Arquette at 2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
|Born||Rosanna Lisa Arquette
August 10, 1959
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer|
|Parent(s)||Lewis Arquette (father)
Brenda Olivia Nowak (mother)
Rosanna Lisa Arquette (ro-SAH-nah; born August 10, 1959) is an American actress, film director, and producer. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the 1982 TV film The Executioner's Song, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. Her other film roles include After Hours (1985), The Big Blue (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Crash (1996). She also directed the 2002 documentary Searching for Debra Winger, and starred from 2006 to 2007 on the ABC sitcom What About Brian?
Arquette was born in New York City, the daughter of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak; 1939–1997), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette (1935–2001), a film actor, screenwriter, and producer. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish, from a family that emigrated from Poland and Russia. Her father, whose family's surname was originally "Arcouet", was of part French Canadian descent. Her father was a convert from Catholicism to Islam; through him, Arquette is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis. Her siblings, Patricia, Alexis, Richmond, and David, are also actors.
Arquette has appeared in both television and screen films. In 1982, she earned an Emmy Award nomination for the TV film The Executioner's Song. However, she was unhappy with the film's nude scene, remarking in an interview that the idea of the general public seeing her naked made her feel uncomfortable and exploited, and that most of the offers she'd received since demanded that she similarly expose herself. Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's 1983 film, Baby It's You, a highly regarded but little seen film. She starred in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) alongside pop singer Madonna, for which she won a British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for her "supporting" role despite her clearly being the lead. Madonna was breaking out at the time and though many feel that while Arquette's performance was central to the movie's success, Madonna made the movie into a mainstream hit. She had negotiated a deal where she would provide a song for the movie. "Into The Groove" became a huge hit for Madonna as did the movie itself. In an interview at the time, Arquette said "The two questions I hate the most are 'What was it like working with Madonna?' and 'Are you the Rosanna in the song 'Rosanna'?" Following the commercial and critical success of Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado in 1985, and the failure of both After Hours and 8 Million Ways to Die, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe where she acted in Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988).
In 1989, director Martin Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. Other movies of note are Pulp Fiction and the David Cronenberg film, Crash and the Australian film Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990) (also known as …Almost). In 1990, Arquette appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial in Playboy's September issue, although she claimed it was without her prior knowledge or consent.
Arquette appeared in the short running What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and on Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe. She also guest starred on Malcolm in the Middle as a healer named Anita who takes Malcolm's virginity. Bryan Cranston, one of her former co-stars from Amazon Women on the Moon, also played Malcolm's dad Hal.
In August 2013, Arquette married her fourth husband, investment banker Todd Morgan, following a two-year engagement. Her previous marriages, to director Tony Greco, film composer James Newton Howard, and restaurateur John Sidel, all ended in divorce. She has one daughter, Zoe Bleu, with Sidel.
|1979||More American Graffiti||Girl in Commune|
|1983||Baby It's You||Jill Rosen|
|1985||Aviator, TheThe Aviator||Tillie Hansen|
|1985||Desperately Seeking Susan||Roberta Glass / 'Susan'|
|1985||After Hours||Marcy Franklin|
|1986||8 Million Ways to Die||Sarah|
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Karen||Segment: "Two I.D.'s"|
|1988||Big Blue, TheThe Big Blue||Johana Baker|
|1989||New York Stories||Paulette||Segment: "Life Lessons"|
|1989||Black Rainbow||Martha Travis|
|1990||Wendy Cracked A Walnut||Wendy||Re-titled ...Almost|
|1991||Flight of the Intruder||Callie Joy|
|1991||Linguini Incident, TheThe Linguini Incident||Lucy|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Miss Athena|
|1993||Nowhere to Run||Clydie Anderson|
|1994||La Cité de la peur||Rosanna Arquette|
|1995||Search and Destroy||Lauren Mirkheim|
|1998||Buffalo '66||Wendy Balsam|
|1998||Hope Floats||Connie Phillips||Uncredited|
|1998||Hell's Kitchen||Liz McNeary|
|1998||I'm Losing You||Rachel Krohn|
|2000||Whole Nine Yards, TheThe Whole Nine Yards||Sophie Oseransky|
|2001||Things Behind the Sun||Pete|
|2001||Joe Dirt||Charlene the Gator Farmer||Uncredited|
|2001||Big Bad Love||Velma|
|2001||Good Advice||Cathy Sherman|
|2001||Diary of a Sex Addict||Grace Horn||Video|
|2005||My Suicidal Sweetheart||Vera||AKA, Crazy for Love|
|2005||Kids in America||Abby Pratt|
|2006||I-See-You.Com||Lydia Ann Layton|
|2007||Battle for Terra||Professor Lina (voice)|
|2008||Ball Don't Lie||Francine|
