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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 August 1959New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRosanna Lisa Arquette
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rosanna Arquette has acted extensively in film and television, and has come to be acknowledged as an actress of rare depth and scope.

Arquette was born in New York City, New York. Her parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Alexis Arquette, and David Arquette, all actors. Her paternal grandfather, Cliff Arquette, was also an entertainer. Rosanna's mother was from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Poland and Russia), while Rosanna's father had French-Canadian, Swiss-German, and English ancestry.

Growing up in a family of actors, she began working at a young age. Her first big break came as a teenager with a role in the Movie of the Week The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978), which starred Bette Davis. Several television roles followed, including an ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) and a part on the series James at 16 (1977) before her talents led to her film debut in Gorp (1980). Since then she has acted in a steady stream of films, including John Sayles' Baby It's You (1983), Fathers & Sons (1992) with Jeff Goldblum, Silverado (1985) (which also featured Goldblum), The Linguini Incident (1991), Martin Scorsese's segment of New York Stories (1989) with Nick Nolte, and many others. She feels particularly proud of her offbeat roles in such independent films as After Hours (1985), Nobody's Fool (1986), and Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), for which she won the British Academy Award. Ms. Arquette was nominated for an Emmy for her work in the controversial The Executioner's Song (1982). She continues her work on television as well as the big screen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (4)

Todd Morgan (18 August 2013 - present)
John Sidel (19 December 1993 - 1 February 1999) (divorced) (1 child)
James Newton Howard (13 September 1986 - 2 October 1987) (divorced)
Tony Greco (17 July 1979 - 6 October 1980) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Lived in Europe with Peter Gabriel from 1988 to 1992.
Daughter of Lewis Arquette and Brenda Denaut. Granddaughter of Cliff Arquette and Julie Harrison. Older sister of Richmond Arquette, Alexis Arquette, David Arquette and Patricia Arquette.
Is a vegetarian.
Formerly sister-in-law of Nicolas Cage, who was married to her sister, Patricia Arquette.
Announced engagement to Immortal Entertainment president David Codikow. [September 2001]
Her mother died of breast cancer
Longtime friend of Kimberly Beck.
Former sister-in-law of Thomas Jane and Courteney Cox.
Shared an on-screen husband with her real-life sister-in-law, Courteney Cox. Matthew Perry was her husband in The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and also played Courteney Cox's husband, "Chandler" on Friends (1994). Courteney Cox Arquette is married to David Arquette, her brother.
Was considered for the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984),.
Born on Monday at 4:45 PM-EDT.
Aunt of Enzo Rossi and Harlow Olivia Calliope Elliott and Coco Arquette.
The family surname was spelled "Arcouet" many generations back. Her father had French-Canadian, English, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Rosanna's maternal grandfather, Joseph Nowack, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, while Rosanna's maternal grandmother, Claire Hibel, was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.
Was immortalized in the song "Rosanna" written and performed by Toto (on their album, Toto IV). "Rosanna" was a Top 10 hit that went on to win Grammys for 1982: Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Instrumental Arrangement With Vocal. Rosanna was the girlfriend of a member of the band, Jeff Porcaro.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a daughter Zoe Bleu Sidel (aka Zoe Sidel) on October 23, 1994. Child's father is her now ex-3rd husband, John Sidel.
(August 18, 2013) Married for the 4th time her boyfriend Todd Morgan following a 2-year-long engagement.

Personal Quotes (10)

