Date of Birth: April 8, 1968
With showbiz in her genes (her grandfather was "Charlie Weaver"
on Hollywood Squares), it only made sense when Patricia
Arquette decided to "give it a try" as an actress.
While granddad was on TV, Arquette and her siblings
were being raised on a commune by her father, Lewis (an occasional
Broadway actor), and her mother, Mardi, a poet and political activist.
The house was stacked high with newspapers, leaflets, and poetry.
This groovy upbringing created a brood of future
actors and writers. Big sister Roseanna Arquette is an actress
and a great counsel when it comes to choosing roles, mastering
scenes, and finding the best hotels in Cannes. Younger brother,
David, is also in the business and is married to actress Courteney Cox.
Following her sister's footsteps (some might say even eclipsing
her), Arquette worked steadily in TV and movies before scoring
a featured role in Sam Shepard's Far North. She parlayed that
into a series of interesting, secondary parts in out-of-the-mainstream
flicks like Sean Penn's The Indian Runner and Inside Monkey Zetterland.
Her work in the Quentin Tarantino-scripted True Romance
made Arquette the darling of cult directors, and in rapid succession
she made Ed Wood with Tim Burton, Flirting With Disaster
for David O. Russell, and David Lynch's decidedly weird Lost
Arquette became a household name in 2005 when she signed on to star in the new CBS series Medium. The show was an instant hit, and it didn't hurt when Arquette won an Emmy that same year for her portrayal of Allison Dubois, a mother and wife with psychic powers that help her solve criminal cases.
In 1995 Arquette married Nicholas Cage, who doggedly pursued her for eight years before she finally said "yes." Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce six years later. Her second marriage was to actor Thomas Jane in 2006, with whom she has a daughter. She filed for divorce in 2009, asking for full and legal custody.
Fast Food Nation
Searching for Debra Winger (2002)
Bringing out the Dead
Goodbye, Lover (1998)
The Hi-lo Country
Flirting With Disaster (1996)
The Secret Agent (1996)
Beyond Rangoon (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
Holy Matrimony (1994)
Ethan Frome (1993)
Inside Monkey Zetterland (1993)
Trouble Bound (1992)
The Indian Runner (1991)
Prayer Of The Rollerboys (1991)
Especially On Sunday (1991)
Uncle Buck (voice) (1989)
Far North (1988)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Pretty Smart (1986)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)