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

Personal life

Arquette was born in New York Citymarker, 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. Arquette's paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Arquette's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Polandmarker, and Arquette's father was a convert to Islam and claimed to be a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. 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 Chicagomarker, 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 Royalmarker, Virginiamarker. 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 Angelesmarker.

Arquette was 19 when she married director/composer Tony Greco; they divorced in October 1980. Arquette briefly dated Toto member Steve Porcaro; the band's Grammy Award-winning single "Rosanna," the lead track on the album Toto IV, was named after her, but the song itself was not about her, according to writer David Paich. 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. English pop and rock star Peter Gabriel recorded the hit "In Your Eyes" inspired by a brief reconciliation with the actress. 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.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.


From the beginning of 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. Following the commercial and critical failure of both After Hours and 8 Million Ways to Die, she quit Hollywoodmarker to work in Europe.

In 1989, Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. Since then, Arquette has appeared, with few exceptions, in one or in several movies each year, some of them of notable interest, like Pulp Fiction and the David Cronenberg film, Crash. An offbeat choice, however, was to fly downunder and make the Australian film Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990) (also known as …Almost). 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.

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.

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.

Filmography as actress

Filmography as director/producer


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