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Rosanna Arquette

Arquette at Cannes in (2002)
Born Rosanna Lauren Arquette
August 10, 1959 (1959-08-10) (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, producer
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Anthony Greco (m. 1979–1980) «start: (1979)–end+1: (1981)»"Marriage: Anthony Greco to Rosanna Arquette" Location: (linkback: (divorced)
James Newton Howard (m. 1986–1987) «start: (1986)–end+1: (1988)»"Marriage: James Newton Howard to Rosanna Arquette" Location: (linkback: (divorced)
John Sidel (m. 1993–1999) «start: (1993)–end+1: (2000)»"Marriage: John Sidel to Rosanna Arquette" Location: (linkback: (divorced)

Rosanna Lauren Arquette (born August 10, 1959) is an American actress, film director, and film producer.



Throughout her career, 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. Thereafter, she played in many cinema movies and TV films and has worked with many of the most acclaimed film directors of the last twenty years. Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's 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 BAFTA Award. Following the commercial and critical failure of both After Hours and 8 Million Ways to Die, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe.

In 1989, film director Martin Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. Since then, Arquette has appeared in at least one movie each year. Of notable interest are Pulp Fiction and the David Cronenberg film, Crash. An offbeat choice, however, was the Australian film Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990) (also known as …Almost) which was an expensive film, and a huge box office flop. Only the musical score by Bruce Smeaton was generally noted by critics for its musical innovation. 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.[1]

In recent years, Arquette has expanded into directing. Recent films which she has directed include the documentaries Searching for Debra Winger (2002) and All We Are Saying (2005); she also produced both projects.[2]

Arquette appeared in the short running What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and on Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe.

In 2009, she joined Fit Parent Magazine, founded by Craig Knight, as Editor at Large.[3]

Personal life

Arquette was born in New York City, the daughter of Brenda "Mardi" Olivia (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director.[4] Arquette's paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Arquette's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland,[5] and Arquette's father was a convert to Islam and claimed to be a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis.[6][7][8][9] Arquette's siblings are actors Patricia, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette. Arquette is also the sister-in-law of Courteney Cox, who is married to Arquette's brother David.

In 1963, Arquette's family moved to Chicago, where her father managed The Second City theater for several years. When she was eleven years old, her parents moved to a commune in Front Royal, Virginia. Arquette did not do well at school. In 1974, she hitchhiked across the country with three older teenagers, eventually going to San Francisco, where she worked at renaissance and Dickens fairs. Her professional theater debut was May 27, 1977, appearing in the Story Theatre Musical production of Ovid's The Metamorphoses at the Callboard Theatre on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Arquette was 19 when she married director/composer Tony Greco; they divorced in October 1980. Arquette briefly dated Toto member Steve Porcaro, but the band's Grammy Award-winning single "Rosanna," the lead track on the album Toto IV, was not named after her, and the song itself was not about her, according to writer David Paich.[10] In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, Arquette said that she used to bring the band "juice and beer" at all hours of the night during their recording sessions.

Her 1986 marriage to composer James Newton Howard also ended in divorce. She lived with musician Peter Gabriel during the late 80's and early 90's, but they never married.[citation needed] Arquette married restaurateur John Sidel in 1993. One year later their daughter, Zoe Blue Sidel, was born. Arquette went on working intensively, which meant she was often away from home. The couple divorced in 1999. Arquette became engaged to entertainment executive, David Codikow, in September 2001.[citation needed]

Arquette promotes awareness of breast cancer, while continuing with her work as a director. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1997. In 2002 her critically acclaimed documentary Searching for Debra Winger was released. In the film, Arquette interviews prominent and respected actresses (mostly between the ages of 30 and 60) to explore the practicalities for a working actress to successfully maintain a family.

Filmography as actress

Filmography as director/producer


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