Patti D'Arbanville

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Patti D'Arbanville
Patti D'Arbanville in NYC, July 2007.jpg
Patti D'Arbanville in New York City, July 2007
Born (1951-05-25) May 25, 1951 (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1964-present
Spouse(s) Roger Miremont (1975-1980; divorced)
Steve Curry (1980-1981; divorced)
Terry Quinn (1993-2002; divorced; 3 children)
Partner(s) Don Johnson (1981-1986; 1 son)
Children Jesse Johnson (b. 1982)
Emmelyn Quinn (b. 1990)
Alexandra Quinn (b. 1991)
Liam Quinn (b. 1992)

Patricia "Patti" D'Arbanville (born May 25, 1951) is an American actress and former model.

Early life[edit]

D'Arbanville, born May 25, 1951 in New York City, is the daughter of Jean (née Scott), an artist, and George D'Arbanville, a bartender,[1] and attended PS 41 on Eleventh Street. She went to high school at Quintano's School for Professional Children.


D'Arbanville acted in her first film in 1960 at age 8; a New York University student film about a girl and her cat, titled Tuesday and Blue Silk. Andy Warhol discovered her during a gig as a club disc jockey when she was 13, and cast her at age 16 in his 1968 film Flesh.

After Flesh, D'Arbanville performed in Warhol's L'Amour (1973), and as the title character in David Hamilton's movie Bilitis (1977).

After her unabashed risqué performances in her youth, D'Arbanville has worked steadily in film and television series in the United States and France. In 1987, D'Arbanville won a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actress for her 1987 stage performance, in Italian American Reconciliation. She was well known for her role as Lt. Virginia Cooper on the FOX series New York Undercover.

Private life[edit]

In the late 1960s, when she was a model in London, she met and developed a romance with singer/songwriter Cat Stevens. She was the inspiration for at least two of his hit songs: "Lady D'Arbanville", and "Wild World", which were released on Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman, respectively. She left him for periods of time to continue her modeling career in Paris and New York City, and was a part of Warhol's Factory scene. In an interview with Warhol, she said wistfully that she had heard the song "Lady D'Arbanville":

Steven wrote that song "Lady D'Arbanville" when I left for New York. I left for a month, it wasn't the end of the world was it? But he wrote this whole song about "Lady D'Arbanville, why do you sleep so still." It's about me dead. So while I was in New York, for him it was like I was lying in a coffin... He wrote that because he missed me, because he was down... It's a sad song.[2].

(Cat Stevens was a stage name which D'Arbanville never used; she preferred his birth name, Steven Demetre Georgiou.)

D'Arbanville later had a relationship with actor Don Johnson from 1981-1986. The couple had a son, Jesse Wayne Johnson (born December 7, 1982).

D'Arbanville has been married three times, with each of her marriages ending in divorce. She lived in France for 10 years, becoming fluent in French, and was married to French actor Roger Miremont then known as Roger Mirmont, from August 1, 1975, to 1980. From April 26, 1980, to 1981, her husband was Steve Curry. She was then married to former New York City firefighter Terry Quinn from June 15, 1993, to March 12, 2002. They have three children, daughters Emmelyn and Alexandra, and son Liam.



Year Title Role Notes
1968 Flesh Patti
1970 House, TheThe House Lorraine
1971 Blood Letting, TheThe Blood Letting Hillary
1973 L'Amour Patti
1975 Rancho Deluxe Betty Fargo
1977 Bilitis Bilitis
1977 La fille d'Amérique Ronni Williams
1978 Big Wednesday Sally Jacobson
1978 Fifth Floor, TheThe Fifth Floor Cathy
1979 Main Event, TheThe Main Event Donna
1979 Time After Time Shirley
1980 Hog Wild Angie Barnes
1981 Modern Problems Darcy Carson
1985 Real Genius Sherry Nugil
1985 Boys Next Door, TheThe Boys Next Door Angie
1988 Call Me Cori
1988 Fresh Horses Jean
1989 Wired Cathy Smith
1994 Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up Barbara Griffin
1996 Fan, TheThe Fan Ellen Renard
1997 Fathers' Day Shirley Trainor
1998 Archibald the Rainbow Painter Elaine Tiger
1998 Celebrity Iris
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Celia
2003 Tale of Two Pizzas, AA Tale of Two Pizzas Margie Bianco
2007 Perfect Stranger Esmeralda
2007 You Belong to Me Gladys
2008 Marconi Bros., TheThe Marconi Bros. Sonya Weitzman
2010 Extra Man, TheThe Extra Man Katehrine Hart


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Once an Eagle Michele TV miniseries
1977 Code R Maggie "The Great Boat Race"
1980 Barnaby Jones Jessica Collins "Run to Death"
1980 Charlie's Angels Bianca "Angels of the Deep"
1982 Darkroom Babette "Guillotine"
1984 Murder, She Wrote Leslie Andler "Hit, Run and Homicide"
1985 Miami Vice Mrs. Stone "Back in the World"
1986 Crime Story Eve Vollesky "Final Transmission"
1988 Crossing the Mob Lucy Conte TV film
1988 Midnight Caller Jordan "Payback"
1989 Wiseguy Amber Twine / Theresa Demante Recurring role
1990 Snow Kill Lauren Crane TV film
1992 Law & Order Betty Drake "Wedded Bliss"
1992-1993 Another World Christy Carson TV series
1993 Blind Spot Lucinda TV film
1993 South Beach Roxanne Recurring role
1994 John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show Linda "Death and Dishonor"
1994 L.A. Law Caroline Hardy "Dead Issue"
1994 My So-Called Life Amber Vallon "Guns & Gossip", "Other People's Mothers", "On the Wagon"
1994-1997 New York Undercover Lt. Virginia Cooper Main role
1997 Bad to the Bone Marilyn Wells TV film
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Darlene Everett "The Twenty Percent Solution"
1998-2000 Guiding Light Selena Davis TV series
2000-2005 Third Watch Rose Boscorelli Recurring role
2003 Division, TheThe Division Maggie "The Cost of Freedom"
2003 Nip/Tuck Wallace Forsythe "Sofia Lopez"
2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Lorraine Calluzzo "Rat Pack", "Where's Johnny?", "All Happy Families..."
2005 Wild Card Kathy "See Ya Later, Investigator!"
2006-2010 Rescue Me Ellie Recurring role
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Cecilia "World's Fair"
2007 Eyes Dee Dee McCann "Investigator"


  1. ^ Patti D'Arbanville Biography
  2. ^ D'Arbanville, Patti; Warhol, Andy (1973). "Patti D'Arbanville in Andy Warhol's Interview". Interview. Warholstars. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 

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