|Real Name: Patricia Arquette|
|Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois|
The youngest daughter of a Hollywood family, Patricia Arquette became a leading lady for directors like Tim Burton, David Lynch and Sean Penn. Her breakthrough role in Tony Scott’s crime drama “True Romance” (1993) starring Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Samuel L. Jackson led to more films including “Lost Highway” (1997), “Stigmata” (1999) and Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999) with Nicolas Cage, and comedies like Adam Sandler's “Little Nicky” (2000) with Reese Witherspoon.
In 2004, Arquette moved to series television with her portrayal of a harried working mom and gifted psychic in NBC’s “Medium”, about suburban mom Alison Dubois who attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. She can see dead people and can often hear the thoughts of those around her. The series has earned the actress multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Patricia Arquette was born on April 8, 1968, and joined she joined siblings Rosanna, Richmond, and transgender Robert. Her father Lewis was a member of the Second City improv group and had earlier been a member of the prominent San Francisco comedy group "The Committee".
Arquette attended school in Los Angeles, moving from home at fourteen to live with her older sister Rosanna, and focusing on acting and education with well-known drama coach Milton Katselas. At age eighteen, she landed her first role in the young teen genre picture, “Pretty Smart” (1986), and by the following year, she was pregnant with her first son.
Arquette was cast in a starring role in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” (1987) and added a series of credits as young teen girls in “Time Out” (1988), and Sam Shepard's “Far North” (1988). She starred in two small screen productions directed by Diane Keaton: a CBS Schoolbreak Special entitled "The Boy With the Crazy Brother" (1990) and the show, "Wildflower" (1991), where she played the role of a young girl with epilepsy, whose stepfather keeps her locked away, believing she is possessed by demons.
It was director Sean Penn that cast Patricia as the loving young girlfriend of Viggo Mortensen in "The Indian Runner" (1991). She also portrayed Mattie Silver in "Ethan Frome" (1993).
Her breakout performance came later that year when she worked with heavy hitters Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in Quentin Tarantino's "True Romance.”
Tim Burton hired Arquette for "Ed Wood" (1994), the black & white biopic on the film director starring Johnny Depp and Sarah Jessica Parker. The following year she was hired and cast to play the lead of an American doctor caught up in the political disorder of Burma in John Boorman’s "Beyond Rangoon" (1995).
The actress jumped at the chance to do her first comedy, starring with Ben Stiller and Tea Leoni as the wife of an adopted man seeking his birth parents in "Flirting With Disaster" (1996). She gave a more dramatic performance with Matthew Broderick in “Infinity” (1996), a drama about Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman.
While Arquette received some attention from the press for her role as the murdered wife of a jazz musician and a killer in David Lynch's "Lost Highway" (1997), the film was too complex and unbelievable. She played a similar killer type in Stephen Frears’ "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998) with Penelope Cruz, playing the married ranch wife who starts an affair with a cattleman.
Arquettee the starred in the supernatural thriller "Stigmata" (1999), which opened at number one at the box office but started controversy for its portrayal of the Catholic Church.
She next appeared in Martin Scorsese’s New York City ambulance drama "Bringing Out the Dead" (1999) with Nicolas Cage. The work put the finishing touch on the couples real life marriage. They officially divorced a year later.
Patricia then was cast in another comedy and box office hit, Adam Sandler’s son-of-Satan comedy, "Little Nicky" (2000). She then appeared in Michel Gondry’s "Human Nature" (2001), taking a difficult role that required her to appear completely nude but covered with piles of fake hair.
After appearing as school teacher Kissin’ Kate Barlow in the Disney drama, “Holes” (2003) starring Shia Labeouf and Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette gave birth to daughter Harlow and settled into family life with fiancÚ, actor Thomas Jane.
In 2004, she made a successful move back to series television when she was hired to star as real life psychic and criminal profiler Allison DuBois in “Medium” (2004- ).
The series was admired right from the start, with her role as a wife and mother struggling to balance family and crime-solving psychic visions. After less than a dozen episodes of the mid-season replacement had aired, Arquette was nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, and winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2006, she received a second Golden Globe nomination and the following year was honored with both Golden Globe and Emmy wins for her role on the show.
Her next film is not due to be released until 2012, the drama "Boyhood" about the actual "growing up" of a child and watching the changes in both him and his parents as it is literally filmed each year - in sequence.
In 2012, after “Medium” wrapped, Arquette returned to the big screen in dramatic comedy “Girl in Progress” working with Eva Mendes and Matthew Modine. The movie was inspired by classic old coming-of-age stories, where young Ansiedad considers a life-changing decision while her mother is busy working and engaged in an affair.
Also in 2012, Arquette took a role in the comedy “A Glimpse
Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” starring troubled actor Charlie
Sheen as Charles Swan III, where a graphic designer's enviable life
slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
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