expectations. That was largely due to Nikki, though there were several other outstanding performers (not to slight the others, but Geoff Pierson is a very under-rated actor) and behind-the-scenes people, too. Audiences watched Nikki develop from a teenager to a voluptuous woman.

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Nikki has one of the best resumes in the business for a television actor, and her occasional film appearances have been memorable. "Unhappily Ever After" from 1995-1999 made Nikki Cox a star with her knowing, self-conscious flaunting of her fabulous figure, but also has a comic flair that is unappreciated.

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Nikki is actually Nicole Avery Cox.

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Nikki got her start on "Mama's Family" in 1988. She has been in the business for a long time despite her young age.

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Few remember that Nikki appeared in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991). Nikki wasn't a named character; she is the girl who tells Arnold to go to the Galleria to find who he is looking for.

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Nikki also starred in "Las Vegas" from 2003-2007. Having two successful series is a rarity in Hollywood. One could argue that she actually had four successful series, and very few stars pull that off.

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Nikki also starred on "Norm" from 1999 to 2001. It wasn't quite as successful as some of her other projects. However, it was on the air for two seasons, and that ain't beanbag.

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Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox.

Truly discriminating filmgoers will know that perhaps Nikki's best performance ever - ever! - was in "Run Ronnie Run" in 2002. She had some spectacular scenes as Kayla, the beer poster girl. I have a bunch of stills from it below. It has become an underground cult hit - people don't know about Nikki in "Run Ronnie Run" unless someone tells you about it. Well, you're welcome.

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Nikki also is one of the few actors to have a series named after her - "Nikki," which ran from 2000-2002. That series also arguably was successful. Basically, Nikki worked as a series regular from 1995 to 2007 on four separate series:

  • Unhappily Ever After (1995-1999)
  • Norm (1999-2001)
  • Nikki (2000-2003)
  • Las Vegas (2003-2007).

Only the truly greats manage to pull that kind of string off, and many of the ones that do accomplish it only ride a single successful series, often with an ensemble cast. To get cast in four successive series without interruption, collectively over 250 episodes, each of which last more than a year, is rare. Nikki also worked in side projects throughout that period, such as appearing in six episodes of "The Jake Effect" in 2006. For a year, Nikki even was a regular on two separate series. In essence, Nikki fit an entire successful lifetime television career into a dozen years.

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All that some actresses want is for people to take them seriously instead of caring about how they look. For me, I've worked hard for people to think I'm funny.

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Nikki also has a Star Trek credit, as Sarjenka on the 1989 "Pen Pals" "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode.

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Nikki married comedian Jay Mohr in December 2006. They have one child, son Meredith.

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Nikki was ranked #89 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002), but should have been ranked higher. She also was ranked No. 51 on Maxim magazine's 2005 list.

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Nikki on "Unhappily Ever After."

Nikki is the step-mom of Jay's son Jackson.

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Nikki dropped out of high school to pursue acting, but later earned her diploma at age 16 by studying on set.

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"Unhappily Ever After" produced two relationships for Nikki. She dated her "brother" Kevin Connollyduring the series' first few years. After that relationship ended, Nikki dated comedian Bobcat Goldthwaite, who voiced "Mr. Floppy" in every episode of "Unhappily Ever After." Though cast as a voice actor for a stuffed animal, Goldthwaite managed to appear in person in an episode or two in "dream sequences." Cox and Goldthwaite reportedly were engaged at one point in the late '90s.

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Nikki also has the original "Baywatch" on her credits, and that is 100% appropriate for her. She played Charlene aka "Charlie."

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Jay Mohr legally changed his last name to Cox in honor of his wife. The status of the marriage is very much in doubt, with Jay having filed for divorce amidst allegations of drug problems and so forth. It is the second time he has filed for divorce - the first time, he withdrew the petition.

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Jay has filed for sole custody of their son, Meredith Daniel Mohr, who was born on 5 May 2011.

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Brother Matthew Cox says that Nikki made him the most popular guy in high school.

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Nikki was perhaps the prettiest girl on television in the mid-to-late '90s.

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Nikki Cox is hilarious in person. Here is her rambling response to a question about what it was like on the "Vegas" set:
It was totally the "Love Boat" like, hey, guess who's here? It was crazy because every week there was some ridiculous and amazing guest but we literally had so much fun. Elvis impersonators, Charo, Donnie Osmond, and Gladys Knight? One of the weirdest days of my life was when Jay was hosting at night and I didn't get much sleep but when I got to work, Donnie Osmond and Charo are there. So I'm sleep deprived and I'm like, is this happening? Is this my life right now?

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There are a lot of rumors swirling about regarding Nikki's current appearance because she doesn't make many public appearances any more. Below are two pictures of Nikki Cox from 2014/2015. I think you'll agree that she looks fabulous.

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Nikki's husband gave her credit in 2015 for writing his Grammy-nominated comedy album, proving once again what a talented wife he has.


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Nikki parlayed her "Vegas" character into a gig as spokesmodel for Sportsbook.com.

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Nikki received a Grammy nomination as the sole writer of husband Jay's comedy album "Happy. And a Lot." The category was Best Comedy Album. Louis C.K. won for a recording of a live performance at Madison Square Garden.

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"Unhappily Ever After" lasted for 100 episodes from 1995-1999. Nikki was in every single episode.

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Nikki appeared in NBC soap opera "Passions" as her "Las Vegas" character Mary Connell. The circumstances of her leaving "Las Vegas" are murky, with some accounts saying that it was a salary issue, others saying that Nikki left to pursue other opportunities.

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Nikki released this photo to her fans a few years ago.




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