Former FRIENDS star Courteney Cox got an extra-special early birthday present yesterday (13JUN04), when she and husband David Arquette became parents for the first time.

Cox, who turns 40 tomorrow (15JUN04), gave birth to a girl in an unidentified Los Angeles hospital, according to PEOPLE.COM.

The magazine says Cox checked into the hospital on Saturday (12JUN04) - a week before the baby's due date - and was in labour through the night. The infant's name has yet to be released.

Cox and Arquette, 32, had made a number of unsuccessful attempts trying for a baby, including suffering miscarriages along the way.

14/06/2004 02:43