“It’s dangerous for a young woman in Hollywood to desexualize herself, but sex
didn’t belong in this movie. It’s interesting to show the relationship between
this woman and a much older man. I’d have hated it if we were running through
the jungle and started kissing each other.” Patricia Arquette
American actress with soft, Southern-tinged voice Patricia Arquette has
alternated between TV and film since the beginning of her career in the late
1980s, but primarily focused on the wide screen film by the late 1990s. Lately,
she attracted the attention of TV viewers with her well-received comeback,
starring as Alison Dubois in the popular supernatural mystery serial”Medium”
(2005-?). Her outstanding performance in the Glenn Gordon Caron-created show won
Arquette a 2005 Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe and SAG nods. She netted a
1991 Cable ACE Award after portraying the epilepsy girl in the Diane Keaton-directed
TV movie Wildflow (1991).
As for film, achieving first notice in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream
Warriors (1987) and Ethan Frome (1993), Arquette rose to fame as the call girl
in Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993, received a MTV Movie nomination). She has
since played roles in numerous films, most notably Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994,
with Johnny Depp), John Boorman’s Beyond Rangoon (1995), David Lynch’s Lost
Highway (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1998, nabbed a Western Heritage Award), the
horror Stigmata (1999, opposite Gabriel Byrne) and Martin Scorsese’s Bringing
Out the Dead (1999, with husband Nicholas Cage). Her more recent and forthcoming
credits include Little Nicky (2000), Human Nature (2001), The Badge (2002),
Holes (2003), Tiptoes (2003), Fast Food Nation (2006) and Sidney Lumet’s Before
the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007).
Off screen, Arquette, whose mother died of breast cancer, has actively
participated in the fight against the disease since 1997 and managed in the
annual Race for the Cure. In 1999, she became the spokeswoman for the Lee
National Denim Day. On more private note, 5’1” Arquette married actor Nicolas
Cage from 1995-2001, and is now the fiancé of actor Thomas Jane, with whom she
welcomed daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope (born in 2003). Her love life has also
been involved to musician Paul Rossi (father of Arquette first son Enzo), and
actors Christian Slater (briefly dated in early 1990s), Matthew McConaughey
(together in 1994).
Childhood and Family:
“I grew up in a hippie commune so I have a real hippie part of me.” Patricia
On April 8, 1968, Patricia T. Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, to the
original member of improvisational group The Committee and actor Lewis Arquette
(died in 2001) and poet/political activist Mardi (died in 1997). She is the
granddaughter of late comedian Cliff Arquette, as well as sister to the
performers Rosanna (born in 1959), Richmond (also writer), Alexis (born in 1970)
and David Arquette (born in 1971).
Born to a big family, Patricia was not pleased as a youth. After spending her
early years at an artists’ commune in Virginia, fifteen-years-old Patricia left
her family to live with her sister who had relocated to Los Angeles to become an
actress. She attended Mid-City Alternative school and Los Angeles Center for
Enriched Studies. She also studied acting with Milton Katselas before finally
launching a career in acting.
The beauty of Jewish and far-away French heritage, Patricia was married to actor
Nicholas Cage (born on January 7, 1964) on April 8, 1995, who she met for the
first time six years ago. Patricia filed for divorce in 2000, citing
“irreconcilable differences,” and their divorce finally legalized in 2001.
Rumors stated that Patricia and Nicholas had lived separately nine months after
their wedding. The couple doesn’t have child, but Patricia has two children, son
Enzo (born in 1988), from her relationship with Paul Rossi, and daughter Harlow
Olivia Calliope (born on February 20, 2003), with her fiancé-actor Thomas Jane.
Running away from her family to live with her sister in Hollywood at age 15,
Patricia Arquette kicked of her film career four years later with Pretty Smart
and the thriller sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, in which
she won notice for her costarring role as Kristen Parker. Her career began to
take off. After taking drama classes, she had a role as a young mother in her TV
movie debut, Daddy (1987), followed by roles in films like Time Out (1988), Far
North (1988) and John Hughes’ Uncle Buck (1989, voice).
