Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Born Rosanna Lisa Arquette
(1959-08-10) August 10, 1959
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, producer
Years active 1978–present
  • Anthony Greco
  • (1979–1980)
  • James Newton Howard
  • (1986–1987)
  • John Sidel
  • (1993–1999)
  • Todd Morgan
  • (2013–present)
Children 1
Parent(s) Lewis Arquette (father)
Brenda Olivia Nowak (mother)

Rosanna Lisa Arquette (ro-SAH-nah; born August 10, 1959) is an American actress, film director, and producer. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the 1982 TV film The Executioner's Song, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. Her other film roles include After Hours (1985), The Big Blue (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Crash (1996). She also directed the 2002 documentary Searching for Debra Winger, and starred from 2006 to 2007 on the ABC sitcom What About Brian?

Early life

Arquette was born in New York City, the daughter of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak; 1939–1997), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette (1935–2001), a film actor, screenwriter, and producer.[1] Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish, from a family that emigrated from Poland and Russia.[2][3][4] Her father, whose family's surname was originally "Arcouet", was of part French Canadian descent.[5] Her father was a convert from Catholicism to Islam; through him, Arquette is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis.[6][7][8] Her siblings, Patricia, Alexis, Richmond, and David, 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. However, she was unhappy with the film's nude scene, remarking in an interview that the idea of the general public seeing her naked made her feel uncomfortable and exploited, and that most of the offers she'd received since demanded that she similarly expose herself.[9] Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's 1983 film, Baby It's You, a highly regarded[10] but little seen[11] film. 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 though 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.[12]

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.[13]

Arquette appeared in the short running What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and on Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe. She also guest starred on Malcolm in the Middle as a healer named Anita who takes Malcolm's virginity. Bryan Cranston, one of her former co-stars from Amazon Women on the Moon, also played Malcolm's dad Hal.

In 2009, she joined Fit Parent Magazine, founded by Craig Knight, as Editor at Large.[14] Arquette stars in the French thriller The Divide, directed by Xavier Gens.[15]

