“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 Arquette
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