Arquette at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Rosanna Lisa Arquette
August 10, 1959
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, film director, film producer|
(m. 1979; div. 1980)
James Newton Howard
(m. 1986; div. 1987)
(m. 1993; div. 1999)
Todd Morgan (m. 2013)
Rosanna Lisa Arquette (/ / roh-ZAN-ə ar-KET; born August 10, 1959) is an American actress, film director, and film producer. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the TV film The Executioner's Song (1982), and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). Her other film roles include After Hours (also 1985), The Big Blue (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994), and Crash (1996). She also directed the documentary Searching for Debra Winger (2002), and starred from 2006 to 2007 in 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, 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, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis, and David, all became actors as well.
Arquette has appeared in both television and screen films. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for the TV film The Executioner's Song (1982). 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 had received since demanded that she similarly expose herself. Her first starring role was in John Sayles's film, Baby It's You (1983), highly regarded by Rotten Tomatoes reviewers but not widely distributed. She starred in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) alongside pop singer Madonna, for which Arquette won a British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for her supporting role. Though many felt 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 (also 1985), the limited success of the Martin Scorsese film After Hours (also 1985) and the commercial flop 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), also a critical failure, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe, acting in Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988). Director Martin Scorsese then offered her a part in his segment of New York Stories (1989).
Arquette's 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, she appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial in Playboy's September issue, although she said it was without her prior knowledge or consent. In the 1990s, her career began to stall.
Arquette alleges (along with almost a hundred other women from the entertainment industry), that powerhouse film producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her, threatened her because of her refusal to enter his hotel room, and subsequently saw to it that she was paid less for Pulp Fiction, then no longer cast in A-list lead roles because of her rejection of his quid pro quo sexual harassment proposition. The Guardian wrote, "She has no evidence that Weinstein warned others against her (though Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting Sorvino and Ashley Judd under pressure from Weinstein)." When the industry scuttlebutt about Weinstein's predation broke into the news in October 2017, Arquette was one of the first actresses to speak openly about his misconduct, with Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker and The New York Times's Jodi Kantor. In the documentary Untouchable (2019) about Weinstein focusing on those who have accused him of sexual abuse, Arquette, Paz de la Huerta, and Erika Rosenbaum are among those interviewed.
Arquette has expanded into directing, including the documentaries Searching for Debra Winger (2002) and All We Are Saying (2005); she also produced both projects. Arquette appeared in the short-running What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and in Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe. She also guest-starred in Malcolm in the Middle as a healer named Anita who takes Malcolm's virginity.
In an August 8, 2019 interview with TheWrap, Arquette said the Federal Bureau of Investigation advised her to make her Twitter account private after online critics harassed her for tweeting that she had shame for being "white and privileged".
Arquette dated Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro in the 1980s. The song "Rosanna" was partly based on her. She was romantically involved with Peter Gabriel for several years; his song "In Your Eyes" is said to be inspired by her.
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, had 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||The 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||The 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|
|1990||Sweet Revenge||Kate Williams|
|1991||Flight of the Intruder||Callie Joy|
|1991||The Linguini Incident||Lucy|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Miss Athena|
|1993||Nowhere to Run||Clydie Anderson|
|1993||The Wrong Man||Missy Mills|
|1994||La Cité de la peur||Rosanna Arquette|
|1995||Search and Destroy||Lauren Mirkheim|
|1997||Do Me A Favor||Alex Langley||AKA, Trading Favors|
|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||The 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|
|2008||Nick Nolte: No Exit||Herself||Documentary|
|2009||American Pie Presents: The Book of Love||Madeline Shearson|
|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||Maya Dardel||Leonora||Won—Indie Star Award at the American Film Festival.|
|2018||Billionaire Boys Club||Sydney's Mom|
|2018||The Etruscan Smile||Claudia|
|2018||Octavio Is Dead!||Joan|
|2020||Love Is Love Is Love||Anne||Post-production|
|1977||Having Babies II||Connie||TV film|
|1978||The 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||TV 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||The Executioner's Song||Nicole Baker||TV film|
|1982||Johnny Belinda||Belinda McAdam||TV film|
|1984||The Parade||Tilda Kirby||TV film|
|1986||Saturday Night Live||Host||Recorded October 25, 1986, broadcast two weeks later. With musical guest Ric Ocasek.|
|1987||Trying Times (PBS Series)||Kara Dimley||Single Episode "A Family Tree"|
|1988||Promised a Miracle||Lucky Parker||TV film|
|1990||Separation||Sarah Weiss||TV film|
|1991||Son of the Morning Star||Libby Custer||TV film|
|1992||In the Deep Woods||Joanna Warren||TV film|
|1994||Nowhere to Hide||Sarah Blake||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|
|1998||Floating Away||Maurey Talbot||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||The Huntress||Arlene Potts||Episode: "Black Widow"|
|2002||Going to California||Helen||Episode: "Home Games"|
|2003||The 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||The 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||The L Word||Cherie Jaffe||Episode: "Lifeline"|
|2006–2007||What About Brian||Nicole Varzi||Main role (24 episodes)|
|2007||The 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"|
|2018||Sideswiped||Mary Maple||Main role (8 episodes)|
|2010||Sweety||Mrs. Summers||2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|1983||Primetime Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special||Nominated|
|1984||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|1986||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Won|
|Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Nominated|
|1987||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1989||Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|1990||Australian Film Institute||Best Actress in a Lead Role||Nominated|
|Fantasporto||International Fantasy Film Award||Won|
|1994||Awards Circuit Community Awards||Best Cast Ensemble ||Won|
|1997||Online Film & Television Association||Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2000||Teen Choice Awards||Film – Choice Hissy Fit||Nominated|
|The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards||Worst Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2007||Fantasporto||Special Career Award||N/A||Won|
|LA Femme International Film Festival||Pioneer Award||N/A||Nominated|
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- Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
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- "'Medium' Cool". Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
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- Shared with John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Ving Rhames, Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Eric Stoltz.
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