Patricia Arquette
American actress
Patricia Arquette
Patricia T. Arquette is an American actress and director. She played the lead character in the supernatural drama series Medium for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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'You Are Not Alone': Celebs Stand Up For Trans Kids After White House Drops Civil Rights Protections
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From Brando To Leo, Political Speeches Have Long Dominated The Oscars
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Patricia Arquette on why she marched vs. Trump
CNN - about 1 month
Oscar-winning Actress Patricia Arquette on her participation in DC Women's March against Trump. Plus: mother-daughter marchers Ann and Libbie Blume.
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Hollywood, It's Time To Stand Up
Huffington Post - 3 months
One morning, over breakfast, my father said to me "If a man can't go his own way, he's nothing. The moment you give up what you stand for for fame or money, that's the moment you lose your soul." Yeah, it's heavy talk for a kid over Rice Crispies, but, my Dad was a pretty deep guy. And, he was a man who stood up, and spoke the truth. Sometimes, it made me cringe with nervousness. But, in the end, it was what made me most proud. And that was how that morning's particular chat started. I asked why more people like him didn't stand up and speak up. He told me the truth. Hollywood is full of pussies. It always has been. There have always been those that bowed out from doing the right thing, and hid behind whatever cloak they think made their cowardice palatable. And then, there were those few. The mavericks. The do-what-is-righters, no matter what the cost is on the other end of maintaining their integrity. The ones that stood up to be counted on the right side of history. The ...
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Alexis Arquette Reportedly Died From AIDS. Here’s What That Really Means
Huffington Post - 5 months
Actress Alexis Arquette has died from complications related to AIDS, according to news reports, but how exactly, does someone die from the disease? Arquette, who was an activist in the transgender community, died on Sunday at age 47, according to People magazine. Members of Arquette’s family, including her sister Patricia Arquette and brother David Arquette, who are both actors, also released statements about their loss on social media. “Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” the family said in a Facebook post. “Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people.” AIDS, which stands for “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome,” is a disease caused by an infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Typically, a person can live for many years with an HIV infection befor ...
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Patricia Arquette Says She Lost Work Over Speech at Oscars
NYTimes - 10 months
She had urged equal pay for women, and at a Tribeca event, she says producers “made it clear” she didn’t get roles because of those comments.
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Patricia Arquette: Women face economic discrimination
CNN - 11 months
Actress Patricia Arquette discusses her public stance on equal pay for women.
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Patricia Arquette calls on Congress to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
Yahoo News - 12 months
One year after her famous Oscars speech about gender-based discrimination, actress Patricia Arquette launched a petition calling for the United States to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Has the gender pay gap decreased – or is that just what we'd like to think? - Christian Science Monitor
Google News - about 1 year
Christian Science Monitor Has the gender pay gap decreased – or is that just what we'd like to think? Christian Science Monitor More than 70 percent of people in North American and Europe believe men and women are already being paid equally for equal work. By Bamzi Banchiri, Staff February 11, 2016. Save for later Saved. close. Patricia Arquette arrives at the Oscars at the ... U.K. Employers Required to Publish Gender Gap in Pay and BonusesBloomberg UK Companies Won't Be Forced To Publish Gender Pay Gap Data Until 2018BuzzFeed News Firms forced to reveal gender pay gapBBC News Chester-le-Street Advertiser all 69 news articles »
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Gillian Anderson Offered Less Money Than David Duchovny To Star In The Same Damn Show
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In infuriating news, Gillian Anderson revealed she was initially offered half of David Duchovny's salary for the upcoming "X-Files" reboot, despite putting in equal star power and screen time.  "I'm surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth," Anderson said in an interview with the Daily Beast. "Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it."  As the Daily Beast points out, the 47-year-old star first spoke publicly of the disparity with The Hollywood Reporter in early January.  "There's no point in dealing with my side [first] because, as usual, they come to me with half of what they want to offer David," she said of negotiations.  Anderson recalled how even the blo ...
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Gillian Anderson Offered Less Money Than David Duchovny To Star In The Same Damn Show
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In infuriating news, Gillian Anderson revealed she was initially offered half of David Duchovny's salary for the upcoming "X-Files" reboot, despite putting in equal star power and screen time.  "I'm surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth," Anderson said in an interview with the Daily Beast. "Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it."  As the Daily Beast points out, the 47-year-old star first spoke publicly of the disparity with The Hollywood Reporter in early January.  "There's no point in dealing with my side [first] because, as usual, they come to me with half of what they want to offer David," she said of negotiations.  Anderson recalled how even the blo ...
