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Rosanna Arquette


Birth name:

Rosanna Lauren Arquette




New York, New York, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Desperately Seeking Susan


5' 3" (1.60 m)


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Rosanna Arquette - Biography


Rosanna Lauren Arquette (born August 10, 1959) is an American actress, film director, and film producer.
Throughout her career, 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. Thereafter, she played in many cinema movies and TV films and has worked with many of the most acclaimed film directors of the last twenty years. Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's Baby It's You, a highly regarded but little seen film. She starred in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) alongside pop singer Madonna. Following the commercial and critical failure of both After Hours and 8 Million Ways to Die, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe.
In 1989, film director Martin Scorsese offered her a part in New York Stories. Since then, Arquette has appeared in at least one movie each year. Of notable interest are Pulp Fiction and the David Cronenberg film, Crash. An offbeat choice, however, was the Australian film Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990) (also known as …Almost) which was an expensive film, and a huge box office flop. Only the musical score by Bruce Smeaton was generally noted by critics for its musical innovation. 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.
In recent years, Arquette has expanded into directing. Recent films which she has directed include the documentaries Searching for Debra Winger (2002) and All We Are Saying (2005); she also produced both projects.
Arquette appeared in the short running What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and on Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe.
In 2009, she joined Fit Parent Magazine, founded by Craig Knight, as Editor at Large.

Arquette was born in New York City, the daughter of Brenda "Mardi" Olivia (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director. Arquette's paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Arquette's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland, and Arquette's father was a convert to Islam and claimed to be a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Arquette's siblings are actors Patricia, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette. Arquette is also the sister-in-law of Courteney Cox, who is married to Arquette's brother David.
In 1963, Arquette's family moved to Chicago, where her father managed The Second City theater for several years. When she was eleven years old, her parents moved to a commune in Front Royal, Virginia. Arquette did not do well at school. In 1974, she hitchhiked across the country with three older teenagers, eventually going to San Francisco, where she worked at renaissance and Dickens fairs. Her professional theater debut was May 27, 1977, appearing in the Story Theatre Musical production of Ovid's The Metamorphoses at the Callboard Theatre on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.
Arquette was 19 when she married director/composer Tony Greco; they divorced in October 1980. Arquette briefly dated Toto member Steve Porcaro, but the band's Grammy Award-winning single "Rosanna," the lead track on the album Toto IV, was not named after her, and the song itself was not about her, according to writer David Paich. In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, Arquette said that she used to bring the band "juice and beer" at all hours of the night during their recording sessions.
Her 1986 marriage to composer James Newton Howard also ended in divorce. She lived with musician Peter Gabriel during the late 80's and early 90's, but they never married. Arquette married restaurateur John Sidel in 1993. One year later their daughter, Zoe Blue Sidel, was born. Arquette went on working intensively, which meant she was often away from home. The couple divorced in 1999. Arquette became engaged to entertainment executive, David Codikow, in September 2001.
Arquette promotes awareness of breast cancer, while continuing with her work as a director. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1997. In 2002 her critically acclaimed documentary Searching for Debra Winger was released. In the film, Arquette interviews prominent and respected actresses (mostly between the ages of 30 and 60) to explore the practicalities for a working actress to successfully maintain a family.


Rosanna Arquette - Personal Quotes


"Never eat a Mars Bar offered to you by Marianne Faithfull".

"I'm a wreck. I get hurt very easily. I don't have a tough shell. I'm so insecure - it's pretty stupid for me to be in this business, isn't it?"

"I have buck teeth. I sucked my thumb until I was 11... and then I went on to suck other things…"

"I'm very insecure. I hate working out. I detest it. I have places that could probably be more toned, but in Europe, imperfection is beautiful".

"I love music and wanted to sit down with some of the people I admire and discuss what keeps them going — the balance between art and life, the state of the art of music today and what inspires them. Most true artists care about music as a pure, passionate art form, but can get caught in the trap of the business which, sadly, has now become more important than the artist or even the music itself".