Personal life

In August 2013, Arquette married her fourth husband, investment banker Todd Morgan, following a two-year engagement.[16] Her previous marriages, to director Tony Greco, film composer James Newton Howard, and restaurateur John Sidel, all ended in divorce.[16] She has one daughter, Zoe Bleu, with Sidel.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 More American Graffiti Girl in Commune
1980 Gorp Judy
1981 S.O.B. Babs
1983 Baby It's You Jill Rosen
1985 Aviator, TheThe Aviator Tillie Hansen
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Roberta Glass / 'Susan'
1985 Silverado Hannah
1985 After Hours Marcy Franklin
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Sarah
1986 Nobody's Fool Cassie
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Karen Segment: "Two I.D.'s"
1988 Big Blue, TheThe Big Blue Johana Baker
1989 New York Stories Paulette Segment: "Life Lessons"
1989 Black Rainbow Martha Travis
1990 Wendy Cracked A Walnut Wendy Re-titled ...Almost
1991 Flight of the Intruder Callie Joy
1991 Linguini Incident, TheThe Linguini Incident Lucy
1992 Fathers & Sons Miss Athena
1993 Nowhere to Run Clydie Anderson
1994 Pulp Fiction Jody
1994 La Cité de la peur Rosanna Arquette
1995 Search and Destroy Lauren Mirkheim
1996 Crash Gabrielle
1997 Gone Fishin' Rita
1997 Deceiver Mrs. Kennesaw
1998 Buffalo '66 Wendy Balsam
1998 Hope Floats Connie Phillips Uncredited
1998 Hell's Kitchen Liz McNeary
1998 I'm Losing You Rachel Krohn
1998 Fait Accompli Jezzebelle
1999 Sugar Town Eva
2000 Whole Nine Yards, TheThe Whole Nine Yards Sophie Oseransky
2001 Things Behind the Sun Pete
2001 Joe Dirt Charlene the Gator Farmer Uncredited
2001 Big Bad Love Velma
2001 Good Advice Cathy Sherman
2001 Diary of a Sex Addict Grace Horn Video
2004 Dead Cool Deirdre
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Vera AKA, Crazy for Love
2005 Kids in America Abby Pratt
2006 I-See-You.Com Lydia Ann Layton
2007 Battle for Terra Professor Lina (voice)
2008 Ball Don't Lie Francine
2009 Repo Chick Lola
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Madeline Shearson
2010 Inhale Dr. Rubin
2011 Convincing Clooney JC
2011 Divide, TheThe Divide Marilyn
2011 Exodus Fall Marilyn Minor
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Darcy
2012 Hardflip Bethany Jones
2014 Draft Day Angie
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant TV Anchorwoman
2015 Kill Your Friends Barbara
2016 Frank & Lola Patricia
2016 Lovesong Eleanor
2017 The Etruscan Smile Claudia Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Dark Secret of Harvest Home, TheThe Dark Secret of Harvest Home Kate Constantine TV miniseries
1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Nancy Episode: "Mr. Potential"
1978 Zuma Beach Beverly Television film
1978 James at 16 Karen Waller Episode: "An Hour Before Midnight"
1978 ABC Afterschool Special Charlie Meredith Episode: "Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me"
1979 Eight Is Enough Lori West Episode: "Best of Friends"
1979–1980 Shirley Debra Miller Main role (13 episodes)
1981 Here's Boomer Ginny Episode: "Good Looking"
1982 Executioner's Song, TheThe Executioner's Song Nicole Baker TV film
1982 Johnny Belinda Belinda McAdam TV film
1983 Insight Jo Episode: "Butterfly"
1984 Parade, TheThe Parade Tilda Kirby TV film
1986 Saturday Night Live Host Recorded October 25, 1986, broadcast two weeks later. With musical guest Ric Ocasek.
1988 Promised a Miracle Lucky Parker
1990 Separation Sarah Weiss TV film
1991 Son of the Morning Star Libby Custer TV film
1993 Wrong Man, TheThe Wrong Man Missy Mills TV film
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Caroline Widmer Episode: "The Heart of a Saturday Night"
1997 Gun Lilly Difideli Episode: "Columbus Day"
1998 I Know What You Did Stacey Keane TV film
1999 The '60s Hippie mother TV miniseries
1999 Switched at Birth Linda Wells TV film
Also known as Mistaken Identity
2000 Poison Dana Lazlo TV film
Also known as Tease
2001 Huntress, TheThe Huntress Arlene Potts Episode: "Black Widow"
2002 Going to California Helen Episode: "Home Games"
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Brenda Miller Episode: "Character Evidence"
2003 Will & Grace Julie Episodes: "Fagmalion Part 1: Gay It Forward", "Women and Children First"
2004 Summerland Ronnie Episode: "Skipping School"
2004 L Word, TheThe L Word Cherie Jaffe Episodes: "Luck, Next Time", "Liberally", "Limb from Limb"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kay Connelly Episode: "Sex Club"
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Anita Episode: "Burning Man"
2005 Grey's Anatomy Constance Ferguson Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
2006 L Word, TheThe L Word Cherie Jaffe Episode: "Lifeline"
2006–2007 What About Brian Nicole Varzi Main role (24 episodes)
2007 L Word, TheThe L Word Cherie Jaffe Episode: "Legend in the Making"
2008 Dirt Mia Episode: "And the Winner Is"
2008 Medium Michelle Todd Episode: "Lady Killer"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Tina Atwood Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
2009 Northern Lights Charlene Galligan TV film
2009 Eastwick Greta Noa Episodes: "Paint and Pleasure", "Tasers and Mind Erasers"
2010 Private Practice Corinne Episodes: "Shotgun", "'Til Death Do Us Part"
2012 Royal Pains Louise 'Lou' Hunter Episodes: "Something Fishy This Way Comes", "Sand Legs"
2013 Girls Petula Episode: "Video Games"
2013-2014 Ray Donovan Linda Episodes: "Bridget", "Fite Nite", "Yo Soy Capitan", "S U C K", "Irish Spring", "The Captain"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alexa Pierson Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2015 CSI: Cyber Trish McCarthy Episode: "Selfie 2.0"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Production Result
1983 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special The Executioner's Song Nominated
1984 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Baby It's You Won
1986 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Desperately Seeking Susan Won
1986 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical Desperately Seeking Susan Nominated
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead After Hours Nominated
1987 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role After Hours Nominated
1989 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Best Actress Black Rainbow Won
1990 Australian Film Institute Best Actress in a Lead Role ...Almost Nominated
1990 Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award Black Rainbow Won
1991 Mystfest Best Actress Black Rainbow Won
2000 Teen Choice Awards Film – Choice Hissy Fit The Whole Nine Yards Nominated
2007 Fantasporto Special Career Award Won


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