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?
(2011, on landing Pulp Fiction) Quentin [Tarantino] called me and invited me to go to coffee with him at Swingers, I remember. I think people were talking about me, my agents or somebody, so I had heard about this film. But I had known about Quentin because of his writing. He had a film that... before it became Natural Born Killers, it was called Mickey And Mallory. It was one of the best screenplays I'd ever read in my life, and I wanted to do it. And there was talk of it, but I read the screenplay years before it was actually made by Oliver Stone. I wanted to do that movie so bad! So there was a point where people were talking to me about doing it, so that's how I discovered his writing. And my sister [Patricia Arquette] did True Romance. I just remember him wanting to go and have coffee. So we went to Swingers and had a meal at the counter and talked. And I got to play Jody. So that was neat...I love to see the humor in things, so for me, it was really fun and effortless. I do have a dark sense of humor anyway, so that was fun to do that. He's a master director and writer, but what he was able to do and how he's become that is because he puts together his cast and he rehearses like it's a play. We had all of this rehearsal time, so you could work things out and discover and play.
(2011, on making The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home with Bette Davis) I remember a day where a camera broke. We were in Ohio, and it was hot. The heat was really hellacious. And she kind of grabbed me, gave me a hug, and sat me on her lap, and said, "This is Hell. And just remember, you cannot have a career and a relationship. It will never work." And it haunted me all my life! And you know what? God, she was right! Well, that's not true. Some people do it. But I just remember her telling me this, and I was, like, "Really? Is that the truth?" And, you know, The Red Shoes was always such an influence on my life, and I opened my documentary, Searching For Debra Winger, with that: a woman who has to choose between her art and her love, but she can't make that choice, so she kills herself. It was very haunting, her saying that to me.
(2011, on After Hours) Probably the most fun I've ever had working, even though we were all so exhausted. Because we did night shooting. The whole thing was done at night. So, basically, you'd start work at 4 in the afternoon and go to 5:30 or 6 in the morning, 'til the sun rose. It was such a fun time. Sleep deprivation can make you a little kooky. So that alone inspired me. And there's another director [Martin Scorsese] who loves to rehearse, but then lets his actors do their thing and gives you complete freedom and trust. Once you have that from a director, then you're just free to do anything. Because you know they have faith in you, then you have faith in them, and it's a great creative marriage when that happens.
(2011, on Desperately Seeking Susan) Well, it was really one of the first films that was all female. The studio head was Barbara Boyle, it was female producers, female writers, a female director. It was one of the first out of the box like that. That didn't really happen. A female-driven movie about females? It just didn't happen like that. You didn't see films with women running them in every way, shape, or form. I remember that one of the producers, Sarah Pillsbury, had just had a baby, and there was a discrepancy during filming about whether Roberta had amnesia at this point in the film or not. There was this back-and-forth bickering. Because it was shot out of sequence, and we'd be confused about whether she still had amnesia. So we were all in a little huddle, and... we were all weeping! I'll never forget that. It was, like, "There you go: This is why they don't have movies done with all women." That just cracked me up. It was only just that one moment, but we were all in such a hormonal state trying to work this thing out. And then we all laughed. It was, like, "Okay, this is silly, let's get back to work." So we figured it out, we went back to work, and it was all good.
(2011, on working with Madonna on Desperately Seeking Susan) She had no acting experience. But she certainly had a presence. She was becoming the biggest thing in the world as we were doing the film. So she wasn't that big, but she was this presence on MTV, so I kept seeing the "Lucky Star" video and just being obsessed with how gorgeous she was. She has that star quality. She really does. It's like Angelina Jolie, where she walks in and you just go, "Wow..." She has it. And she always had that presence. I'm really looking forward to seeing her movie that she directed. I've heard it's good, and I'm really excited for her. We got to know each other during that film, and for a while we were really close. I just found an album of Like A Virgin where she wrote, "Rosanna, I love you!" I thought, "I should really frame that." But we've lost touch over the years. I wish her well, though, and I'm happy for her that she's doing so well. And that she has such beautiful children.
(2011, on Crash) I loved working with [David] Cronenberg. He does these very kind of twisted, intense films, but he's sort of a soft-spoken, really nice, normal guy. You'd never think the stuff was coming out of him. It was a very strange time. My baby was 1 year old, and I was breast-feeding, yet here I was doing this weird, dark film. But I had a great time working with Holly Hunter and James Spader. Just wonderful actors. It was a good time...I was also doing the movie Gone Fishin' at the same time I was doing Crash. So I had to go down and do this movie with Joe Pesci and Danny [Glover], and then fly back up and do Crash, and then back down again.
(2011, on What About Brian) Let me just say this: I think it was a really good show. People stopped me all the time to tell me that they loved that television show, and I guess ABC... They have a new regime now, but the regime then just didn't get it. People loved that show. And they kept changing the timeslot, changing this, changing that. I don't know what really happened with it. J.J. Abrams was an executive producer on it, but he wasn't there for the day-to-day. Too bad: If he had been, we might've been on the air forever. I don't know if it was a political thing, but it didn't make sense. Dana Stevens is a really good writer, but... You know, I felt like there wasn't a lot for me to do, so it was a little frustrating. But it could've been quite a big show, had they given it a chance.
Marty Scorsese's never negative. He said, 'Do you think you should laugh in this scene?' 'Oh, no, Marty, I can't see where she'd laugh.' 'Oh, yeah, you're right. Forget I ever said anything.' That's what he does, very subtly: like he planted the seed, watered it and split. As I was doing the scene, I don't know where it came from, but I just started laughing.

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