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Rosanna Arquette Biography

Birth Name:
Rosanna Lisa Arquette
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Paternal grandfather was humorist Cliff Arquette, who was best known for his Charley Weaver character; maternal grandfather was a Polish Holocaust refugee; her father, Lewis Arquette, was an improvisational comedian and actor who played J
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  • Pickett on The Waltons
  • First movie role (a walk-on) was as a hippie in 1979's More American Graffiti
  • The rock group Toto's Grammy-winning 1982 song Rosanna is about her, as is In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel's 1986 hit
  • Both Gabriel and Toto bandmember Steve Porcaro were romantically involved with Arquette
  • Sued Playboy magazine for publishing unauthorized nude photos of her in 1990
  • Made her directorial debut with Searching for Debra Winger, a 2003 made-for-Showtime documentary exploring problems actresses face as they age


  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1986BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1986Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: nominated