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And the Award Goes To...
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When I moved to LA, I learned that what others call "winter," locals call "awards season." Screenings, voting, fittings, parties, gifting suites -- somehow everyone in this city seems involved, from corporate sponsors to makeup artists. As a philanthropy professional, I feel the energy of the season and also the opportunity. Celebrity activism continues to grow and has been present at recent awards shows. In 2014, Miley Cyrus used her VMA Video of the Year win as a platform to advocate for homeless youth. Last year, Patricia Arquette took a stand for equal pay for women on the Oscars stage. And, while accepting a 2015 Grammy award for their song "Glory," John Legend and Common used their acceptance speech to call for continued civil rights change. Legend started his speech with the Nina Simone quote, "It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live." The good news is that people are listening. Nearly 40 million viewers tuned in to watch the Academy Awards last year and ...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Oh-So-Ugly for Women in 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's a bit of an understatement to say that 2015 was a roller coaster of a year for women. It wasn't unusual to have days where I was cheering in the morning and shaking my fists at the sky in the afternoon. Whether it was putting the spotlight on the campus sexual assault epidemic, equal pay, or reproductive health, women around the country made their voices heard. For all the instances that depressed and infuriated us in 2015, there were successes that provided a silver lining. The Good 2015 was a great year in the quest for equal pay. Even though we are still without an updated federal equal pay law, a growing number of legislatures across the country passed statewide equal pay laws that will be pivotal in closing the gender pay gap. Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed the nation's strongest statewide equal pay law in October -- a bill that had virtually unanimous bipartisan support as well as an endorsement from the California Chamber of Commerce. Other states jumped on the band ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patricia Arquette
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    In early 2015 Arquette began starring in the CBS series CSI: Cyber, a show about FBI agents who combat Internet-based crimes.
    More Details Hide Details On May 12, 2016, CBS canceled the series after two seasons, thus ending the CSI franchise. At age 20 Arquette had a relationship with Paul Rossi, a musician. They had a son together, Enzo Rossi, born January 3, 1989.
  • 2014
    Age 45
    In 2014, Boyhood was released, a project that Arquette and other actors had shot for 12 years beginning in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Richard Linklater, marking his second collaboration with Arquette. In the film, she plays Olivia Evans, a single mother who raises her two children mostly alone with the sometimes assistance of their father (played by Ethan Hawke). The epic explores a 12-year scope. The film details the progression of her character's son, Mason, from ages 8 to 18. The film has received universal praise, with many critics calling it a "landmark film". Arquette received widespread acclaim for her performance. Critic Katie McDonahugh, writing for Salon, states "the role gave Arquette space to be all of these messy things at once, and her performance was a raw, gutsy meditation on those profoundly human contradictions". Margaret Pomeranz, writing for ABC Australia, called Arquette's performance "stunning" and praised the film, further remarking that "the elision from one time to another is subtle and seamless. It's just a fabulous movie experience". Arquette won the Academy, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
    During this three years, she was largely working on Boyhood; it was released eight years later in July 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    Also in 2013, Arquette filmed the true crime drama Electric Slide, which is still awaiting release.
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    In 2013, she returned to television, appearing on Boardwalk Empire as Sally Wheet.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    She did not appear in another film until 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Girl in Progress, a drama directed by Patricia Riggen, marked her return; it was met with negative reviews.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    On August 13, 2010, Jane's representative announced that Arquette and Jane had decided to proceed with a divorce due to "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011, and the two agreed to joint custody of their child.
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    In April 2010, she teamed-up with welding students of the Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, Florida to build shelters in Haiti from 20 used shipping containers, to provide housing to people displaced by the earthquake.
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    After the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Arquette and childhood friend Rosetta Millington-Getty formed GiveLove, a non-profit organization supporting ecological sanitation and composting, community development projects and housing construction in Haiti.
    More Details Hide Details She has also worked with Eracism Foundation, Libby Ross Foundation, The Art of Elysium, and The Heart Truth. Most recently, she made a television commercial on behalf of PETA for homeless dogs and cats.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Arquette withdrew the divorce petition on July 9, 2009.
