Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alexis Arquette Biography

Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette born Robert Arquette, July 28, 1969 is an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.

Alexis Arquette

Early life
Arquette was born in Los Angeles, California to Brenda "Mardi" Olivia (née Nowak), an actor, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director. Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland, and her father was a convert to Islam and a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Arquette's siblings are actors Rosanna, Patricia, Richmond and David.

In 1982, at the age of twelve, Arquette's first job was as "this little kid who's on a ride with all these women and whatnot" in the music video "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes. Four years later, Arquette debuted on the big screen with an uncredited bit part as Alexis, the white-faced friend and bandmate of the sexually ambivalent, angst-filled teenager Max Whiteman (Evan Richards) in the comedy film Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

Alexis Arquette

At twenty-two, Arquette landed her first significant acting role, playing a transvestite Georgette in Last Exit to Brooklyn. Sixteen years later, she went through her own transition from male to female, an experience that was documented in the film, Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Lesser known than her siblings, the majority of her film work has been limited to low-budget or independent films. She also appeared in I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, Sometimes They Come Back... Again, and Killer Drag Queens on Dope, among 40 other independent pictures.

Alexis Arquette

Arquette has appeared in supporting roles in Pulp Fiction as well as mainstream films, including Threesome, Bride of Chucky and an appearance as a Boy George fanatic in The Wedding Singer, singing "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" over and over. In 2001, Arquette played the Roman emperor Caligula in two episodes of the cult television show Xena: Warrior Princess. Also in 2001, Arquette guest starred in the Friends episode "The One with Chandler's Dad" as a waiter in drag, in the show's seventh season. She had a cameo appearance in Son of the Beach and in September 2005, VH1 announced her casting in an upcoming season of the reality show The Surreal Life.
Alexis Arquette
On January 31, 2007, Arquette was a featured celebrity client and guest judge on the premiere episode of Bravo's television show Top Design, where she was described by one of the contestants as "Iggy Pop in drag". Arquette also made a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams' "She's Madonna" video.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Arquette


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