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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 10, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, restaurateur

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Hailing from a bohemian showbiz clan that included Patricia Arquette and David Arquette, actress Rosanna Arquette emerged on the scene in several high-profile television movies before earning acclaim in the indie feature world, starting with a leading role in John Sayles' romantic drama "Baby, It's You" (1983). Arquette followed up with what should have been her breakout role in "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), but she was left behind in the celebrity wake of co-star Madonna. Though she worked consistently, Arquette languished a bit in the late-1980s and early-1990s, thanks in part to her decision to live and work exclusively in Europe. But a small, but highly memorable role in Quentin Tarantino's groundbreaking "Pulp Fiction" (1994) refreshed audiences to Arquette's early promise. From there, she delivered a brave performance in David Cronenberg's disturbing "Crash" (1996) before making a return to her offbeat roots as a drug-addicted blues singer in Hell's Kitchen" (1999). She next became a frequent guest starring presence on some of television's most popular shows, while making her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed documentary "Searching for Debra Winger" (2003), which proved that...

Hailing from a bohemian showbiz clan that included Patricia Arquette and David Arquette, actress Rosanna Arquette emerged on the scene in several high-profile television movies before earning acclaim in the indie feature world, starting with a leading role in John Sayles' romantic drama "Baby, It's You" (1983). Arquette followed up with what should have been her breakout role in "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), but she was left behind in the celebrity wake of co-star Madonna. Though she worked consistently, Arquette languished a bit in the late-1980s and early-1990s, thanks in part to her decision to live and work exclusively in Europe. But a small, but highly memorable role in Quentin Tarantino's groundbreaking "Pulp Fiction" (1994) refreshed audiences to Arquette's early promise. From there, she delivered a brave performance in David Cronenberg's disturbing "Crash" (1996) before making a return to her offbeat roots as a drug-addicted blues singer in Hell's Kitchen" (1999). She next became a frequent guest starring presence on some of television's most popular shows, while making her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed documentary "Searching for Debra Winger" (2003), which proved that Arquette seemed content charting her own course.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Draft Day (2014)
2.
 4.3.2.1 (2012)
3.
 Sellebrity (2012)
4.
 Exodus Fall (2011)
5.
 Divide, The (2011)
6.
 Inhale (2010)
8.
 Repo Chick (2009)
10.
 Growing Op (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1963:
At age four, moved with family to Chicago where her father managed the Second City for years
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Lived with family on an artists' commune in Front Royal, VA
1974:
Hitchhiked across the country to San Francisco, CA at age 15 with three other teens
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Worked at Renaissance and Dickens fairs in San Francisco
1975:
Professional stage debut, "Metamorphosis" at the Story Theatre in Los Angeles
1977:
TV-movie debut, "Having Babies II" (ABC)
1978:
Miniseries debut, starred opposite Bette Davis in "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home" (NBC)
1979:
Made feature acting debut with a bit part as a commune girl in "More American Graffiti"
1979:
TV debut as a regular, playing a daughter of Shirley Jones on the NBC hour-long comedy-drama series "Shirley"
1982:
Written about in the popular song "Rosanna," released by the group Toto
1982:
Received enthusuastic notices as Tommy Lee Jones' girlfriend in NBC's "The Executioner's Song"; also released theatrically
1983:
First starring role in a feature film, John Sayles' "Baby, It's You"
1985:
Delivered breakthrough performance co-starring opposite Madonna in Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan"
1989:
Co-starred as young artist opposite shambling master painter Nick Nolte in Martin Scorsese's "Life Lessons" segment of "New York Stories"
1994:
Delivered a 'piercing' performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"
1996:
Played a kinky car accident victim in David Cronenberg's controversial "Crash"
1997:
Co-starred with Joe Pesci and Danny Glover in the comedy "Gone Fishin'"
1998:
Cast in Vincent Gallo's "Buffalo '66"
1998:
Cast in a small role opposite Sandra Bullock in "Hope Floats"
1999:
Starred opposite Melissa Gilbert in the TV movie "Switched at Birth" (CBS)
2000:
Played Matthew Perry's hateful wife in "The Whole Nine Yards"
2001:
Starred opposite Nastassja Kinski in "Diary of a Sex Addict"
2002:
Feature directing debut, the critically acclaimed documentary "Searching For Debra Winger"
2003:
Guest starred on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Grace's neighbor Julie
2004:
Made recurring appearance as married socialite Sherry on Showtime's "The L Word"
2005:
Helmed the musical documentary "All We Are Saying," a compelling and personal look at what makes musicians tick
2006:
Played Nicole 'Nic' Varzi in the drama "What About Brian" from creator J.J. Abrams
2009:
Played supporting role in the Lifetime romantic drama "Northern Lights"
2012:
Cast alongside Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener in the comedy-drama "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding"
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Notes

"In spite of a character which could have used more fleshing out in the writing, it's Rosanna Arquette who makes 'Baby, It's You' persistently watchable. Startling as Gary Gilmore's wild lover in 'The Executioner's Song', she here plays a nice girl who latches on to the wrong guy by default and gradually loses her bearings when turned loose from home. Resembling something of a more voluptuous cross between Nastassja Kinski and Audrey Hepburn, to whom her character is compared in the film, Arquette is clearly one of the sexiest young actresses on the screen today and her exceedingly alive performance shows great potential." --From Variety, March 9, 1983.

"I am not a flake at all. I may be kooky. I might be emotional. I might be a lot of things -- but I AM NOT A FLAKE!" --Rosanna Arquette quoted in USA Today, November 6, 1986.

"I call her the John Travolta of girls. She has a great gift and an enormous range professionally, as well as a remarkable generosity of spirit. She's going to burst back the way Travolta did." --producer Lynda Obst quoted in Paper, March 1997.

"I thought I had a sexy overbite until I met Rosanna Arquette." --Linda Fiorentino quoted in Paper, March 1997.

"I've had enough songs written about me. You can only have so many songs written about you, especially if you're not getting any royalties from them." --Rosanna Arquette in Movieline, August 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Steve Porcaro. Musician. With band Toto; wrote and recorded hit song "Rosanna".
husband:
James Newton Howard. Composer, musician. Second husband; married on September 13, 1986 in California; divorced.
companion:
Peter Gabriel. Composer, musician. Together for three years.
companion:
Paul Buchanan. Musician. Member of band, Blue Nile.
husband:
John Sidel. Recording executive, restaurateur. Married in December 1993; separated; divorced.
companion:
Michael Des Barres. Musician, actor. Worked together in "Sugar Town" (1999).
companion:
David Codikow. Executive. Works for Immortal Entertainment.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Cliff Arquette. Humorist.
mother:
Mardi Arquette. Poet, political activist. Born in August 1939; divorced from Arquette's father c. 1990; died of breast cancer in August 1997.
father:
Lewis Arquette. Actor. Original member of the improvisational group, The Committee; member of the Paul Sills' Story Theater; divorced from Arquette's mother c. 1990; died on February 10, 2001 at age 65.
brother:
Richmond Arquette. Writer, actor. Born c. 1963.
sister:
Patricia Arquette. Actor. Born on April 8, 1968; formerly married to actor Nicolas Cage.
brother:
Alexis Arquette. Actor, drag artist. Born in 1969.
brother:
David Arquette. Actor. Born on September 8, 1971; married to actress Courteney Cox.
daughter:
Zoe Bleu Sidel. Born on October 23, 1994.
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