Rosanna Arquette

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Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.JPG
BornRosanna Lisa Arquette
(1959-08-10) August 10, 1959 (age 55)
New York City, New York
OccupationActress, director, producer
Years active1978–present
  • Anthony Greco
  • (1979–1980)
  • James Newton Howard
  • (1986–1987)
  • John Sidel
  • (1993–1999)
  • Todd Morgan
  • (2013–present)
ParentsLewis Arquette (father)
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Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.JPG
BornRosanna Lisa Arquette
(1959-08-10) August 10, 1959 (age 55)
New York City, New York
OccupationActress, director, producer
Years active1978–present
  • Anthony Greco
  • (1979–1980)
  • James Newton Howard
  • (1986–1987)
  • John Sidel
  • (1993–1999)
  • Todd Morgan
  • (2013–present)
ParentsLewis Arquette (father)

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

Early life[edit]

Arquette was born in New York City, the daughter of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director.[1] Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish (from a family that immigrated from Poland and Russia).[2][3][4] Her father was a convert to Islam from Catholicism; through him, Rosanna is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis.[5][6][7] Her siblings, Patricia, Alexis, Richmond, and David Arquette, are also actors.


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. Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's Baby It's You, a highly regarded but little seen film.[citation needed] She starred in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) alongside pop singer Madonna, for which she won a British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for her "supporting" role despite her clearly being the lead. Madonna was breaking out at the time and many feel that while Arquette's performance was central to the movie's success, Madonna made the movie into a mainstream hit. She had negotiated a deal where she would provide a song for the movie. "Into The Groove" became a huge hit for Madonna as did the movie itself. In an interview at the time, Arquette said "The two questions I hate the most are 'What was it like working with Madonna?' and 'Are you the Rosanna in the song 'Rosanna'?" Following the commercial and critical success of Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado in 1985, and the failure of both After Hours and 8 Million Ways to Die, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe where she acted in Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988).

In 1989, director Martin Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. Other movies of note are Pulp Fiction and the David Cronenberg film, Crash and the Australian film Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990) (also known as …Almost). 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.[8]

In recent years, Arquette has expanded into directing, including the documentaries Searching for Debra Winger (2002) and All We Are Saying (2005); she also produced both projects.[9]

Arquette appeared in the short running What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and on Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe.[citation needed] She also guest starred on Malcolm in the Middle as a healer named Anita who takes Malcolm's virginity.

In 2009, she joined Fit Parent Magazine, founded by Craig Knight, as Editor at Large.[10] Arquette stars in the French thriller The Divide, directed by Xavier Gens.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2013, Arquette married her fourth husband, investment banker Todd Morgan, following a two-year engagement.[12] Her previous marriages, to director Tony Greco, musical composer James Newton Howard, and restaurateur John Sidel, all ended in divorce.[12] She has one daughter, Zoe Blue (born 1995), with Sidel.[12]



1979More American GraffitiGirl in Commune
1982The Executioner's SongNicole Baker
1983Baby It's YouJill Rosen
1985Aviator, TheThe AviatorTillie Hansen
1985Desperately Seeking SusanRoberta Glass / 'Susan'
1985After HoursMarcy Franklin
19868 Million Ways to DieSarah
1986Nobody's FoolCassie
1987Amazon Women on the MoonKarenSegment: "Two I.D.'s"
1988Big Blue, TheThe Big BlueJohana Baker
1989New York StoriesPauletteSegment: "Life Lessons"
1989Black RainbowMartha Travis
1990Wendy Cracked A WalnutWendyRe-titled ...Almost
1991Flight of the IntruderCallie Joy
1991Linguini Incident, TheThe Linguini IncidentLucy
1992Fathers & SonsMiss Athena
1993Nowhere to RunClydie Anderson
1993The Wrong ManMissy Mills
1994Pulp FictionJody
1994La Cité de la peurRosanna Arquette
1995Search and DestroyLauren Mirkheim
1997Gone Fishin'Rita
1997DeceiverMrs. Kennesaw
1998Buffalo '66Wendy Balsam
1998Hope FloatsConnie PhillipsUncredited
1998Hell's KitchenLiz McNeary
1998I'm Losing YouRachel Krohn
1998Fait AccompliJezzebelle
1999Sugar TownEva
2000Whole Nine Yards, TheThe Whole Nine YardsSophie Oseransky
2001Things Behind the SunPete
2001Joe DirtCharlene the Gator FarmerUncredited
2001Big Bad LoveVelma
2001Good AdviceCathy Sherman
2001Diary of a Sex AddictGrace HornVideo
2004Dead CoolDeirdre
2005My Suicidal SweetheartVeraAKA, Crazy for Love
2005Kids in AmericaAbby Pratt
2007Battle for TerraProfessor Lina (voice)
2008Ball Don't LieFrancine
2009Repo ChickLola
2009American Pie Presents: The Book of LoveRob's MomVideo
2010InhaleDr. Rubin
2011Convincing ClooneyJC
2011Divide, TheThe DivideMarilyn
2011Exodus FallMarilyn Minor
2011Peace, Love & MisunderstandingDarcy
2012HardflipBethany Jones
2014Draft DayAngie