|2009||American Pie Presents: The Book of Love||Madeline Shearson|
|2011||Divide, TheThe Divide||Marilyn|
|2011||Exodus Fall||Marilyn Minor|
|2011||Peace, Love & Misunderstanding||Darcy|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||TV Anchorwoman|
|2015||Kill Your Friends||Barbara|
|2016||Frank & Lola||Patricia|
|2017||The Etruscan Smile||Claudia||Filming|
|1978||Dark Secret of Harvest Home, TheThe Dark Secret of Harvest Home||Kate Constantine||TV miniseries|
|1978||What Really Happened to the Class of '65?||Nancy||Episode: "Mr. Potential"|
|1978||Zuma Beach||Beverly||Television film|
|1978||James at 16||Karen Waller||Episode: "An Hour Before Midnight"|
|1978||ABC Afterschool Special||Charlie Meredith||Episode: "Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me"|
|1979||Eight Is Enough||Lori West||Episode: "Best of Friends"|
|1979–1980||Shirley||Debra Miller||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1981||Here's Boomer||Ginny||Episode: "Good Looking"|
|1982||Executioner's Song, TheThe Executioner's Song||Nicole Baker||TV film|
|1982||Johnny Belinda||Belinda McAdam||TV film|
|1984||Parade, TheThe Parade||Tilda Kirby||TV film|
|1986||Saturday Night Live||Host||Recorded October 25, 1986, broadcast two weeks later. With musical guest Ric Ocasek.|
|1988||Promised a Miracle||Lucky Parker|
|1990||Separation||Sarah Weiss||TV film|
|1991||Son of the Morning Star||Libby Custer||TV film|
|1993||Wrong Man, TheThe Wrong Man||Missy Mills||TV film|
|1996||Homicide: Life on the Street||Caroline Widmer||Episode: "The Heart of a Saturday Night"|
|1997||Gun||Lilly Difideli||Episode: "Columbus Day"|
|1998||I Know What You Did||Stacey Keane||TV film|
|1999||The '60s||Hippie mother||TV miniseries
|1999||Switched at Birth||Linda Wells||TV film
Also known as Mistaken Identity
|2000||Poison||Dana Lazlo||TV film
Also known as Tease
|2001||Huntress, TheThe Huntress||Arlene Potts||Episode: "Black Widow"|
|2002||Going to California||Helen||Episode: "Home Games"|
|2003||Practice, TheThe Practice||Brenda Miller||Episode: "Character Evidence"|
|2003||Will & Grace||Julie||Episodes: "Fagmalion Part 1: Gay It Forward", "Women and Children First"|
|2004||Summerland||Ronnie||Episode: "Skipping School"|
|2004||L Word, TheThe L Word||Cherie Jaffe||Episodes: "Luck, Next Time", "Liberally", "Limb from Limb"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Kay Connelly||Episode: "Sex Club"|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Anita||Episode: "Burning Man"|
|2005||Grey's Anatomy||Constance Ferguson||Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"|
|2006||L Word, TheThe L Word||Cherie Jaffe||Episode: "Lifeline"|
|2006–2007||What About Brian||Nicole Varzi||Main role (24 episodes)|
|2007||L Word, TheThe L Word||Cherie Jaffe||Episode: "Legend in the Making"|
|2008||Dirt||Mia||Episode: "And the Winner Is"|
|2008||Medium||Michelle Todd||Episode: "Lady Killer"|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Tina Atwood||Episode: "Let the Games Begin"|
|2009||Northern Lights||Charlene Galligan||TV film|
|2009||Eastwick||Greta Noa||Episodes: "Paint and Pleasure", "Tasers and Mind Erasers"|
|2010||Private Practice||Corinne||Episodes: "Shotgun", "'Til Death Do Us Part"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Louise 'Lou' Hunter||Episodes: "Something Fishy This Way Comes", "Sand Legs"|
|2013||Girls||Petula||Episode: "Video Games"|
|2013-2014||Ray Donovan||Linda||Episodes: "Bridget", "Fite Nite", "Yo Soy Capitan", "S U C K", "Irish Spring", "The Captain"|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Alexa Pierson||Episode: "Wednesday's Child"|
|2015||CSI: Cyber||Trish McCarthy||Episode: "Selfie 2.0"|
Awards and nominations
|1983||Primetime Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special||The Executioner's Song||Nominated|
|1984||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Baby It's You||Won|
|1986||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Desperately Seeking Susan||Won|
|1986||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical||Desperately Seeking Susan||Nominated|
|1986||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||After Hours||Nominated|
|1987||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||After Hours||Nominated|
|1989||Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival||Best Actress||Black Rainbow||Won|
|1990||Australian Film Institute||Best Actress in a Lead Role||...Almost||Nominated|
|1990||Fantasporto||International Fantasy Film Award||Black Rainbow||Won|
|1991||Mystfest||Best Actress||Black Rainbow||Won|
|2000||Teen Choice Awards||Film – Choice Hissy Fit||The Whole Nine Yards||Nominated|
|2007||Fantasporto||Special Career Award||Won|
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- Pfefferman, Naomi (October 8, 2002). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved December 13, 2006.
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- "Patricia Arquette – Cranky Critic StarTalk – Movie Star Interviews". Crankycritic.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
- Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
- "Lewis Arquette Obituary". Los Angeles Times. 1986-07-10. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
- Hoggard, Liz (August 18, 2006). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". The Independent. London. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- "'Medium' Cool". Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
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- Baby It's You at Box Office Mojo
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