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    In January 2009, Arquette filed for divorce from Jane on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, but the couple soon reconciled.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Arquette and Jane married on June 25, 2006, at the Palazzo Contarini in Venice, Italy.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    Her role as (a fictional version of) psychic medium Allison DuBois won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2005, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe in 2005, 2006 and 2007, a SAG Award in 2006, 2007 and 2010, and an Emmy Award in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009 NBC cancelled Medium, then CBS picked the series up and it lasted another two seasons. In 2008, she provided voice work for A Single Woman, which was panned.
    In January 2005, Arquette made her first transition to television with NBC's Medium.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    In 2003, she portrayed the controversial pornographic film star Linda Lovelace in the little known Deeper than Deep, which was followed with the more family orientated Disney produced Holes, as Kissin' Kate Barlow. Based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, Holes grossed $16,300,155 in its opening weekend, making #2 at the box office, behind Anger Managements second weekend.
    More Details Hide Details Holes would go on to gross a domestic total of $67,406,173 and an additional $4 million in international revenue, totaling $71,406,573 at the box office against a $20 million budget, making the film a moderate financial success. Arquette's next film, Tiptoes, was released straight-to-DVD in the United States, despite a screening at the Sundance Film Festival. After the humdrum reception of Tiptoes, Arquette did not appear in another film until 2006's Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater.
  • 2002
    Age 33
    Arquette and actor Thomas Jane became engaged in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope Jane was born February 20, 2003.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    Fast Food Nation marked her second collaboration with Linklater; it is based on the bestselling 2001 non-fiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser.
    More Details Hide Details Fast Food Nation received mixed to positive critical reviews. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone awarded the film three out of four stars and added, "It's less an expose of junk-food culture than a human drama, sprinkled with sly, provoking wit, about how that culture defines how we live... The film is brimming with grand ambitions but trips on many of them as some characters aren't given enough screen time to register and others vanish just when you want to learn more about them." A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote "It's a mirror and a portrait, and a movie as necessary and nourishing as your next meal."
  • 2000
    Age 31
    He withdrew the divorce petition, and they worked at reconciliation, but Arquette filed for divorce in November 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999, Arquette returned to familiar territory with the genre that began her career, in Stigmata, a horror film, in the lead role.
    More Details Hide Details Produced on a budget of $29 million, the film was a box office success, grossing $50,046,268. Internationally the film earned $39,400,000 for a total worldwide gross $89,446,268. Critics were not as receptive of the film as audiences, with Roger Ebert remarking "possibly the funniest movie ever made about Catholicism - from a theological point of view." Arquette then appeared in Martin Scorsese's Bringing out the Dead, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. The film united her with then-husband Nicolas Cage and received highly favourable critical reviews, but was a box office flop. Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote that "Arquette's quietly credible performance helps center Frank's experiences; one of the film's most honest scenes is one in which they share an ambulance ride without sharing a word". Her next role was in the light-hearted comedy Little Nicky (2000), alongside Adam Sandler. Despite being a box office hit, the film received negative reviews, although Roger Ebert called it Sandler's best film to date. Following this, she starred in French-American comedy drama Human Nature (2001), written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. The film was met with mixed reviews and was screened out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Roger Ebert, in a three-star (out of a possible four) review, lauded the film's "screwball charm". The following year, she appeared in the small-scale mystery film The Badge, playing the widowed victim of a murdered transsexual.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    1998 saw Arquette perform in two films: Goodbye Lover, a comedic neo-noir directed by Roland Joffé and The Hi-Lo Country, a period Western directed by Stephen Frears.
    More Details Hide Details The former received a poor critical reception while the latter received a more appreciative albeit modest response. The Hi-Lo Country was widely cited as a "classic Western" in the press. Stephen Holden of the New York Times said, "In its best moments the movie feels like an epic hybrid of Red River and The Last Picture Show."
  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997, after her mother died of breast cancer, Arquette worked to raise awareness about the disease.
    More Details Hide Details She has run in the annual Race for the Cure. In 1999 she was the spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education.
    In 1997, Arquette starred in David Lynch's neo-noir psychological thriller Lost Highway, in dual roles as Renee Madison and Alice Wakefield.
