Patricia Arquette

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Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette at Heart Truth 2009 (cropped).jpg
Arquette at the 2009 Heart Truth fashion show
Born Patricia T. Arquette
(1968-04-08) April 8, 1968 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Nicolas Cage
(m. 1995–2001; divorced)
Thomas Jane
(m. 2006–2011; divorced)
Children 2
Parents Lewis Arquette (father)

Patricia Arquette (born April 8, 1968)[1] is an American actress. Her film appearances include Tony Scott's True Romance (1993), Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994), David O. Russell's Flirting with Disaster (1996), David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997), Stephen Frears's The Hi-Lo Country (1998), and Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead (1999). In 2003, she played schoolteacher-turned-outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow in the Disney film Holes.

On television, she played real life psychic Allison DuBois in the supernatural drama series Medium for seven seasons (2005-11) in which she received three Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy Award nominations, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama in 2005. In 2014, she played the mother, Olivia, in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, a project that she filmed for twelve years (2002-13). Starting midseason 2015, Arquette will star in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spinoff CSI: Cyber as Special Agent Avery Ryan.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis Arquette (1935-2001), an actor, and Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak; 1939-1997), who was also involved in the arts.[3] Arquette's mother was Jewish, from a family that immigrated from Poland and Russia.[4][5][6] Arquette's father was a convert to Islam from Catholicism; through him, Patricia is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis.[7][3][8][9] Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette; and her siblings are actors Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond, and David Arquette. As a child, her parents offered to get her braces for her teeth; but she refused, telling them she wanted to have flaws because it would help her with character acting.[10]


In 1987, Arquette's first starring roles included pregnant teenager Stacy in the television film Daddy,[11] boarding school student Zero in Pretty Smart, and the attention-getting Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. She was set to appear in the sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but she had to drop out due to pregnancy with her son Enzo, which also caused her to leave the role of Tralala in Last Exit to Brooklyn. In 1988, Arquette played the daughter of Tess Harper in Far North; and, in 1992, she won a CableACE Award for Best Lead Actress in a Mini-Series for her portrayal of a deaf girl with epilepsy in Wildflower, directed by Diane Keaton and also starring Reese Witherspoon.

In January 2005, she began starring in her first television series, NBC's Medium. Her role as (a fictionalized version of) psychic medium Allison DuBois won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2005, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe in 2005, 2006 and 2007, a SAG Award in 2006, 2007 and 2010, and an Emmy Award in 2007. In 2009 NBC cancelled Medium, then CBS picked the show up and it lasted another two seasons.[12] Arquette played the role of Allison DuBois until the final episode of Medium aired on January 21, 2011.[13] In 2013, she began appearing on Boardwalk Empire as Sally Wheet.

Personal life[edit]

Arquette became pregnant at the age of 20 with her son Enzo Rossi (born January 3, 1989), with then-boyfriend musician Paul Rossi.[14][15]

In April 1995, Arquette married Nicolas Cage (with whom she would later co-star in Bringing Out the Dead in 1999). They separated after nine months, but acted as a couple in public until Cage filed for divorce in February 2000.[16] The divorce petition was withdrawn, but Arquette filed again in November 2000.[17]

Arquette and actor Thomas Jane became engaged in 2002 and have a daughter, Harlow Olivia Calliope (born February 23, 2003). Arquette and Jane subsequently married on June 25, 2006, at the Palazzo Contarini in Venice, Italy.[18] In January 2009, Arquette filed for divorce from Jane on the grounds of irreconcilable differences,[19] but the couple soon reconciled and Arquette requested to abandon the divorce petition on July 9, 2009.[20] However, on August 13, 2010, Jane's representative announced that Arquette and Jane had decided to proceed with a divorce due to “irreconcilable differences.” The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011. The pair were granted joint custody of their child.[21]

Charity work[edit]

After the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Arquette and childhood friend Rosetta Millington-Getty formed GiveLove, a non-profit organization supporting ecological sanitation and composting, community development projects and housing construction in Haiti.[22] She has also worked with Eracism Foundation, Libby Ross Foundation, The Art of Elysium, and The Heart Truth.[23] Most recently, she is doing a commercial for ABC on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for homeless dogs and cats.[24]

In 1997, after her mother died of breast cancer, Arquette worked to raise awareness about the disease. She has run in the annual Race for the Cure, and in 1999 was the spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. In April 2010, she teamed-up with welding students of the Robert Morgan Educational Center, in Miami, Florida, to build shelters in earthquake-ravaged Haiti from 20 used shipping containers.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, AA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Kristen Parker
1987 Pretty Smart Zero
1987 Daddy Stacy Television movie
1988 Time Out Lucy
1988 Far North Jilly
1989 Edge, TheThe Edge Raped Woman Television movie
1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys Casey
1991 Indian Runner, TheThe Indian Runner Dorothy
1991 Dillinger Polly Hamilton Television movie
1991 Wildflower Alice Guthrie Television movie
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Grace
1993 Trouble Bound Kit Califano
1993 Ethan Frome Mattie Silver
1993 True Romance Alabama Whitman Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Christian Slater)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
1994 Betrayed by Love Deanna Television movie
1994 Holy Matrimony Havana
1994 Ed Wood Kathy O'Hara
1995 Beyond Rangoon Laura Bowman
1996 Flirting with Disaster Nancy Coplin
1996 Infinity Arline Greenbaum
1996 Secret Agent, TheThe Secret Agent Winnie
1997 Lost Highway Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield
1997 Nightwatch Katherine
1998 Goodbye Lover Sandra Dunmore
1998 Hi-Lo Country, TheThe Hi-Lo Country Mona Birk
1999 Stigmata Frankie Paige Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Horror
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Mary Burke
2000 Little Nicky Valerie Veran Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2001 Human Nature Lila Jute
2002 Badge, TheThe Badge Scarlett
2003 Deeper Than Deep Linda Lovelace
2003 Holes Miss Katherine 'Kissin' Kate' Barlow
2003 Tiptoes Lucy
2006 Fast Food Nation Cindy
2008 Single Woman, AA Single Woman Storyteller
2012 Girl in Progress Ms. Armstrong
2012 Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, AA Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Izzy
2013 Vijay and I Julia
2013 Electric Slide
2014 Boyhood Olivia Evans Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Pending—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Pending—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female


Year Title Role Notes
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dana MacCallister Episode: "The Girl with the Crazy Brother"
1990 Thirtysomething Stephanie Episode: "Good Sex, Some Sex, What Sex, No Sex"
1990 Outsiders, TheThe Outsiders Rhonda Sue Episode: "The Stork Club"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mary Jo Episode: "Four-Sided Triangle"
2005–2011 Medium Allison Dubois 130 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2006–08)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2006–07)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2006–07, 2010)
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jeannie Kerns Episode: "Dreams Deferred"
2013 Boardwalk Empire Sally Wheet 7 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Avery Ryan 2 episodes
2014 CSI: Cyber Avery Ryan Main Cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Production Result
1993 CableACE Awards Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Wildflower Won
1994 Saturn Awards Best Actress True Romance Nominated
1994 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss True Romance Nominated
1999 Western Heritage Awards Theatrical Motion Picture The Hi-Lo Country Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress - Horror Stigmata Nominated
2001 Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Little Nicky Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Medium Won
2005 Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Series, Drama Medium Nominated
2006 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Medium Nominated
2006 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Medium Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Medium Nominated
2007 Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Television Program Medium Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Medium Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Medium Nominated
2007 Eyegore Awards Won
2007 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Medium Nominated
2008 TV Land Awards Favorite Character from the "Other Side" Medium Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Medium Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Medium Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Nominated


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