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Rosanna Lisa Arquette

(1959-08-10) August 10, 1959 (age 64)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Anthony Greco
(m. 1979; div. 1980)
(m. 1986; div. 1987)
John Sidel
(m. 1993; div. 1999)
Todd Morgan
(m. 2013; separated 2022)
Children 1
  • Lewis Arquette (father)

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

Early life

Arquette was born in New York City on August 10, 1959, the daughter of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, a film actor, screenwriter, and producer. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish, from a family that emigrated from Poland and Russia. Her father, whose family's surname was originally "Arcouet", was of part-French-Canadian descent. Her father was a convert from Catholicism to Islam; through him, Arquette is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis. Her siblings, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis, and David, all became actors as well.


Arquette has appeared in both television and feature films since 1977. One of her first noticeable roles was in S.O.B. (1981), directed by Blake Edwards. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for the TV film The Executioner's Song (1982). Her first starring role was in John Sayles's film, Baby It's You (1983), highly regarded by Rotten Tomatoes reviewers but not widely distributed. She co-starred in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) alongside pop superstar Madonna, for which Arquette won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role despite appearing in the leading role. 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 (also 1985), the limited success of the Martin Scorsese film After Hours (also 1985) and the commercial flop 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), also a critical failure, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe, acting in Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988). Director Scorsese then offered her a part in his segment of New York Stories (1989).

Arquette's 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). Arquette starred in Sondra Locke's Trading Favors and was one of the minuscule few to publicly comment on the director's death in 2018. She played Angelina Jolie's mother in Hell's Kitchen and later appeared as the girlfriend of Jolie's real-life father Jon Voight on Ray Donovan.

Arquette has expanded into directing, including the documentaries Searching for Debra Winger (2002) and All We Are Saying (2005); she also produced both projects. Arquette appeared in What About Brian as Nicole Varsi and in Showtime's The L Word as Cherie Jaffe. She also guest-starred in Malcolm in the Middle as a healer named Anita.

In 2009, she joined Fit Parent Magazine, founded by Craig Knight, as Editor at Large. Arquette starred in the 2011 French thriller The Divide, directed by Xavier Gens. She had a featured role in the 2012 comedy Peace, Love & Misunderstanding with Jane Fonda.

In an August 8, 2019 interview with TheWrap, Arquette said the FBI advised her to make her Twitter account private after online critics harassed her for tweeting that she had shame for being "white and privileged".

Personal life

The Toto song "Rosanna" was written by David Paich, who has claimed that the song is based on numerous girls he had known. However, as a joke, the band members initially played along with the common assumption that the song was based on Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time. Arquette herself played along with the joke, commenting in an interview that the song was about "my showing up at 4 a.m., bringing them juice and beer at their sessions."

Arquette was romantically involved with Peter Gabriel for several years; she has said on some occasions that his song "In Your Eyes" was inspired by her, but Gabriel has never confirmed that to be true and has always, in fact, explained that he drew inspiration for the song from other sources. In August 2013, Arquette married her fourth husband, investment banker Todd Morgan, following a two-year engagement. Her previous marriages, to director Tony Greco, film composer James Newton Howard, and restaurateur John Sidel, had ended in divorce. She has one daughter with Sidel.

Arquette has described her diet as "vegetarian for the most part".

In August 2019, Arquette posted on Twitter "I'm sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me. And I feel so much shame." She later claimed the FBI told her to lock her twitter due to the reaction she received after posting this sentiment.

In January 2022, Todd Morgan filed for separation from Arquette after 8 years of marriage.


In 2010, Rosanna Arquette became Goodwill Ambassador for The Womanity Foundation.



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Fernwood 2 Night Episode 16, member of swim team
1979 More American Graffiti Girl in Commune
1980 Gorp Judy
1981 S.O.B. Babs
1982 The Executioner's Song Nicole Baker
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
1990 Sweet Revenge Kate Williams
1991 Flight of the Intruder Callie Joy
1991 Linguini Incident, TheThe Linguini Incident Lucy
1992 Fathers & Sons Miss Athena
1992 In the Deep Woods Joanna
1993 Nowhere to Run Clydie Anderson
1993 The Wrong Man Missy Mills
1994 Pulp Fiction Jody
1994 La Cité de la peur Rosanna Arquette
1995 Search and Destroy Lauren Mirkheim
1996 Crash Gabrielle
1997 Trading Favors Alex Langley a.k.a. Do Me a Favor
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
1999 The 60's Hippie Mother
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 ... Grace Horn Video
2004 Dead Cool Deirdre
2005 My ... Sweetheart Vera a.k.a. 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
2008 Nick Nolte: No Exit Herself Documentary
2009 Repo Chick Lola
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Madeline Shearson
2010 Inhale Dr. Rubin
2011 Convincing Clooney JC
2011 The Divide Marilyn
2011 Exodus Fall Marilyn Minor
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Darcy
2012 Hardflip Bethany Jones
2014 Draft Day Angie
2014 Asthma Gus' Mother
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant TV Anchorwoman
2015 Kill Your Friends Barbara
2016 Frank & Lola Patricia
2016 Lovesong Eleanor
2017 Maya Dardel Leonora Won—Indie Star Award at the American Film Festival.
2017 Born Guilty Judith
2017 Holy Lands Monica
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Sydney's Mom
2018 The Etruscan Smile Claudia
2018 Octavio Is Dead! Joan
2019 Untouchable Herself Documentary
2020 You Cannot Kill David Arquette Herself Documentary
2020 Love Is Love Is Love Anne
2021 Puppy Love Deb
2022 Signs of Love Rosie
2023 Ex-Husbands Maria Pearce


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Having Babies II Connie TV film
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 TV 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"
1981 A Long Way Home Rose Cavanaugh TV film
1982 The Wall Halinka Apt TV film
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 The Parade Tilda Kirby TV film
1986 Saturday Night Live Host Recorded October 25, 1986, broadcast two weeks later. With musical guest Ric Ocasek.
1987 Trying Times Kara Dimley Single Episode "A Family Tree"
1988 Promised a Miracle Lucky Parker TV film
1990 Separation Sarah Weiss TV film
1991 Son of the Morning Star Libby Custer TV film
1992 In the Deep Woods Joanna Warren TV film
1994 Nowhere to Hide Sarah Blake 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
1998 Floating Away Maurey Talbot 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 1 episode
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"
2016 Roadies Abby Van Ness Episode: "Carpet Season"
2018 Sideswiped Mary Maple Main role (8 episodes)
2020 Ratched Anna Recurring role
2021 The L Word: Generation Q Cherie Jaffe Episode: "Lobsters, Too"
2022–2023 Big Sky Virginia Cessna Recurring role
2023 Paul T. Goldman Genevieve Episode: "The Warrior"
2023 Florida Man Rose Episode: "Please Don't Wake Up"


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sweety Mrs. Summers 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Production Result Ref
1983 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The Executioner's Song
1984 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress
Baby It's You
1986 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Desperately Seeking Susan Won
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead
After Hours
1987 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1989 Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival Best Actress
Black Rainbow
1990 Australian Film Institute Best Actress in a Lead Role
Wendy Cracked a Walnut
Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award Black Rainbow Won
1991 Mystfest Best Actress Won
1994 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble
Pulp Fiction
1997 Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2000 Teen Choice Awards Film – Choice Hissy Fit
The Whole Nine Yards
The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Nominated
2007 Fantasporto Special Career Award N/A Won
LA Femme International Film Festival Pioneer Award N/A Nominated
2021 Newport Beach Film Festival Icon Award Self Won
2022 Vienna Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Futra Days Won

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