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Patricia Arquette, Award Winner

Arquette in BOYHOOD.

About Patricia Arquette (1968 – )

Patricia Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 8, 1968, the daughter of Lewis Arquette (1935–2001), an actor, and Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak; 1939–1997), who was also involved in the arts. Her birth name is Patricia T. Arquette. She is distantly related through her father to explorer Meriwether Lewis. Arquette's mother was Jewish. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette; all of her siblings — Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond, and David — are actors.

Starting in 1987, Arquette's first starring roles included that of pregnant teenager Stacy in the television film Daddy, boarding school student Zero in Pretty Smart, and Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

In the early ‘90s she played the hero's cousin/lover in Ethan Frome, the strung-out heroine in the luridly violent True Romance, and the hero's lesbian sister in Inside Monkey Zetterland. She also won notice with her portrayal of Kathy O'Hara, the second wife of Hollywood's legendarily bad director Ed Wood, in Tim Burton's eponymous bio-pic.

In January 2005, she starred in her first television series, NBC's Medium, in which she played a fictionalized version of psychic medium Allison DuBois. Her performance earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2005, and a string of nominations in the same role in subsequent years. After NBC cancelled Medium in 2009, CBS picked the show up for another two seasons. In 2013, she starred on Boardwalk Empire as Sally Wheet. In 2014, Arquette won critical acclaim for Boyhood, an ongoing project Arquette has been a part of for 12 years, beginning in 2002.

Arquette gave birth to son Enzo Rossi on January 3, 1989, with then-boyfriend musician Paul Rossi. In April 1995, she married actor Nicolas Cage (with whom she would later co-star in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead). They separated after nine months, but remained a couple in public until Cage filed for divorce in February 2000.

Arquette and actor Thomas Jane were engaged in 2002 and have a daughter, Harlow Olivia Calliope. Arquette and Jane subsequently married on June of 2006. Two and a half years later Arquette filed for divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences, but then reconciled with Jane, abandoning the divorce petition in July of 2009. But a year later Jane's representative announced that Arquette and Jane had decided to proceed with a divorce, once again due to “irreconcilable differences." They were granted joint custody of their daughter.

Patricia Arquette's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Kristen Parker
1987 Pretty Smart Zero
1988 Time Out Lucy
1988 Far North Jilly
1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys Casey
1991 The Indian Runner Dorothy
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Grace
1993 Trouble Bound Kit Califano
1993 Ethan Frome Mattie Silver
1993 True Romance Alabama Whirley
1994 Holy Matrimony Havana
1994 Ed Wood Kathy O'Hara
1995 Beyond Rangoon Laura Bowman
1996 Flirting with Disaster Nancy Coplin
1996 Infinity Arline Greenbaum
1996 The Secret Agent Winnie
1997 Lost Highway Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield
1997 Nightwatch Katherine
1998 Goodbye Lover Sandra Dunmore
1998 The Hi-Lo Country Mona Birk
1999 Stigmata Frankie Paige
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Mary Burke
2000 Little Nicky Valerie Veran
2001 Human Nature Lila Jute
2002 The Badge Scarlett
2003 Deeper Than Deep Linda Lovelace
2003 Holes Miss Katherine 'Kissin' Kate' Barlow
2003 Tiptoes Lucy
2006 Fast Food Nation Cindy
2008 A Single Woman Storyteller
2012 Girl in Progress Ms. Armstrong
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Izzy
2013 Vijay and I Julia
2013 Electric Slide
2014 Boyhood Olivia Evans

Patricia Arquette's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1987 Daddy Stacy
1989 The Edge Raped Woman
1990 Thirtysomething Stephanie
1990 The Outsiders Rhonda Sue
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mary Jo
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dana MacCallister
1991 Dillinger Polly Hamilton
1991 Wildflower Alice Guthrie
1994 Betrayed by Love Deanna
2005–2011 Medium Allison Dubois
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jeannie Kerns
2013–2014 Boardwalk Empire Sally Wheet
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Avery Ryan
2015 CSI: Cyber Avery Ryan

Nominations/Awards won by Patricia Arquette include...

Year Movie Award
2014 Boyhood Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress


[On her role as Allison DuBois in Medium] “I wanted to play a woman who looks normal. It's important for me to be real.”

“I don't read my reviews, but I have a bunch of them and I will when I'm 80.”

“Hippy people had a hopeful idea of what they wanted the world to be like, then most of them changed into corporate Yuppies. But I still have that hippy thing underneath somewhere.”

Did You Know

As a child, Patricia's parents offered to get her braces for her teeth; but she refused, telling them she wanted to have flaws because it would help her with character acting.

Patricia Arquette is the granddaughter of the late Cliff Arquette, TV character "Charlie Weaver" and Julie Harrison.

She is the sister of Richmond Arquette, Alexis Arquette, David Arquette and Rosanna Arquette.

Patricia Arquette is the first member of the Arquette family to receive an Oscar nomination.

Arquette in TRUE ROMANCE (1993).


Patricia Arquette in ED WOOD (1994).