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Patricia T. Arquette (born April 8, 1968) is an American actress and director, perhaps best known as the star of the supernatural drama series Medium.

Early life and family

Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinoismarker, the daughter of Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda "Mardi" Olivia (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher and therapist. Arquette's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland, and Arquette's father was a convert to Islam and a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette, and her siblings are actors Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette. Arquette is the sister-in-law of Courteney Cox, who is married to her brother David.

Arquette was raised in Virginiamarker and Californiamarker.


At the age of seventeen, Arquette was first cast in a role for Pretty Smart (1986). A year later, she gained attention for her starring role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, playing Kristen Parker. She won a CableACE Award in 1991 for her portrayal of a deaf epileptic in Wildflower. In 1993, she starred in Tony Scott's True Romance.Soon after, her career took off, and she has since appeared in such critically acclaimed movies as Ed Wood as the 'worst ever' film director's eventual wife, Beyond Rangoon, Ethan Frome, Lost Highway, Stigmata, Bringing Out the Dead, Human Nature, Disney's Holes, and Flirting with Disaster.

In January 2005, she began starring in her first television series, NBC's Medium. Her role as psychic Allison DuBois won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2005, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe in 2006 and 2007, a SAG award in 2006, and an Emmy Award in 2007 and 2008.

Personal life

In April 1995, Arquette married Nicolas Cage (with whom she would later co-star in Bringing Out the Dead in 1999). They separated after nine months, but acted as a couple in public until Cage filed for divorce in February 2000. The divorce petition was withdrawn, but Arquette filed again in November 2000.

In 1997, after her mother died of breast cancer, Arquette worked to raise awareness about the disease. She has run in the annual Race for the Cure, and in 1999 was the spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education.

Arquette has a son, Enzo (born January 3, 1989) with musician Paul Rossi.

While filming Holes she discovered she was pregnant. Daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope Jane was born on February 20, 2003. She and actor Thomas Jane became engaged in 2002 and married on June 25, 2006 at the Palazzo Contarini in Venicemarker, Italy. In January 2009, Arquette filed for divorce from Jane on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. However just a couple of weeks later, the couple reconciled and Arquette requested to abandon the divorce petitiondeciding her marriage was worth another try.


Year Title Role
1986 Pretty Smart Zero
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Kristen Parker
1988 Far North Jilly
1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys Casey
1991 The Indian Runner Dorothy
Wildflower Alice
1992 Trouble Bound Kit Califano
Inside Monkey Zetterland Grace Zetterland
1993 True Romance Alabama Whitman
Ethan Frome Mattie Silver
1994 Ed Wood Kathy O'Hara
Holy Matrimony Havana
1995 Beyond Rangoon Laura Bowman
1996 Flirting with Disaster Nancy
Infinity Arline Greenbaum
1997 Lost Highway Renee Madison/Alice Wakefield
Nightwatch Katherine
1998 The Hi-Lo Country Mona Birk
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Mary Burke
Goodbye Lover Sandra Dunmore
Stigmata Frankie Paige
2000 Little Nicky Valerie Veran
2001 Human Nature Lila Jute
2002 The Badge Scarlet
Searching for Debra Winger Herself
2003 Deeper Than Deep Linda Lovelace
Tiptoes Lucy
Holes Miss Katherine 'Kissin' Kate' Barlow
Abby Singer Cameo
2005-present Medium (TV series) Allison DuBois
2006 Fast Food Nation Cindy
2013 Boyhood Mom


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  2. Vallance, Tom. Obituary: Lewis Arquette, The Independent, February 16, 2001. Accessed September 1, 2009.
  3. Patricia Arquette - Cranky Critic StarTalk
  4. Mills, Nancy. Sibling Revelry, USA Weekend, May 8, 2005. Accessed September 1, 2009.
  5. Hoggard, Liz. Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie, The Independent, August 18, 2006. Accessed September 1, 2009.
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  11. Arquette's Romance No Longer True, January 5, 2009
  12. Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane Are Canceling Their Divorce, July 10, 2009

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