In 1990, she offered a fine turn in Diane Keaton’s CBS Schoolbreak Special The
Girl with the Crazy Brother and guest starred in “thirtysomething” and “Tales
from the Crypt.” After TV film Dillinger (1991), she returned to film with
Prayer of the Rollerboys (1991), Sean Penn’s directorial debut The Indian Runner
(1991, as Viggo Mortensen’s warm girlfriend) and Domenica specialmente, La
(1991). However, it was her brilliant performance as an epilepsy girl caged by
her stepfather in the Lifetime TV movie Wildflow (1991), again for director
Diane Keaton, that earned her attention. The touching performance won Arquette a
1991 Cable ACE for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries.
Arquette then appeared in Monkey Zetterland (1992) and Trouble Bound (1993)
before garnering critical recognition for portraying Mattie Silver in Ethan
Frome (1993), opposite Liam Neeson. Still in 1993, she got her breakout role as
a neurotic, innocent prostitute named Alabama Whitman in director Tony Scott’s
True Romance. Costarring with heavy-hitters Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman and
Dennis Hopper, as well as Christian Slater, she could hold her own and was
nominated for Best Kiss at the 1994 MTV Movie Award. The Quentin
Tarantino-scripted film further opened Arquette’s doors in the industry.
More roles followed in the next years. 1994 saw her costar in the ABC film
Betrayed by Love, star as Havana in the crime-comedy Holy Matrimony and pair
with Hollywood legend Johnny Depp as the understanding wife in Tim Burton’s
bio-comedy Ed Wood. She also convincingly portrayed American physician Laura
Bowman in John Boorman’s Beyond Rangoon (1995), was cast as Ben Stiller’s wife
in the lighter fare Flirting With Disaster (1995), teamed up with Matthew
Broderick for his directorial debut Infinity (1996, as scientist Richard
Feynman’s lover scientist Richard Feynman), played the spouse of a terrorist in
The Secret Agent (1996), gained acclaimed for her dual role as a murdered
wife/femme fatale in David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997) and starred with Ewen
McGregor and Nick Nolte in the thriller Nightwatch (1997).
The naturally brown-haired actress once again became the center of interest when
filmmaker Stephen Frears had her play the supporting role of a miserably wife
who has affair with her husband’s rival in the Billy Crudup starring vehicle The
Hi-Lo Country (1998), where she took home a Western Heritage. The same year she
shared the screen with Dermot Mulroney in Goodbye Lover, and wrapped out the
decade with the horror flick Stigmata (1999, opposite Gabriel Byrne) and Martin
Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead (1999, with husband Nicholas Cage).
Returning to comedy genre, Arquette took on the role of Adam Sandler’s love
interest in the 2000 Little Nicky and starred with Rhys Ifans and Tim Robbins in
the Cannes-premiered Human Nature (2001, released theatrically in USA in 2002).
She appeared in the Documentry Searching for Debra Winger (2002, written and
directed by her sister Rosanna), worked with Billy Bob Thorton in the crime
thriller The Badge (2002), costarred with Charlie Sheen in Deeper Than Deep
(2003), appeared as a teacher-turned-criminal in Disney drama Holes (2003,
opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight) and supported Gary Oldman, Kate
Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey in Tiptoes (2003).
The bubbly and vulnerable Arquette made an auspicious small-screen comeback when
she was cast in the lead of Alison Dubois, a woman who communicates with the
dead in the NBC new supernatural mystery series ”Medium” (2005-?), based on the
true-life psychic and criminal profiler Allison DuBois. Debuted in 2005, the
show opened to critical and commercial success. As for the series’ star,
Arquette won a 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, as well as earned a
Golden Globe (2005) and SAG (2006) nominations. On the big screen, recently
starring with Mitch Baker, Bobby Cannavale and Michael D. Conway in the Richard
Linklater drama Fast Food Nation (2006), she is schedule to work with Joey
Adams, Sean Astin, Albert Finney and Ethan Hawke in a Sidney Lumet thriller,
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007).
Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress, Medium, 2005
Western Heritage: Theatrical Motion Picture, The Hi-Lo Country, 1998
Cable ACE: Actress in a Movie or Miniseries, Wildflower, 1991