Arquette at VH1's Daisy of Love premiere party at My House, Hollywood, California, in April 2009
July 28, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 2016
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiac arrest caused by HIV |
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Eva Destruction|
|Occupation||Actress, musician, singer, cartoonist|
Brenda Olivia Nowak
Alexis Arquette (July 28, 1969 – September 11, 2016) was an American actress, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, and activist. She was well known for her gender transitioning, and for supporting other people making similar transitions.
Arquette was born in Los Angeles, California, the fourth of five children of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director. Mardi was Jewish, and Lewis was a convert to Islam from Catholicism. Lewis's family's surname was originally "Arcouet" of partial French-Canadian ancestry; Lewis's father was comedian Cliff Arquette. Alexis Arquette was distantly related to American explorer Meriwether Lewis. Actors Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, and David Arquette are her siblings.
In 1982, at the age of 12, Arquette's first acting gig was as "this little kid who's on a ride with all these women and whatnot" in the music video "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes. In 1986, Arquette debuted on the big screen in an uncredited role as Alexis, the androgynous friend and bandmate of sexually ambivalent teenager Max Whiteman (Evan Richards) in Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
Arquette, in the earlier years of her career, primarily performed as a female impersonator, frequently under the name "Eva Destruction". Later in her career, she made public that she had begun the process leading to sex reassignment surgery. To this end, Arquette had publicly declared that she considered her gender to be female.
At nineteen, Arquette landed a sizeable film role, playing trans sex worker Georgette in the screen adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn. The majority of Arquette's film work was in low-budget or independent films. In total, Arquette starred in more than 40 movies, including I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, and Sometimes They Come Back... Again. Arquette also starred as a crack addict opposite Tim Roth in Jumpin' at the Boneyard, as a teenage boy seeking revenge for a horrible childhood in the New Zealand-shot horror fantasy Jack Be Nimble, and as a murderous drag queen in the low budget comedy Killer Drag Queens on Dope.
Arquette also had supporting roles in Pulp Fiction, Threesome and Bride of Chucky, and she played a Boy George fanatic, George Stitzer, in the Adam Sandler–Drew Barrymore film The Wedding Singer, singing "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" over and over. Her role as Georgina, a Boy George impersonator, in another Sandler–Barrymore film, Blended, was a reference to that role. In 2001, Arquette returned to New Zealand to play Roman emperor Caligula in two episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess. That same year, Arquette guest starred in the Friends episode "The One with Chandler's Dad", in which she directly interacted with her sister-in-law, Courteney Cox. Also in the same year, she cameoed in Son of the Beach.
In September 2005, VH1 announced Arquette as one of the celebrity house-guests on the 6th season of The Surreal Life. On January 31, 2007, Arquette was a featured celebrity client and guest judge on the première episode of Bravo's reality show Top Design. Arquette also made a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams' She's Madonna video.
Personal life and death
In 2004, Arquette expressed an interest in undergoing formal male-to-female transitioning by the use of hormone treatments and, ultimately sex reassignment surgery, which she realized in 2006, in her late 30s. Those experiences were documented in the film Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Arquette was a vocal supporter of transgender people, including Chaz Bono, who transitioned from 2006 to 2008. Arquette died on September 11, 2016, surrounded by close family. Arquette was serenaded with David Bowie's "Starman". The immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest caused by myocarditis caused by cardiomyopathy caused by HIV, which Arquette had contracted 29 years earlier.
|1989||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Georgette|
|1990||Gavre Princip – Himmel unter Steinen||Milan|
|1990||High Score||Yago / Freddie|
|1992||Jumpin' at the Boneyard||Dan|
|1992||Terminal Bliss||Craig Murphy|
|1992||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Vampire DJ|
|1992||Of Mice and Men||Whit|
|1993||Ghost Brigade||Cpl. Dawson|
|1993||Jack Be Nimble||Jack|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Man #4|
|1994||Don't Do It||David|
|1995||Days of the Pentecost||Mechanic|
|1995||Frank & Jesse||Charlie Ford|
|1995||Frisk||Punk (victim #3)|
|1995||White Man's Burden||Panhandler|
|1996||Kiss & Tell||Amerod Burkowitz||
Wigstock: The Movie Himself
|1996||Cosas que nunca te dije||Paul|
|1996||Sometimes They Come Back... Again||Tony Reno||Video|
|1996||Never Met Picasso||Andrew Magnus|
|1996||Scream, Teen, Scream||Lisa Marie||Short film|
|1997||Inside Out||Adam||Short film|
|1997||Goodbye America||Paul Bladon|
|1997||I Think I Do||Bob|
|1997||Close To||Deaf Mute||Short film|
|1998||Wedding Singer, TheThe Wedding Singer||George|
|1998||Cleopatra's Second Husband||Alex|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Mr. Ed|
|1998||Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror||Greg||Video|
|1998||Bride of Chucky||Damien|
|1999||She's All That||Mitch|
|1999||Out in Fifty||Kim|
|2000||Piccadilly Pickups||Henri de la Plus Ooh Arrgh|
|2000||Price of Air, TheThe Price of Air||Willy|
|2000||Boys Life 3||Adam||Segment: "Inside Out"|
|2001||Tomorrow by Midnight||Sidney|
|2003||Killer Drag Queens on Dope||Ginger||credited as Eva Destruction|
|2003||Movie Hero, TheThe Movie Hero||Strange, Yet Attractive Woman|
|2003||Wasabi Tuna||Champagne Anna|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Tranny|
|2010||Here & Now||Ramona|
|2010||Hard Breakers||Ms. Independence|
|2011||Getting Back to Zero||Judy|
|2015||Playing the Straight Man||Alexis||Short Film|
|1989||Alien Nation||John Barrymore||Episode: "Contact"|
|1991||American Playhouse||Werner Hauser||Episode: "The Hollow Boy"|
|1994||Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg||Denver McDowell||TV film|
|1995||Dead Weekend||McHacker||TV film|
|1995||Roseanne||Episode: "December Bride"|
|1999||Strip, TheThe Strip||Cleo||Episodes: "Games Without Frontiers", "Send Me an Angel", "Even Better Than the Real Thing"|
|1999–2000||Beggars and Choosers||Larry / Lola||TV series|
|2000||Felicity||Jim||Episode: "Docuventary II"|
|2000||Friends||The Customer||Episode: "The One with Rachel's Sister"|
|2001||Friends||Waiter in Drag||Episode: "The One with Chandler's Dad"|
|2001||Xena: Warrior Princess||Caligula||Episodes: "The God You Know", "You Are There"|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Beverly||Episode: "B.J. Blue Hawaii"|
|2005||Wanted||Paula||Episode: "Lips Are Lips"|
|2008||Californication||Lady in Jail||Episode: "The Great Ashby"|
Awards and nominations
|1994||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Actor||
|1997||L.A. Outfest||Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||
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