1978Dark Secret of Harvest Home, TheThe Dark Secret of Harvest HomeKate ConstantineTV miniseries
1978What Really Happened to the Class of '65?NancyEpisode: "Mr. Potential"
1978James at 16Karen WallerEpisode: "An Hour Before Midnight"
1978ABC Afterschool SpecialCharlie MeredithEpisode: "Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me"
1979Eight Is EnoughLori WestEpisode: "Best of Friends"
1979–1980ShirleyDebra MillerMain role (13 episodes)
1981Here's BoomerGinnyEpisode: "Good Looking"
1982Executioner's Song, TheThe Executioner's SongNicole BakerTV film
1982Johnny BelindaBelinda McAdamTV film
1983InsightJoEpisode: "Butterfly"
1984Parade, TheThe ParadeTilda KirbyTV film
1991Son of the Morning StarLibby CusterTV film
1993Wrong Man, TheThe Wrong ManMissy MillsTV film
1996Homicide: Life on the StreetCaroline WidmerEpisode: "The Heart of a Saturday Night"
1997GunLilly DifideliEpisode: "Columbus Day"
1999Switched at BirthLinda WellsTV film
2001Huntress, TheThe HuntressArlene PottsEpisode: "Black Widow"
2002Going to CaliforniaHelenEpisode: "Home Games"
2003Practice, TheThe PracticeBrenda MillerEpisode: "Character Evidence"
2003Will & GraceJulieEpisodes: "Fagmalion Part 1: Gay It Forward", "Women and Children First"
2004SummerlandRonnieEpisode: "Skipping School"
2004L Word, TheThe L WordCherie JaffeEpisodes: "Luck, Next Time", "Liberally", "Limb from Limb"
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentKay ConnellyEpisode: "Sex Club"
2005Malcolm in the MiddleAnitaEpisode: "Burning Man"
2005Grey's AnatomyConstance FergusonEpisode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
2006L Word, TheThe L WordCherie JaffeEpisode: "Lifeline"
2006–2007What About BrianNicole VarziMain role (24 episodes)
2007L Word, TheThe L WordCherie JaffeEpisode: "Legend in the Making"
2008DirtMiaEpisode: "And the Winner Is"
2008MediumMichelle ToddEpisode: "Lady Killer"
2008Lipstick JungleTina AtwoodEpisode: "Let the Games Begin"
2009Northern LightsCharlene GalliganTV film
2009EastwickGreta NoaEpisodes: "Paint and Pleasure", "Tasers and Mind Erasers"
2010Private PracticeCorinneEpisodes: "Shotgun", "'Til Death Do Us Part"
2012Royal PainsLouise 'Lou' HunterEpisodes: "Something Fishy This Way Comes", "Sand Legs"
2013GirlsPetulaEpisode: "Video Games"
2013Ray DonovanLindaEpisodes: "Bridget", "Fite Nite"
2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAlexa PiersonEpisodes: "Wednesday's Child"


1983Primetime EmmyOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Executioner's SongNominated
1984Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressBaby It's YouWon
1986BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleDesperately Seeking SusanWon
1986Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/MusicalDesperately Seeking SusanNominated
1986Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadAfter HoursNominated
1987BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleAfter HoursNominated
1989Sitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest ActressBlack RainbowWon
1990Australian Film InstituteBest Actress in a Lead Role...AlmostNominated
1990FantasportoInternational Fantasy Film AwardBlack RainbowWon
1991MystfestBest ActressBlack RainbowWon
2000Teen Choice AwardsFilm – Choice Hissy FitThe Whole Nine YardsNominated
2007FantasportoSpecial Career AwardWon


  1. ^ Rosanna Arquette Biography (1959–) at Film
  2. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (October 8, 2002). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved December 13, 2006. 
  3. ^ Vallance, Tom (February 16, 2001). "Obituary: Lewis Arquette". The Independent. Retrieved December 13, 2006. 
  4. ^ Patricia Arquette – Cranky Critic StarTalk – Movie Star Interviews
  5. ^ Lewis Arquette Obituary Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Hoggard, Liz (August 18, 2006). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". The Independent (London). Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Rosanna Arquette – Rosanna Still Upset About Playboy Spread
  9. ^ Rosanna Arquette at IMDB
  10. ^ Fit Parent Magazine web site
  11. ^ "Xavier Gens' Apocalypse 'The Divide' Encompasses Genre Cast". BloodyDisgusting. 
  12. ^ a b c Hernandez, Lee (August 21, 2013). "Rosanna Arquette Weds Todd Morgan". People. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 

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