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Rosanna Lisa Arquette (/rˈsɑːnə/ roh-SAH-nə; 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 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 in the ABC sitcom What About Brian?

Rosanna Arquette
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Arquette at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Rosanna Lisa Arquette

(1959-08-10) August 10, 1959 (age 60)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, film director, film producer
Years active1977–present
Anthony Greco
(m. 1979; div. 1980)

James Newton Howard
(m. 1986; div. 1987)

John Sidel
(m. 1993; div. 1999)

Todd Morgan (m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

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.[1] Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish, from a family that emigrated from Poland and Russia.[2][3][4][5][6] Her father, whose family's surname was originally "Arcouet", was of part-French Canadian descent.[7] Her father was a convert from Catholicism to Islam; through him, Arquette is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis.[8][6][9] Her siblings, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis, and David, all became actors as well.


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.[10] Her first starring role was in John Sayles's 1983 film, Baby It's You, a highly regarded[11] but little seen[12] film. 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, despite 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, acting in Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988).

In 1989, director Martin Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. 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 claimed it was without her prior knowledge or consent.[13]

In recent years, 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.[citation needed] She also guest-starred in Malcolm in the Middle as a healer named Anita who takes Malcolm's virginity.

In 2009, she joined Fit Parent Magazine, founded by Craig Knight, as Editor at Large.[14] Arquette starred in the 2011 French thriller The Divide, directed by Xavier Gens.[15]

In a 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".[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Arquette dated Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro in the 1980s. The song "Rosanna" was partly based on her.[17] She was romantically involved with Peter Gabriel for several years; his song "In Your Eyes" is said to be inspired by her.[18][19]

In August 2013, Arquette married her fourth husband, investment banker Todd Morgan, following a two-year engagement.[20] Her previous marriages, to director Tony Greco, film composer James Newton Howard, and restaurateur John Sidel, had ended in divorce.[20] She has one daughter, Zoe Bleu, with Sidel.[20]


In 2010, Rosanna Arquette became Goodwill Ambassador for The Womanity Foundation.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 More American Graffiti Girl in Commune
1980 Gorp Judy
1981 S.O.B. Babs
1982 The Executioner's Song Nicole Baker
1983 Baby It's You Jill Rosen
1985 The Aviator Tillie Hansen
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Roberta Glass / 'Susan'
1985 Silverado Hannah
1985 After Hours Marcy Franklin
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Sarah
1986 Nobody's Fool Cassie
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
1994 Pulp Fiction Jody
1994 La Cité de la peur Rosanna Arquette
1995 Search and Destroy Lauren Mirkheim
1996 Crash Gabrielle
1997 Do Me A Favor Alex Langley
1997 Gone Fishin' Rita
1997 Deceiver Mrs. Kennesaw
1998 Buffalo '66 Wendy Balsam
1998 Hope Floats Connie Phillips Uncredited
1998 Hell's Kitchen Liz McNeary
1998 I'm Losing You Rachel Krohn
1998 Fait Accompli Jezzebelle
1999 Sugar Town Eva
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
2004 Dead Cool Deirdre
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 Repo Chick Lola
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Madeline Shearson
2010 Inhale Dr. Rubin
2011 Convincing Clooney JC
2011 The Divide Marilyn
2011 Exodus Fall Marilyn Minor
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Darcy
2012 Hardflip Bethany Jones
2014 Draft Day Angie
2014 Asthma Gus' Mother
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant TV Anchorwoman
2015 Kill Your Friends Barbara
2016 Frank & Lola Patricia
2016 Lovesong Eleanor
2017 Maya Dardel Leonora Won—Indie Star Award at the American Film Festival.[22]
2017 Born Guilty Judith
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Sydney's Mom
2018 The Etruscan Smile Claudia
2018 Octavio Is Dead! Joan
2019 Lost Transmissions


Year Title Role Notes
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 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 The Executioner's Song Nicole Baker TV film
1982 Johnny Belinda Belinda McAdam TV film
1983 Insight Jo Episode: "Butterfly"
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
1990 Separation Sarah Weiss TV film
1991 Son of the Morning Star Libby Custer TV film
1993 The Wrong Man Missy Mills 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
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)
2019 Ratched tba Recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sweety Mrs. Summers 2 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Production Result
1983 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The Executioner's Song
1984 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress
Baby It's You
1986 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Desperately Seeking Susan
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead
After Hours
1987 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1989 Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival Best Actress
Black Rainbow
1990 Australian Film Institute Best Actress in a Lead Role
Wendy Cracked a Walnut
Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award
Black Rainbow
1991 Mystfest Best Actress Won
1994 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble [23]
Pulp Fiction
1997 Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2000 Teen Choice Awards Film – Choice Hissy Fit
The Whole Nine Yards
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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  2. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (October 17, 2002). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (September 6, 2013). "Celebrity Jews". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (February 17, 2010). "David Arquette: The Females of My Life". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Patricia Arquette – Cranky Critic StarTalk – Movie Star Interviews". Archived from the original on January 7, 2001. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Hoggard, Liz (August 18, 2006). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". The Independent. London. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  7. ^ Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
  8. ^ "Lewis Arquette Obituary". Los Angeles Times. July 10, 1986. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "'Medium' Cool". Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  10. ^ Caldwell, Carol (June 9, 1983). "Baby, It's Her". Rolling Stone (397): 17, 19.
  11. ^ Baby It's You at Rotten Tomatoes
  12. ^ Baby It's You at Box Office Mojo
  13. ^ Account (May 12, 2005). "Rosanna Arquette – Rosanna Still Upset About Playboy Spread". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  14. ^ "Fit Parent Magazine web site". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  15. ^ "Xavier Gens' Apocalypse 'The Divide' Encompasses Genre Cast". BloodyDisgusting.
  16. ^ Burch, Sean; Waxman, Sharon (August 8, 2019). "Rosanna Arquette Says FBI Told Her to 'Lock' Twitter Account After Blowback From White 'Shame' Tweet (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Archived from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "Toto: The Story Behind Rosanna (2017, with Dutch subtitles) Top 2000".
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  20. ^ a b c Hernandez, Lee (August 21, 2013). "Rosanna Arquette Weds Todd Morgan". People. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  21. ^ "Womanity – Equality And Women's Empowerment". The Luxury Channel.
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  23. ^ 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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