Rosanna Arquette - Filmography


Scribble (2010) .... Collette
Hectic (2010) .... Sheila
Inhale (2010) .... Dr. Rubin
Convincing Clooney (2009) .... JC
Exodus Fall (2010) .... Marilyn Minor
"Private Practice" .... Corinne (2 episodes, 2010)
- 'Til Death Do Us Part (2010) TV episode .... Corinne
- Shotgun (2010) TV episode .... Corinne
"Eastwick" .... Greta Noa (2 episodes, 2009)
- Tasers and Mind Erasers (2009) TV episode .... Greta Noa
- Paint and Pleasure (2009) TV episode .... Greta Noa
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009) (V) .... Rob's Mom
Repo Chick (2009) .... Lola
Northern Lights (2009) (TV) .... Charlene Galligan
... aka Nora Roberts' Northern Lights (USA: complete title)
"Lipstick Jungle" .... Tina Atwood (1 episode, 2008)
- Chapter Fourteen: Let the Games Begin (2008) TV episode .... Tina Atwood
Growing Op (2008) .... Diana
Ball Don't Lie (2008) .... Francine
"Medium" .... Michelle Todd (1 episode, 2008)
- Lady Killer (2008) TV episode .... Michelle Todd
"Dirt" .... Mia (1 episode, 2008)
- And the Winner Is (2008) TV episode .... Mia
Terra (2007) (voice) .... Professor Lina
... aka Battle for Terra (International: English title) (USA: new title)
"What About Brian" .... Nicole Varzi / ... (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
- What About Calling All Friends... (2007) TV episode .... Nicole Varzi
- What About Secret Lovers... (2007) TV episode .... Nicole Varzi
- What About All That Glitters... (2007) TV episode .... Nicole Varzi
- What About Strange Bedfellows... (2007) TV episode .... Nicole Varzi
- What About Temptations... (2007) TV episode .... Nicole Varzi
(19 more)
"The L Word" .... Cherie Jaffe (5 episodes, 2004-2007)
- Legend in the Making (2007) TV episode .... Cherie Jaffe
- Lifeline (2006) TV episode .... Cherie Jaffe
- Limb from Limb (2004) TV episode .... Cherie Jaffe
- Liberally (2004) TV episode .... Cherie Jaffe
- Luck, Next Time (2004) TV episode .... Cherie Jaffe
I-See-You.Com (2006) .... Lydia Ann Layton
"Grey's Anatomy" .... Constance Ferguson (1 episode, 2005)
- Owner of a Lonely Heart (2005) TV episode .... Constance Ferguson
Kids in America (2005) .... Abby Pratt
Welcome to California (2005) .... Prostitute
"Malcolm in the Middle" .... Anita (1 episode, 2005)
- Burning Man (2005) TV episode .... Anita
Iowa (2005) .... Effie Harte
My Suicidal Sweetheart (2005) .... Vera
... aka Crazy for Love (USA: new title)
... aka Max & Grace (USA: festival title)
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" .... Kay Connelly (1 episode, 2005)
... aka Law & Order: CI (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- Sex Club (2005) TV episode .... Kay Connelly
Dead Cool (2004) .... Deirdre
"Summerland" .... Ronnie (1 episode, 2004)
- Skipping School (2004) TV episode .... Ronnie
Gilded Stones (2004) .... Sally
... aka David Mamet's Gilded Stones (USA: complete title)
Rush of Fear (2003) (TV) .... Alex McGuire
The Law and Mr. Lee (2003) (TV) .... Linda Ellis
"Will & Grace" .... Julie (2 episodes, 2003)
- Women and Children First (2003) TV episode .... Julie
- Fagmalion Part 1: Gay It Forward (2003) TV episode .... Julie
"The Practice" .... Brenda Miller (1 episode, 2003)
- Character Evidence (2003) TV episode .... Brenda Miller
"Going to California" .... Helen (1 episode, 2002)
- Home Games (2002) TV episode .... Helen
Diary of a Sex Addict (2001) (V) .... Grace Horn
Good Advice (2001) .... Cathy Sherman
Big Bad Love (2001) .... Velma
Joe Dirt (2001) (uncredited) .... Charlene the Gator Farmer
... aka The Adventures of Joe Dirt (Canada: English title: TV title) (USA: working title)
Things Behind the Sun (2001) .... Pete
"The Huntress" .... Arlene Potts (1 episode, 2001)
- Black Widow (2001) TV episode .... Arlene Potts
Too Much Flesh (2000) .... Amy
Poison (2000) (TV) .... Dana
... aka Das blonde Biest - Wenn Mutterliebe blind macht (Germany)
... aka Tease (USA: DVD title)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000) .... Sophie Oseransky
Switched at Birth (1999) (TV) .... Linda Wells
... aka Mistaken Identity (UK: video title)
... aka Two Babies: Switched at Birth (USA: alternative title)
Pigeonholed (1999) .... Devon's Mother
Palmer's Pick Up (1999) .... Dawn
The '60s (1999) (TV) (uncredited) .... Hippie Mother
Sugar Town (1999) .... Eva
Interview with a Dead Man (1999)
Fait Accompli (1998) .... Jezzebelle
... aka VooDoo Dawn (USA: video title)
... aka Voodoo Dawn (USA: video title)
