Patricia Arquette is an American actress who has performed simultaneously in films and televisions with equal élan. This blue eyed actress hails from a family of actors and entertainers. Her acting career comprising big screen flicks, independent projects and television spanning over two decade reflects her wide range of acting prowess from hysterically funny to dreading roles. She made her debut both in films and television in 1987 with ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ and ‘Daddy’ respectively. Some of her award winning performances include the television movie ‘Wildflower’, a television drama series ‘Medium’ and films ‘The Hi-Lo Country’ and ‘Boyhood’. Of these, the Richard Linklater directed ‘Boyhood’ needs a special mention. Her role of Olivia Evans not only got her widespread appreciation but also fetched several awards including ‘Oscar’, ‘BAFTA Award’, ‘Golden Globe Award’, ‘Boston Society of Film Critics Award’ and ‘Critics' Choice Movie Award’ among others. The television drama series ‘Medium’ has earned her ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series’. She is among thirteen such actresses including the likes of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet and Anna Hathaway who have bagged the ‘Oscar’,’ BAFTA Award’, ‘SAG Award’, ‘Golden Globe Award’ and ‘Critics' Choice Award‘ for a single film.
- Patricia Arquette was born in on April 8, 1968, Chicago, Illinois, to Lewis Arquette and Brenda Olivia "Mardi" as one of their five children. She is distantly related to the renowned explorer Meriwether Lewis from her father’s side.She hails from a family of actors and performers associated with the entertainment industry. While her father was a director and actor, her mother was a writer, a performer, a therapist and an activist. All her siblings have worked in the entertainment business.She was quite a rebel in her early teens. At twelve she was caught shoplifting and at one time she went bald.During the early-70s she studied in the ‘Mid-City Alternative School’. She also attended the ‘Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies’ after the family relocated to Los Angeles in 1974.She fled from her home when she was 15 and moved in with her older sister Rosanna who at that time was an upcoming actress. Eventually, she followed Rosanna’s footsteps to become an actress. She took acting training from Milton Katella’s, the famous drama coach.Career
- In 1986, Patricia Arquette landed up with her first film ‘Pretty Smart’ where she played the character of Zero, a boarding school student.In 1987, she played Kirsten Parker in the film ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ and made her debut in television with the film ‘Daddy’ playing Stacy, a pregnant teenage girl.Her portrayal of Alice Guthrie, a deaf epileptic girl in the 1991 released television movie ‘Wildflower’ earned her the ‘CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’.She scaled up her career path in the 1990s with critically acclaimed films like ‘True Romance’ (1993), ‘Ethan Frome’ (1993), ‘Beyond Rangoon’ (1995), ‘Flirting with Disaster’ (1996) and Lost Highway (1997) among others. The films showcased her versatility in different genres including psychological thrillers, horror films, comedy and romance.In 1996, her movie ‘Flirting with Disaster’, that garnered $14 million at the box office, was screened in the ‘Cannes Film Festival.In 1999, Patricia Arquette returned to the genre she started with in the horror film ‘Stigmata’. Though not critically acclaimed, the film was a success worldwide and earned over $80 million. In the same year her film ‘Bringing out the Dead’ with her the then husband Nicolas Cage was highly acclaimed by critics.Her career in films continued with ‘Little Nicky’ (2000), ‘Humane Nature’ (2001), ‘The Badge’ (2002), ‘A Single Woman’ (2008) and others. The films covered different genres including light-hearted comedy, drama, mystery and biographical films reflecting her wide range as a performer.Her 2003 released film ‘Holes’ based on Louis Sachar’s novel charted at number two in the box office with an earnings of over $71 million.Her performance in the NBC’s television drama series ‘Medium’ as Allison Dubois from 2005 to 2011 including 130 episodes has fetched her ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series’.She shot for Richard Linklater directed ‘Boyhood’ from 2002 and continued for the next twelve years until its release in 2014. Her portrayal of Olivia Evans, a single mother who faces several odds to bring up her children received widespread appreciation. She earned several awards in the category of Best Supporting Actress including ‘Oscar’, ‘BAFTA Award’, ‘Golden Globe Award’, ‘SAG Awards’ and ‘Critics' Choice Movie Award’.Awards & Achievements
- In 2015, she won the ‘Academy Award ‘in the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role’ for her performance in ‘Boyhood’.Personal Life & Legacy
- She became pregnant with her son Enzo Rossi (who was born January 3, 1989), with then-boyfriend musician Paul Rossi, when she was around 20.She married Nicholas Cage on April 8, 1995 but separated after nine months. The couple finally got a divorce on May 18, 2001.In 2002, she got engaged to actor Thomas Jane. Their daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope Jane was born on February 20, 2003.After a courtship of four years they got married in Venice, Italy, on June 25, 2006. The couple later got divorced on July 1, 2011.Humanitarian Works
- For around two decades she has been involved with different causes and charity work. She dedicated herself in raising awareness about breast cancer after her mother died of the disease in 1997.In 1999, she participated in the annual ‘Race for Cure’. She was engaged in the ‘Lee National Denim Day’, a fundraiser event initiated by ‘Lee Jeans’ to aid breast cancer research and educational programs, as its spokesperson.Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she formed a non-profit organisation with her friend Rosetta Millington to aid different projects including housing construction and community development in the ravaged place. She joined the welding students of ‘Robert Morgan Educational Center’ in Miami and utilised old shipping containers to construct shelters in Haiti.She did a television commercial for ‘PETA’ for the cause of destitute dogs and cats.Trivia
- During her Oscar acceptance speech for ‘Boyhood’ at the 2015 ‘Academy Awards’ she made a statement on gender inequality which was instantly weighed in by millions of audience.
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