First noticed when she was crowned with the Fresh Faces Award at age 13, Nikki Cox later received recognition for playing Tiffany Malloy in UPN's series Unhappily Ever After (1995-1999). She was also a regular on "General Hospital," "Someone Like Me," "The Norm Show," "Nikki" and "Las Vegas." An avid dancer, Nikki worked with Michael Jackson on his Moonwalker project and in a Paula Abdul video. On the wide screen, she could be seen in The Glimmer Man (1996), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) and Run Ronnie Run (2002).
Brown-eyed, red/brown-haired Nikki Cox, who stands at 5' 7'' tall and has 36-23-35 measurements, was listed as one of Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" in 2002. As for her private life, Nikki became engaged to actor and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (voice for stuffed bunny Mr. Floppy on "Unhappily Ever After," together since 1998) and once dated another "Unhappily Ever After" costar, actor Kevin Connolly.
Childhood and Family:
"I am the most accident-prone kid you've ever met. I fell flat the other day, just walking from my house to the car. And a week ago at the studio, I spilled hot coffee on myself." Nikki Cox
On June 2, 1978, Nicole Avery Cox was born in Los Angeles, California, to parents Meredith and Terry Cox (manager). She is the elder sister of actor Matthew Cox (born June 23, 1987), who guest-starred on two episodes of her show "Unhappily Ever After" (1995).
"I'm a nail-biter. If I didn't have fake nails, my fingers would be bloody stumps." Nikki Cox
Unhappily Ever After
Having danced since age four, Nikki Cox was spotted by a dance agent who offered to help her develop a professional dancing career.
Despite her parents' dismay, Nikki joined The Joffrey Ballet (performed in a production of "Romeo and Juliet") and the Los Angeles Music Center Ballet Tour. After her first speaking role as a guest on NBC's "Mama's Family" (November, 1987), Nikki landed on the big screen in a dance sequence for the children's sci-fi feature, Stewart Raffill's MAC and Me (1988). Afterward, she continued to dance, notably in Michael Jackson episodic musical feature Moonwalker (1988) and in Paula Abdul video "Forever Your Girl" (1989).
Nikki debuted on a TV movie in the ABC biographical film The Ryan White Story (1989), in which she played the sister of the title character (played by Lukas Haas). She also appeared in the drama A Family for Joe (1990, TV) and was spotted as a guest in the series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Night Court."
After a cameo appearance in James Cameron's sci-fi action Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), Nikki went back to TV playing roles in the NBC movies Danger Island (1992) and Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993). She guest starred in sitcoms like "Murphy Brown," "Baywatch" (received nomination for Best Young Actress Guest-Starring in a Television Series at Young Artist Awards), ABC's "Boy Meets World" and CBS' "The Nanny." She also had a recurring role in the comedy series "Blossom" and the NBC Saturday morning teen comedy series "California Dreams."
In 1993, Nikki won her first regular role as Gina Williams (1993-1995) on ABC's popular daytime drama "General Hospital." She followed it up with the lead role of Samantha "Sam" Stepjak in NBC's short-lived comedy series "Someone Like Me" (1994).
Nikki nabbed her breakout role as smart, stunning high school girl Tiffany Malloy on the WB sitcom "Unhappily Ever After." She portrayed the role from 1995 to 1999, sharing the screen with other cast members, including Geoffrey Pierson and Kevin Connolly. On her character in the series, Nikki explained, "Tiffany is self-absorbed, but she's also very smart. She always finds the opportunity to get what she wants. She also likes to use her sex appeal as power over her peers."
While working on the series, Nikki appeared in the NBC acquaintance rape-themed TV-movie She Cried No (1996, a.k.a. Freshman Fall), John Gray's crime action The Glimmer Man (1996, starring Steven Seagal) and Gregg Champion and Alan Smithee's Sub Down (1997, starring Stephen Baldwin and Gabrielle Anwar). Nikki was also spotted as a guest in "Sister, Sister," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Sin City Spectacular," as well as played a recurring role on the CBS series "Pearl."
Her role in "Unhappily Ever After" came to an end in 1999 and Nikki scored another regular role, that of receptionist and former prostitute Taylor Clayton (1999-2000) on the ABC sitcom "The Norm Show." She also returned to The WB to star in her sitcom "Nikki" (2000-2002), where she played a Las Vegas showgirl from small town America.
On the silver screen, Nikki was cast in Peter Segal fantasy comedy Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), R.D. Robb's drama Don's Plum (2001) and Troy Miller's comedy Run Ronnie Run (2002). In 2003, she played Mary Connell in the NBC crime drama series "Las Vegas," alongside James Caan, Josh Duhamel and Vanessa Marcil.