I'm Losing You (1998) .... Rachel Krohn
Hell's Kitchen (1998) .... Liz McNeary
... aka Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. (USA: alternative title)
Floating Away (1998) (TV) .... Maurey Talbot
Hope Floats (1998) (uncredited) .... Connie Phillips
Buffalo '66 (1998) .... Wendy Balsam
I Know What You Did (1998) (TV) .... Stacey Keane
... aka Crimes of Passion: I Know What You Did (USA: series title)
... aka In Defense of Murder (UK)
Homeslice (1998)
Do Me a Favor (1997) .... Alex Langley
... aka Trading Favors (USA: video title)
Deceiver (1997) .... Mrs. Kennesaw
... aka Liar (UK)
Gone Fishin' (1997) .... Rita
"Gun" .... Lilly Difideli (1 episode, 1997)
... aka Robert Altman's Gun
- Columbus Day (1997) TV episode .... Lilly Difideli
"Homicide: Life on the Street" .... Caroline Widmer (1 episode, 1996)
... aka Homicide (USA: informal short title)
- The Heart of a Saturday Night (1996) TV episode .... Caroline Widmer
Crash (1996) .... Gabrielle
White Lies (1996) .... Junkie Artist
Search and Destroy (1995) .... Lauren Mirkheim
... aka The Four Rules (Australia: video title)
Nowhere to Hide (1994) (TV) .... Sarah Blake
Pulp Fiction (1994) .... Jody
The Wrong Man (1993) (TV) .... Missy Mills
Nowhere to Run (1993) .... Clydie Anderson
... aka Ganar o morir (USA: Spanish title: TV title)
In the Deep Woods (1992) (TV) .... Joanna Warren
Fathers & Sons (1992) .... Miss Athena
The Linguini Incident (1991) .... Lucy
Son of the Morning Star (1991) (TV) .... Libby Custer
Flight of the Intruder (1991) .... Callie
Wendy Cracked a Walnut (1990) .... Wendy
... aka ...Almost (USA)
Separation (1990) (TV) .... Sarah Weiss
... aka Don't Hang Up (USA)
Sweet Revenge (1990) .... Kate Williams
... aka Une femme parfaite (France: TV title)
Black Rainbow (1989) .... Martha Travis
New York Stories (1989) .... Paulette
Promised a Miracle (1988) (TV) .... Alice Elizabeth 'Lucky' Parker
Le grand bleu (1988) .... Johana Baker
... aka The Big Blue (Philippines: English title) (UK) (USA)
... aka Le grand bleu, version intégrale (France: director's cut)
... aka Le grand bleu, version longue (France: director's cut)
"Trying Times" .... Kara Dimley (1 episode, 1987)
- A Family Tree (1987) TV episode .... Kara Dimley
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) .... Karen (segment "Two I.D.'s")
Nobody's Fool (1986) .... Cassie
8 Million Ways to Die (1986) .... Sarah
After Hours (1985) .... Marcy Franklin
Silverado (1985) .... Hannah
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) .... Roberta Glass
The Aviator (1985) .... Tillie Hansen
Survival Guide (1985) (TV)
The Parade (1984) (TV) .... Tilda Kirby
... aka Hit Parade
One Cooks, the Other Doesn't (1983) (TV) .... Tracy Boone
Off the Wall (1983) .... Pam Smith
Baby It's You (1983) .... Jill Rosen
"Insight" (1 episode, 1983)
- Butterfly (1983) TV episode
Johnny Belinda (1982) (TV) .... Belinda McAdam
The Executioner's Song (1982) (TV) .... Nicole Baker
The Wall (1982) (TV) .... Halinka Apt
A Long Way Home (1981) (TV) .... Rose Cavanaugh
"Here's Boomer" .... Ginny (1 episode, 1981)
- Good Looking (1981) TV episode .... Ginny
S.O.B. (1981) .... Babs
Gorp (1980) .... Judy
"Shirley" .... Debra Miller (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
- Teddy Roosevelt Slept Here (1980) TV episode .... Debra Miller
- The Three Dates of Shirley Miller (1980) TV episode .... Debra Miller
- Fenced In (1980) TV episode .... Debra Miller
- On the Skids (1980) TV episode .... Debra Miller
- Visions of Christmas Past (1979) TV episode .... Debra Miller
(8 more)
"The Runaways" .... Sally (1 episode, 1979)
... aka Operation Runaway
- Dreams of My Father (1979) TV episode .... Sally
More American Graffiti (1979) .... Girl in Commune
... aka Purple Haze
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979) (TV) .... Becky
"Eight Is Enough" .... Lori West (1 episode, 1979)
- Best of Friends (1979) TV episode .... Lori West
Zuma Beach (1978) (TV) .... Beverly
"ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Charlie Meredith (1 episode, 1978)
- Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me (1978) TV episode .... Charlie Meredith
"What Really Happened to the Class of '65?" .... Nancy (1 episode, 1978)
- Mr. Potential (1978) TV episode .... Nancy
"The Dark Secret of Harvest Home" (1978) TV mini-series .... Kate Constantine
Having Babies II (1977) (TV) .... Connie


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