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Full Name  Robert Arquette
Name  Alexis Arquette
Years active  1982–2014

Occupation  Actor
Other names  Eva Destruction
Role  Actress
Alexis Arquette

Born  July 28, 1969 (1969-07-28) Los Angeles
Died  September 11, 2016 (aged 47) Los Angeles
Relatives  Patricia Arquette (sister)Rosanna Arquette (sister)Richmond Arquette (brother)David Arquette (brother)Cliff Arquette (grandfather)
Siblings  David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette
Parents  Lewis Arquette, Brenda Denaut
Grandparents  Cliff Arquette, Mildred Nesbitt
Nephews  Enzo Rossi, Charlie West Arquette
Movies  The Wedding Singer, Pulp Fiction, Bride of Chucky, Sometimes They Come Back Ag, Spun
Similar People  Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Lewis Arquette

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Alexis Arquette (July 28, 1969 – September 11, 2016) was an American actress, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, and activist. She underwent gender transitioning in her late thirties, and supported other people making similar transitions.


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Early life

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Arquette was born in Los Angeles, California, the fourth of five children of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director. Mardi was Jewish, and Lewis was a convert to Islam from Catholicism. Lewis's family's surname was originally "Arcouet" of partial French-Canadian ancestry; Lewis's father was comedian Cliff Arquette. Alexis Arquette was distantly related to American explorer Meriwether Lewis. Actors Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, and David Arquette are her siblings.


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In 1982, at the age of 12, Arquette's first acting gig 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. In 1986, Arquette debuted on the big screen in an uncredited role as Alexis, the androgynous friend and bandmate of sexually ambivalent teenager Max Whiteman (Evan Richards) in Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

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Arquette, in the earlier years of her career, primarily performed as a female impersonator, frequently under the name "Eva Destruction". Later in her career, she made public that she had begun the process leading to sex reassignment surgery. To this end, Arquette had publicly declared that she considered her gender to be female.

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At nineteen, Arquette played trans sex worker Georgette in the screen adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn. The majority of Arquette's film work was in low-budget or independent films. In total, Arquette starred in more than 40 movies, including I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, and Sometimes They Come Back... Again. Arquette also starred as a crack addict opposite Tim Roth in Jumpin' at the Boneyard, as a teenage boy seeking revenge for a horrible childhood in the New Zealand-shot horror fantasy Jack Be Nimble, and as a murderous drag queen in the low budget comedy Killer Drag Queens on Dope.

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Arquette also had supporting roles in Pulp Fiction, Threesome and Bride of Chucky, and she played a Boy George fanatic, George Stitzer, in the Adam SandlerDrew Barrymore film The Wedding Singer, singing "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" over and over. Her role as Georgina, a Boy George impersonator, in another Sandler–Barrymore film, Blended, was a reference to that role. In 2001, Arquette returned to New Zealand to play Roman emperor Caligula in two episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess. That same year, Arquette guest starred in the Friends episode "The One with Chandler's Dad", in which she directly interacted with her sister-in-law, Courteney Cox. Also in the same year, she cameoed in Son of the Beach.

In September 2005, VH1 announced Arquette as one of the celebrity house-guests on the 6th season of The Surreal Life. On January 31, 2007, Arquette was a featured celebrity client and guest judge on the première episode of Bravo's reality show Top Design. Arquette also made a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams' She's Madonna video.

Personal life and death

In 2004, Arquette expressed an interest in undergoing formal male-to-female transitioning by the use of hormone treatments and, ultimately sex reassignment surgery, which she realized in 2006, in her late 30s. Those experiences were documented in the film Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Arquette was a vocal supporter of transgender people, including Chaz Bono, who transitioned from 2006 to 2008.

In 2013, amid increasing health complications, Alexis began presenting herself as a man again, telling close friend and drag performer Sham Ibrahim that "'Gender is bullshit. Putting on a dress doesn't biologically change anything. Nor does a sex-change.' Arquette told Ibrahim that "sex-reassignment is physically impossible. All you can do is adopt these superficial characteristics but the biology will never change." Robert Dupont, a former boyfriend of Arquette's, also confirmed that Arquette had transitioned back to his male identity prior to his death. Dupont said "My twin brother Richard and I had lunch with him in Santa Monica less than a month [before his death]". According to Dupont, "Alexis had changed over and was living as a man again, and he asked me if I had any clothes I didn’t want that he could wear." After Arquette's death, Dupont and his brother Richard shared pictures showing the activist and actor living as a man.

Arquette was placed in a medically induced coma and died on September 11, 2016, surrounded by close family, at the age of 47. Arquette was serenaded with David Bowie's "Starman". The cause of death was cardiac arrest caused by myocarditis ultimately stemming from HIV, which Arquette had contracted 29 years earlier.


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