    More Details Hide Details The film had an ambiguous narrative, which polarized audiences and drew varying critical opinion, but it established a strong cult following. Arquette played an elusive femme fatale in a critically revered performance that enabled her to draw on her sexuality more than any other previous role. Owen Gleiberman, writing for Entertainment Weekly noted that "Arquette, with her ’40s-style curves, is certainly a spellbinding temptress". Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, disliked the film, saying there was "no sense to be made of it" and voiced his distaste over a scene in which Arquette's character is asked to disrobe at gunpoint. Other critics were more favourable: Andy Klein of the Dallas Observer called it a "two-hour plus fever dream", Michael Sragow of The New Yorker called the film a "compelling erotic nightmare", and Edward Guthman of the San Francisco Gate wrote a glowing review praising Arquette's performance, calling it the "strongest, most memorable performance the film" and favourably comparing her double role to Kim Novak's in Vertigo (1958). That same year, Arquette appeared in Nightwatch, a horror-thriller film directed by Ole Bornedal. The film is a remake the Danish film Nattevagten (1994), which was also directed by Bornedal. Nightwatch was not a box office success and received poor reviews by critics, many of whom considered it an unnecessary, inferior retelling of the original film.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    Arquette appeared in three films in 1996, the first the comedy film Flirting with Disaster (1996), about a young man's cross-country pursuit to find his parents. Critical reception was largely positive, with Todd McCarthy of Variety Magazine praising the film and the authenticity of Arquette's performance, highlighting that "Arquette is very believably distracted and infuriated". Flirting with Disaster grossed $14 million at the American box office and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Her second film released that year was the period drama The Secret Angel, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel of the same name. The film received average reviews. Infinity was her third film that year, a biographical drama about the early life of American physicist Richard Feynman. The film received mixed to positive reviews. Although Emmanuel Levy of Variety said that Arquette was "miscast", he stated that she "registers more credibly in the first part of the film, when she plays an adolescent".
  • 1995
    Age 26
    In April 1995, Arquette married Nicolas Cage (with whom she later co-starred in Bringing Out the Dead in 1999). They separated after nine months, but acted as a couple in public until Cage filed for divorce in February 2000.
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  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992, she won a CableACE Award for Best Lead Actress in a Mini-Series for her portrayal of a deaf girl with epilepsy in Wildflower, directed by Diane Keaton and also starring Reese Witherspoon.
    More Details Hide Details In her early career, Arquette received the most recognition for her role as Alabama Whitman, a free-spirited, kind-hearted prostitute in Tony Scott's True Romance (1993). The film was a moderate success, although some critics were deterred by the graphic violence. In one scene, Arquette puts up a fierce physical struggle in a fight which her character ultimately wins. Arquette's performance received generally unanimous praise from critics. Janet Maslin of the New York Times remarked that Arquette played her role with "surprising sweetness", while Peter Travers remarked that "Arquette delivers sensationally". TV Guide noted that the film blends and recycles elements from the story of Bonnie and Clyde and Terrence Malick's "love on the run" film Badlands (1973). It gave True Romance overall a favourable review for having "enough energy and verve to create something entirely fresh and infectiously entertaining." Richard Corliss of Time Magazine made similar statements and also likened the film to the earlier, seminal Bonnie and Clyde.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    In 1988, Arquette played the daughter of Tess Harper in Far North.
    More Details Hide Details Her roles in the early 1990s were in low budget and independent films, including Prayer of the Rollerboys (1990), The Indian Runner (1991), which was the directorial debut of Sean Penn; and the drama Inside Monkey Zetterland.
  • 1987
    Age 18
    In 1987, Arquette's first starring roles included 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, alongside Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger.
    More Details Hide Details She was cast to appear in the sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but she had to drop out due to pregnancy with her son Enzo. She also had to give up the role of Tralala in Last Exit to Brooklyn.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois in 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 and worked as a therapist.
    More Details Hide Details Through her father, Patricia is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis. Arquette's father had converted from Catholicism to Islam. Arquette's mother was Jewish (her ancestors immigrated from Poland and Russia). Her father's family's surname was originally "Arcouet", and his paternal line was of French-Canadian descent. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Patricia's siblings also became actors: Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond, and David Arquette. When she was a child, her 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. For a time her family lived on a commune in rural Bentonville, Virginia. She has said they became more poor the longer they lived there and she believes that experience enlarged her empathy. Their father was an alcoholic, and their mother violently abusive. When Arquette was seven, the family relocated to Chicago. They later settled in Los Angeles, California. She has described her father as a working actor, describing the range of his experience - in industrial films, commercials, voiceovers, etc. He was best known for his role as J.D. Pickett in the TV series The Waltons. Before pursuing a career in acting, Arquette had wanted to be a midwife. She put this career prospect aside breifly in an attempt to gain acting jobs and gained success in the industry.
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