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Rosanna Arquette is an American actress best known for her role opposite Madonna in the 1985 hit film Desperately Seeking Susan.
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Working steadily, Arquette appeared in a string of films with mixed results. She starred in The Linguini Incident (1991) with rocker David Bowie,
which garnered negative reviews. But her supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) made Arquette part of a pop-culture phenomenon. She then delved into disturbing territory with David Cronenberg’s Crash (1997), which explores a form of eroticism related to car accidents.
Showing her range, Arquette worked on a number of comedies and dramas. She had a starring role in the independent crime drama Hell’s Kitchen (1999) with William Forsythe and Angelina Jolie and then moved on to a supporting role in the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000) with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry. Around the time she was working on Big Bad Love (2002) with Arliss Howard and Debra Winger, Arquette was tackling another project of her own. She directed and produced the 2003 documentary Searching for Debra Winger, in which she interviewed many of Hollywood’s top female stars about the challenges facing actresses as they age.
Arquette created another documentary, All We Are Saying (2005), in which she interviewed such diverse musical artists as Chrissie Hynde, Andre 3000 of Outkast, Joni Mitchell and Peter Gabriel about their music and the music industry at large. The following year, Arquette returned to series television in the prime-time drama What About Brian. She played the title character’s sister, a record company executive who wanted to start a family with her husband, who is an Italian actor. The show, however, was cancelled in 2007.
Since then, Arquette has made several guest appearances on television. She guest starred on crime drama Medium, which stars her younger sister Patricia. She then appeared on the tabloid journalism series Dirt, which starred her sister-in-law Courteney Cox and was produced by her younger brother David. On the big screen, Arquette has a role in the medical drama Inhale.
Twice married and divorced, Arquette has a daughter named Zoe from her second husband John Sidel. She has also been romantically linked to rockers Peter Gabriel and Steve Porcaro of Toto. She is also the inspiration behind Toto’s 1982 hit song, “Rosanna.” Most recently, Arquette has been living with music composer Jonathan Elias.
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